2737 Papin Street

St. Louis, MO 63104

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Phone: 260-BJJ-4-STL

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Fundamentals

In this class we cover basic and intermediate level concepts and techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Due to the importance of the basics, you will see all skill levels attending these classes, from beginners to experienced practitioners. If you are new to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, this is the best place to start. A uniform is not required while you are checking classes out. However, if you plan to stick with it, you will want to get one eventually. We can help you get the right size when you’re ready.


Muay Thai Kickboxing Fundamentals

This class emphasizes the basics of Muay Thai Kickboxing. In addition to learning many different striking combinations, you will also work on footwork, head movement, strike defense as well as techniques from the clinch.  If you are new to striking, this is the best class to start. No uniform is required. Just wear comfortable workout clothes like shorts and a t-shirt. You will not need any equipment to check out this class.  However, if you continue with the program, you will eventually want to get some boxing gloves, shin guards and hand wraps.  We can help you with that as well.


Advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Our Jiu-Jitsu curriculum is designed to teach to your appropriate skill level. After learning the core concepts and basics in our Fundamentals class, you will eventually be ready to attend our Advanced BJJ program.  We cover similar material to the beginner program, but in this class we provide more details, go further in-depth, and add  more complex drills, positions and techniques.  A Gi is required for this class and we ask that you have a fair amount of experience (close to a blue belt) to get the most out of it.  If you are unsure if you are ready to attend this class, feel free to ask one of the coaches, and we can help determine that.


Advanced Muay Thai Kickboxing

Our Advanced Muay Thai class covers many of the same concepts that are taught in our fundamentals class. In addition, we will also challenge you with more complex concepts, drills and striking combinations that would eventually prepare you to spar or possibly compete if you so choose (never required).  However, some prior striking experience is required and gloves and shin pads are needed.  If you have done some striking in the past and you are not sure if you are ready for the advanced class, be sure to discuss it with our coaches, and we can help you decide if you’re ready.


No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu & Wrestling

In this class we cover many of the same positions and concepts of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program. However, the difference is that you do not wear a uniform, so the grips and techniques differ slightly. We also put a lot more emphasis on wrestling in this class. You will learn take-downs, throws, and trips that will enable you to get your partner to the ground where you will be able to utilize the corresponding Jiu-Jitsu techniques you are learning. Most people just wear shorts and a t-shirt for this class, and all experience levels are welcome.


Mixed Martial Arts

In this program, we cover the major areas that are needed for success in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.  We blend many techniques from striking, wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu together to help our students be as well rounded as possible. While several of our MMA students do compete, you can still learn and participate without ever having to get into the cage. However, since you are learning several disciplines in one course and there is more contact, we generally recommend starting with the Muay Thai Kickboxing and/or the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu first if you have no prior experience. Proper sparring equipment is required for this class but we would be happy to help you with anything you need.


Open Mat

Open Mat is a time where the mat space is available for members to train anything they feel will help them improve. There is no formal instruction, but members often use the time to practice and refine techniques that they haven’t mastered yet. People are free to drill technique, hit pads/heavy bags, and spar or grapple live. This class is probably not the best place to start if you are brand new. Since there isn’t instruction it will be hard to train, not knowing what to work on. However, after receiving instruction during regular class time, open mat is a great way to get extra practice. Once you begin attending open mat, maximize your time by coming in with an idea of what you would like to focus on. This is training with a purpose, and will help you get better faster. When you are ready to attend open mat, here is a template that will help you make the most of your training time. Also be prepared to give and take. If someone helps you drill something you need to work on, be sure to reciprocate and help them drill something they would like to practice. It’s teamwork!



In this class, both Muay Thai and MMA students put their striking techniques to the test by doing live sparring with their partners.  While there is a great deal of contact, our students know where to draw the line and know how to go live without injuring each other. Full protective gear (gloves, shin pads, mouthpiece, cup, etc.) is required, and students must have some prior experience before sparring.  If you have done some striking in the past and you are not sure if you are ready, be sure to discuss it with our coaches, and we can help decide if you’re ready.

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