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Linking self-defense to self development

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When it's real, you feel it

Welcome to American Black Belt Academy


     a family friendly training facility with the most professional Personal Success Training Program in Georgia featuring over thirty five years of experience in martial arts and real world unarmed combat using Self-Defense as a vehicle to attain individual achievement.


We know that finding the right martial arts school can be overwhelming. At American Black Belt Academy, our priority is to help you and/or your children become better versions of yourselves.

Our certified world class instructors are here to learn your goals, and help you achieve them in a fun, exciting, and welcoming environment.  Take a minute to learn more about our facility, programs, and community through our website, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

We value your ability to feel safe when learning new skills and meeting new people. We encourage a culture of respect, support, personal responsibility, health & positivity in pursuit of your goals.


Gracie Jiu Jitsu Athens puts an emphasis on self defense for real-world scenarios. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is sport focused and typically omits the use of punches and other strikes to restrictively focus on grappling. At GJJA we train for street conflict, practice the art of Jiu Jitsu for self defense and prepare for the reality of combat.

Jiu Jitsu is the fastest growing martial art on the planet, but the success of your jiu-jitsu journey will rely heavily on the culture of the school that you attend and instructional methods employed by your Instructors. We are very proud to inform you that all of our certified instructors have undergone extensive training to ensure that you are provided with the best possible learning environment on your path to jiu-jitsu mastery.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Athens has a proud lineage and Affiliation with the GRACIE family that created Gracie Jiu Jitsu and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) both directly and through the Pedro Sauer Jiu Jitsu Association. We are the ONLY fully certified training center in the Athens area. Affiliation means that the rank you receive is recognized and endorsed by Master Pedro Sauer which places you directly in the Gracie Jiu‐Jitsu lineage. Other programs may claim affiliation with the Gracie family but in reality only pay membership fees to organizations headed by a Gracie family member while they have never actually trained with a member of the Gracie family let alone repeatedly and consistently trained with three generations of this legendary family that created GRACIE® Jiu Jitsu.

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Serving Athens Since 2005 !!
The Premiere Jiu Jitsu Academy  Serving Athens since 2005.
The Premiere academy in Athens, GA at 165 Ben Burton Road, Bogart, Ga 30622
The Premiere leading BJJ, MMA & Self Defense Gym near Oconee.

Structured Learning

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone, but only if taught correctly. While most BJJ/MMA schools have taken a “one-size-fits-all” / “survival of the fittest” approach to teaching the art, we have gone to great lengths to create specific programs for each demographic: Lil’ Dragons  (ages 5- 8), Juniors Jiu-Jitsu  (ages 8-12), SAFE: Women’s Self-defense for the ladies, Jiu-Jitsu Essentials for beginner teens & adults, the Positional Development Class and Street Ready Fight Flow for advanced practitioners. Each program adheres to a set curriculum, so students know exactly what they will learn before they come to class. Every student is issued an attendance card on which we track daily progress, so the student can see how much they’ve accomplished and exactly what it will take to move on to the next level. Our fully inclusive video curriculum reference provides students with a detailed library to study and hone their details and knowledge. 


In a martial art where confusion and frustration are extremely common, we’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that you will enjoy the highly-structured and encouraging approach only found at a Professional, Certified Gracie Jiu-jitsu Pedro Sauer Affiliate Training Program like Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Athens. 

Safe and Clean Training Environment
At our school, safety is the number one priority with efficient and effective proficiency as a standard. In far too many BJJ/ MMA schools, the classes are structured to meet the needs of the most elite students or competition team. If you are a beginner student, you are expected to serve as a “grappling dummy” for those above you. The thought process is, if you avoid injury, and stick around long enough, you will eventually figure it out. At our school we take the opposite approach. Firstly, there is no competitive sparring when you immediately enter the beginner program. As a result, you will have a chance to learn some of the beginner techniques in a fully-cooperative environment, with like-minded training partners. Once you have had an initial introduction to techniques and concepts you’ll move on to a coached introduction to begin sparring.


 You’ll start with realistic goals and continue to develop the process into the advanced program, and as you begin sparring, you will have the benefit of working with training partners, of every skill level, who are working with you rather than against you. This culture of collaboration and mutual benefit is extremely rare in jiu-jitsu, and we go to great lengths to make sure it is upheld.

This training is guaranteed to enhance your confidence, improve your personal protective skills, and reduce your fear of physical encounters and real world threats. If you’d like your child to develop discipline and focus while having fun or maybe you’re a parent that would like to have more energy to spend with your family, or unshakable confidence to protect them in an increasingly chaotic world. College students wanting fitness and personal protection, or people looking for serious self defense training that has been tested and proven literally on the battlefield. No matter what your goal our training programs can help you be more successful.

The practice of jūjutsu transcends the execution of self defense employing chokes, joint locks, immobilizations, throws, and strikes. A true understanding of the jūjutsu philosophy prepares men, women, and children for life, showing them paths to a healthier life and the most efficient use of physical, mental, and spiritual strength.

Developing mental strength is jūjutsu; taking care of your body is jūjutsu; striving to become a better person is jūjutsu; living in harmony with nature is jūjutsu. So WELCOME to Jiu Jitsu ................

Welcome to GRACIE® Jiu Jitsu Athens at American Black Belt Academy

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Trust the Best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School in the Athens, GA area. The program that creates real champions. Safely and efficiently progress your self defense skill.
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ATHENS' ONLY AUTHENTIC Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Martial Arts, Traditional Karate', KEYSI Self Defense, and Bully Ultimate Defense in Athens, Georgia.


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