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The leading BJJ, MMA & Self Defense Gym near Oconee. We train all ages, Kids to Adults, no matter your experience level.

Linking Self Defense to Self Development

Classes for children and adults are taught by experienced instructors in a safe, non-aggressive, and fun environment for people of all ages and skill levels.

Find out why so many people in Athens turn to Gracie Jiu Jitsu Athens for their martial arts training! We offer beginner-to-advanced Jiu-Jitsu classes for men, women, and children. No experience necessary! Get started with our exclusive online offer.


Learn self-defense in Athens from the best in the world!

Athens Premier Martial Arts

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We are committed to the effective teaching of AUTHENTIC Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for self defense Gracie.



If you have been yearning for a progressive toning and strengthening workout with the structure of a formal martial art.



With our Juniors Jiu jitsu Kids Program self defense skills are only the beginning. Your child will also learn focus, respect, dedication



The skills learned in our Lil’ Dragons program will help them develop a more confident and enthusiastic outlook.

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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 are Athens’ only full-time professional, private martial arts, fitness, and self defense training academy. Internationally recognized as a world class leader in Martial Arts Education, our positive professionally certified staff, continuously updated world-class martial arts training supported by the unmatched real world experience of Academy founder and Director Retired Special Forces Master Sergeant (MSG-Ret) Randy McElwee. McElwee's realistic military background and our state of the art modern facility provides a high standard unparalleled program for a variety of goals: featuring exciting programs for adults, teens, and children, we offer the most modern and innovative martial arts and fitness training in the Northeast Georgia area. Our programs are regularly reviewed and re-perfected by our Chief Instructor for a combination of the most updated and classically effective self defense. Our programs use encouraging positive reinforcement, respect, and discipline to motivate students to reach higher levels of self defense skill and overall fitness.

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.

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Our Facility is the most modern and efficient self defense academy available with over 3,000 sq. ft including everything you need to make your training safe and convenient



At Gracie Jiu Jitsu Athens, we believe Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is for EVERYONE, regardless of age, gender, athleticism, or ability. We are proud to say that we are continuing the legacy of Grandmaster Hélio Gracie, who believed jiu-jitsu should empower the weak to be able to defend against the strong. This is why we offer structured martial arts curriculums specific to the self-defense needs for any demographic or skill level, with programs created for beginner adults, women, and children.

We take pride in creating a safe, comfortable, and welcoming learning environment for all students and family members. We are passionate about what we do because we believe confident humans make kinder humans.

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Copyright© 2019 American Black Belt Academy   |   165 Ben Burton Road STE D   |   Bogart, GA 30622   |   (706) 549 - 1671

ATHENS' ONLY AUTHENTIC Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Martial Arts, Traditional Karate', KEYSI Self Defense, and Bully Ultimate Defense in Athens, Georgia.


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