With the recent popularity of UFC, MMA, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Indianapolis is lucky enough to have a large selection of training facilities from which local Hoosiers can choose. Indianapolis has a strong connection to UFC and the MMA community due to the success and showmanship of the UFC’s most entertaining fighters and Indiana’s own Chris “Lights Out” Lytle.
With all the draw of UFC and combat sports, BJJ has taken the lead as the most popular and fastest growing sport and self-defense training. This is due to the effectiveness for real world application in combination with the ease of practical training. Those who train in jiu-jitsu are able to do so for longer periods of time with minimal risk of injury, if done properly. BJJ students can have training and sparring session for as long as their endurance or stamina will allow, and not have to worry about continuous physical abuse from a striking sport, in comparison to boxing or kickboxing. Not to say boxing or kickboxing are bad sports, in fact they are very practical and excellent for combat training with various other benefits. Jiu-jitsu and boxing or kickboxing are simply different animals.
So where in Indianapolis can you begin training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Zionsville BJJ – Endurance is located in Zionsville, serving the greater Indianapolis area and is lead by Mat Stratta, a BJJ Black Belt under James Clingerman with over 20 years of martial arts experience. Endurance offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, self-defense, boxing, and kickboxing courses for adults as well as children. Team Endurance also offers a FREE 30 Day Trial.
Avon BJJ is lead by Justin Curtis, a BJJ Black Belt under James Clingerman and proficient in JKD and Kali. Avon BJJ is located inside Performex Inc. Performex Inc is Hendrix County’s premiere Martial Arts/ Strength and Conditioning facility, offering classes to men, women, and children. Located conveniently on Rockville Road in Avon, IN.
Greenwood BJJ – Head coach James Clingerman, 3rd degree BJJ Black Belt and head coach of Team JC with over 25 years of martial arts experience. IBJJA is central Indiana’s longest running BJJ and MMA Academy! They pride themselves on not only providing the most advanced training in reality Martial Arts, but also in their ability to make everyone feel like a member of the family. Go check them out!
Fishers BJJ -With more than twenty years of experience in Taekwondo and over a decade of BJJ experience, Jason is the owner and head coach of Fishers BJJ & Boxing as well as Fishers Elite Martial Arts. He is a 6th degree blackbelt and Senior Certified Instructor under Taekwondo America and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt under James Clingerman.
Bloomington BJJ -Mick Williams is the head coach of Vortex Martial Arts and a Brown Belt under James Clingerman in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Mick has 32 years of martial arts experience and is also an Associate Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts and Jun Fan Gung Fu, under Bruce Lee Protege, Dan Inosanto. He received a Representative Certification, under Erik Paulson, in Combat Submission Wrestling.
West Lafayette BJJ – Carlos Soto, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Team ATOS, a brown belt in judo with equal experience in kickboxing and boxing, is the owner and head coach of Impact Zone. Offering Purdue, West Lafayette and Lafayette courses in self defense, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts, strength / conditioning as well as CrossFit, Impact Zone is definitely a training destination.