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you are ABOUT to learn the why, that drives black lion jiu jitsu academy.

About us

Learn about why we do what we do, some of our history, and some folklore.

Grand Rapids first Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy

Black Lion Jiu Jitsu, Grand Rapids, Michigan was formed in 2012, under the instruction of Kroyler Gracie and lead by Chad Pomeroy. Black Lion Jiu Jitsu Academy prides itself on having a positive atmosphere with no egos.

Our mission is to help support you in your jiu jitsu goals. Making you the best version of yourself inside and outside the gym.

When you walk out of the gym at the end of a training day you will leave with more skill than you had when you walked in. You will feel accomplished and have achieved and worked towards goals at the end of the day.

We pride ourselves in building confidence in our kids as well as adult programs. Focus on improving what you can daily and you will be excited to keep returning for more.

We offer classes for everyone. Whether you are looking to compete in sport jiu jitsu or if you are looking to build the confidence for street readiness if the situation arises, we have a program that fits your needs.

What is a black lion?

The most rare breed of lion.

Legend has it that there was once a lion that lacked an equal commitment to all cubs in its den.

One day, the cubs need nourishment. But, the alpha had an ego that prevented it from seeing the potential in feeding the cubs.

As one particular cub went without nourishment, its coat of fur began to turn black. It didn't take long for the cub to feel more like a black sheep, than the lion it was.

Eventually, the cub had to leave the pride to go and search for its own nourishment. The cub ventured towards the jungle finding some nourishment along the way. The cub hadn't noticed but along this journey it had matured into an adult lion. 

The ground shook, as the now well nourished lion, let out a ferocious roar.

Other lions, lionesses, and cubs heard the roar and came in search of the sound. When they arrived, they were startled to find it was a cub they once new. The cub, now a lion, invited all into his den to feast as there was sustenance for all.

One night, while out hunting, the lion came across a troop of gorillas. The lion roared. The gorillas beat their chest. As they sized each other up, the silverback asked the lion if it was an alpha. It was at this time the rest of the lions came out of the shadows. The lion then replied "we are all alphas." The silverback, having never seen such a pride before, invited the lions to feast with them as he could see the potential in this new breed; Black Lions.

Adult Jiu Jitsu

Self Defense, sport, Gi, NoGi

kids Jiu Jitsu

Age 4 - 12



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We are excited to share Jiu Jitsu with Grand Rapids and look forward to having you or your kids come see how Jiu Jitsu can change your life.

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