ABOUT black lion jiu jitsu

Grand Rapids gracie Jiu Jitsu

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

 Our goal is to make YOU better both inside and outside the gym.

When you walk out of the gym at the end of a training day we want you to leave knowing more then what you walked in and feeling like you accomplished a goal at the end of the day. We pride ourselves in building self confidnece in both our kids and adult program's and it will keep you wanting to come back for more.

We offer classes for all kinds of people if your looking to compete in sport Jiu Jitsu or if you want to be build confidence for street readiness should the situation arise then our self defense program might be what you're looking for. We are the only school in the Grand Rapids area that is teaching Gracie self defense for adults, teens and kids.


our BJJ instructors

Kroyler Gracie

Kroyler Gracie is the Grandson of the late Helio Gracie. Kroyler has been learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since he was a young child as it is tradition in his family. Thirst for knowledge has led Kroyler to travel all accross the U.S to train with some of the most knowledgeable Brazilian Jiu Jitsu minds out there, such as GrandMaster Marcio "Macarrao" Stambowsky, Luiz Filho, Ryron Gracie, Nino Schembri and many others. Exposure to ther aforementioned masters has influenced his dynamic style. 

Chad Pomeroy

Chad is a 9 year army veteran who started training Jiu Jitsu in 2006. He is a brown belt red tab Instructor certified  under Kroyler Gracie. Multiple tournament wins including the 2014 Michigan Open Champion, Budokahn International Judo Champion, and  Battle of the Great Lakes Champion. Chad puts everyone before himself which is just one of the attributes that makes him a great leader and instructor.

Justin Andrews

Justin Andrews is a 6 year Marine Corp veteran, who has been training in Jiu Jitsu since 2006. As a Brown belt Justin has competed in many GI and NOGI tournaments across the east coast. Justin is also the Head Instructor of the Cardio program at Black Lion Jiu Jitsu, his positive attitude and drive to motivate all of the members of the Academy makes him a valuable asset to the gym and the team.

Jesse Sefton

Jesse Sefton has been training Gracie Jiu Jitsu for the past 11years, his attention to detail and his technical approach to the art makes him one of Black Lions sought after Instructors.

Ben Postmus

our Athletes

Need more details? Contact us.

We are here to help. Reach out no matter what level your BJJ or training is at.


701 68th st, Byron Center, Michigan 49315

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