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Adult classes

We encourage you to stop in before a class and speak with an instructor about your goals and level of comfort. Afterwards, stay around and watch a class. We always offer promotions that include 2 weeks to try jiu jitsu for free before committing to a monthly membership.

Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Black Lion Academy is the only school in West Michigan that teaches traditional Gracie Jiu Jitsu. GJJ is more focused on self defense than competition jiu jitsu. We do offer classes for Competition Jiu Jitsu for those that do want to compete.


Competition Jiu JItsu

Competition is vital to understanding, learning, and honing one's skills. Techniques and strategies, as well as takedowns, attacks, throws, ground positions, and escapes are taught in both Gi and NoGi competition class. Exploring Competition Jiu jitsu is an energizing way for students to learn without having a distinct interest in fighting. Safe rules are followed and weight classes are used for men, women, and children.



NoGi jiu jitsu is faster-paced. While the moves are the same, the technique in which they are applied is different. Without a gi to grab it becomes more challenging grip the opponent and control them.


Self Defense

The self-defense class is driven by Kroyler Gracies's self-defense program. This class is less intense and is designed to be provide students with practical training that may help them to be more self confident as they learn to apply the specific techniques of the program.


Law Enforcement

Gracie Jiu Jitsu has become the standard at police academies around the world. It has proven to be one of the most effective tools within law enforcement. Classes focus around disarming and disengaging as opposed to combative brawling.


What is the price of membership?
$125 per month.

What do I need?

You will need a black Gi they are available for purchase at the Academy or you can buy on online, but it needs to be Black.

How do I start?

We recommend that you come in and watch a class, speak with an instructor and other students. We can recommend which class to start with and answer any questions you have. We want you to come to your first class comfortable and anxiety free.

Ready to get started?

Give us a call and let us know when you'd like to stop in for a visit or send us a message to schedule a time to meet.

Sign up for jiu jitsu

Or request more info, we are excited to share Jiu Jitsu with the Grand Rapids community and look forward to having you or your kids come see how Jiu Jitsu can change your life.

Thank you for reaching out!

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