“I have been training at the St. Paul Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy since November of 2015, and joining was one the best decisions I’ve made. Brandon teaches skills that could save your life some day. But it’s more than that. Jiu jitsu teaches respect for others, and for yourself. You will discover and push your boundaries – mentally, emotionally, and physically. Jiu jitsu is rewarding in a way that no amount of money can buy. It is an art, a science, self defense, and a community that will form an everlasting part of your life.”


“I honestly never thought I would take part in any type of martial arts, but after just one BJJ lesson, I was completely hooked! The lessons are great and the workout is amazing. Not only are you learning the sport of Jiu Jitsu but you are also learning self-defense. Brandon does a great job at breaking down the skills and taking the time to individually help you grow. I have felt incredibly welcome since the day I walked in the door. I looked in to other gyms closer to home to continue exploring my new found passion and nothing else compared to the St. Paul Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy. Now, I’m driving 45 minutes in traffic most days just to get to class 3 times a week and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. Thank you for expanding my confidence and keeping me healthy.”

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“I’m the first to admit I was reluctant to try bjj. Mainly due to the fact that my only martial arts experience was earning a yellow belt in tae kwon do when I was about 9. But also I saw bjj as a traditionally male dominated sport and was nervous going into it as a female. I soon realized that I had no need to be intimidated. The St. Paul Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy provides a very accepting atmosphere no matter what your level of experience is. The instructor is patient and willing to work one on one with you but also gives you the freedom to work out how to do techniques at your own pace. There is also something truly satisfying about being able to see the progress you make. I can tell I’ve gotten stronger and even though my job only allows me to train once a week or so I can tell my technique is improving. I’m a total work out fanatic and I love having something totally different in my routine. Though really the biggest bonus has been the self defense application. Just knowing I now have options if things go bad is very empowering.”


“My name is Chou Heu and I am 32 years old. I have been training at Saint Paul Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy for about 8 weeks at the time of this writing.  I have been blessed with the opportunity to train five times a week. If I have attended about 30 training sessions so far and I have enjoyed every single one of them. My nephew joined me on a tour and we signed up immediately after a quick demonstration of a few techniques. The coaches are friendly, the mats are clean, and the comradery is unlike anything I have been involved in. I currently have a personal trainer for two sessions per week at a local gym and this is without a doubt a better value. I will not only learn how to defend myself, I will get fit while doing it. I have since cancelled by personal training contract at the local gym and I am finishing up my personal training sessions. I am currently in the foundation program, but I believe, when the time is right, I will be invited into the mastery program at the academy. Overall, I highly recommend Saint Paul Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy. If you need a place to train or happen to be interested in BJJ and you are in the twin cities, come on by. I hope to see you on the mats one day, not as an opponent, but a training partner.”

Shawn Moore
“If you’re bored at the gym – check us out!”
Steph Rinta
“It’s very welcoming & warm environment”
Mathias Simon
“It was exactly what I was looking for!”
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Danna Pye
Danna Pye
12:20 25 May 21
My son has been going to BJJ for a few years now, working his way through belts and building skills, confidence, and... muscles. I am so happy that he is engaged with this warm and inspiring more
Melvin Welch
Melvin Welch
17:21 16 Apr 21
St. Paul BJJ Academy has been essential to developing my son's physical confidence and capabilities. Excellent... instructors with phenomenal instincts working with more
Amber Richards
Amber Richards
20:46 15 Apr 21
First off, if you're thinking of trying BJJ, just do it and The Academy is an amazing place to start. They give you the... opportunity to dip your toes in to see if it's right for you but you will probably just want to jump in once you get the chance. The atmosphere is incredibly friendly and welcoming with a staff that is dedicated to helping you along your journey to achieve your goals. The coaches even take an extra step to check in with you from time to time and that shows me just how much they care. It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, there is a space for you here.I actually looked at this gym last year but then covid hit and I put the thought on hold. I wish I would've started sooner but now I've been at this gym for almost 3 months and this has quickly become one of my happy places. No matter what goes on in my daily life, I can focus on my training for the day and end up in a fantastic mood when class is over. I had no formal training before this and trust me, I was so nervous to roll with anyone. Being a female, I was also afraid of the size/strength difference but all those fears have been laid to rest. Everyone is here to learn and we do that together. Now, I have the confidence to seek out people to roll with and I look forward to rolling with my instructors when given the chance. It's easy to see this place as a family, even though I haven't been here long.So my advice to you, take that leap and try something new. You'll be surprised at what you can accomplish with this incredible team in your more
Jessica King Gerdts
Jessica King Gerdts
15:50 28 Dec 20
I have trained at many gyms over the years and I cannot brag enough on Brandon and the entire staff and community here.... It is very technically based and welcoming to everyone. As a woman, I have always felt extremely comfortable training here and I would recommend it to anyone, beginner or advanced, who is looking to train more
Chun W
Chun W
05:09 30 Jul 20
Starting Jiu Jitsu at the tender age of 48 with no prior martial art experience at all, I feel incredibly lucky to have... found the best Jiu Jitsu school in town!! Coach Brandon and the entire coaching staff have created a fun and exciting environment, where we learn the art of Jiu Jitsu from amazing teachers and training partners who treat everyone with kindness and respect, no matter what your skill level may be. After two years of training and earning my Blue Belt, I am physically and mentally transformed in positive ways that are hard to describe. Jiu Jitsu is now part of my life and I look forward to continuing training with Coach Brandon for as long as I possibly can. Highly recommended! Two thumbs up!!read more
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