We are no ordinary martial arts school. Since 2007, Fairfax Jiu Jitsu Academy in Chantilly has offered the highest level of instruction in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai and Capoeira in Northern Virginia. Internationally recognized, full-time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts and professional coaches with over 100 years of combined experience oversee every aspect of your development and help you achieve your goals. FJJ students come from all over the area including Fairfax, Herndon, Manassas, Vienna, Sterling, Ashburn, Centreville, Oakton, Reston, and Loudoun County. Whether you are looking to lose weight, compete in the ring or the cage, learn practical, effective self-defense, or just want to get into the best shape of your life, Fairfax Jiu Jitsu is in your corner. Join us today!
Before I started training in BJJ, I went to a regular gym. I found that I was constantly finding excuses not to go, because I was getting so bored with the repetitive work outs. Since I've always been an avid fan of Mixed Martial Arts, and heard that BJJ was a great work out, I decided to stop by Fairfax JJ to check it out. After my first class, I was hooked. From the instructors to the students, the school is top notch! All the students are really friendly, and always willing to give advice to help enhance techniques. To top it off, we all motivate each other so we are finding ways to improve. The instructors conduct great classes that teach excellent BJJ techniques and fundamental skills, as well as get all the students in great physical shape, especially by increasing cardio levels. They are always hands-on, and genuinely friendly, so students never feel intimidated to ask them questions. I travel regularly for my job, and while I'm out of town I try to stop by local BJJ schools to check them out, test my skills and stay in shape. I learned very quickly that those other schools are simply schools; students and teachers come in, train, and then go home. At Fairfax JJ, there seems to be a lot more camaraderie- students come in early before class and stay afterward to talk about what they learned and help each other with techniques. Since I've been training at Fairfax JJ, every class I learn something new. I always walk out of class feeling that I got a great workout, as well as received some great BJJ lessons. I can't imagine training anywhere else!
I once knew nothing about the many different forms of martial arts and I honestly have nothing to compare Fairfax Jiu Jitsu to, but I strongly believe it is the people who can make or break any kind of establishment. Needless to say, it is everyone here, from the managers to the students in the [I'm not telling you what I took!] class, that make this place amazing. Classes will challenge you, you will learn, and you'll enjoy it all. I think I found my 2nd family.
I have been an athlete all of my life playing just about every sport involving some sort of ball, but in terms of martial arts, I am a newbie. This gym was my second (and probably final) attempt at getting into Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I had previously taken a handful of introductory lessons at another gym in the area, but my experience was not great. When you are an absolute beginner, the social anxiety of drilling with strangers who are also much more experienced than you can be daunting. While I felt like an outsider at my first gym, Fairfax Jiu Jitsu has always been a friendly and welcoming environment. Coaches Mark Jones and Sam Kim are both extremely friendly, charismatic, and knowledgeable. They really make the experience fun, while emphasizing growth and determination. Jiu-jitsu can be stressful, but it's easier to push through frustration and difficulty when you feel part of a team. The colored belts are also very friendly and helpful. There are students of just about every age, gender, and ethnicity. If you're a competitive person, students from FJJ perform very well in tournaments and the Coaches take a very structured approach to preparing students for them. In terms of the facility, it is much larger than other gyms I have visited. This allows for a large number of students to train at the same time. There is always someone to drill/spar with, allowing you to really dive deeply into jiu-jitsu if that is your desire. They have a weight room, multiple large mats, and striking areas as well. Everything is well maintained and hygienic. In addition to jiu-jitsu they also offer Muay Thai, and Capoeira classes. Additionally, I believe they are moving to an even larger/improved facility in the near future. I highly recommend jiu-jitsu to anyone. The benefits are far greater than simply learning how to defense yourself. While that is reason enough for many people to start, the personal growth opportunities, both physical and mental cannot be understated. There are social benefits as well. As a 30 year old who works full time in an office setting, it becomes increasingly difficult to make new friends. Jiu-jitsu is the perfect way to expand your social circle, while improving yourself in every way. If you struggle with depression, there is no better cure than jiu-jitsu. Intense cardio leading to increased dopamine production, novelty through learning new techniques on a continuous basis, and a sense of community. If you're a friendly person, I highly recommend Fairfax Jiu-jitsu as a great place to start.