Since 2007, Fairfax Jiu Jitsu has offered the highest level of instruction in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai and Capoeira in Northern Virginia conveniently located near Fairfax, Herndon, Manassas, Vienna, Sterling, Ashburn, Chantilly, Centreville, Oakton, Reston, and Loudoun County. Internationally recognized, full-time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts and experienced professional coaches with over 100 years of combined experience oversee every aspect of your development and help you achieve your goals. Whether you are looking to lose weight, compete in the ring or the cage, or just want to get into the best shape of your life, Fairfax Jiu Jitsu is in your corner. Join us today!
I moved to this area about a year ago and at the time I was an avid crossfitter looking to find a crossfit gym at least a fraction as good as my gym back home. My gym back home had become my family, I spent hours every day with them working to make myself and each other stronger in any way that we could, the coaches made it a point to teach, stress and correct form and would never hesitate to take time out of their small-business-owning-baby-raising lives to help a gym member in any way that they could. It became my sanctuary, my happy place. After going to 6 difference crossfit gyms in the NOVA area I was left feeling like there was no hope I was going to find a sufficient replacement. Then I walked into FJJ and I kid you not, I immediately knew that this was going to be my new sanctuary. Everything I was looking for existed within this academy, whereas with the cf gyms I was finding myself having to sacrifice one thing for another. The coaches sincerely invest their time into their students, ensuring they understand not only the movements but the passion behind this sport. They've set up a class system that ensures wholesome progress and are there for YOU at every step of the way. Naturally, as students of these coaches, the members of this academy are here to make their fellow training partners stronger as they are for themselves. This academy believes in so much more than teaching Brazilian Jiu jitsu, Muay Thai and capoeira; it believes in teaching commitment, personal growth without ego, camaraderie and so much more - but really it's all in the same. If you're looking for something to truly enrich your mind, body and life in general then FJJ is the place. Do something different and amazing with your life - train at FJJ ;).
Muay Thai & Jiu Jitsu
Fairfax Jiu Jitsu has changed my life! I joined the BJJ program at FJJ in June 2011 with no prior martial arts experience. Within a few months of attending class two nights per week: I was in better shape than a decade earlier as a college athlete; I returned to being a competitive athlete; I was constantly learning practical self-defense skills that I as a petite women could use against an attacker of any size; and my self-confidence and motivation improved which led to positive changes throughout my life. A few years later, FJJ has become my second home and I am now competing in BJJ at top-levels. The class format at FJJ caters to students of all ages and interest levels (physical fitness, self-defense, and competitive athlete), so every student is able to work at their own pace and towards their personal goals. The atmosphere is friendly, fun loving, hardworking, supportive, and has a level of camaraderie I have not experienced with past teams. No matter how tough my day has been prior to arriving at FJJ to train, I always leave with a smile on my face. Both the adult and children’s programs at FJJ are top-notch. I wholeheartedly recommend attending a trial class at FJJ. It may change your life too.
Jiu Jitsu Student & Competitor
Great Place for Capoeira and Jiu Jitsu!! Nice and neat space, family environment, happy people ,very nice prices!!! Me and my daughter are loving to do Capoeira Abada classes ! The Teacher Yara is very professional, technical and funny too! My daughter loves to play the drums and sing Capoeira songs!! Besides classes, the Capoeira has tons of outdoors activities what bring us together as a family!! Loving it!
Capoeira Student and Parent
Fairfax Jiu Jitsu has one of the finest kids martial arts programs in the country; it really is second to none. Mark Jones, the primary instructor for the kids program, is an amazing kids coach and a seasoned competitive black belt who still knows how to bring home medals in international competition. FJJ is not just for kids though, their MMA team, lead by Bill Easlick, is a great place for the serious fighter to get into the game. It is also a great place for the rest of us to get into fighting shape. With excellent facilities, tops notch instructors, and fully stocked store with all the gear you need on site, its no wonder one of the worlds top BJJ fighters, Abmar Barbosa decided FJJ was the place to train.
MMA Student and Kids BJJ Parent
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 joined the Muay Thai program at Fairfax Jiu Jitsu in late 2011. I initially went once or twice a week and found the program challenging but fun from the start. I slowly increased my attendance frequency and I'm now on my fourth month of consistently training Muay Thai three times a week. The coach Matt Nielsen is a true asset to the gym. He's dedicated to the program and to the sport in general and keeps things fresh and fun. He's great at pushing his students and motivating them to do their best without putting any stressful pressures on them. I learn something new every time I go to his class either from him or from his top Muay Thai student who I've found to be another great asset to the program. The program is simply addictive and has helped me to get in the best shape of my life. As a female student, I initially had doubts about whether doing something like Muay Thai was suitable for me. I am now really glad I decided to try it out because it has benefited me in so many ways and has made me strong both physically and mentally. I have not tried any of the other programs offered by the gym and so cannot comment on them -- but I cannot say enough good things about the Muay Thai program at FJJ.
Muay Thai Student
This is a great place to train! Two reputable black belts teach the classes, which is a rarity at most Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academies (that often fly in a black belt every once in a while). BJJ classes are offered 6 times a week, MMA classes 3 times a week, and Capoeira classes twice a week. The academy produces a lot of competitors in both BJJ and MMA. The BJJ classes are generally 1.5 hours long, consisting of conditioning, technique, and sparring. I find the classes very challenging and rewarding. The community of people is great, with very little ego or attitude. As a beginner student, I have been treated with a lot of respect and patience by both fellow (beginner and advanced) students and instructors. I've looked at some of the other academies in the local area and easily choose Fairfax Jiu Jitsu. Other BJJ academies may look a lot fancier, but when it comes down to the quality and availability of instruction as well as the sense of community, I feel that Fairfax JJ beats them hands down.
Several years ago, I developed the aspirations to become a MMA fighter. It wasn't until I arrived at the Fairfax JJ MMA program that I was able to follow through with this goal. Under the watchful eye of Coach Bill Easlick, I was able to develop all the tools I needed to feel confidence in my skills. Furthermore, all of the fighters work as a closely-knit team to help build each other up.
MMA Student and Amateur Fighter
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!
For me, the choice to train at Fairfax Jiu Jitsu was easy. When I was looking for a place to train, I decided to look for something that had a combination of a safe and friendly training environment, experienced instructors, and a commitment to support me in my personal training goals. That is exactly what I got. FJJ’s MMA program is realistic and challenging. It combines drilling and live situations so we gain practical experience using techniques. The curriculum is for real! I am confident in the skills I have learned, whether I am striking, in the clinch, working my ground game, or transitioning in between. - Bryan Lane
MMA Student and Pro Fighter
I started BJJ in 2009 and jumped around a few gyms before landing here. By far the facility is the largest I trained at, also the instructors are world class. But best of all it is a friendly environment with very humble students and teachers. Save yourself the search and come here first. Best Jiu-Jitsu school and also an amazing Muay Thai program, all you need to become a complete MMA fighter. Lastly, from all the schools I went to this is the only one that teaches students takedowns. Which is bizarre to me since all competitions start from your feet. That is probably why they usually take home the team trophy at local competitions. Come in and try a free class.
Fairfax Jiu Jitsu features an excellent kids program. Mark Jones runs fun and entertaining classes but the kids stay focused and give a lot of effort. Mark works well with a variety of personalities (my son tends to be pretty quiet) and invests in the progress of each individual student. This is a professional business with a top notch facility. - Eric B.