My son joined the Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program at FJJ in 2010. He has spent more time at FJJ than any other place besides home and school, so his coaches have played an important role in his development, not just as an athlete, but as a person. FJJ has become such an integral part of Nick’s life, that even after moving farther away, we never had a second thought about where he should continue to train and grow.
The facility is big and clean with a lot of air circulating which I appreciate as a spectator not participating in the training. The parents are friendly and well behaved; you won’t see parents yelling from the sideline at their children or other children. If they come in yelling in the beginning, they quickly learn that FJJ doesn’t promote or tolerate that type of environment. But what impresses me the most is how the instructors manage the balance of discipline, challenge, and fun in the classes. You won’t see kids running around screaming and out of control, except for after class when they have some free time to play, but in class they are focused and working hard, even the little ones. They promote mentorship which helps the older kids feel responsible for helping the younger kids and the younger kids look up to the older kids. It creates an environment where the children learn that it is not just about themselves, but about helping each other grow.
Since the first day Nick joined FJJ, BJJ has been his passion. It has taught him to win and lose gracefully, be respectful, stay humble, work hard, and set priorities. The skills he has learned on the mat has transferred to life outside of FJJ. He is competitive on the mat and just as competitive in his class to get good grades, he is respectful to his parents and his teachers, and he stands up for kids who can’t stand up for themselves without getting in a physical altercation. Over the past five years, he has grown physically and mentally strong. He cares about his team mates and FJJ has become more like a family than a place to train.
The dedication and commitment from the Instructors grow stronger every year as does the program. We are very satisfied parents and are extremely glad to have found Fairfax Jiu Jitsu.
In addition to reading the reviews online, I had also tried out a couple of other places to train, both in NOVA and in DC. After visiting Fairfax Jiu Jitsu (FJJ) and taking a class, my decision to come here was an easy one to make. The instructors are great (without a doubt), but what I liked best was the general atmosphere and team culture that FJJ fosters. Everyone at FJJ is open to teach and learn from one another.
No shortcuts, No excuses.
Before coming to Fairfax Jiu Jitsu, I wanted to do Mixed Martial Arts and looking for the right studio was similar to a company looking for a new employee. Fairfax JJ had the best resume when I was doing my research. The training is great, the workout is hard, but I have a fun time doing it. I started Martial Arts training when I was 8 years old, but that training did not give me joy. At FJJ, I enjoy coming to class every day. The coaches will be there to mentor and guide you and give you direction to the highest level of detail.
At previous Martial Arts studios, I met students that had a big ego and thought they were better than all. At Fairfax Jiu Jitsu there is no ego and there is a sense of family, community, and pride in taking care of each other. The coaches treat everyone the same whether you just started or have trained for years.
I train in BJJ and Muay Thai; both programs are outstanding. Bottom line: If you want a great workout, training to learn great skills while having fun at the same time, Fairfax Jiu Jitsu is the place to go. It is a great investment.
I’ve been training at FJJ for a few years now in the BJJ program and I’ve loved every minute of it. All the higher belts are willing to help me with my technique or answer any questions I have. Even the MMA guys are willing to work with me learning no-gi techniques. This is a testament to the teachers who foster an open environment where everyone is helping each other become better.
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.