Our Academy ~ Cville BJJ


Charlottesville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers a friendly and relaxed no-ego environment in which to train martial arts, combat sports and self-defense. The top notch facility, the detailed instruction, the effective training and great class atmosphere is why most people sign-up as well as continue to train at our school. The camaraderie has grown into a great family, all helping each other make progress in martial arts as well as in life. Most of our students consider Charlottesville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu their second home.

We specialize in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which is the best grappling art in the world, and added Muay Thai, which is the best striking art in the world, in efforts to give students the ability to round their skills out between grappling and striking. To have a program completely devoted to self-defense we developed Krav Maga classes, which is a military self-defense system developed in Israel. The 3 styles of combat all compliment each other in their respective fields.

We believe practicing a martial art is a way of bettering one’s life, mentally and physically. Enhancing and unifying mind, body and spirit. We provide the necessary ingredients to grow and develop effective jiu-jitsu, muay thai and krav maga.

We have a large number of Albemarle county and Charlottesville city police officers who regularly train jiu-jitsu with us to develop good control when arresting crooks.

We have also conducted many woman’s self-defense seminars teaching how to use Krav Maga and jiu-jitsu in a close encounter to protect yourself and survive an assault.

Our school has won C-Ville Weeklys “Best Martial Arts school” category in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

We have classes Monday through Saturday for everyone. Click here for weekly schedule.

Our Jiu-Jitsu Team ~ The BJJ Revolution Team

Our local Jiu-Jitsu team is made up of 3 academies; this one here in Charlottesville and two in Richmond, VA. Eric Burdo runs Richmond BJJ and Self-defense  and Andrew Smith and Trey Martin run Revolution BJJ. We are brothers on this journey. We are welcoming to anyone from any academy to train well with respect and in the name of developing good jiu-jitsu.

IMG_0509Left to Right: Andrew Smith, Dimitri Chrisos, Eric Burdo, Brandon Powell, Julio Fernandez, Jarrett Church, Trey Martin, Gordon EmeryW

We are a part of the International BJJ Revolution Team which is made up of academies around the world who are dedicated to teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The founders of our team, six degree black belt Julio Fernandez and fourth degree black belt Rodrigo Medeiros (photo to the right). The academies and instructors across the United States and Europe today are producing high level Jiu-Jitsu athletes based on the standards of Master Carlson Gracie.

Our Team has won two Brazilian National Championships (2005 and 2006), six American National Championships (’05, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’10 and ’11), and eleven US-Grappling Championships.

Our Goals ~ Reaching for the Next Level

Practicing martial arts is the act of bettering one’s self. We are all trying to reach the next level, in our martial arts and in our lives. Our goal is give our students the necessary knowledge and training to achieve that level and see their true potential evolve. We strive to have our students be relaxed in the face of chaos, focus on solving problems and rising up to meet the challenges that life brings us.

Our Facility ~ Pretty Awesome

Charlottesville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Headquarters is a 6000SF professional martial arts facility. It is equipped with a 3000SF training area that include 2 large matted training spaces, an MMA training cage, and an equipment area. The rest of the facility includes large changing rooms, large bathrooms, an awesome viewing area overlooking the training spaces, a pro shop, a lounge area with free WIFI, cold coconut waters and great tunes all day. Our mats are cleaned twice a day and the entire facility is cleaned top to bottom on a weekly basis.

Our Location ~ Downtown

In the heart of Charlottesville, this facility is a few blocks from historic downtown as well as the UVA campus. We are located in the center of McIntire Plaza down the street from Circa and next to Rocky Top. A Charlottesville city bus stop is just a few blocks away. The McIntire Plaza is next to the 250 bypass that runs through the middle of the city. Click here for directions.