Jiu-Jitsu Classes Louisville

Louisville Jiu-Jitsu Classes

Louisville’s only Official Carlson Gracie Academy

Why it’s awesome: Jiu-Jitsu is great for fitness, confidence, & self defense. Beyond any physical improvements that come as a result of Brazilian jiu-jitsu are the mental improvements that are often overlooked. Self confidence, discipline, determination, focus, mental toughness etc.

Who its for: Youth 5+ & Adults

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Jiu-Jitsu Classes Louisville, KY

Our Jiu-Jitsu Classes Are For Everyone

Area 502 is proud to be the Louisville’s only Official Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu academy.  

Our head coach Phillip Perkins is a Carlson Gracie Jr. Blackbelt. He has taught and trained all over the world. He has spent over 2 months in Brazil training and teaching seminars. We are proud to carry on the Carlson Gracie Legacy at Area 502.Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the style of Legendary Grandmaster Carlson Gracie Senior is one of only four distinct styles.

Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is considered more aggressive and offensive in nature, and better suited for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition. Carlson Gracie made his name as a fighter in the era of Vale Tudo, and is considered the best Vale Tudo fighter of the ’50s and ’60s. His hyper aggressive style of jiu jitsu had a deep influence on the art and his students. Carlson’s school flew in the face of Helio Gracie’s tradition of reserving advanced techniques for members and teaching only basic self-defense to all others. Carlson taught his students everything he knew in the name of advancing the art.


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Based on 170 reviews
Harry Hunsucker
Harry Hunsucker
I've know coach Phil for years. I've watched him grow his 502 family into something really special. Something for everyone of all ages and top notch instructors to help you achieve your goals ????
Michelle Nguyen
Michelle Nguyen
My son takes boxing lessons here and he loves it! He’s always bummed when we have to miss class.
Jaxon Smith
Jaxon Smith
Dropped in for a thanksgiving open mat, super welcoming, got a bunch of great rounds, no awkward visitor treatment. Guys puttin in work!!
Wyatt L
Wyatt L
Place is great. Had no experience showed up one day just trying to learn. Every single person I talked to, member or coach, was awesome. There 3 days a week now. Learn new things everyday and have met a ton of great people. Definitely recommend to anyone interested.
Alisha Heady
Alisha Heady
This is such a WONDERFUL gym! There are many classes, and such a great group of coaches. My son and I have been going to this gym for about 5 years and it has been one of the best things I could have done for my son. They have a really huge training area, so it was really easy to go as a mom, and take my son with me. He would have kids class while I did my class on the other side of the gym, so I could see him the whole time and felt safe. Now he’s big enough to do adult class with me and how cool is that? Each class is different so I would recommend trying a few classes before making judgment, find what is right for you. I also like that their is a great weightlifting area in The Jungle Gym so you have everything you need in this one huge building. It’s clean, and there are a great group of people from all walks of life, of all ages that attend. There’s something for everyone.
Jiu-Jitsu Classes Louisville, KY

What is Jiu-Jitsu?

Jiu-Jitsu, often referred to as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. Its roots can be traced back to Japanese Judo and traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, but it was further developed and popularized in Brazil. The core principle of Jiu-Jitsu is to enable a smaller or weaker individual to defend against and, using proper techniques, overcome a larger and stronger opponent. 

This is achieved primarily through the use of leverage, body positioning, and submission holds such as joint locks and chokeholds. Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes taking an opponent to the ground and employing ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and chokeholds. The strategy is to control and overpower the opponent, leading them to a submission.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition. It is known for its effectiveness in real combat situations, which has made it a cornerstone of MMA. Beyond its combat effectiveness, Jiu-Jitsu is also regarded as a way to promote physical fitness and build character in young people, fostering principles such as respect, discipline, and perseverance.

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