Jiu Jitsu & Self-Defense Classes


Kids BJJ Classes

Our kids program (4-12) years old is jam packed with classes. Kids learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Wrestling, Self-Defense, and practical techniques for Bully Prevention!

Adult BJJ Classes

Adults will learn and train with a multiple-time IBJJF champion Black Belt. Adults will learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Wrestling, Self-Defense, and more!

Private Lessons

Accelerate your development with private, customized one-on-one lessons with a Black Belt instructor. Advance your skills to achieve greater success.
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Bayou Jiu-Jitsu Academy's provides students with expert instruction, guidance, and support to enable the student to achieve their goals. Bayou Jiu-Jitsu & Self-Defense is led by a Gracie Black Belt under Master Ralph Gracie, with expert instruction in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Self-Defense, Judo, Wrestling, and Bully Prevention.
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History of Gracie Jiu Jitsu

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art style built on grappling, ground fighting, and submission holds.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) style of self-defense focuses on taking an adversary to the ground, gaining a dominant position, and applying various techniques to achieve submission. Brazilian jiu-jitsu style is based on Japanese jiu-jitsu. In 1925, The Brazilian Gracie family created their own version which came to be known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Bayou Jiu Jitsu owner Professor Kevin Bellard is a Black Belt under Ralph Gracie.
Start learning at any age! Virtually any physically active person, of any age, can safely learn BJJ. BJJ techniques utilize deliberate moves and holds, not kicks, punches, or strikes. Because of its effectiveness it is popular for personal self-defense and as a tool for competitive MMA fighting. Want to learn more? Call or text us at 225-505-8500
Professor Kevin Bellard is a certified Black Belt under Ralph Gracie.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend Ralph Gracie with Kevin Bellard

We Won! Voted a 2023 Family Favorite!

Bayou Jiu-Jitsu has been awarded Reader's Choice for Best Martial Arts Academy in the 2023 Baton Rouge Parents Magazine Family Favorites Contest!

Thank you to all of our instructors and especially our students for helping to make our gym the best in town! Get a free class and see what makes our gym so great.

Two Convenient Locations, Central and Baton Rouge LA