Gracie Jiu Jitsu Houston is the Premier Martial Arts School For Kids & Adults

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Why Choose Gracie Jiu Jitsu Houston?

What sets our school apart is our unwavering commitment not only to imparting martial arts skills but also to instilling a sense of responsibility that accompanies such capabilities.

  • Structured Curriculum - Realizing that the key to global dissemination was the development of a formalized curriculum, Ryron and Rener Gracie dedicated several years to organizing all the techniques in the most logical sequence based on their simplicity and usefulness in combat. Originally, due to its linear nature, the curriculum could only be taught in private lessons. But, after 15 years of experimenting with different training programs, the Gracies developed a curriculum that would enable students to learn all the techniques in a group class setting and still get results that are comparable to those of private classes.
  • Safety - Aside from the unparalleled structure and organization of the curriculum, what makes the Gracie University training programs unique is the way in which we present the techniques. Perfected over three generations, the teaching methodology used at all Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Centers allows students to learn at their own pace without feeling overwhelmed or left behind. Furthermore, we conduct all group classes with the utmost concern for safety, and we demand that all students treat each other respectfully regardless of skill level, gender, race, nationality, or creed.
  • Street Applicability - Gracie Jiu Jitsu isn't just about art and form for such performance display. It can be applied in real situation instances.

The Best Martial Arts School For Houston Families.

We offer a wide variety of programs designed to keep you active, build confidence, stay focused, and get fit, as you learn to protect yourself.

This martial arts class for Little Champs (5-7) fosters skills through play, teaching essential self-defense techniques. Juniors Grapplers (8-12) empower against bullying with nonviolent tactics.

This martial arts class offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fundamentals in a safe, cooperative atmosphere. No experience needed. Complete the program to earn a Blue Belt and access advanced training.

This martial arts class introduces Master Cycle, a comprehensive program by Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, advancing students from Gracie Combatives to black belt through structured positional chapters.

This martial arts class teaches Women Empowered®, the Gracie self-defense program based on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques, neutralizing common attacks regardless of strength or experience.

Experience personalized training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu through private classes, tailored techniques, and focused instruction, providing comprehensive learning and skill development.

This program, Foundation Training, transforms movement by activating muscles, anchoring hips, decompressing spine, and redistributing body weight for wellness, regardless of age or fitness level.

How to get started

Here is how you can get more information about our programs, pricing, schedules, and how to get started.

Download our free starter kit.

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Join us for an assessment class.

Come join us for an assessment class to experience first hand what we are all about. Our instructor will work with you (or your kids) to figure out which program will help you reach your goals.


Sign up for one of our martial arts classes.

If you love what we have to offer, and think we can help you or your child achieve and grow, then let us know and we will enroll you into the program that fits you best.


Meet the Master Instructors Behind Gracie Jiu Jitsu Houston

They are not only accomplished practitioners themselves, often holding high-level belts, but they are also knowledgeable mentors who provide valuable insights into the techniques, strategies, and philosophy of Martial Arts.

At Gracie Jiu Jitsu Houston, we pride ourselves on the quality of our Coaches. You can expect the following from our Masters:

  • Amazing recommendations and positive reviews
  • A commitment to creating a positive Martial arts experience for all students, no matter their learning needs
  • A love and passion for teaching and helping students grow and succeed

Jackson Fortunato

Professor / Head Coach

Marcos Arguelles


Rafael Castillo

Head Instructor

Brian Lopez

Brown Belt Coach

Why the Houston Community Loves

our Gracie Jiu Jitsu Martial Arts School

Audrey Morabito recommends Gracie Jiu Jitsu Houston

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I could NOT recommend the Women Empowered program more!! I tell basically every woman in my life about it. I was so nervous to try something so far out of my comfort zone, but it's turned into my favorite part of the week. From the moment you arrive, you're greeted with open arms and step-by-step instruction. Every class is an absolute blast, and the instructors are always eager to help and celebrate your progress. Plus, you're learning some insanely effective and essential strategies for staying safe as a woman. If you're on the fence about it—try it. You'll love it!

Amy Moore recommends Gracie Jiu Jitsu Houston

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My son has been participating in BJJ at Memorial Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over two years now. The staff are exceptional - kind and fun to the kiddos, but firm and demanding respect. My son's confidence level has risen so much with BJJ. Thank you so much Jackson and Rafael for your love of these kiddos!

Ryan Kauanui recommends Gracie Jiu Jitsu Houston

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Such an AMAZING Jiu-Jitsu academy! Jackson is an excellent instructor and the curriculum at this school is second to none! We’ll definitely stop by to jump on the mat the next time I’m in the neighborhood! A++++

Aimee Barros recommends Gracie Jiu Jitsu Houston

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I’ve been going to the Women Empowered program at Gracie Jiujitsu Houston for over a year.
I love the method that they use guiding you to work with the power of your mind and strength of your body. So many times we think that using force will be the best way to defeat a stranger. But they actually teach you how to use techniques that will be much more powerful than just fighting.

Christopher Segovia recommends Gracie Jiu Jitsu Houston

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Love this place!!! So glad I found Gracie Jiujitsu Houston and made it my home! I trained Jiujitsu many years ago at a different gym but the training was so unorganized and caused many injuries to students, including myself. I hesitated to go back to jiujitsu because most schools throw inexperienced people in a room and say "go at it"! This leads to a ton of injuries.

NOT at GJJ Houston!!! I came to a free seminar at this Gracie Certified Training Center in Houston run by Professor Jackson Fortunato. This gym runs a very structured and very safe school that is backed with an amazing curriculum created by Gracie University. They believe everyone can learn jiujitsu and not have to worry about the "only the strong belong" mentality. Everyone is super nice and welcoming. They have classes for every age and everyone in the family! Come out and try a free 10 day trial at an awesome place to train!

Program & Pricing FAQs

What makes Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston stand out among other Martial Arts Schools in Houston?

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston distinguishes itself by fostering a community atmosphere that promotes positive values, not just martial arts skills. Our commitment to creating a supportive environment helps students of all backgrounds and skill levels to thrive, making us a leading martial arts school in Houston. With our specialized programs like Gracie Bullyproof, Gracie Combatives, and Women Empowered®, we cater to diverse goals, whether for fitness, self-improvement, or self-defense.

What makes your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu unique in Houston?

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston integrates the principles of various martial arts disciplines, including the philosophical aspects of Jiu-Jitsu, into our training. This integration helps in developing a deeper understanding of martial art's mental and physical aspects, making our programs unique in Houston for those interested in a comprehensive martial arts education.

Can your martial arts school help boost confidence and coordination skills?

Absolutely! Our programs are specifically designed to enhance physical coordination and boost confidence through systematic training. Each class focuses on building strength, flexibility, and self-esteem, helping students achieve both their martial and personal development goals.

Is there a trial period available for new students to experience Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston's martial arts programs?

We offer a risk-free trial period for new students to experience our martial arts programs firsthand. This trial allows potential students to understand the Gracie methodology and decide if our school is the right fit for their martial arts journey.

Is your brazilian jiu-jitsu school fun?

Yes, at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston, we prioritize making our classes enjoyable and engaging for students of all ages. Our dynamic training sessions are designed to be fun and educational, combining rigorous martial arts techniques with games and activities that enhance learning and foster a supportive community atmosphere.

Do you have to be in good shape to learn jiu-jitsu?

No, you do not need to be in good shape to start martial arts at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston. Our programs are designed to help individuals at all fitness levels improve their physical condition. We focus on building fitness through martial arts, allowing you to enhance your strength, flexibility, and endurance at your own pace.

What do I wear for my first class?

For your first class at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston, we recommend wearing comfortable athletic clothing that allows for easy movement. Once you decide to continue, we can guide you on getting the appropriate martial arts uniform for your chosen program.

What specific martial arts disciplines are offered at your martial arts gym?

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston specializes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but our curriculum also incorporates elements from various martial arts to provide a comprehensive self-defense system. This includes programs like Women Empowered®, Gracie Combatives, and Master Cycle, among others, tailored to meet the needs of different age groups and skill levels.

What sets your Self-defense Training Apart?

Our self-defense training is uniquely designed around the effective and practical application of techniques, tailored to ensure that students of all strengths and sizes can defend themselves. The Women Empowered® program exemplifies our approach by focusing on neutralizing common attacks, which is ideal for women seeking empowerment and safety through skills that go beyond physical strength.

Which programs does Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston offer?

We offer a wide range of programs to suit all ages and skill levels, including Gracie Bullyproof for young children, Gracie Combatives for beginners seeking to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Master Cycle for advanced practitioners, Women Empowered® for self-defense, private lessons for personalized training, and Foundation Training for overall wellness and fitness.

Are there different intensity levels for adults in your martial arts school?

Yes. Our programs cater to adults with varying levels of intensity, accommodating everyone from complete beginners to seasoned martial artists. We ensure that every participant can train at a level that is comfortable yet challenging enough to foster growth.

My child isn't athletic. Can he/she still participate in martial arts?

Yes, martial arts is for everyone! Our programs are designed to help children develop physical skills such as coordination and strength, regardless of their initial athletic abilities. Through consistent practice, all students can enjoy the benefits of martial arts training.

Can martial arts cause injury?

While any physical activity carries some risk of injury, at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston, we take extensive measures to ensure a safe training environment. Our programs are structured to teach techniques safely and effectively, with a focus on preventing injuries through proper form, supervised practice, and gradual progression.

Is martial arts violent?

Martial arts at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston is not about promoting violence; rather, it is about self-defense, discipline, and personal growth. We teach our students how to control their bodies and minds and use martial arts as a way to cultivate respect, responsibility, and self-confidence.

What do I need to know before I start classes?

Before starting classes at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston, it's important to know that no prior experience is necessary. We welcome students from all backgrounds and skill levels. You should come prepared to learn and have fun in a respectful, inclusive environment. It's also helpful to arrive a few minutes early to your first class to meet your instructor and get acclimated.

Where can I find quality Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training in Houston?

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston is a renowned martial arts school that offers comprehensive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs for students of all ages and skill levels in the Houston area.

Are there any reputable self-defense classes near me?

Yes, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston offers self-defense classes, including the Women Empowered® program, which teaches effective self-defense techniques based on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu principles.

Where can I find a good Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school near me?

If you are located in or around Houston, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston is an excellent choice for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training. They offer classes for all ages and skill levels, taught by experienced instructors.

What is Gracie University, and how is it related to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston?

Gracie University is the organization that developed the comprehensive curriculum and structured programs taught at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston. The school is a Gracie Certified Training Center, ensuring adherence to the highest standards set by Gracie University.

Where can I find a good martial arts school near me?

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston offers a variety of martial arts programs, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Muay Thai, and Judo, making it an excellent choice for those seeking martial arts training near the Houston area.

Are there any reputable Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) schools near me?

Yes, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston is a premier destination for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) training in the Houston area. We offer structured BJJ programs for all ages and skill levels.

Where can I find a good Jiu-Jitsu school near me?

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston is an excellent option for Jiu-Jitsu training in the Houston area. We specialize in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, offering classes for both children and adults.

Are there any self-defense classes offered near me?

Yes, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston offers self-defense classes, including the Women Empowered® program, which teaches practical self-defense techniques based on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Where can women learn effective self-defense techniques?

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston offers the Women Empowered® program, specifically designed to teach women self-defense techniques based on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu principles, regardless of their strength or experience.

Are there any MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) schools near me?

While Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Houston primarily focuses on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and traditional martial arts, their comprehensive training can serve as an excellent foundation for those interested in pursuing MMA.

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