Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a submission grappling sport traditionally done while wearing a Gi. Our BJJ classes are seperated in to 3 different categories: Beginner, Adult, and Competition Team Training.

Beginner BJJ is held Monday and Wednesday at 6:15PM. This class is designed to guide you through your first days of BJJ! Learn the fundamental movements so you can continue to sharpen your tool belt in more advanced classes.

Adult BJJ is your typical Jiu-Jitsu class. Held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7PM, Saturdays at 11:30AM. For advanced teens or 18+ this class is embodies everything you imagine when you think “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu”. Classes are taught with the assumption you know the basics and can follow most lessons. Even if it’s your first day, you are than welcome! However, you may not be rolling for likely the first week. Dress out in a Gi, join us on the mats, and experience a sport unlike any other!

BJJ Comp. Team  is an additional 30 minutes at the end of Adult BJJ classes (Tuesdays/ Thursdays). This is extra rolling for competitors and seamlessly transitions from Adult BJJ. This class is completly optional, however if you are interested in competing you will need to attend.

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Class Features

  • CategoryMartial Arts
  • Duration1.5 Hours
  • Students25+
  • TimeAfternoon/ Evening

How does BJJ benefit me?

Meet Tony! He was living a sedentary lifestyle and gaining weight fast. Diagnosed with diabetes, he knew he needed to make a change. Tony started his Journey with Team Independent through our Villa Rica location 3 years ago and never looked back. During these years he’s lost over 40 pounds, greatly increased his strength and mobility, and built friendships and bonds to last a lifetime. He claims to owe everything to “hardwork, dedication, and consistency…and a lot of jiu-jitsu”. Tony has been living a much healthier, happier lifestyle this past year and continues to achieve his fitness goals every day! 

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Achieve Fitness Goals Through BJJ

Increase Strength, Flexibility, & Mobility

Learn Self-Defense & Competition Techniques

Build Camaraderie With Like Minded Individuals

Permanently Change Your Lifestyle

What do I do in BJJ class?

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Each class starts with 15-20 minutes of warm-ups. Starting with a jog students will run around the mat completing various exercises. Next the class will form 2 lines and perform fundamental BJJ movements as the instructor calls them out. Lastly, water break, then technique! 

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The instructor will gather everyone in a circle and demonstrates the “technique of the day”. Students are then paired up and will drill the technique for 5-10 minutes. This process is repeated as the instructor goes more and more in depth to the technique and adds moves or addresses small details. This is the bulk of class and usually lasts 45 minutes.

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Rolling is the BJJ way of having fun! The last 30 minutes of class is spent rolling with teammates. Students main goal should be to learn. There is no winning or losing in class training! Utilize the technique of the day, or try out something funky you saw on YouTube. No one wants to get hurt, everyone wants to go to work the next day. Tap Early, Tap Often. Learn and have fun! 

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Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Class Schedule


Beginner BJJ – 6:15PM


Adult BJJ – 7:30PM

BJJ Comp. Team – 8:30PM


Beginner BJJ – 6:15PM


Adult BJJ – 7:30PM

BJJ Comp. Team – 8:30PM


No Class


Adult BJJ – 11:30AM


Closed – Optional Open Mat

This schedule is in regard to GI BJJ classes ONLY! 

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Train with experienced black belts, weathered brown belts, competitive purple belts, spry blue belts, and enthusastic white belts! Training with Team Independent is like having a second home. See what others in our community are saying! 

I was pretty hesitant about learning jiu jitsu because I thought the atmosphere may be intimidating but I’m glad I pulled the trigger and went to Independent. Everyone in the class is very humble and welcoming. Its definitely a fun place to learn jiu jitsu and learn some stuff about yourself. I recommend everyone try it.

Buck Lewallen


The 11:00 AM Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class is great. Fantastic instruction and a great group of guys to roll with. Everybody tries to help one another and watches out for each others safety. I am 56 years old and able to train hard without getting hurt with these guys.

Tommy Barrett

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Elite martial arts gym! Brazilian Jiujitsu black belt and head coach, Chris Ruiz, is not only an incredible BJJ athlete and coach but an amazing person. He’s highly proficient in his art, kind, compassionate, sincere, and constantly positive. He’s one of the best men I know. I emphatically recommend this gym for anyone who wants to change their life, fitness, and be a part of a close family who support each other.

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Chris Ruiz

Chris Ruiz

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Chris Ruiz is Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under 6th degree multi-world champion Roberto Traven. A five time Black Belt IBJJF Atlanta Summer/Winter International Gold Medal holder, in Gi and No Gi Master 2 tournaments, and holds an 8-2 Amateur MMA record. 


Professor Chris teaches Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5PM and 6PM. He also teaches Adult BJJ at 7PM Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

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I came to Independent 3 years ago needing to make a change. I was 167 lbs and not happy. I started off in the cardio classes and lost 20 plus lbs. in my first couple months. Then another 20 lbs after doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Not only did I lose the weight, but I also found confidence, and friendships that have truly become family. This gym is unlike any other!

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Crystal Arrington


I have been training jiu jitsu here for a few years. Awesome facility, staff and teammates. I get the best workouts and keeps me motivated and in shape. I would recommend this place to anyone I know.

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Abraham Gray


Chris and Team were the best, super welcoming and great training partners and instructors. Couldn’t ask for a better home from home. Quality instruction and passionate coaches. Great representatives of the #teamtraven. Tough training, fun atmosphere and encouraging leaders make the best schools. Appreciate everything again !!!! If your in town check them out!

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