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Are Your Questions about Kids Martial Arts Classes or Adult Martial Arts Classes?

What Makes Us Different?

Many mma schools around Madison offer a “buffet” of  martial arts like fitness kickboxing, self-defense, karate, etc. Not us.

Our focus is teaching authentic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

That’s because we think Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is the most effective and complete self-defense system in the world.  It’s also the best full-body mma workout available, and just plain addictive to learn.

Read below for answers on the most common questions our prospective customers ask about jiu jitsu classes near me.

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Common Questions About Adult Jiu Jitsu Classes:

"Why should I pick your martial arts academy over other martial arts near me?

Here are just a few reasons:


  1. We are focused 100% on one discipline: jiu jitsu. You’re not paying for other styles you don’t train in and there’s more class times available for what you do want to train.
  2. Our instruction is adult-learning focused. We have a structured rotating curriculum for all our classes and a roadmap for you to progress through your training.
  3. We are a family-friendly, beginner-friendly, zero-intimidation environment.
  4. We have a satisfaction guarantee. Your goals and results are more important to us than money.

Do I need any martial arts background in Judo, BJJ, or anything else?

No, you don’t. There are beginner classes available and many of the people who study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu have ZERO prior martial arts training.

"Who are Journey Jiu Jitsu Madison Classes PERFECT For?"

  • Business professionals looking to crush stress and get focused
  • Adults who want a FUN way to get back in shape or learn self-defense
  • Anyone who want to improve their confidence and self-image
  • Military or Law Enforcement officers looking to sharpen their skills and upgrade their training

"Where is your schedule of jiu jitsu classes near me?"

"How much do jiu jitsu classes near me cost?"

Prices for jiu jitsu classes in Madison varies GREATLY. You may pay anywhere from $85-$199 per month with various area gyms.

Our per class rate is $25 if you’re just dropping in..If you want to give Jiu Jitsu a serious try and you’re thinking this might be a long term, we’d encourage you to try our BJJ Immersion Program here.

"Who are our classes NOT Right For?"

  • Non-Madison Area residents (commute > 30 minutes to the gym)
  • College students with a heavy class loads and changing priorities
  • Professionals with heavy/frequent travel
  • Individuals unable to attend at least 2 classes a per week (on average)

"Do I need to be in shape or athletic before taking jiu jitsu classes near me?

Not at all! Many of our current students NEVER did any kind of sports or martial arts prior to joining. Now, they’re in better shape than most of their friends. So if you’re not in shape or athletic, don’t worry – we’ll get you there in no time.

"Will I get hurt?"

Although any physical activity carries risk of injury…
We almost NEVER see any injuries in our jiu jitsu classes. We guide you through the perfect way to do each technique and provide special instruction to help students avoid injury.

Plus, you go at your own pace. That way you don’t force your body to do anything that promotes risk of injury.

Should I lose weight / get in better shape before I start?

We get this one a lot. NO you shouldn’t. This is a little bit like asking if you should get well before you go to the doctor 😉 Our instructors will work with you on the basics and modify techniques if needed to help you get started. The sooner you take action, the sooner you’ll get in the best shape of your life!

How does the 30 day satisfaction guarantee work?

If you’re not satisfied for any reason after signing up for one of our trial programs or full memberships, within 30 days, just shoot me an e-mail with a request to cancel the program. We’ll quickly refund your money so you can use it on something that better fits your needs.

Common Questions About Kids Jiu Jitsu Classes:

"Why should I pick journey academy over other kids martial arts near me?

Here are just a few reasons:

  1. Every other school in town advertises character development, focus, and discipline. With our kids program your child will get those benefits  AND realistic, age-appropriate self defense skills most schools lack.
  2. Our classes are actually fun for kids – they will not think it’s a chore.
  3. We are a family-friendly, beginner-friendly, inclusive environment.
  4. We have a satisfaction guarantee. Your child’s goals and results are more important to us than money.

"Who are Journey Kids Jiu Jitsu classes PERFECT For?"

  • Kids who struggle to focus or need an outlet for excess energy
  • Kids who are being bullied in school or lack the confidence to stand up for themselves
  • Kids with limited physical activity or who need to get in shape
  • Shy kids who struggle with team sports

"Who are our kids classes NOT Right For?"

  • Kids under the age of 6 years old
  • Aggressive or violent kids with behavioral problems

"Where is your schedule of kids jiu jitsu classes near me?"

"How much do kids jiu jitsu classes near me cost?"

Prices for kids jiu jitsu classes in Madison varies from school to school. You may pay anywhere from $75-$175 per month with different schools.

Our drop in fee per class is typically $20. If you decide to sign up after the three classes, it works much like a Yoga or Gym membership. With 6+ different membership plans to fit every budget, we will go over those in detail when we sit down with you after your first trial class.

Does my child need to have any background in sports or martial arts?

No, you they do not. Most kids here had no prior background before they got started.

My child doesn't do well with sports - will martial arts be any different?

Some kids who come to us are resistant at first, but we know that kids need to have fun to stick with something. That’s why we play mini-games at the end of many of our classes. After a few weeks of classes, our kids are usually pumped to come to classes regularly.

"Will martial arts make my kid violent?"

Absolutely not! We don’t teach kids how to kick and punch – jiu jitsu isn’t about that.

Instead, we teach kids self-defense as a tool for personal growth and development.

Kids learn to treat others as they want to be treated. They learn to respect all living things – from their parents to pets.

Often, kids who had violent tendencies before they joined our class changed, and became more respectful of other people’s space. So no, martial arts won’t make your child violent!

Where can I find Jiu Jitsu Classes Near Me?

Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy is located on the west side of Madison, WI. Only a short driving distance from Fitchburg and Verona, WI. The address is:

3179 Muir Field Rd, Madison, WI 53719, USA

Who’s Teaching Jiu Jitsu Classes Near Me?

Coach Wade

Coach Wade

Head Coach

Now a 2nd Deg. Black Belt, Wade earned his BJJ black belt after 5 years of training and was one of the youngest to achieve it in the state of Wisconsin on December 1st, 2011.  He now Trains under Mark Vives of TAC Team, ranked #3 in the world IBJJF Rankings. Wade is also a Certified Personal Trainer.

Coach Alex

Coach Alex

Owner / Coach

As a corporate technical trainer and a student of BJJ for 6 years, Alex was quickly frustrated by how he saw Brazilian Jiu Jitsu being taught in gyms and on the internet. Teaming up with some of the most technical Jiu Jitsu players in the area, together they created an accelerated learning school that is getting rave reviews.

Coach Bill

Coach Bill


Coach Bill started training Jiu Jitsu/ MMA in 2007 at age 16. He competed in MMA/ kickboxing/ No-gi grapping  heavily from 2009- 2012. With a 4-0 in mma as an amateur, 2-0 in kickboxing, Coach Bill is currently a 2nd degree brown belt in jiu jitsu. He has spent the last 5+ years as an instructor, competition coach, and referee. 

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