About Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the JSA

Are you thinking about learning Jiu-Jitsu? Or Perhaps you’re an experienced athlete looking train under and join one of the Best BJJ Teams in the World: Soul Fighters BJJ?

We have Jiu-Jitsu classes for all levels and goals; including Fundamentals Classes for beginners and Competition Team training for competitors.

Our Jiu-Jitsu Classes in Cromwell, CT are designed to for everyone – from those who are just getting started or elite athletes. We put Technique and your development FIRST.  We ensure that you are getting the best training to fit your needs, level and goals.

Our BJJ and Self-Defense Jiu-Jitsu classes are fun, challenging and will give you a great workout!  Jiu-Jitsu is great for developing strength, muscle and improving your overall fitness. You’re always learning something new, training hard and hanging out with your friends! There’s never a boring training session at the JSA!

If you are brand-new to Jiu-Jitsu – we offer our Fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu Program.  This program will get you introduced to the amazing art of Jiu-Jitsu and get you good – fast!

Is Self-Defense or Reality-Combat your goal?  We have our Combat Jiu-Jitsu Classes (Kobukai Ju-Jitsu) that teaches you how to defend yourself in modern world, but also trains you to become an elite fighter.

If you are looking to compete or just train in a fun & exciting sport – then we offer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training under one of the best coaches and competitors in the world: Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa (3x IBJJF World’s Masters Champion).

Our Jiu-Jitsu Classes

Soul Fighters Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu [All-Levels]

World-Class BJJ in Cromwell, CT for All-Levels of Jiu-Jitsu

The JSA is one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training schools in Connecticut and beyond. We are part of one of the best Jiu-Jitsu teams in the World: Soul Fighters BJJ. Our BJJ Instructor: Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa is a 3x World Champion and one of best coaches around. He’s also one of the friendliest and most welcoming coaches you’ll ever meet!

You don’t have to be a top competitor or even want to compete in Jiu-Jitsu when training at the JSA. Most of our students are people who just love to train and experience the amazing art of Jiu-Jitsu.  Our philosophy and training are built-upon Respect. Everyone trains hard together and we’re a family / team that works hard to help everyone improve.

TRITAC-Jitsu [All-Levels]

An Evolution in Combat Jiu-Jitsu

TRITAC-Jitsu is an evolutionary Reality-Based Combat Jiu-Jitsu System that combines elements of the revolutionary TRITAC Systems, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Japanese Ju-Jitsu and Wrestling.  Learn how to defend yourself, gain the confidence and ability to “fight”, and ultimately… Discover yourself through combat.

The Combat style of Jiu-Jitsu we teach is: TRITAC-Jitsu.  Our Combat Jiu-Jitsu Classes focus on all areas of combat: Throws, Takedowns, Clinch Fighting, Close-Quarters Striking, Ground Fighting and Weapons Defense.

Fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu [Beginners]

Start Learning the Art of Jiu-Jitsu

Our Jiu-Jitsu fundamentals program is designed to give you the proper introduction and teach you the most important techniques that you will use throughout your Jiu-Jitsu journey.

The program has a dedicated curriculum that will ensure you’re learning properly and learning the technique you will use a daily basis.  You’ll be able to experience jiu-jitsu and improve your skills quickly with this program.

If you have never trained Jiu-Jitsu before or have under 6-months of experience – we highly recommend starting off with our Fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu Program.

Soul Fighters Competition Team Training: [Advanced]

Train with multiple World Champion Team: Soul Fighters

soul-fighters-logoOur Soul Fighters BJJ Team is considered one of the best BJJ Competition Teams in world.  We have multiple IBJJF World Champions, including our very own 3x World’s Masters Champion: Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa.

Our BJJ Competition team classes are intense rolling sessions along with Q&A with Formiga and other top black belts.  You will roll directly with our black belts and other competitors.  Formiga will also help you enhance your game with personal coaching and training.

The class is like having a mini-private lesson with Formiga and others, and then getting in some hard training.  The class is reserved for blue belts and above.  You don’t have to be actively competing to train, but expect a hard training session that will super-charge your BJJ game.

No-Gi Submission Grapppling

Take off the gi and train in the exciting and growing sport of submission grappling.  These classes combine BJJ, Wrestling and Submission Grappling techniques.  These classes are perfect for those who are looking to improve their level of grappling for competition, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), self-defense or fun!

Class Schedule | Try 1-Week Free

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Class Schedule

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Tue 23

BJJ: All Levels: AM

October 23 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tue 23

Fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu

October 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue 23

BJJ: Competition Training

October 23 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Tue 23

BJJ: Women’s Class

October 23 @ 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm
Tue 23

BJJ: All-Levels: PM

October 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 24

BJJ: All Levels: AM

October 24 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wed 24

No-Gi Submission Grappling

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu 25

BJJ: All Levels: AM

October 25 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 pm

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What others say about the JSA

Justin Davis

Upon looking for an alternative workout to the regular gym routine, I contacted the JSA 6mths ago to learn more about their class offerings. Since I have no formal martial arts training or wrestling background I informed owner Matt Bryers that I was bit intimidated, but wanted to try Jiu Jitsu. Matt informed me that the school is built upon one principle, respect. Respect for the school and for the individuals that train at JSA are paramount to JSA’s success.

Matt informed me that all I had to do was show up and the JSA would take care of the rest, needless to say Matt was right. JSA offers many other classes and not only is it a great place to train Jiu Jitsu, JSA is also about training hard, meeting great training partners without egos, being taught by professionals and pushing yourself to the limit to better yourself both mentally and physically.

Justin DavisMiddletown, CT
Andrew Broner

In today’s world where your ability to use some of your most basic, most primitive, yet most essential skills is often constrained, at least you’ve got Jits.  For me, I find I’m most alive when I’m jumping out of an airplane or when someone is trying to choke me or break my arm and I have to defend it.  And, it’s great exercise.

Andrew B.

Andrew BronerRocky Hill, CT


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