• Welcome to the Jiu-Jitsu and Strength Academy

    Connecticut’s Premiere Jiu-Jitsu, Reality-Based Self-Defense and Strength Training Facility

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  • Discover, Experience and Learn Jiu-Jitsu

    Learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and become part of a World Champion Jiu-Jitsu Team: Soul Fighters.

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  • Defend Yourself & Family

    Gain the Confidence and ability to defend yourself & family with our reality-based self-defense programs

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  • Gain Strength. Build Muscle. Improve Performance.

    “It’s like having a personal strength coach… at a fraction of the cost”

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Why You Should Experience the JSA

Discover how learning jiu-jitsu and martial arts will not only teach you valuable skills, build your confidence, get you in incredible shape and just a lot of fun!. Oh… and the members of the JSA Family are pretty awesome too 🙂

  • Defend Yourself & Protect Your Family

    At the JSA, this is one of our top priorities.  There is a very pressing and growing need for everyone to have the ability to protect themselves and those they care about.  Our Reality-Based Self-Defense and Jiu-Jitsu programs not only give you the skills to defend yourself, but most importantly: the confidence and ability.

  • Build Confidence

    As a martial artist – whether you realize it or not – you build your confidence every time you show up to your classes. Just bowing and stepping onto the mat or into the gym takes courage and every time you do it, you get stronger.

  • Overcome Challenges

    By training, you know you can handle anything that comes your way, because you expose yourself to challenging situations and perform at your best. You are building or “conditioning” your confidence, making it stronger with every class. You are training yourself to focus and perform under pressure, no matter what the situation may be that is causing the pressure.

  • A Stronger, Fitter, You.

    Going to “the gym” is just boring!  When you train and learn martial arts, you’re not only learning life-saving skills; but you’re building muscle, burning fat AND increasing your endurance.  Most of our new students experience a 5lb to 20lb weight loss in their first month!  They also have increased strength and endurance to train and continue progressing.

  • Develop Life-Long Friendships

    There is a special bond that takes place when people train and develop together.  It’s unlike any other relationship.  Your training partners will become your brothers, sisters and family.  You will come to find that no matter what, the JSA Family is here for you.


Soul Fighters Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Jiu-Jitsu is much more than just a sport, a self-defense style, or a hobby. It’s a lifestyle. It’s something that you experience. Everyday you learn new techniques, challenge yourself to improve and hang out with your friends.

Jiu-Jitsu is also an incredible workout! Jiu-Jitsu is great for developing strength, muscle and improving your overall fitness. It’s great for relieving stress and MUCH better than running on the treadmill or going to “the gym”.

Our Jiu-Jitsu Classes in Cromwell, CT are designed to for everyone – from those who are just getting started or competitive athletes. We ensure that you are getting the best training to fit your needs, level and goals. Our goal is to get you good, quick!

soul-fighters-logoOur main BJJ Coach is 3x World Champion: Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa.  Formiga is world-renowned for helping coach some of the absolute best BJJ & MMA fighters in the world.  The JSA is PROUD to be a part of the Soul Fighters BJJ Team with our coach: Formiga.

TRITAC-JITSU: An Evolution in Combat Jiu-Jitsu

There is a growing need for people to learn how to fight and defend themselves in this modern world. We believe learning how to fight and defend yourself is an essential skill everyone to have.

Our combative classes focus on teaching you a Modern, Realistic and Scientific approach to combat. Our philosophy is that “it has to work”!. How do we know it does? Because we test it, train it and enhance it constantly.

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.

TRITAC-UNARMED: Striking-Based Self-Defense

TRITAC-UNARMED is designed for the realities of “anything goes” street violence. Techniques and tactics are designed for street self defense situations where multiple opponents and opponents with weapons are common.

Influenced by Muay Thai, Western Boxing, Kick Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Silat, and Filipino Martial Arts (to name a few), the TRITAC-Unarmed System was designed to be as instinctive yet efficient as possible; natural, flowing body movements and mechanics that can be made without much thought or planning, while still capitalizing on strength, speed, and accuracy.

Strength & Performance Training

Our training methodology is different at the JSA. You’re not just a number here; you’re a client with individual strengths, weaknesses and goals. Our qualified strength coaches will work with you personally to ensure proper technique while training to reduce injury and get the most out of your workout.

One of the other benefits of Strength Training at the Jiu-Jitsu and Strength Academy is we provide you with a custom workout program and training schedule to help reach your goals and set new ones.

Our approach is unique because our clients are unique.

About Us


A message from the owner: Matt Bryers

Hello!  Thank you for visiting the JSA website!  My name is Matt, I’m the owner of the JSA as well as one of the instructors.

At the JSA we pride ourselves on offering the highest quality Jiu-Jitsu, Combatives, and Strength & Performance training.

I built the JSA as my “dream facility”.  I wanted to create a place where I wanted to train and hopefully others would train with me!  … If you build it, they will come??

Now, after 4+ years of being open, I am proud to say it’s turned into a dream come true.  We have a ton of mat space to train Jiu-Jitsu and Combatives.  We have “strength gym” where there’s everything you need to get strong and have fun doing it.  Also, in 2014 we expanded to create a “performance room” where over TRX, Sandbag, Kettlebell, and Athletic training.

The best part of the JSA are the people.  Everyday it’s like hanging out with your friends, just having fun and improving ourselves!  No egos. No BS… Just a great place to train, with great people.

Thank you again for visiting and please feel free to stop down anytime, call or send me a message!

Matt Bryers
860-704-9749 (call or text)
Facebook: JSAMatt


Experience Jiu-Jitsu, Learn to Fight, Get Strong & Fit!

Results Oriented Training

One of the biggest benefits to training at the JSA is that we work with you personally to get the results you desire. We can help you learn to defend yourself, compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, improve strength and performance, lose weight, or any combination! We ensure that you get the highest quality training and achieve RESULTS. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never trained before, what shape you’re in, how old you are… etc. All we care about is that you’re here working to improve yourself! That’s it! Just show up, train, and get results!

Qualified & Professional Instructors

Our professional instructors and coaches are “masters” of their craft. We have leading Self-Defense and Reality-Combat instructors, World Champion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters / teachers, Certified Strength and Fitness Coaches,and extremely qualified kids instructors.

Everything You Need to Train

The JSA is 4,600 sq/f facility featuring a martial arts training area, our strength gym and our fitness room. We offer classes 7-days week at multiple times during the day. Our grappling mats are ~2.5″ thick that are perfect for throws, takedowns and grappling. Our strength room has every piece of equipment you need to train and our Performance Room features TRX, Sandbags, Kettlebells, Ropes, Sledge hammers and more. You’ll never get bored and always have fun training!

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Contact Details

Jiu-Jitsu and Strength Academy
229 Shunpike Rd.
Cromwell, CT 06416
Phone: 860-704-9749 (call or text)
Email: mbryers@jiujitsuct.com (Matt Bryers (owner))

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Come train with us!

Sign-up to get a 1-Week Free Trial and Intro Classes.

We offer 1-week of: free, no obligation, and awesome training trial.  We have dedicated intro sessions for beginners who are looking to learn Jiu-Jitsu, reality-combat, and/or get stronger.

If you have no experience, you’ll work 1-on-1 or in a very small group of other beginners with one our coaches.  If you have experience in martial arts, strength training, etc – you can just jump into one of our classes and check it out!

The most important thing is for you get a good “feel” of the JSA and what we offer.  You can take ANY class, workout, etc.  The JSA is yours to experience.

So come down, get a great week of training, meet incredible people, and “experience” the JSA.

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Call or text us to answer any questions or setup a 1-week trial.

860-704-9749 (call or text)