Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in Louisville, KY Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in Louisville has grown and changed so much over the last decade. 11 years ago I started training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in Louisville, Kentucky and our training sessions used to take place in the corner of a traditional style weight lifting gym. We had to roll the mats out every night and pack them up after every session when we were done to make room for other classes. This still wasn’t as bad as the strange looks we received from the soccer moms walking on the treadmills. Now, I am fortunate enough to teach and train out of a 9000+ sq ft facility that is devoted solely to the combat style martial arts. I learned originally from a part time purple belt instructor. My students have the benefit of studying under a full time Black Belt.
This weekend’s competition was a clear example of how much the martial art has advanced in the region. This weekend my students took part in the Bluegrass Open which is a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu tournament that is held in Louisville, and if I am correct, was the first Brazilian Jiu-jitsu tournament in the city. They did an awesome job. We won a ton of medals. I honestly haven’t even tallied them all up yet. I work incredibly hard to provide my students with the best Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training available, as do my assistant instructors. Likewise, my students push themselves in the gym and it definitely showed during their matches. All of our competitors performed very well and I was especially happy with some of our newcomers to the competition scene. Some of them had only been training for a few months and were able to take home medals for their efforts, that’s always a positive note.
Along with our gym there were several gyms that showed up in numbers this weekend. Again, it was great to see such a large number of skilled competitors going after the win. It’s such a drastic change from 10 years ago when I took part in my first Bluegrass Open. Back then there was a 3 man purple belt division and a handful of blue belts. Now, there were full divisions from brown belt down to white belt. That’s awesome!
I am sort of jealous of all the opportunities that my students have now. I wish I would have had them back when I started. With professional coaches and instruction as well as facilities devoted to developing martial artists and competitors, there really hasn’t ever been a better time to start training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in Louisville.
If you live in Louisville and you or your family are interested in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.Give us a call. 502-937-8797. Men, women and children are all welcome!