Best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Dallas

Why Train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Dallas

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a self-defence martial art and combat sport based on grappling, ground fighting and submission holds. It focuses on the skill of controlling one’s opponent, gaining a dominant position and using a number of techniques to force them in to submission via joint locks or chokeholds. 

Obviously anyone can train BJJ almost anywhere on earth as long as you have a soft surface to fall on. Dallas is a big city and as such you can find almost any type of martial arts here, the problem is not all martial arts are equal and some are not worth learning in the first place (Depends on individual needs).

BJJ or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the oldest martial arts in the world that is focused on the art of grappling. It is universally considered to be one of the most effective martial arts to learn with the least physical entry barrier, anyone of any shape or size can benefit from learning BJJ. Compared to other martial arts that requires athleticism such as Boxing or Gymnastics, BJJ is the most “friendly” martial arts to learn. As such even kids and women who are scientifically weaker than adult men can enjoy BJJ and learn a thing or two of how to defend themselves in hostile situations.

If you are based in Dallas and looking to learn the art of ground grappling then BJJ should be the first thing that you learn. You can supplement the training by adding boxing or Muay Thai and you should be good. By learning those two martial arts you will be safe possible street fights situation or similarly dangerous situation.

Best Jiu Jitsu Academy in Dallas

There are several big names when someone is looking for Brazilian jiu jitsu in Dallas. But first let’s look at why Dallas is a great place to live!


Dallas, a modern metropolis in north Texas, is a commercial and cultural hub of the region. Downtown’s Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza commemorates the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. In the Arts District, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Crow Collection of Asian Art cover thousands of years of art. The sleek Nasher Sculpture Center showcases contemporary sculpture.

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Marcelo Garcia Dallas

If you are living under a rock you might not know who Marcelo Garcia is, he is possibly the best BJJ fighter when he was actively competing, weighing at just around 77kg Marcelo often competes with people much taller and heavier than him in BJJ tournaments. He is the most known ambassador of technique over strength for BJJ. If you are near Dallas you could get a taste of Marcelo’s BJJ philosophy by visiting Marcelo Garcia Dallas.

Rob Ables is a 3rd degree black belt under Marcelo Garcia and he is the head instructor at MG Dallas. He has been training jiu jitsu more than 22 years, he earned his 3rd stripe black belt on 2015.

The academy itself looks pretty decent, you can easily see how the gym looks like by visiting the gallery page or social media. Classes are run everyday and you could find something for everyone here.

What I love the most is how straightforward the pricing are. You could see every pricing information that you need on the website, daily pass and privates fees are also available. Prices are VERY affordable and  no contracts are needed. Really love how the gym structured their pricing.

Overall this is probably the safest bet if you are looking to get quality BJJ training with no hidden fees or lengthy contracts near Dallas.

Alex Martins BJJ

With 20+ years experience and black belt in BJJ, Alex Martins excels as the head instructor at Alex Martins BJJ. Helped by 4 other high level instructors, Alex has made quite the BJJ destination in Dallas.

As far as presentation the academy is pretty straightforward, offering gi/no-gi classes for adults or kids. Classes are run from Monday to Friday so do not go here on the weekends.

A small thing that the academy lacks is pricing information and social media, even though I’m pretty sure the academy has facebook/Instagram, I can’t found any button to go there on the website. As for the price information you could just use the free trial and ask the academy after.

Octagon MMA

Providing MMA, Kickboxing and with 2 high level BJJ instructor, Octagon MMA has everything that every combat sports fan are looking for, but since we are talking about BJJ let’s dig deeper on the BJJ programs.

Rafael Lang is the head coach of BJJ and he is a 3rd degree BJJ black belt. He has medaled in many BJJ tournaments in the past decade. He is currently the main coach of grappling classes at Octagon MMA and he seems to be great at it.

One thing about the academy that I was impressed by is how active they are in social media. You could easily check out their Instagram if you wan to learn about the facilities and overall vibes of the academy.

The only thing that the academy lacks is pricing information so you know what to do

Gracie Gym Richardson

This is the traditional Gracie gym so you should expect programs that only exists in traditional Gracie lineage. It is located on Richardson so it is pretty close to the center of Dallas.

Honestly I can’t talk much about this gym mainly because Gracie gyms tend to have programs that are confusing, but you should expect fundamental and intermediate classes to be the main attraction of the academy.

The academy also lacks pricing information on their website, even though the website is well designed I don’t think it serves us the information that we need.

If you are an idealist and only wants to train in a Gracie gym then this is an option for you, however if it was me I will look for other options due to my personal experience in Gracie gyms (Story for another post)

RCJ Machado

Offering classes in BJJ and Capoiera. RCJ might be the quirkiest academy in Dallas and I meant that in a good way, how many times can you find a martial arts academy that teaches Capoiera in the United States? Pretty rare.

Marcio Santos in the owner and (possible) head coach of the academy, sadly there wasn’t any additional information about the instructor besides that. A simple google search might give you more details.

BJJ classes are available from Monday to Saturday you should be able to train easily if you are strapped for time.

However the academy lacks pricing information.. you know what to do

Mohler MMA

Really love how Mohler MMA designed their website! It is pretty neat looking and straight to the point. Allen Mohler is the owner and head instructor at the academy, he is a 4th degree BJJ black belt and he is the one that started the academy over 20 years ago. Along with 3 other instructors that teaches their individual martial arts, Mohler MMA offers the complete package for every combat sports enthusiast

Pricing information is also publicly available on the website, prices are pretty average but the thing that might make people hesitate is the need for a 6 month minimum contract. There is also a $35 enrollment fee that might steer people away more.

Besides their pricing this is a great place to learn BJJ or other martial arts, so if you are 6 months or longer and need to find a new home gym then this might be the best option for you.

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