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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Fayetteville, Arkansas

Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is dedicated to producing true champions inside and outside of the ring while promoting BJJ across Northwest Arkansas. DIamond State Martial Arts offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for men, women, and children as well as specialized training for police/law enforcement and their families. Private lessons are also available. 


Our world-class IBJJF certified instructors teach in a friendly and stress-free environment. Come try a free class and see for yourself what makes our BJJ different! 

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Diamond State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Team at Competition 

Benefits of
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
1 / Self Defense

Proven in MMA and Vale Tudo (no holds barred) competition for decades, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as taught at Diamond State Martial Arts is a complete self-defense system for men, women, and children.

2 / Total Fitness

One of the natural benefits of training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is improvement in mobility, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness. Less taxing on the body than most other combat sports, BJJ is an excellent way to stay in shape or get into shape regardless of age or physical limitations. 

3 / Relationship and Family Building

BJJ is the most popular grappling combat art in Arkansas and the USA. It is fantastic way for families to grow as they stay fit together and for individuals to build relationships and camaraderie, 

4 / Safety and Training Realism

Since BJJ does not feature full power punches and kicks, it can be practiced safely with a resisting partner. This type of sparring, known as "randori" or simply "rolling," allows BJJ players to build real world grappling skills quickly and with confidence. 

History of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Rio to Arkansas

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) traces its roots back to the early 20th century in Japan, where Judo, a martial art emphasizing throws and ground control, was developed. Mitsuyo Maeda, a Judo master, migrated to Brazil in the early 20th century and became acquainted with Gastão Gracie, a Brazilian businessman. In gratitude for Gracie's assistance, Maeda taught Gracie's son, Carlos Gracie, the art of Judo.

Carlos, along with his brothers, adapted and refined the techniques they learned from Maeda, emphasizing leverage and technique over strength. In the 1920s, they opened the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu academy in Rio de Janeiro, offering classes and challenging practitioners of various martial arts to test their techniques.

One of Carlos Gracie's younger brothers, Hélio Gracie, played a pivotal role in the evolution of BJJ. Due to his smaller stature and limited physical strength, Hélio adapted the techniques to favor leverage and positional control, creating a system suitable for practitioners of all sizes. This approach laid the foundation for what we now recognize as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

The Gracie family continued to refine and promote their martial art, organizing competitions and challenges to prove the effectiveness of BJJ against other styles. In the 1990s, BJJ gained international recognition as members of the Gracie family, such as Royce Gracie, demonstrated its effectiveness in the early mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions, most notably the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

As BJJ spread globally, it underwent further evolution, incorporating techniques from various grappling arts.


Today, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is practiced worldwide, with a strong focus on ground fighting, submissions, and positional control. It has become a cornerstone of MMA training and is popular for its emphasis on technique, strategy, and the principle that a smaller, technically proficient individual can overcome a larger, stronger opponent.

Diamond State Martial Arts is pleased to offer special BJJ programs, including Women's BJJ & Self-Defense and BJJ for Law Enforcement.

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14819 Elkhorn Springs Rd,

Fayetteville, AR 72704


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