The best jiu-jitsu in Canberra

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – sometimes referred to as BJJ – is regarded the world over as one of the most effective martial arts for self-defence. Suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, learning Jiu-Jitsu delivers a whole host of potentially life-saving skills and benefits.

If you’re ready to challenge your body and mind, jump back into an old hobby, or give your kids a unique, health-boosting experience, you’ve come to the right place.

We asked Canberra’s locals to share their top pick for Jiu-Jitsu classes in the region. Now, the results are in. Discover the top three Jiu-Jitsu schools below. But first, what makes a fantastic Jiu-Jitsu class?

What makes an excellent Jiu-Jitsu class?

Not sure what, exactly, you are looking for when comparing Jiu-Jitsu classes in Canberra? No worries. We have you covered. Start by keeping an eye out for the following traits:

  • Welcoming. Trying something new can be daunting. The best Jiu-Jitsu schools are welcoming and offer a judgement-free atmosphere where you can feel comfortable and confident.
  • Something for all ages and skill levels. Jiu-Jitsu is suitable for adults and kids alike. The best schools provide classes for people of all ages – and skill levels.
  • Passionate. The best Jiu-Jitsu classes are run by a team of passionate, dedicated practitioners that truly believe in the life-changing power of this martial art.
  • Experienced. Years of practice give the best Jiu-Jitsu coaches the skills and expertise they need to provide an engaging, educational, and enjoyable student experience.

The top Jiu-Jitsu classes in Canberra according to you

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Without further ado, it’s time to introduce the top Jiu-Jitsu classes in the region, according to Canberra’s locals.

Redback BJJ Canberra

If it’s functional and effective martial arts training you’re after, Redback BJJ Canberra could be the right choice. Offering a friendly, inclusive atmosphere and welcoming all fitness levels and body types, Redback BJJ provides morning and night classes that’ll improve your mental and physical health and build confidence.

Chave De Ouro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

The dedicated team behind Chave De Ouro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers a top-quality training experience with programs available for both children and adults. In their adults’ classes, students learn easy and instinctive movements that could come in handy in real-life situations. Kids’ Jiu-Jitsu classes focus on all aspects of martial arts training, both physical and mental.

Elements Fitness

Elements Fitness is an independently owned and operated martial arts studio situated within walking distance from Canberra’s city centre. Their world-class facility offers some of the best Jiu-Jitsu training in the region, as well as classes and personal training in other martial arts, weightlifting, strongman training, gymnastic strength training, and more. With classes available weekends, weeknights, before work, and even during lunchbreak hours, it’s never been easier to incorporate Jiu-Jitsu into your busy schedule.

Whilst you’re looking for jiu-jitsu classes, why not check out our recently updated article on the best martial arts schools in Canberra.

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had ay experience with Jiu-Jitsu training in the Canberra region? Share your thoughts and experience in the comments area below.

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i have seen a friend of mine learning the basic from youtube.
it was her determination and she used to practice like a monk !

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

If you want actual and effective self defence you will need to spend some time learning a martial art. I’ve done several different ones, and would suggest that the instructor and attitude of the club is more important than the actual style.

Sure, there are some basics that can be learnt easily, but these aren’t always useful in a real world situation where you can be under considerable physical and mental stress.

Absolutely agree with this. A good instructor is so important. And if you are not willing to invest the time in learning a martial art or discipline of some kind, don’t even bother.

And there is a huge difference between learning a few techniques and actually using them I am a boxer, so I learned all the techniques first, punching drills, footwork, etc. It wasn’t until I got into the ring and actually experienced what it’s like to get hit that I realised I knew nothing. Nothing will teach you how to deflect a punch except someone actually throwing one at you.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back9:03 am 17 Apr 15

If you want actual and effective self defence you will need to spend some time learning a martial art. I’ve done several different ones, and would suggest that the instructor and attitude of the club is more important than the actual style.

Sure, there are some basics that can be learnt easily, but these aren’t always useful in a real world situation where you can be under considerable physical and mental stress.

In regards to Krav Maga, I strongly suggest contacting Dave Sargent from Krav Maga Canberra (, he has been running Krav Maga in Canberra since 2006.

Krav Maga Canberra often run introduction and Women’s self defence courses that are excellent for beginners (my wife, sister and sister in law have all attended).

I have trained (KMG) Krav Maga under five or six different instructors and can honestly say that I have learned and retained the most from Dave’s style of teaching which is very methodical, relevant and immediately practical.

For the intro and starting out in regular classes I think it helps to train with someone you’re comfortable with (ie. drag along a friend / partner).

Full disclosure: I have posted here in the past to promote Krav Maga Canberra courses (including women’s self defence), but I am in no way affiliated with them.

Grandmaster Neal Hardy from Firedragon Australia teaches womens self defence classes. The techniques are effective and can be brutal. Details to contact him can be found at firedragon australia website.

pink little birdie12:27 pm 16 Apr 15

I attend Peter Mortons Academy (Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Karate)
Though it’s a martial art school their focus is self defence, it does cross into other types of self defence such as Red zone (knife) and other fighting arts like boxing (higher levels). They aim for the non-enagement form. IE hand the wallet over and run.
It’s fairly fun and has branches in most of Canberra.

hi Lisa,
Whilst I may not have decades of personal experience of, I have had decades of hearing the accolades of Krav Maga. I am also interested in hearing the experience of any locals aka ‘the hivemind’ regarding the topic, and any personal experiences.
If you can hunt down any qualified local trainers, I may just join you 😉
Northside lassie.

Mike Crowther3:48 pm 15 Apr 15

Liss. I spent over twenty years working in the NSW prison system. Believe me when I say, I understand the motive, and the methods of violent men (including sexual predators). Having studied Martial arts under Tom Slavin (one of this countries best) I also have a good knowledge of the martial arts. During the mid 1990’s, I taught ‘Women’s Self Defence’ classes at night school in Sydney. I will pass on the advice I gave all of my paying students on their first night. ‘Self Defence’ classes are not a magic bullet. People will take your money and tell you that after learning their miracle/fool-proof/unbeatable techniques you will be bulletproof. And that is a lie. Having done such a course, you will enjoy some advantages not possessed by women who have not done a course, but that is all. There is no substitute, for regular training and instruction in a Martial Arts school. I know that isn’t what you want to hear, but it’s the truth. Because believe it or not, predators also train. Its not about knowing how to X, you need to train your mind to make X work under pressure. I realise that women tend to learn better among their peers, but if you’re attacked, its going to be by a large, hairy individual with foul breath and a vicious temperament, so at some point, you will need to learn to deal with that. This will not occur in a women’s only gym. My personal recommendation (for you) is Wing Chun (developed by Buddhist nuns) quick to ‘learn’ and particularly suited to women’s bodies. But try a few and see what suits you. If they want you to sign up before a first lesson, walk away. I really do wish you luck.

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