Georgia Martial Arts & Self Defense is an associate branch of Alliance Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a globally elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) training program under legendary head instructor Romero “Jacare’ ” Cavalcanti. Alliance is a 7x winner of the prestigious IBJJF Team World Championships (1998, 1999, 2008 – 2013). Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is available at our Acworth location.

Our BJJ classes are open to men, women, and children age 6 and over, of all fitness levels and martial arts experience. We train for all goals, to include general fitness, self-defense, and competition from the local up to the world-class level.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan judo and Jujutsu in the early 20th century. Both BJJ and Judo are martial arts that developed into the sport, allowing those practicing them to train with an emphasis on physical fitness, character and a way of life (Do).


Just as in Japanese style jujutsu, BJJ promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a larger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique – most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be trained for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi), mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Sparring (commonly referred to as ‘rolling’) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition.


At Georgia Martial Arts & Self Defense., our focus on BJJ is for fitness, self-defense, and sport grappling tournaments.


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