“When I walked into MASS BJJ 6 months ago, I was not your average BJJ practitioner. A stay at home Mum, not particularly coordinated and hadn’t performed any exercise that had made me break a sweat in years. I really didn’t know what BJJ entailed. After meeting Mike and Nate (owners/instructors) their enthusiasm and humor encouraged me to give it a try. Now, I am fitter, stronger and more flexible than I was in my 20′s. I have two young daughters and think it is essential for them to learn self-defense skills. They are both having a great time training with Mike and I am secure in the knowledge that they are being treated respectfully and their safety is his top priority. I would recommend MASS BJJ to anyone interested in training regardless of age, sex,size or skill set. As an added bonus, my girls think it’s cool when their friends say their Mum’s do Zumba and Pilates and they can say theirs does BJJ. No one pushes me around at PTA meetings anymore!”
– Kirsty Collis 45

“I started going to Mass BJJ Arlington for my 15th birthday. At first, I wanted to do Jiu Jitsu, because I loved watching MMA, and then to get a good workout for wrestling. I was nervous that I wouldn’t be welcomed in with open arms. I was completely wrong. The people at Mass BJJ have been nothing but welcoming and friendly. When I come home from school, and honestly sometimes in class, the only thing that I can think about is Jiu Jitsu. When you go there, you are guaranteed great technique, an amazing workout, and a chance to meet fantastic people.”
– Ryan Ahern 15

“The story of how I found Massachusetts Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is pretty simple. I was walking down Mass Ave in Arlington with a flat tire on my bike when I saw the Mass BJJ sign out front — I immediately thought that this place looked really interesting. I went in to find out more and have been coming back ever since. It’s hard to even think about how much I’ve taken in from my experiences here in the past six months. I’ve transformed myself, both physically and mentally, learning how to protect myself, how to lose weight and get in shape, and how to feel great just getting physically active with other people who want to enjoy and learn the same things as me. It’s hard to imagine how much I’ve changed just because of a flat tire.”
– Michael Pidacks 24


“I recently moved into the area looking for a unique type of workout, and what I found at Mass BJJ-Arlington was a community dedicated to progressing the sport through solid teaching to all ability levels. Everyone I have trained with at the school has been incredibly helpful in improving technique and developing fundamentals. I look forward to every training session because I know I will be leaving with an unreal workout and a sense that I have improved in some aspect of the sport.”
– Patrick David 33


“I really like this school because it is on mass ave (very practical because the bus stops just in front of the school) and the class schedule are at the perfect time for me. The teachers are really nice and everyone helps each other! I like the ambiance, and of course I learn many things!”
– Elisa Christian 16


“I started training at Massachusetts Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in high school at the Acton location, and picked it up again at the Arlington school as soon as I could after taking a break during college. Both locations have amazing instructors that are extremely knowledgeable of BJJ and great at tailoring instruction to students of every level. Also important for me as a beginner, I always feel like I’m making progress and am in a safe environment to learn where I won’t get injured by my training partners. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a sport is a blast to learn because you must fully engage both body and mind when learning and practicing it. It’s like a game of chess played against a fully resisting opponent, so you’ll never cease to find new techniques to learn and master. And needless to say it gets you in amazing shape! Overall, Massachusetts Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an awesome place to train and learn BJJ.”
– Dan Cahoon 23


“When I started Kickboxing at MassBJJ, I was hoping for something different than the classes at most gyms. I wanted more than just a workout; I wanted to learn something new and who knew I would love to box so much! Excellent instruction, patient teachers combined with short burst circuits all in a fun supportive environment make each class something to look forward to. Additionally, the school is growing and you feel part of a community; others in the class are encouraging and true partners in each class. I walk a bit taller being part of MassBJJ.”
– Mary Rubines 44



“When I first stepped on to the mats several December’s ago, I weighed in at 235 and could barely make it up the stairs without huffing and puffing. After six months of training Brazilian jiu-jitsu, I am now down to 205 and have lost six inches off my waistline. All I did was train BJJ, begin a sensible fitness program, and pay closer attention to what I was eating. A workout has to be fun if you’re going to stick to it. If it’s too mechanical, if you begin to feel like a mouse running around a wheel, then you’ll get bored and it will become just another chore. BJJ kept me interested and the friendly competition allowed me to practice for long periods of time.”
– Dan Curtis 62


“Brazilian Jiu Jitsu compliments and expands upon the training I have received at the police academy. As a State Trooper your nearest backup often times can be a half hour away, so defensive tactics are extremely important. In the short time I have been training I have become confident that I will be able neutralize an attack well enough that I can subdue the person and place them into custody. My advice to anyone on a Police Department, in the Military or any Citizen looking for a no-nonsense, effective self-defense course is to start training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Knowledge equals power!!”
– State Trooper Rob Ferraro 39


“With 90% of all street confrontations going to the ground, I began to research the most effective defensive training available for law enforcement and I found Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Ground Fighting) to meet those needs. After looking at different schools, I chose Mass BJJ of Acton Massachusetts. The instructors here are extremely professional and dedicated to the art of BJJ. The experience and skill level they present in both the training and conditioning, are unrivaled when compared to any of the other training I have experienced. I have found that students who train here are always respectful and courteous. In the short period of time I have been training, I have found my skill level and confidence with street confrontations have improved dramatically.”
– Sergeant Lawrence, Bolduc NHSP Troop B 37


“people ask me, don’t you wish you starting training when you were younger. While the knee jerk answer to that question is “yes.” When I think more about it I view it differently. I am just happy that I found Jiu Jitsu when I did. Not to get overly philosophical, but Jiu Jitsu is really a big part of my life and it has changed me for the better. How many people go through life everyday with out any passion about anything? Going home and watching TV, sitting on the couch with no real interests to get excited about. Jiu Jitsu came into my life at a time when I was completely bored with working out and was not getting my competitive desires fulfilled. There was something lacking in my life the last 5 or so years and I did not know what it was. I was going through life happy but not fulfilled. there was a part of my “brain” that was not getting used. I did not know what i was missing because I did not feel it before. Oh well, I could go on and on but I do not want to bore you guys. I am sure you can understand where I am coming from given your devotion the the Art. All I can say is that I am forever grateful for introducing me to Jiu Jitsu and especially learning it the RIGHT way.”
– Al DuBosky 35


“With Brazilian Ju Jitsu (“BJJ”), my health and self-defense abilities changed dramatically. At age 49, I had accumulated a host of sports injuries, including a herniated disc. Also, even though I was a traditional “kick and punch” martial artist, I still worried about the clinch and ground phases of self defense. Consequently, I started training in BJJ. Now, at age 51, I have my youthful flexibility, strength and stamina back. Furthermore, I have a more balanced striking/grappling game for both sport and self defense. Therefore, regardless of your age, health issues, or martial arts background, I personally recommend you train with Mass BJJ. The instructors are well known in the BJJ community, and all the students are helpful, surprisingly kind, and sometimes even funny. See you on the mats and happy rolling!”

– David li 49, master instructor, world tae kwon do federation 05901625


“I’ve found the two biggest points of emphasis at Mass BJJ are cheering for one another and technical jiu jitsu. These two points combine so that whether I’m “winning” or “losing” a match I’m always learning something. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu challenges me physically, mentally, and emotionally. It can be very humbling to be beaten by someone who is 40 pounds lighter than you. But at Mass BJJ the instructors stress the learning journey of Jiu Jitsu and that trickles down to all the students. We all want to see each other succeed and improve. Come try it!”
– C. Dan Earley 23


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