Gracie Self-defense

Gracie Self-Defense is a style of combat that emphasizes real-world situations. Created by Grandmaster Helio Gracie, the Gracie Self-Defense curriculum is comprised of five fundamental components; stand-up self-defense, striking, throwing and take-downs, groundwork, and philosophy. The goal of this program is to prepare each student, regardless of athletic ability, to diffuse potential confrontations on the street using leverage and control positions.


Fundamentals of Ground Control

Focusing on the main positions and basic techniques of ground fighting, this class is designed as an intermediary between Self Defense and Advanced Jiu Jitsu. It will follow the same curriculum path as the advanced classes with more focus on the core principles of each position and reinforcing basic concepts through repeated drilling. 


Advanced Jiu-Jitsu

Advanced Jiu-Jitsu classes focus on sport jiu-jitsu. These classes are designed to teach competition techniques and are open to all students. We offer both gi and no-gi classes.


MMA Fundamentals

This class acts as a home to our fight team and is a way to introduce mixed martial arts to interested students. Led by instructor Tim Hufford, this class covers the fundamentals of cage-work, clinch-fighting, kickboxing, wrestling, and MMA jiu-jitsu. Our fight team is home to both professional and amateur fighters and is open to all skill levels.


Youth Program

The future of Chapel Hill Gracie Jiu Jitsu is bright! Our youth program focuses on developing positive character traits, creating physically fit children, and giving them the tools to successfully defend themselves in a real world violent encounter. 

Our Jiu Jitsu classes are divided into two age groups. Bully Awareness classes are for youth ages 4-6 and the Youth Jiu Jitsu classes are designed for ages 7-15.

We also have Youth Wrestling on Monday afternoons. 


Private Lessons

Private instruction is available upon request. Contact us for more details.



The end of each jiu-jitsu class is dedicated to live grappling. This provides the opportunity to practice techniques in a controlled environment so each student can feel confident in the street or in a competition. 


Women's Self-defense

This class emphasizes self-defense situations for women. Led by Royce Gracie brown belt Mary Holmes, the women's self-defense class is a women-only adaptation of the Gracie Self-Defense system.



Judo is the Japanese art of takedowns with both self-defense and sport applications. Our Judo program is led by black belt Eric Anderson.


Striking for jiu-jitsu

Because striking is one of the fundamental components of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, we believe that each student should familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of punching and kicking. Our Striking for Jiu-Jitsu classes emphasize distance-management and set-ups for takedowns.   



Taught by wrestling coach and jiu jitsu brown belt Jonah Hill, our wrestling program seeks to improve take downs, take down defense, and the scramble. Utilizing traditional wrestling drills and techniques we hope to improve the explosiveness and effectiveness of our jiu jitsu.