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Carlson Gracie Team

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai

Our Upcoming Events

Women's Self Defense

Join Coach Hayley "The Hailstorm" Turner (Former Professional MMA Fighter) & Coach Sarah "Reptar" Jones (Former Amateur MMA Fighter) for an 8 class drop-in Women's Self Defense Workshop coming soon.

The workshops will cover various ways to escape certain grips/attacks and certain techniques to control/subdue someone much larger if escaping is not an option. Both standing and ground attacks will be addressed.

This workshop was inspired by the success of our Women's Self Defense class at the McGaw YMCA. This course is intended to build confidence, awareness, and self-defense skills to empower women.

Women's Only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is Back!

Starting on March 14th, 2024, Women's Only Jiu-Jitsu kicks back off on Thursdays from 6-7 PM. This session will be co-led by Hayley Turner & Sarah Jones. This will be a low-key, open mat styled class.

In these sessions, we will work on sharpening our skills at techniques learned throughout the week in Arthur and Guram's classes, as well as troubleshoot any issues that you may be having when rolling with others.

This class is geared for both beginners and experienced jiu-jitsu players, and will include both gi and no gi options. Come join us and learn how to defend yourself while getting a great workout and a lot of laughs.

Open Mat

Are you looking to improve your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Muay Thai skills but can't make it to the classes? Come by on Saturdays from 10:30-11:30 PM or on Sundays from 11-1 PM to work on whatever you need help with-- there are instructors available to help you work through different scenarios and situations, both in and out of competition.

If you are a prospective student and you don't have a gi or equipment, we have some available for you to use.

Join the Pack!

Do something meaningful! Join the pack and learn REAL self-defense techniques from World Class Instructors while you get in the best shape of your life!

Our Story

Staley Martial Arts is a Carlson Gracie Team Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy that offers world class instruction in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and Muay Thai from top level Carlson Gracie Team, Cohen Brothers Judo, MMA fighters, and Muay Thai athletes.

Staley Martial Arts was originally founded in a small space in Evanston in 2017 with the vision of empowering men, women, and children with self-defense skills. It soon evolved into having one of the largest kids BJJ programs in the Chicago area. Growing out of the boutique space, Staley moved to Its current home at 123 Green Bay Road in Wilmette in June of 2018. With quick expansion of the kids, adults, and women’s programs, Staley soon rounded out self-defense training by adding Muay Thai in the spring of 2019. 

The Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai programs continued to thrive until the pandemic shut down in March of 2020. Staley held on as long as possible due to a loyal student base and a quick pivot to online classes. In September of 2020, it seemed Staley had seen its last days, as doors were closed permanently. A quick twist of fate and the kind gesture of Carlson Gracie Jr himself not only saved Staley, but ultimately enhanced the programs at Staley, now offering world-class instruction with elite Carlson Gracie Team Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Cohen Brother’s Judo, and top-level Muay Thai instruction. With its new lease on life, Staley 2.0 provides even better instruction and service, helping to empower those of all ages and walks of life with confidence and self-defense skills all in a safe, clean and welcoming environment.

Our Programs

Adult Programs

All of Staley’s programs are designed to teach every day people real self defense skills while getting in the best shape of their lives! Not sure which program is right for you? Click below for a free consultation!

Kids and Family Programs

Help your child build confidence, strength, coordination and real life self defense skills through fun martial arts classes! Staley welcomes kids 5 into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai (boxing/kickboxing). Looking for a family activity? Enjoy learning valuable self defense skills with your whole family in a safe and comfortable environment. Not sure which class would be best for your child or family? Click below to schedule a free trial class and consultation today!

8-Week Women's Self Defense Program

The Staley team is passionate about equipping girls and women with real-life self-defense skills! The girls’ and women’s program is designed to help build confidence in self defense situations all while getting into the absolute best shape of your life! Click below for a free consultation as to which program is best for your needs and goals.

Our Classes

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Staley is a Carlson Gracie Team Brazilian Jiu-jitsu School, proudly sponsored by Carlson Gracie Jr, the grandson of the creator of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. All of our BJJ instructors are high level Carlson Gracie Team athletes and experienced teachers. Carlson Gracie Jr stops in periodically to teach seminars at Staley at no additional cost.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, known as the gentle art, is the grappling martial art where a smaller individual can escape/subdue a much larger opponent by the use of leverage/angles rather than brute force. Students improve flexibility, strength, response time and deductive reasoning skills.


Judo is rarely available in most BJJ dojos. Staley offers Cohen Brother’s Judo for all ages. Why is this so exciting? Because Judo is a “sister” martial art to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu focusing predominantly on the standing/throwing part of the fight. Concurrent training in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu will help students to improve more quickly in both arts. Cohen Brother’s Judo, taught by previous Olympic alternate RJ Cohen, is arguably the most sought-after Judo instruction in the Midwest.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai is currently the most popular striking martial art internationally. It involves Thai boxing, kickboxing and using elbows and knees as weapons/shields. The combination of BJJ, Judo and Muay Thai give students a well-rounded background for MMA and self-defense.

Self Defense and Circuit Training

Get in the best shape of your life while learning real self defense skills with our Self Defense & Circuit Training class! Each week you will learn new self defense skills combined with an incredible workout making you fit to defend yourself!


MMA, which stands for mixed martial arts, is a full-contact combat sport based on striking, grappling, and ground fighting. MMA, unlike most martial arts, is a fusion of various combat sports from around the world. Also referred to as cage fighting, fights can take place in an MMA ring, octagon, or cage.

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Our Instructors

Darrin Jeziorski

Head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

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Arthur Pike

Head Muay Thai Coach
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt
Amateur Muay Thai Fighter

Hayley Turner

Head Women's Coach
Professional MMA Fighter
5-2 Record (3 wins by KO/2 wins by submission)
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt

Guram Gegeshidze

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach
Professional MMA Fighter
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt

Sarah Jones

Co-Head Women's Coach
Amateur MMA Fighter
4-2 Record
2019 IFL Atomweight Champion
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt


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