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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.
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 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.
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.
Testimonials from the Wolf Pack
Head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach
Carlson Gracie Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Head Judo Coach
Black Belt in Judo
Head Muay Thai Coach
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt
Amateur Muay Thai Fighter
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
Co-Head Women's Self Defense Coach
Amateur MMA Fighter
2019 IFL Atomweight Champion
2018 NAGA No Gi Champion
Head Women's Self Defense Coach
Professional MMA Fighter
5-2 Record (3 wins by KO/2 wins by submission)
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt
Muay Thai Coach
Amateur Muay Thai Fighter