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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.