More Than Sport. More Than Self=Defense. More Than Exercise. BJJ Is A Path To A Better Life.



Jiu Jitsu is a self-defense system that uses leverage to overcome stronger opponents. It’s also what revolutionized the fighting world when the Gracie family dominated the early Mixed Martial Arts(MMA) competitions in Brazil and then later in the US in the UFC. But Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is much more than just combat. It’s an intellectual adventure and one of the best forms of exercise for weight loss and gaining strength. It’s also terrific stress relief. We have many members from New Haven County and more who come to our gym to learn self-defense, get in shape and burn off some steam in a safe and controlled environment.



Well, yes! Brazilian Jiu Jitsu comes from Japanese Judo. Many Japanese emigrants moved to Brazil in the beginning of the 19th century. This included some famous Judo practitioners. One of those practitioners, who specialized in the ground fighting aspect of Judo, befriended a Brazilian family called the Gracies. The Gracie family took Japanese Judo and expanded upon its principals of grappling and leverage.To control and overcome greater size, strength and aggression with lesser size and strength is the keynote of the sport. The Gracies’ eventually brought Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to the world when they started the UFC. One great thing about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu versus many other Martial Arts is that it is always evolving! Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is not bound by tradition. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a family Martial Art and is great for Men, Women and Children . It’s hard when you first start but after a few months you will fall inlove and be excited to learn new things weekly. 


What Separates UMMA Jiu Jitsu Program?

Besides our top level instruction and the personalized attention our students get, the thing that differentiates UMMA from other Jiu Jitsu gyms and schools in the New Haven County area is the camaraderie at UMMA. We encourage a team atmosphere and students are asked to leave their egos at the door and come learn, sweat and enjoy the benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a team and as friends.

  • Our Instructors. Hands down the best instructors in Connecticut. Caring, passionate, friendly, still train and compete at a high level.
  • Our Facility. It’s the Cleanest and best Jiu Jitsu facility in Connecticut with parking, huge mat space, Cage, Bags and more.
  • Our Students. Our students are awesome. No big egos, down to earth, strong sense of community.
  • Our Schedule. We have a wide selection of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes- choose from afternoon classes and/or evening classes.

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