Jiu-Jitsu is widely considered the most effective form of self-defense in the world. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit. BJJ promotes the principle that a person of lesser size and strength can successfully defend themselves against a person of greater size, strength and aggression using leverage and proper technique, applying submissions through joint-locks and choke holds to defeat them. BJJ can be trained for self-defense, sport grappling tournaments (Gi and no-Gi) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition, and is a great way for students just looking to improve physical fitness, core strength, stability and flexibility.
Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class helps people to learn the philosophy and discipline of martial arts in order to create a solid foundation for long-lasting confidence, fitness, and personal protection. Our mission is to support and empower our students, regardless of their age or stage, to benefit from safe martial arts training in a cooperative environment. As experienced martial artists, we know that one of the most rewarding parts of training is longevity. This can only happen in an environment that encourages growth, but limits injuries.
MADE Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is designed so that the novice student can jump right into a class without feeling intimidated or out of place. A student is never compared to anyone else. Whether you’ve trained before at other facilities in Louisville or this is your first time trying BJJ, we invite you to participate in our program. When you begin training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with us, you will be introduced to the basic concepts for performing and defending take-downs, positions and the transitions to them, and ultimately, submissions. We give a theoretical understanding of the art that will serve you beyond just learning techniques. With our traditional belt ranking system and thorough instruction geared toward mastery of the various submissions and technical aspects of BJJ, students graduate to the next belt based on demonstration of submissions and techniques associated with each belt class.
MADE provides a fun, safe way to learn a highly effective self-defense method, while improving cardiovascular conditioning, functional strength, flexibility and overall fitness. Joining our program is more than just joining a gym; it’s joining a community of like-minded martial artists in pursuit of discipline, control, and mastery. We are confident that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will become one of the most cherished and enjoyable aspects of your life.
Meet the Instructors
Joe ManningMADE BJJ Instructor
Joe Manning has more than 20 years of experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, receiving his black belt under legendary world champion Helio Seneca. Joe is a retired Louisville Metro Police Officer who served for 20 years and achieved the rank of Lieutenant.
Robert DietzMADE BJJ Instructor
Robert Dietz is a highly experienced BJJ instructor with extensive knowledge of the art form. He received his black belt under world champion, Helio Seneca. Robert has worked as a Corrections Officer for over 20 years.