BJJ Grappling Academy West Hartford CT

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We’re in this to bring multiple generations of brazilian jiu-jitsu combat and sport experience to YOU, and make sure you’re getting it.

That means a lot of practice. BJJ takes heart, persistence, confidence, stamina, and creative thinking. We will help you gain these skills as we teach this art of grappling.

Our professors are world-class. Success breeds success. We are a family and a team.

Welcome to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at Plus One Defense Systems of West Hartford.

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Why BJJ at Plus One?

We got 99 Reasons why we’re #1

Train in Multiple StylesWe offer MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE — KICKBOXING, BJJ, BOXING, GRAPPLING, CAPOEIRA, Kung Fu, Karate, and moreView All StylesTop Facility in the the State10000 SQ FT — We have the MMA Cage, Full Gym, Pro Shop, Boxing Ring, Heavy Bags … EVERYTHING YOU NEED for MMA. Facilities TourPractical, High-Intensity TrainingWhile safety and health of our students is #1,
WE WORK HARD AND PLAY HARD.Learn More about MMA Sparring
Gym Access INCLUDEDFULL GYM, Lockers, Showers — all is included with your membershipClick Here

BJJ Class Schedule

BJJ classes are held all throughout the week, morning and night.
Find the time that fits your schedule.

I’ve been coming to Plus One in West Hartford about a year and a half, and I’ve lost over 50 pounds doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. My whole family trains here. I love Jiu-Jitsu! I love this school!

Jon M. – West Hartford Student

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We promote training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for health, sport, and self-defense, and we’re confident that you will enjoy our classes at Plus One Defense Systems. Your first class is ON US.

No catch, no obligation. Just pure MMA training.

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Train in BJJ at a top rated Brazilian jiu-jitsu facility in CT. Our 10000 sq. ft. dojo in West Hartford CT has everything you need for your Brazilian jiu-jitsu class and more. We have a full gym, regulation cage for MMA and BJJ training, showers, and locker room to keep your stuff safe. Our BJJ training facility is clean and most importantly, safe!


According to research, a vast majority of fights go to the ground. Knowing how to defend yourself when you are on the ground, or when you and your assailant are on the ground, is imperative to your safety. Our Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes in West Hartford deal with close-quarter combat, evasion and submission. For men and women alike, practicing the techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu could be the difference between evading a scuffle and a violent crime.


Let’s face it. BJJ participants walk and talk a little different, and it’s due to a special confidence and balance that is attained by being a part of a BJJ culture and team. BJJ confidence is difficult to explain. It might be better to just stop by and see it for yourself. We’re positive that you will feel it and become a part of it immediately!


We have many female practitioners who love this martial art for the intense, total body workout. Grappling effectively requires strength but this particular art is also about submission tactics; these tactics can and will work against anyone. Therefore, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a perfect component to add to your arsenal to even the playing field!

We offer both Womens-Only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes AND Co-Ed BJJ Classes. In fact, we were the first academy in CT to offer a womens-only BJJ class.


BJJ is typically close-quarter grappling. It’s “human tug-of-war” for minutes at a time. Once you get on the mat and start rolling, you will immediately feel and see the health benefits of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. BJJ is an amazing workout which safely tasks and builds your cardiovascular system , your stamina, your strength, your flexibility, and more. We recommend Brazilian jiu-jitsu for physical fitness to anyone who is interested in a martial arts program to promote a healthy body and mind.


Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is “is a martial artcombat sport system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting.”[1] We employ a team of well-rounded, world-class instructors (“professors”) who have experience in combat BJJ, self-defense, and competitive BJJ. We hold ourselves to high ethical standards. We honor the art and the work that goes into mastery.


We have a special Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition team for those who are seeking to get on the road and test our their BJJ skills in a fun, safe, and satisfying arena.

And, for those interested in MMA, we also have MMA classes and teams. BJJ fits right into the mix:

BJJ … teaches a fighter how to successfully manage his guard, which is when a fighter finds himself pinned on his back. This fighting style is preferred by many MMA fighters looking to get an edge in the ground game.


Crushing roundhouse kicks and explosive haymaker punches may win a fight, but what happens when your opponent gets in your grill, up close and personal, or when the fight goes to the ground? Answer: you’d better be able to protect, strike, and evade, or even drive the match to a close with a submission hold or choke. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is all about that.


I started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Plus One Defense Systems because my husband thought it was a good idea. I was amazed that they had women’s-only BJJ classes! Today, I enjoy going to all the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes. The training is awesome, and I can’t stop asking my husband to do BJJ with me when we’re at home. I love the mental and physical challenge that the training provides. I have enhanced confidence, and it feels great to learn self defense in such a fun way. I also like the exercise component that the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes provide. It’s way more fun and effective than the treadmill at the gym LOL.

Marlene R., Simsbury Middle School Teacher and West Hartford Student

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Carlos Gracie to Today

A major factor in BJJ style is due in part to lineage.
At Plus One Defense Systems, we respect this art which has been passed down from the founders and legends of the BJJ world.



Carlos Gracie is one of the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. As such, he was awarded with the 10th degree Red Belt.  He was the first of the Gracie brothers to learn the arts of Judo and Jujutsu from Otavio Mitsuyo Maeda (aka “Count Koma”).  Based on what he learned, Carlos and his brothers founded the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.



Professor Sa is provided with credit for bringing the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the North East region of Brazil, where it is flourishing today.

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Marcus Aurelio is a 5th Degree black belt.  He moved to the US in 2001.  He is a Pride and UFC veteran and holds the record for fastest submission in the UFC. He currently runs the Marcus Aurelio BJJ Academy in North Miami Beach, Florida.

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Recognition as a “Professor” via the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation; 2nd Degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

  • 2016- Ranked #2 in the world- and the first placed American born competitor- with the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF)
  • 2015- Ranked #3 in the world- and the first placed American born
  • 2015- BJJ Pro- Gold Medalist
  • A full list of my BJJ competition results (post black belt ranking) can be viewed by clicking on my IBJJF Results for 2015, and IBJJF Results for 2016.

Published Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Surviving the Journey to Black Belt (2015) and Move-A-Day BJJ : A Daily Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Desktop Reference (2011)(www.moveaday.comBrazilian Jiu-jitsu books which were Amazon best-selling.

Created online learning institute featuring Structured Learning Advancement Program for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (S.L.A.P. BJJ)  to promote a new method of learning Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to the world and to act as a supplement to in-class training to students of Plus One Defense Systems.