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Top 10 jiu jitsu classes in Skokie, IL

Students agree: these teachers are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Staley Martial Arts, Carlson Gracie North Shore

Staley Martial Arts, Carlson Gracie North Shore

New on Lessons
8+ years in business
Serves Skokie, IL
Staley Martial Arts, Carlson Gracie North Shore is the premier martial arts school in Wilmette, IL. We offer a diverse range of martial arts classes, with a primary focus on Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai and self-defense. Our certified instructors teach the traditional martial arts values of discipline, respect, and perseverance while providing a fun and supportive environment for students to learn and grow.
Carson Wing Tsun Academy

Carson Wing Tsun Academy

5.0Exceptional(5)
40+ years in business
Serves Skokie, IL
Boris says, "Having experience with various types of martial arts I’ve been enjoying Wing Tsun classes from my first day. Personally, I like Wing Chung concept that can be used as part of self-defense in close-range combat. Carson Wing Tsun Academy has great teachers and provides seminars to help students to improve their skills." Read more
Martial Science  Boxing/Kickboxing Fitness

Martial Science Boxing/Kickboxing Fitness

5.0Exceptional(14)
9+ years in business
Serves Skokie, IL
Brenden S. says, "Miguel has a great knowledge of Muay Thai, both as an art and a martial skill. I enjoyed working with him while training for my first smoker. He knows how to push you to reach your greater potential." Read more
Kicking Dragon’s Circle Martial Arts

Kicking Dragon’s Circle Martial Arts

5.0Exceptional(8)
1 hire on Lessons
27+ years in business
Serves Skokie, IL
Amy M. says, "Eric is an amazing teacher. Patient, funny, and kind. I love that he adapts moves to work for MY body (I'm a little teapot, short and stout), and also that he fosters an atmosphere of respect and inclusion. He uses bits and pieces from many traditions to create a toolkit for each person that is both fun to learn and practical to use. I've taken lessons with him for years and brought my teen-aged niece and young daughter to learn self-defense as well. I can't recommend Kicking Dragon's Circle enough!" Read more
Underground Fitness Street Defense

Underground Fitness Street Defense

5.0Exceptional(19)
Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
3+ years in business
Serves Skokie, IL
Ezi S. says, "I really like going to Sergio's classes. I'm not just learning self defense, it is fun and makes me feel confident. If you have a question at the end of a Class, he'll help you and put even put you in the position with an opponent So then you can figure out how to get out." Read more
Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs

Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs

New on Lessons
46+ years in business
Serves Skokie, IL
We have been teaching karate for over 40 years and teach children and adults all over the Chicagoland area become more confident and learn to protect themselves. All instructors have 15+ years of experience, all CPR certified and have a passion and love for karate. We love teaching students respect for themselves and others as well as confidence. We love seeing our young students become community leaders.

Your jiu jitsu questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

How much do jiu-jitsu classes cost?

The average cost of jiu-jitsu classes is $50 to $200 per month, depending on the class age range, number of classes per week, your commitment or contract length, and the instructor's expertise and reputation. Jiu-jitsu gyms and academies are more expensive if they have well-known instructors who are national champions on staff.

In addition to the monthly class or gym fee, you'll have extra costs for gis and belts. A jiu-jitsu gi costs $60 to $120 on average, while belts cost $15 to $30. Some gyms also charge a fee for belt promotion. However, this is frowned upon by reputable academies and is often considered a warning sign of a low-quality gym.

What is jiu-jitsu?

Jiu-jitsu is a self-defense martial art based on grappling and ground control, focusing on the skill of taking your opponent to the ground and wrestling for a dominant position. jiu-jitsu uses the principles of leverage, pressure, grip, timing, and angles to subdue your opponent.

Jiu-Jitsu classes provide:

  • Self-defense skills
  • A fun and exciting way to improve your fitness
  • Increased focus and concentration

Where did jiu-jitsu originate?

Japanese martial arts expert Mitsuyo Maeda was the first to bring grappling and groundwork-focused jiu-do demonstrations to other countries. In 1914, Carlos Gracie became one of Maeda's first Brazilian students. Carlos and his brother Hélio Gracie, along with fellow students Luis França and Oswaldo Fadda, later went on to develop Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Is jiu-jitsu a good workout?

Jiu-Jitsu is an excellent full-body workout that improves strength, flexibility, conditioning, and endurance.

Is jiu-jitsu good for self-defense?

Jiu-jitsu is a highly effective self-defense martial art. Jiu-jitsu teaches you how to control a stronger and larger opponent, allowing smaller or weaker individuals to defend themselves and increasing their ability to escape dangerous confrontations.

Is jiu-jitsu dangerous?

Though jiu-jitsu is a contact sport, when practiced with proper technique and form it is safer than many other martial arts because it doesn't focus on striking your opponent with punches and kicks. In statewide competitions, jiu-jitsu resulted in fewer injuries than judo, Taekwondo, mixed martial arts, or traditional wrestling.

Is jiu-jitsu good for kids?

Jiu-jitsu can be extremely beneficial for kids, helping them to:

  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Improve discipline and focus
  • Increase strength and resilience
  • Develop respect for themselves and others
  • Foster new friendships
  • Improve coordination and body awareness

Where can I find the best jiu-jitsu classes near me?

Follow these tips to find jiu-jitsu academies and gyms near you:

  • Look for a reputable academy that focuses on jiu-jitsu rather than a mixed martial arts gym.
  • Research the instructors' competition record and reputation.
  • Read academy and instructor reviews on Lessons and Google.
  • Confirm the academy offers classes for your experience level.
  • Visit the academy in person to confirm it is clean and well-maintained and the staff is professional.
  • Take advantage of their free day or week-long trial membership to ensure the school is a good fit for you.
  • Get a copy of the contract in writing before making any payments.

What questions should I ask jiu-jitsu academies?

When researching new jiu-jitsu academies, be sure to ask these questions:

  • Is the gym beginner friendly?
  • What kind of contracts do you offer?
  • Do you offer a free trial class?
  • What is your class schedule?
  • How many students do you have?
  • How many students are in a typical class?
  • What is the instructor's lineage and competition record?
  • What kind of uniform is required? Do you offer no-gi classes?
  • Do your students and instructors compete regularly?
  • Do you charge for belt promotions?
  • How often do you clean your mats?

Reviews for Skokie jiu jitsu classes

Recent success stories from people in the Skokie area.
Donaldray
Excellent instructions and patients
Carson Wing Tsun Academy
Nick W.
Miguel’s transformed my martial arts experience and taken it to a level that I wouldn’t have imagined in a short time span. I’ve gotten into a great shape and have noticed some great improvements in both my mental and physical health thanks to Miguel
Martial Science Boxing/Kickboxing Fitness
Sebastian G.
Eric Miller, the head of Kicking Dragon's Circle Martial arts, is a fantastic teacher. I've been training for 30 years and competing in boxing and grappling for 10 years. I reached an impasse while sparring and competing so I reached out to Eric to ask for help. His ability to assess a person's strengths and weaknesses and build off of then is invaluable. I pretty much just go to him now when my coaches don't have any answers. I even signed up at an mma school with a weekly open gym just so I could invite Eric since his school is too far from me. During our first session Eric helped us learn more than we had in the last four weeks. He kind of reminds me of Dean Thomas in the sense that he seems to have an answer for everything except Eric's knowledge goes way beyond just grappling. I can't recommend this school enough!
Kicking Dragon’s Circle Martial Arts
Adina S.
Sergio is an excellent instructor. 2 of my kids take krav maga with him and have not just gained skills but self esteem as well. He doesn't just teach skills but gives them life lessons as well.
Underground fitness Street Defense
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