The art began with Mitsuyo Maeda (aka Count Coma), an expert Japanese judoka and member of the Kodokan. Maeda was one of five of the Kodokan's top groundwork experts that Judo's founder Kano Jigoro sent overseas to spread his art to the world. Maeda left Japan in 1904 and visited a number of countries giving "jiu-do" demonstrations and accepting challenges from wrestlers, boxers, and various other martial artists before eventually arriving in Brazil on November 14, 1914.

It promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant using leverage and proper technique; most notably, by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat them.

BJJ can be trained for self defense, sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition.


Pittman's Academy has a long standing relationship with many of the top Braziliain Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) organizations and instructors in the world.

We have been a close affiliate with our Master Instructor Carlos Machado. Mr. Machado is a Gracie Family member and has been training BJJ for over 40 years along side the Family that started it all.

Pittman's Academy also has a longstanding relationship with the Royce Gracie of UFC fame. Royce is one of the few credited for bringing this great art to the United States in the early to mid 90's. We continue to support Royce and we have him come to our school several times a year for guest instruction and seminars.