Gracie Fernandina was founded in February of 2009 to provide northern Florida and southern Georgia the opportunity to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from the best in the world. Gracie Fernandina has captured numerous competition medals in many different organizations including: The Florida State Championships, The North American Grappling Association (NAGA), The International Sport Grappling Association (ISGA), The BJJ Grand Prix, and The Good Fight Submission Only Tournament.
Our competition record proves Gracie Fernandina’s Jiu-Jitsu instruction is second to none. You simply will not find a better place to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the Fernandina / Yulee or St. Mary’s / Kingland areas.
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00pm – 9:00pm
- Tuesday and Thursday 10:00am – 11:00am
Tiger Sharks (Ages 4-7)
- Mondays and Fridays 5:15pm – 6:00pm
Mako Sharks Class (Ages 8-10)
- Monday and Wednesday 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Hammerhead Sharks Class (Ages 11-13)
- Tuesday and Thursday 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Gracie Fernandina’s monthly rates are simple and very affordable. Our programs do not include contracts, instead after a small down payment, we will finance the total program cost, interest free, into 12 affordable payments.
Our flexible individual pricing ensures you can choose the down payment and monthly payment that works best for you! Most of our members pay about $90 per month.
Our Family Program offers amazing value for the whole family! Family Programs include up to two kids and two adults. Most of our members on the Family Programs pay about $150 per month. Additional family members can be added to the Family Program with no additional down payment.
With your monthly dues you will receive unlimited jiu-jitsu classes at our Gracie Fernandina Academy, access to our members only Facebook group, and the opportunity to attend seminars from the biggest names in MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (some past seminars include Relson Gracie, Rhalan Gracie, Steve Diaz and Phil Cardella). There are no hidden fees, no sign-up fees, and no registration fees.
What to expect your first class
When you show up to class for the first time you will see others wearing a Gi. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gi is different from a traditional martial arts gi because it is made of very strong cotton fibers. You don’t need a gi to get started but eventually you will want to get one. Training in a gi will make you more technical in the long run. It is recommended that, for your first gi, you purchase an inexpensive gi. We offer gis for sale but you can also find great deals online.
Class will usually begin with a 10-15 minute warm-up. These warm-ups are designed to get the body loose and to strengthen the muscles that are most commonly used in Jiu-Jitsu. Don’t be discouraged if it’s too much at first. The warm-up is for your benefit, so go at your own pace.
After Warm-up the instructor will demonstrate technique. This is about 30 minutes and generally you will learn 2-3 techniques per class. Learning too much too fast can cause confusion so it’s best to keep it short. After the technique is shown you and your training partner will drill the technique to make sure you have a good understanding of it. The instructor will observe and answer any questions. Your first day the instructor may pair you with a more experienced training partner to help teach you the basic positions.
After drilling technique the instructor will allow time to “roll.” Rolling is the term used in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for live sparring. In this step you and a training partner will attempt to gain position and eventually submission while resisting at near full force.
Some tips for your first time
- Wear clothes without pockets if possible. Usually sweatpants and a t-shirt are good for your first time. Keep in mind whatever you wear may be grabbed or pulled.
- Don’t expend all your energy too quickly. The most common mistake a beginner makes is using up all their energy within the first 10 seconds of a 5 minute sparring session.
- Cut your toe and finger nails. They are not only a danger to others but also a danger to yourself.
- Cover any cuts or open wounds.
- Perhaps the single most important tip any beginner can get, leave your ego at home. You will find that most people in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are humble and willing to help. This is due, in large part, to the fact that they leave their ego at the door. If you’re forced to submit in training, don’t worry about it. There’s never been a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who hasn’t been submitted thousands of times.