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) and The BJJ Grand Prix.
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 – Friday 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kids Class (Ages 7-13)
- Monday – Friday 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Tiger Sharks (Ages 4-7)
- Mondays and Fridays 5:15pm – 6:00pm
Gracie Fernandina’s monthly rates are simple and very affordable.
Family Plan $125/month includes two adults and up to three kids.
Adults are $75/month (Military, Police, Fire, and Teachers are only $50).
Kids- are FREE WITH THE FAMILY PLAN (up to three kids). Without a family plan, kids are $75/month
With your monthly dues you will receive unlimited jiu-jitsu classes at our Gracie Fernandina Academy and the opportunity to attend seminars from the biggest names in MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (some past seminars include Relson Gracie, Rhalan Gracie, 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 one of our quality gis starting at only $80.00 by clicking one of the pictures below.
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 15 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.