ladd-door-with-jiujitsu-posterHere we are in the world famous Ladd Karate School working our armbars, chokes and various other tools of the “gentle art” (so-called because we aren’t punching each other in the chops). In Brazilian Jiu-jitsu we fight for the position (“roll for control”) and wear our opponents down with Newtonian physics.

Everything you need for effective self-defense is available to you here in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. We have the take-downs, the exercises for escape and the finishing holds you need to survive any encounter be it in the street or at the tournament.

Make your martial art trainable as a sport and the rest is cake. You’ll be a martial monster to those who don’t train in a matter of weeks.

Plus you’ll be mixing with us, the most welcoming and patient as well as tasteful and erudite crew of martial arts practitioners this side of Polybius (who? Look him up!).


Dear friends, martial mavens, particular boozers, here I present a friend and sparring partner of ours of such fine erudition and unflappable good sense that we are beyond tickled to have him aboard our sterling little Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and lunch devouring exercise! It is my delight to introduce Elliot Acosta into our complex midst of discussion of all things trivial, profound and otherwise! We ❤ Elliot!  And here he is a newly promoted black belt!

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Roberto and myself with my new black belts Mike Heydlauf and Elliot Acosta! (both in black) Josh Leonard and John Knight are also pictured! Feb 2018.

About Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

A “sister art” of classical (pre-olympic) Judo, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is as close to a fully rounded self-defense system as you are likely to encounter. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioners train with the idea of being in the worst positions possible right from the get-go. Everyone learns how to fight on their backs and when outgunned by bigger opponents. Efficiency of technique is the key and we (my team and I) are here to help you maximize your efficiency while having great fun doing it.1-jen-and-brie-roll-2

About US:

My name is Geoff Balme and I am a second degree black belt (with 26 years of experience) in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu as taught by my instructor Gracie Barra and Renzo Gracie fifth-degree professor Roberto Maia of Boston Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. I am also a PhD in systematic entomology in case you have any insect questions. I’m also your friend who loves teaching folks the terrific art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (just don’t say “jitz” it drives me nuts!).


screen-shot-2017-02-15-at-3-29-06-pm-1Talk to us, we’re your friends. Also, if you’re interested in kicking people, we’ll put you in touch with Master Ladd (Tang Soo Do superhero) who loves to teach people how to kick! His Karate classes are also available at this location!