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Great Grappling Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Professional Coaching For All Ages And Abilities

Our Dedicated Team

Led by head instructor Jeremy Arel, our classes bring professional coaching to students of all experience levels. We're here to help you get better one step at a time and sustain your success for years to come.

Our Core Values

For us, BJJ is a way of life. It's a form of discipline for everything we do and a source of motivation through life's toughest challenges. We're here to share with you wide-ranging benefits we have come to love.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help everyone in our community find success. Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced fighter, we want you to feel excited about training and accomplished after every class.

Our Promise

We pledge to provide you with a safe and supportive environment where you are welcomed on day one and motivated to give it your all. Your success is our priority and we're here to make it happen.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes have something for all ages and abilities. Learn the very basics or challenge yourself with high-level training. We're helping men and women across Fort Mill and Charlotte see incredible results!

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Kids Martial Arts Fort Mill

Kids Martial Arts

Our Kids Martial Art Classes challenge students to stay active and build in them an incredible sense of self-confidence. Relying on the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, we're helping students across Fort Mill thrive.

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Womens Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Build your skills one step at a time in our Women's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes. We're proud to help women train with confidence and comfort and get the most out of every workout. Learn more or get started today!

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Why Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Right For You?

Get The Most Out Of Your Workouts And Master The Art Of Self-Defense

Competition & Motivation in Fort Mill - Great Grappling Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Competition & Motivation

BJJ is a sport that keeps you driven week in and week out. No matter where you begin, our classes help you get better one step at a time and stay challenged with increased difficulty and friendly competition. The bottom line is we know how to help you get the most out of your workout.

Real-World Self-Defense in Fort Mill - Great Grappling Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Real-World Self-Defense

Did you know that a majority of real-world fights end up on the ground? If you're forced to defend yourself in an altercation or attack, you're going to want effective ground-based skills that help you maintain control and stay injury-free. That's where we come in.

Total-Body Results in Fort Mill - Great Grappling Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Total-Body Results

We're here to help you break free of static training. No more rep counting. No more wasted energy. Our classes keep your heart racing and your muscles moving from start to finish - but your mind is motivated throughout to focus on the task at hand, not how hard you're working.

Incredible Accomplishments in Fort Mill - Great Grappling Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Incredible Accomplishments

The beauty of our system at Great Grappling is the progression of skills that we help you through. One day at a time, you'll get stronger, and faster, and smarter. In a few weeks, you'll look back at your first day and be amazed at the progress you've made and the goals you've accomplished.


What People Are Saying

Still need convincing? Check out what people are saying about us.

Robb Adams

Hello, my name is Robb and I am a grappaholic . In December 2012 I wanted to find something different to get in shape. Going to the gym was boring, and re-enlisting in the Marine Corps was not an option. At 42 years old I needed to make some changes. Joining this family at Great Grappling was the ....

Josh Miller

We found GGBJJ when searching for kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu programs in the Charlotte area. We were not experienced in martial arts, but were told that BJJ can be better exercise for kids since they actually get to spar regularly in class (as opposed to needing pads, headgear to spar in most ....

Justin Bench

Hey all, I ran into the Jeremy by complete accident, by rolling up to Gordo’s academy to train a few weeks and asking about places to stay. What I got was an amazingly warm welcome and a new family for a few weeks. Everyone at the Connection Rio house was friendly and fun, and they were ....

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Kyle McDougall

I have had the pleasure of training with Jeremy for the last 3 and half months here in Brazil and on top of that i have gotten to take several private lessons with him as well. Jeremy has a natural ability for teaching and a great mind for BJJ, his ability to help you understand concepts and ....

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Carl Fisher

I have had the pleasure of training with Jeremy Arel for the last month here in Rio, as well as sharing a house and I am proud to call Jeremy one of my friends. His jiu jitsu is off the hook and he is a great coach, with a very fine eye for detail when teaching. Most nights at training, he has ....

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Brian Crandell

I had the privilege of training with Jeremy in Charlotte a couple months ago. I must say he is a class act and a great Jiu Jitsu practitioner. Although I only met him that night and was honored by getting a chance to roll with him he treated me like I was a long time friend and trained with me ....

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John Mac

I’ve been living in Rio and training at Gordo’s for 5 months, and I think my jiu jitsu game has made the most progress since Jeremy has been present for the last 2 months. Not only have I learned the most technique since I’ve been here from his classes, they have also been the ....

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I’ve been lucky to know Jeremy for a few years now. We kinda came up the ranks together and I can say without any doubt that he is not only a great instructor that helps you retain details of techniques but also he is a good friend. I am a better jiu jitsu player just for training with him. ....

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Laurino Scriva

Hello, I trained for 3 weeks at Gordo’s and stayed at the Connection Rio house. As soon as I arrived, Jeremy made me feel welcome and he was very accomodating. From the very first class I did with him I knew I was going to get some top notch teaching. He has a systematic approach that is very ....

Cutting-Edge Classes For All Ages

Welcome to Great Grappling Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, where we're dedicated to high-quality coaching and unwavering support. Our BJJ Classes are designed to make professional grade training available to everyone in our community. No prior experience is required. No egos and no intimidation. Our goal every day is to help men and women across Fort Mill and Charlotte challenge themselves and take pride in their accomplishments. PLUS, in our Kids program, your little one can develop incredible discipline and confidence that will serve them for years to come. Check it out for yourself. Just fill out the short form on your screen to get started today!

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