New Orleans Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the oldest and largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in New Orleans. With over 12 black belts at four locations throughout the area, we are home to over 200 students locally and host to innumerable visitors from around the world.
The School had its humble beginnings during the early 2000s as a small group of friends who gathered in a friend’s garage to exchange “rolls” and grappling knowledge. Following the flooding as a result of Hurricane Katrina, Professors Matthias Meister and “Doc” Eddie Lirette moved the school to its flagship location on Magazine Street. They adopted the “X” marked on hurricane-ravaged properties as the school’s logo: emblematic not only of survival, but the community’s resilience and power to persevere amidst the circumstances.
Much like the city in which we reside, our school has weathered many storms and iterations, still evolving and growing into our own unique culture and style. Just as our city has adopted cultural practices via a rich international history, so too our Jiu-Jitsu is a unique blend of styles and practices that distinctly creates New Orleans Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
We have an incredible team at Nola BJJ. Our instructors are dedicated to making you feel safe and providing the best learning experience possible no matter your experience level. Come train with us and see why we are the premier Brazilian Jiu Jitsu organization in New Orleans.
Head Instructor at NOLA Uptown is a NAGA champion, Pan American BJJ champion and IBJJF champion at the Black Belt level. Originally trained as a Judoka during his youth in Switzerland, Matthias received his Black Belt in BJJ from Carlos Gracie Jr., receiving his third degree in 2018 from Professor Rafael Ellwanger.
"DOC' eddie lirette
“Doc” Eddie has competed both nationally and internationally, bringing gold to New Orleans from Rio in 2007. A native of NOLA, Eddie saves lives as an ER doctor by day, but is also known for administering poison on the mat. Doc Eddie also received his black belt from Carlos Gracie Jr. and received his third degree in 2018.
Gavin began BJJ while in his teens under Professor Matthias Meister. An accomplished wrestler, Gavin brings much of the sport to his practice of BJJ. Gavin received his black belt in 2015 and continues to teach private and group classes at the Uptown location when not saving lives for the NOLA Fire Department.
Owner of NOLA BJJ Metairie, Charles is an IBJJF champion at the brown and black belt levels. He has competed nationally and internationally in BJJ, Judo and Sambo. Charles received his black belt in BJJ in 2015.
Coach Neeta has spent over 20 years in pursuit of her passion for movement. Trained as a dancer, she has toured worldwide and began teaching in her teens. In 2015, Neeta joined our team to help teach kids bjj classes and now runs our kids program, teaching all kids BJJ and Judo classes. She holds a purple belt in BJJ and a green belt in Judo from the Hayashi Judo School.
Caroline began BJJ while in her teens and in 2013 became the first female black belt in the state of Louisiana. An avid athlete, she has competed BJJ and MMA regionally and is a NAGA champion. She serves as an ambassador for the organization Girls In Gis and is a physical education teacher in NOLA.
ROGERIO DA SILVA
Better known as “Mestrando Cocada”, Rogerio is the owner of our Mid-City location and a practicing Capoeirista, his first love is training and teaching the Brazilian Martial Art of Capoeira. Mestrando began his BJJ journey after arriving in NOLA, receiving his black belt in 2016.
Our West Bank head instructor, and wrist lock master, has been practicing Martial Arts since 1980 holding black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Kuk Sool Won and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. and is a NAGA champion. She serves as an ambassador for the organization Girls In Gis and is a physical education teacher in NOLA.
Co-Owner of NOLA MMA, Ray Lopez is a current, high level competitor, coach and instructor in the sports of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA (current BNO Flyweight Champion). Ray is a Muay Thai striker, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt and wrestler,
Trying any martial arts class for the first time can be very scary.
It’s probably a lot more intimidating if you’ve ever seen an MMA/UFC fight, been attacked before or if you are new to this type of training or exercise.
The only thing scarier however, is being in a situation where you may need these skills and don’t have them...
Let’s address a few frequently asked questions that many people have:
Do I need to be in shape?
If you are already in shape, we are going to push you to the limit and beyond. If you’re not - don’t worry! The majority of us aren’t on our first day of class or after a long layoff. Our instructors will tailor every movement to complement your skill level and before you know it, the improvements will be noticeable! The best way to get in shape for this... IS TO DO THIS!
Will I get hurt?
Like any physical activity, there is always risk of injury whether it's yoga, spinning, jogging, or boxing. We pride ourselves on conducting classes in a safe manner, never expecting students to do anything they aren't ready for, and keeping a low injury rate.
What do I wear?
For your first class or any No Gi/kickboxing classes, a t-shirt/rash guard (no tank tops during grappling classes), board shorts/athletic shorts/vale tudo shorts, spats and gi/sweat pants are all acceptable.
Do NOT wear anything with extra pockets, belt loops or baggy fabric. These are dangerous since fingers and toes can get caught in them. Baggy cargo shorts are a common example of what not to wear.
For all Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes, a BJJ Gi is required with the corresponding belt. These are available for sale at the academy.
PLEASE NOTE: Personal hygiene is of the utmost importance! Make sure your finger and toe nails are well-groomed. If you have long hair, you’ll want to put it up in a ponytail or bun during class. You should also remove any piercings to prevent injuries. Please wash your training attire before using it again.
What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves or another against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent.
Equipment needed. Attire from above, mouthpiece is optional.
What is Combat BJJ?
Combat Jiu Jitsu is a blend of grappling and striking. The rule set allows for fighters to use open hand slaps to any part of their opponents when the fight is on the ground. While on the feet, standard grappling rules apply. The basis for this is to better prepare grapplers for MMA and become a stepping stone to move from grappling to MMA.
Equipment needed. Attire from above, mouthpiece is recommended.
What is Wrestling?
Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds. A wrestling bout is an intensely physical and mental competition, between two competitors who attempt to gain and maintain a superior position. There are a wide range of styles with varying rules with both traditionally historic and modern styles. Wrestling techniques have been incorporated into MMA and is considered a foremost pillar of the sport.
Equipment needed. Attire from above. Wrestling shoes, mouthpiece and ear guards/wrestling headgear are optional.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We are happy to help with any information you may not have already found on our site!
4521 Magazine st.
NEW ORLEANS, LA, 70115