NOLA BJJ is the premier Jiu Jitsu and grappling organization in the New Orleans area. Under the guidance of BJJ Black Belt and World Champion Matthias Meister, our organization has grown from one to four schools (UptownMetairieWest Bank, and Mid-City), each with slightly different styles. Together, we are proud to have over 200 belted students, not including kids' classes.

NOLA BJJ is headed by Black Belts Matthias Meister and “Doc” Eddie Lirette. Both are third-generation Black Belts under Professor Rafael Ellwanger, promoted through Carlos Gracie Jr. Our classes are taught by professionals who have a great deal of passion and love for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, Judo, Kickboxing, Sambo, and Eskrima.


Training in BJJ offers huge benefits to your physical and mental growth. Whether your goal is to compete, get in shape, learn self-defense, or just enjoy a martial art, NOLA BJJ will get you there.


We hope you come and join us soon! 



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. 


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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.


Contact Us

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!

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4521 Magazine st.


P. 504-250-1760