RIBEIRO JIUJITSU PHILADELPHIA

 

Our Philadelphia Jiu Jitsu school offers Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes in Center City Philadelphia.
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1-WEEK FREE TRIAL

ABOUT US

SERVING CENTER CITY PHILADELPHIA AND SURROUNDING AREAS


Formerly Maxercise, est. 1991, We have been Philadelphia’s Premier Jiu Jitsu Academy for the past 30 years. Currently located in Philadelphia’s Chinatown area, we boast a 10,000 sq ft., state of the art academy, with all the amenities. Being one of the Nation’s first kettlebell gyms, we also proudly offer kettlebells classes for all levels, beginner to advanced.

Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Philadelphia has an extensive after-school program, which includes FREE pickup from secular local schools as well as after care facilities. Focusing on discipline, self confidence and anti-bullying, our after school program is second to none.

If you are a woman and looking for a safe place to train, and learn self defense, look no further. Home to one of the areas largest women’s team, with (3) female black belts, Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Philadelphia proudly offers a safe, fun environment for all women to become the warriors they’ve always wanted to be.

Additionally, our academy is located one block from the Convention Center with ample parking options as well as public transit.

Main Academy:
233 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(12th between Vine/Race Streets)
[email protected]

BENEFITS OF
JIU JITSU

 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the perfect way to learn self-defense and get in shape. Our program enables you to live a healthy lifestyle while being a member of a community of like-minded people who are trying to better themselves every day. 

Get stronger, lose weight, and learn how to handle yourself in any situation - jiu jitsu allows you to achieve all of your fitness goals in a fun and challenging way. 

Join our family today by starting your One Week Free Trial. You can also view our Class Schedule, see what your First Class will be like, meet our Instructors, and see where we are Located.  

MEET THE INSTRUCTORS

JOHN J. DISIMONE III
HEAD BLACK BELT INSTRUCTOR

With over 30 years of Martial Arts experience, John holds the rank of 6th degree black belt in both Kodokan Judo and Tomiki Aikido, as well as a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is a Senior Maxbells instructor, Co-Creator of the MKC Maxbells Training System (kettlebell fitness), and Co-Creator of the GKTC Online Kettlebell Certification Program. His extensive experience in all these fields has also enabled him to help coach our competitive athletes active in Jiu Jitsu, Judo, No-Gi and MMA.

 

KATIE LANTZ
BLACK BELT INSTRUCTOR

Katie started jiu jitsu in 2006 as a way to get in shape, and quickly fell in love with the martial art and sport. Since then, she has competed across the country, going against some of the top females in BJJ on the world stage and now holds a 2nd degree black belt. Katie also has a brown belt in judo, and is a certified kettlebell instructor. When not drinking coffee or her head buried in a book, Katie can be found sharing her knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm for jiu jitsu with students at Ribeiro Philly. 
SARAH BLOCK
BLACK BELT INSTRUCTOR

Sarah began her martial arts career with the Drexel University Judo Team (2008).  To supplement her training she took up the art of Brazilian jiu jitsu at Ribeiro Philadelphia (2010). After years of dedication, she received her black belt in 2018, after taking home a gold medal at the IBJJF Las Vegas Open.  She has competed on the World stage, has won multiple F2W Pro super fights as a black belt, and continues to actively compete against top female competitors. She is currently our assistant black belt instructor and GKTC certified kettlebell instructor. She also holds a brown belt in judo (Ikkyu) and leads our Competition Team Program.

JON FULTON
BLACK BELT INSTRUCTOR

Originally from Philadelphia, Fulton began training Jiu Jitsu and kickboxing at American Top Team in South Florida in 2008. Then, trained at Jaco Training Center, when it was the home of the Blackzilains. In 2015, he moved back to Philadelphia as a purple belt and received his black belt by John Disimone III in December 2019. He currently teaches both our Kid's and No-gi classes.

 

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YOUR FIRST CLASS

The first step is to come in for your introduction class. While it can be intimidating, we make sure your experience is easy, fun, and stress free.

 
Here is what you can expect your first day: 

MEET THE INSTRUCTORS

FACILITY TOUR

JIU JITSU INTRODUCTION

WARM UP EXERCISES

TECHNIQUE INSTRUCTION

LIVE APPLIED DRILLING OF TECHNIQUES

TESTIMONIALS

Torey, Brown belt

"Training at Riberio JiuJitsu Philadelphia has changed my life. After reaching my late 30s and getting bored with weightlifting, RJJ introduced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu into my life and now I'm experiencing true passion again. I also have been taking the kettlebell class which has strengthened my core so that I can better perform the BJJ moves. The environment at this gym is very friendly and family oriented. Training gives me the opportunity to discover things about myself that benefit me both in the gym, as well as, in my personal life outside the gym.

One point that I must add is that my son and I both train together at Maxercise. What a bond that has been built between us, as now we have something in common beside being blood relatives. We actually can set goals and motivate each other in the same direction."

 

Shannon, Black Belt

"Jiu Jitsu has given me so much to be thankful for. As I get older, the benefits are more clear each day as I am more fit than many of my peers. I am grateful for everything BJJ has done for me."

Morgan, Blue Belt

"Ribeiro Philadelphia has one of the strongest women's programs in the entire country. I love coming in and training with the awesome ladies who make me better on and off the mat."

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