Want to learn REAL self defense that actually works in real life situations? Want to learn to defend yourself, and your family, against gun, knife and club attacks? Want to also have fun while doing it? Then come try a FREE SELF DEFENSE CLASS in New Jersey at Bergen County’s Performance Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy and learn some real world defense techniques.

We offer a weekly self-defense class as part of our Jiu Jitsu program. When you sign up for our monthly BJJ program for $159, you can attend the weekly self-defense class in addition to our other classes.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a great combat sport, but self defense is a very overlooked aspect of BJJ. Far too many BJJ schools out there focus only on sport competition and point tournaments. While you will learn that at Performance BJJ as well, we have a dedicated time each week where our students can learn real world techniques in our self defense class designed for women, men and even kids.

We teach the same self defense techniques that Grand Master Hélio Gracie taught to his own family and students. Performance Jiu Jitsu of Bergen County is unique among area schools in teaching Hélio Gracie Self-Defense. Our self defense classes include live drills to sharpen your timing and balance and to tune the techniques into muscle memory.   

Our self defense classes are taught at our Bergen County – Fair Lawn, NJ Jiu Jitsu academy on Monday at 6PM with Self Defense open mat directly after where you can practice the techniques you have learned. After that is one hour of regular open mat where you can work on your Jiu Jitsu and grappling skills.

Who Should Train for Self-defense?

Benefits of Self-Defense Training


As a law enforcement officer for over 20 years, I believe Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the most effective self defense martial art for real life situations. Professor Louis Vintaloro learned Jiu-Jitsu directly from the Gracie Family earning his Black Belt from Royler Gracie himself. I have had the honor of being a student at Performance Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Fair Lawn for over two years. At 44 years of age I lost 60lbs and kept it off. I noticed a huge boost in my endurance and energy and stress level has seemingly decreased. Training at PJJ helps keep me stay focused on my positive lifestyle changes including my diet. Prof. Louis Vintaloro, instructs almost every class at PJJ. Under his watchful eye he makes sure every student performs the moves correctly. Everyone at Performance Jiu-Jitsu helps each other no matter your age or rank. For those of you considering Jiu-Jitsu, this is the place to be. Whether you’re a law enforcement officer, teacher, or a homemaker, you can do it! If you want world class instruction in a safe, structured and clean training environment, try a free class at Performance Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Fair Lawn!

I have been training at Performance Jiu-Jitsu since 2005. My only regret is that I did not start sooner. As a Police Officer in New Jersey I know the importance of self-defense. I believe that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the best no nonsense martial art out there. Many instructors can execute the moves but don’t know how to teach. Louis can do both. He’s an excellent instructor with a world of experience. I’m proud to say that I’m in the best shape of my life, and receiving instruction from a Royler Gracie Black belt.

Contact Us With Questions

If you have any questions about our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program or the weekly self-defense class, please contact us today. We’ll be happy to answer your questions! 

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What would a first free class be like?

Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class starts with a light stretch and warm-up. A lesson and concept are taught with very helpful details that make it easy for anyone to understand. We then pair up and practice the techniques. New students are paired up with more experienced students to help them along. In the White Belt Beginner Martial Arts Classes at our Bergen County academy, new students only drill the techniques until they're comfortable enough to spar.

Most people are surprised by how friendly and welcoming everyone is at PJJ, making your first Bergen County Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class an enjoyable experience.
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