Crosley Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy - Brentwood, CA

Our Academy Is An Establishment For Self Improvement And Personal Excellence.

We are determined to meet all of our members' needs, first and foremost, in a constructive, disciplined, friendly and safe environment. We empower our members to reach their full potential and experience an overall improved healthy lifestyle and regimen, to help maintain an excellent quality of life.

Crosley Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy - Brentwood, CA

About The Academy    Testimonials

Since we were established in Brentwood in early 2005, hundreds of families had the chance to experience our programs and everything else that we offer. With time, consistency and dedication to the training, many success stories have taken place.

We're honored to be able to have direct influence in the improvement of our students overall lifestyle, helping them be more productive at school, work and in their personal lives. The relationships we develop are the greatest gift we receive in return. These are testimonials from students who train or have trained with us in the past. We deeply thank you, current and former students for the opportunity you gave us to train you.


"I participated in the Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu self-defense class on September 28th and found it to be a very worthwhile experience. I am a first-time self-defense student and found the strategies taught by the very patient instructors to be easy to master and very applicable for use “on the street” in the event that I’m ever confronted with such a situation. The facilities are first-rate and the atmosphere was one of friendly encouragement for a lot of us ladies that had never done anything like this before. The staff members were very attentive to questions and constantly roamed during practice sessions looking for ways to assist and correct. One of the aspects that really stuck out after I left class was that it really is possible for a woman that is smaller and weaker than almost any attacker would be to defend herself and buy enough time and space to get away. I would definitely recommend this class to the women of Brentwood." 

Rhonda Kraeber
Kraeber Law Office, Brentwood, Ca.


"I mainly joined to try to get back into shape, but I have also become "addicted" to the art. I push myself so much harder during classes than I would if I went to the gym. I've dropped about 40 pounds in 5 months. I'm actually starting to see abs again :-) The overall environment is incredible. The instructors are top notch, the facilities are always clean, and the other students are very friendly. If you are thinking about Jiu-Jitsu, I would definitely start here!"

Patrick H.


“Having trained and visited at about 5 different BJJ clubs this one by far is my favorite. World champions Crosley and Ryan have found a good balance between, a good workout, good instruction and a positive environment for sparring. Some clubs have some of the other components down but it is rare to find a club that has all 3. The technical instruction alone is reason enough to train there. They also have a good muay thai team.”

Cali G.


"Es una academia excelente, las clases y programas que tienen estan muy bien estructurados y organizados. Mi hijo de 4 y yo estuvimos tomando clases por 6 meses y aprendimos y nos divertimos mucho, desafortunadamente nos toco mudarnos y no hemos podido encontrar nada similar.
El ambiente es muy agradable, y los instructores son muy profesionales."

Myrian V. 

“I am a police officer and former defensive tactics instructor for a South Bay police department and I have trained in several different martial arts at numerous schools. I started my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction with Crosley Gracie several years ago. In my opinion Crosley Gracie is one of the most positive and technical instructors I have ever had the privilege of training with.

Crosley makes his classes fit anyone no mater what there goals may be ( Competition, self-defense or fitness) and have a great time doing so. Crosley makes his students want to learn and seems to really care about each students progress. I would highly recommend anyone interested in martial arts to give Crosley Gracie Jiu Jitsu a try it was the best decision I have made for my own safety as a Police Officer.”

Tony A.


“One of the best atmospheres you can find to learn the gentle yet effective art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Affordable world-class instruction taught by Crosley Gracie himself who has over 20 years of experience. All the instructors are very friendly and helpful.

Crosley focuses a lot on technique and details and will work with individual students until they learn a move 100%.The gym is very spacious and has everything you need. There is a jiujitsu area, muay thai kickboxing area, and a ring. Everything from the mats to the locker rooms are very clean and there is an overall hygienic feel to the whole place.

As far as the students are concerned everyone is very respectful and welcoming. More advanced students will help newer less experienced students learn. My Instructors and teammates have become my family and I wouldn't train anywhere else.”

Travis B.


“We all know how important it is for women of all ages to have the skills to defend themselves. I am sure many of you are just like I was - thinking about taking a class but never taking the first step for one reason or another. It was actually my husband that pushed me to take the first step by signing me up for the Women's Self Defense class at Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy about three months ago. I am so glad he did. It has made such a positive impact on my life that I am compelled to convince others to take their first step. The class is taught in a large, clean environment by friendly, knowledgeable instructors on Saturday mornings at 9:00. Only women train at that time which made it less intimidating for me. This is the only place to learn real self-defense techniques that work on a bigger opponent, get in shape, have fun, and still have plenty time in the day for yourself or the kids.”

Tina E. 


“Let's face it, having to defend yourself is a scary thought, which makes learning and practicing in a safe, supportive environment invaluable! The Women's Self Defense class is that and more: Effective self-defense techniques are taught by knowledgable, friendly instructors to a class populated by women who recognize they are worth defending and work hard to learn. Add in the clean environment and an unbeatably great workout and you have got yourself a win, Win, WIN deal!!”

Kathleen S.


“Great place to get in shape! Crosley's grandfather was one of the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, so he brings a lifetime of knowledge and experience to his teaching. Crosley and the staff relate well to both old and young students, something I appreciate as one of the older ones, and provide a lot of individual attention. The classes are disciplined, but the atmosphere is still casual and friendly. Overall just a great experience.”

Dale S.


“I have been a police officer for approximately 9 years and also a member of the SWAT team of a Bay Area city. I am currently assigned as Traffic Officer. I am also a California P.O.S.T. certified Defensive Tactics Instructor for the past 3 years, I instruct the police officers in my department on weaponless defense, impact weapons and mechanics of arrest. I have been training under Crosley Gracie for the past two years. As police officers were are trained never to fall on the ground and to keep our distance against an assailant. We all pray there will never be a time, when an assailant continues a relentless attack and takes you to the ground. BJJ will teach you how to survive an assault on the ground, how to escape from the ground, how to disable someone while on the ground, and the proper application of a carotid restraint (rear naked choke).

There are currently several police officers from different Law Enforcement Agencies training with Crosley Gracie and I encourage anyone regardless of fitness level, age, size, or gender to come enjoy the benefits of BJJ. You will shed unwanted pounds, increase your cardiovascular level, relieve some stress, and gain self-confidence. The best thing of all you will meet great people that will treat you like family.”

Ivan De La Cruz


“My boyfriend came from Europe with some knowledge of wrestling and Judo and wanted to learn some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He didn't know English at all. We found Crosley Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy and enrolled him in, not knowing what to expect. We were very pleasantly surprised with Crosley Gracie's love for what he does, his knowledge, patience and the way that he is able to transfer his knowledge to others. He even took some his time to learn some Croatian words to make my boyfriend feel more comfortable. Thank you Crosley!”

Marijan Vukelic and Ljerka


“I have trained with different people as well as different academys and Crosley's academy is by far the best. The high standards and high professional attitude that is displayed on a regular basis far exceedes any expectations. Crosley as well as his black belt Ryan Murphy not only teach the most technical Gracie Jiujitsu but the life lessons they teach both the kids and the adults make all better humans. Just ask legends like Royce, Rodrigo, or Royler who all come to teach seminars there. I have even had conversation with Renzo who spoke very highly of Crosley.”

Larry F.


“I have been a correctional / probation officer for over 10 years. I have learned, in these crazy times, it's good to be prepared for anything. Over the years I have trained in other martial art forms and have received various types of self-defense training as a peace officer and during my six years active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. However, none of my past experiences measure up to the skills I have developed while studying Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under Crosley Gracie. His classes allow students to practice techniques under a more realistic situation than any other training I've received before. Lastly, Crosley Gracie is a highly skilled, patient instructor who helps create a positive, supportive atmosphere that is conducive for growth in this self-defense system.”

James Rivers


“I have been a Police Officer in an active and busy Bay Area city for over 10 years. During my career I have worked as a Patrol Officer, P.O.S.T. certified Defensive Tactics Instructor, SWAT Team member, K9 Officer and Detective. Throughout my career, I have learned a lot about controlling violent criminals including joint manipulation, control holds and fighting techniques through advanced officer instruction as well as on the job training or actually fighting with dangerous criminals. I have also learned the importance of maintaining one's over all level of physical fitness to avoid unnecessary injuries. Since I started training with Crosley Gracie I have learned so much more. Jiu-Jitsu teaches a very real and important aspect of self defense, and that is the ability defend yourself when the fight reaches the ground. I have more confidence in my own abilities and I am in better shape now then I have ever been. I am having a great time learning new techniques and really enjoy training with the instructors and students at Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy. Thank you Crosley!”

Jimmy Wisecarver Jr


“Our 5 year old son, Hunter loves extreme sports. His favorites are Jiu-Jitsu and Dirt Bike riding. The Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for children is excellent! The experienced staff is very professional and great with children. Jiu-Jitsu has challenged his high energy level and taught him patience and listening for instructions. I recommend this class, give your child a chance to experience Jiu-Jitsu at Crosley Gracie Academy. Thank you Gracie Family, you are wonderful and have been a blessing to our family.”

From the Cordua Family.


“Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy has done for me what 5 days a week in the gym couldn't. I've been enrolled for six months and have lost 25 pounds and 4 inches. I have improved flexibility and coordination. My Asthma is much more manageable even with the intense cardio work. My work life has improved also because I have more confidence when dealing with co-workers.

Crosley and Ryan are patient, encouraging, helpful in their instruction and very experienced in what they do. Class times fit my schedule and are easy on my budget.

Most self defense programs focus on striking an opponent, Jiu- Jitsu however focuses on controlling an opponent through joint control which helps prevent you from possibly injuring yourself.

I recommend Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy to anyone who wants to get in shape and learn the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from world class instructors.”

Will S.


“Hi, I'm an 11 year police veteran in a very busy city and I've been training with Crosley Gracie for several years now. I've been in countless fights at work in which I had always relied on the techniques learned from other Police Defensive Tactics instructors. That is until I started training with Crosley. The fights I am involved in now end quicker with less injury to both me and the suspects. It is a misconception in Law Enforcement circles that Jiu Jitsu is only done on the ground. Well it's not. Crosley teaches countless self defense techniques done in the standing position. On the other hand, in my business fights always go to the ground since that is where we want our suspects so they can be safely handcuffed. When it goes there, a Jiu Jitsu practitioner will be ready to win the fight without using a baton, taser, or gun. I recommend Crosley's classes to all Law Enforcement in the area.

Besides me, my wife and 3 children learn Jiu-Jitsu from Crosley as well. I feel safe knowing that my kids will never be bullied and my wife could overcome an attacker with crisp technique and confidence. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to be trained by a member of the Gracie family in every class. Crosley is not only a world class fighter, but also a world class teacher. He makes class fun and personable. His great instruction is proven by the number of tournament champions under his tutelage. I recommend the Jiu-jitsu classes at Crosley Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy to anyone who wants to become more confident in their physical abilities, get in great shape, and become a better well rounded person in general. Just bring a positive attitude and a good work ethic. ”

Preston G.

"Crosley Gracie Jiu Jitsu is hands down the best martial arts gym around. The gym promotes multiple life values as well as camaraderie, discipline, a sense of family, and much more. Since I have joined the gym, I have not only benefited from adding instruction in two more martial arts (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai), I have increased my fitness physically and mentally. The major standout is the high level of training you receive from each instructor, all of which have made many achievements within the martial arts world, and can lead you in any path you want to take, be it competition, fitness, or any other goals. A big thanks to Crosley and Ryan for providing the programs and instruction available at this gym! I'm not typically a person who will sincerely recommend things without being very passionate about them, and I feel this gym certainly deserves a recommendation for anyone thinking about getting into the martial arts, or furthering their martial arts training!"

Tim T.


"I can't say enough about this place. Even if you're new you never feel like an outsider. The instructors and other members make you feel like one big family. I take the Muay Thai class which I have yet to go to and not managed to break a sweat. All the instructors are patient and push you while knowing where you're limits are at and never make you feel inadaquate. I said before starting I was only interested in Muay Thai but after seeing the jujitsu classes and the instructors I would like to add that in down the line.

I am overweight and never excersized before this and I look forward to every class and have more energy. I'm only dissapointed to this point that it took me this long to realize instead of "working out" I could actually have fun, learn and build confidence. Being healthier is just an awesome side effect."

Kimiyo S. 

“My initial interest in jiu jitsu stemmed both from seeing its dominance in MMA competitions and its applicability to my job as a police officer. I've tried other martial arts but I am a total beginner with jiu jitsu. First thing I noticed, jiu jitsu is an absolute blast! When I leave the gym, I am drenched in sweat, smiling and looking forward to my next lesson. 

My son and I started training with Crosley about two months ago. Unlike some other martial arts schools, Crosley didn't treat us like grappling dummies to be abused by the experienced students. Crosley provided us with some basics, which have served as building blocks. Beginner or not, Crosley, Stephanie and Ryan continue to make sure every student pays attention to the details.

The environment at Crosley Gracie Jiu Jitsu is a unique mixture of traditional martial arts values, real world applicability, perfection of the art and self-improvement. In conjunction with this, the instructors also demand full effort and commitment from the students. With all this in play, when you join Crosley Gracie Jiu Jitsu, you become a family member, too.

The selfish side of me wants to keep quiet about Crosley's jiu jitsu school. However, I expect many punitive push-ups would follow once Crosley found out!”

Brandon J. Richey
Police Sergeant, City of Concord
Councilman, City of Brentwood