127 E New York Ave.

Historic Downtown

     DeLand, Florida     


Take the first step,

we'll take it from there!


At Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you will learn World Class traditional BJJ. We're here to offer you high quality training for real world self defense in DeLand, Florida. Whether you find yourself in a close up confrontation or a ground based scenario, you will have the skills to come out on top and keep yourself and those around you safe from danger. The comprehensive Martial Arts fighting system we teach our clients offers a truly revolutionary approach to fitness and total body training. Using motivation and progression through our systems you'll gain confidence, get fit and push yourself like never before. From our youngest kid students to the high level athletes in our adult classes, every client at Gator Family BJJ is treated like an absolute priority. Are you ready for a better training system? 


We feature Kids Teens and Adult Brazilian Jiujitsu classes, Kickboxing 

and Acro Yoga 


 With more programs and affordable 

no contract rates.

There's everything to gain!

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What our students are saying

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"Jiu-Jitsu helps me in every day life"


It's pushed me to be healthier and more active. It's also helped me to "slow down" and strategize a little better, even in day to day challenges.     Lani Stover
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" My daughter loves this sport"


The instructor is very attentive to the kids. Just an overall great experience with everyone involved.  Hope H.
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"Gator Family BJJ is a great place"


Whether you're looking at it for sport or self defense. Coach Wallace is very hands on, and is a coach that truly cares about making sure you understand the how's and why's of every move and every position. There are no ego's, everyone there is focused on learning. It's a very family friendly environment.     Casey M.

Why Gator Family?

The number #1 reason people don't start training is intimidation.

There! We've said it!

It's out in the world bwa ha ha ha

Truth is, your first experience with Martial Arts can be your first and your last.

Here's what to expect at 

Gator Family BJJ,

Friendly greeting

Clean Facility

Robson Moura Nations United

You're welcome to watch or participate in any of our programs. Complete your registration at the front desk and qualify for a free all-access 1 week trial.

Coach Lani would love for more ladies to train with. Miss Nicole in kids class is holding it down but is looking for strong backup.

Train at your own pace. You'll be partnered with a high ranking student and get one on one instruction. 

Grappling is voluntary. Those not grappling on the mats become Safety Monitors. 

Take the first step, We'll take it from there. 

Memorial Day

The Studio will be closed May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen for regular schedule Tuesday May 28th.

Coach Wallace

Fight Club?

For the last several months my friend would come to work and all he wanted to talk about was this thing called Jiu-Jitsu. I asked him last week isn't the first rule of Fight Club to not talk about Fight Club, He laughed out loud and when he finally finished wiping the tears from his eyes he explained to me that it was the best thing that had ever happened to him and once again invited me to a class.


I could tell my friend was having fun and I could see he had lost a couple pounds and was getting in shape even after a few short months. So I asked him what wear to Jiu-Jitsu. He said that you wear a type of uniform but for my first free class I could just wear shorts and a t-shirt. I accepted the invitation and last Tuesday my first class went like this.


I showed up to the gym and walked inside. The person at the front desk was really friendly and explained all I had to do was fill out a short waiver. My friend waited for me. When I was done we walked over to the mats. He explained to me that we bow both on and off the mats in respect to the martial art, the instructors, and everyone that had come before us. There were big guys, little guys, and ladies too.


When the instructor walked on the mats he walked over to me, shook my hand, and said that he was very pleased to meet me and then if I had any questions whatsoever to ask him or any of the teammates that were there. He yelled lineup and everyone lined up in rank order.

 In Jiu-Jitsu the ranking goes by what color belt you wear. The instructor walked to the front of the class, had a few brief announcements and everyone bowed again.


The highest-ranking student took off running and everyone followed. We ran into a big circle for what seemed like forever and then we made several lines at one end of the mat. I tried to do the warm-ups everyone was doing but it seemed really weird. My friend came over to me halfway through the warm ups and explained it was normal to feel out of place but that after several classes I would become more comfortable and to just hang in there.


I was surprised to realize that I was really out of shape. Sure I worked out at the gym occasionally but this was a little beyond my normal exercises. Everyone especially the higher-ranking students seemed to do the warm ups with relative ease. After what seemed like an hour we wrapped up warm ups and the instructor said take a break and get a drink of water.


When we came back, everyone sat in a circle and the instructor got his highest-ranking student and explained that he was going to go over that night's technique. He did what he called a "sweep" where he was on his back and the person in front of him was on their knees and he flipped them over onto their back and ended up in a mounted position with his knees on each side of the guy's chest rather quickly.


He did it again pointing out every detail. Where to put your hands. Where to put your feet. How to move your hips. He showed it several times and asked if there were any questions and then he told everyone to partner up and start drilling the technique. I looked around and a more experienced person came over to me and said let's get to work. I got on my back and put my hands where I'd seen the instructor.


I started to move but it felt kind of weird. It was not the outcome I expected. The instructor saw I was having problems and came over and carefully placed my hands in a  slightly different position. I tried it again and to my amazement effortlessly flipped my partner over and landed in the mounted position. It was amazing. Like I had superpowers or something.


I tried it a few more times and then my partner tried it. After about 15 minutes the instructor asked if there were any questions anybody had. He told everyone get a drink of water, come back, and we would begin grappling. I asked my partner that I had been drilling with if this is when fight club starts. He laughed out loud and said yep.


When everyone had returned the instructor made an announcement. He said that if anything hurt that we should tap our partner and make it very clear that something hurt. The object of grappling was to control your partner or opponent and try to submit them. Make them tap. I felt really nervous and didn't know how this would go.


The instructor yelled slap hands, bump fists, and go! So me and my partner did just that. He quickly pushed my legs to the side. Held me down and straightened my arm out and applied pressure slowly. I tried to wiggle and squirm and push him off of me but it was no us. He kept applying pressure slowly and I tapped him on the back with my hand. I asked him how he did that and said keep coming to class.


He did the same thing several different ways a few more times and the instructor said time switch partners. I stood up looked around and a girl came over to me and asked if I wanted to roll. I looked at her with a weird look on my face. She explained that rolling meant grappling. I said sure let's do it.


I thought that I could do to her what my previous partner had done to me. Well, I was wrong. In a matter of seconds she had control of me and I had to tap. I asked her to explain what it was that she did and I got the same answer as before. Just keep coming to class she said with a smile.


I rolled with a few more people and the instructor said time, lineup. Everyone got back into formation and the instructor thanked everyone for being there. After we bowed out we thanked each of our partners. I had a really great time and a lot of people came up to me and invited me back again the next day.


At work my friend came over and asked me what I thought. I told him that I was really nervous at first and didn't know what to expect but after doing the warm-ups and learning a really cool technique. I thought I felt a lot more comfortable. The grappling portion of class really showed me how amazing Jiu-Jitsu is.


Last night I went back and signed up. I got a really cool uniform and a brand new white belt, and so begins my journey in Brazilian jiu-jitsu! 

The Heat Is On!

The heat is on and we're turning it up at Gator Family BJJ. Already a member? Bring a friend so they can experience all the benefits of Jiujitsu.

Not a member yet? What are you waiting for? Try all of our programs risk free for a full week with an All Access Pass!

Acro Yoga is a fun way to increase coordination and build muscle control. Just a 10 dollar drop in fee gets you started. Miss Zoey welcomes beginners every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5:30 PM.

Kids Jiujitsu is only 80 per month and includes self defense and sport Jiujitsu training that builds confidence and self esteem. Mat Chats work on manners and respect. Kids 5 to 10 year olds are welcome Monday through Thursday from 5:30-6:15 PM. 

Kickboxing is for all ages and steps up your cardio. It's not all about kicking bags. We give you the technical details to build a solid foundation. 10 dollar drop in fee for every class.

Teens now have a program of their own. Every Monday and Wednesday from 6:15-7 PM we hit the mats. Kids 11 to 15 years old are welcome to join in. 80 per month for action packed classes.

Adult Jiujitsu classes Monday through Thursday rock! Lose weight and get in shape. In a conversation last night one student said that grappling was his happy place.

"Nothing else matters when your grappling!" Included for 100 per month are weekly classes as well as any open mats and field trips to Tampa to train with Professor Robson Moura.

No Contracts ever! 

Get in and experience how our programs can benefit you and your family's lives.

Look forward to training soon!

Coach Wallace


The Gator Family is excited to announce a new teen class!

Beginning on Monday May 6th young men and women ages 11 to 15 years old will have their own program.

Bridging the gap between kids and adults, our teen program will focus on more detailed techniques without the intimidation of grappling adults.

Teen class will be Monday and Wednesday at 6:15 PM. 

Upfront pricing

$80 per month

No Contracts

Stop in at 127 E New York Ave. Downtown DeLand to get started.

Competition Training

The Gator Family is gearing up for competition. While competition is encouraged, it is not mandatory.

This Friday April 12th 2019 from 5 to 7PM. we invite all members to attend this training. Even if you never want to compete. 

We need referee's and safety monitors. 

You will also learn the International Brazilian Jiujitsu Federation rules and points system which is required as part of our curriculum for promotions.

The 2019 World Masters Championships will be held in Las Vegas in August. We are sending several competitors to represent RMNU DELAND.

Your support is needed to help bring a World Championship back to our studio.

Not a member yet?

Get in to experience how our programs can benefit you.

See you on the mats this Friday from 5-7 PM. Oss

Coach Wallace

6th Year Anniversary

Deland Jiu-Jitsu
Deland Jiu-Jitsu

With all the excitement opening our brand new studio in Historic Downtown Deland we have not had the opportunity to celebrate our sixth year.

Not to worry! We are planning a blowout member appreciation, grand opening and open mat celebration 🎉

Stay tuned for the big date and time!

Established February 12th 2013, Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was founded to carry on the legacy of Robson Moura Nations United in Deland Florida.

Under the guidance of 5th Degree Black Belt and IBJJF Hall of Fame Inductee Professor Moura, the Gator Family has made a significant impact in our students lives and the surrounding community.

With our new location we are able to provide an expanded training schedule for Jiu-Jitsu, Ladies Self Defense, Kickboxing and Acro Yoga.

We are proud and humbled to serve you!

We look forward to another amazing year and seeing you on the mats!

Coach Wallace

Kids Testing & Promotions 2/28/19

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Deland Jiu-Jitsu

Being promoted is exciting. It let's you know you are progressing and brings a feeling of accomplishment.

At Gator Family BJJ we follow the IBJJF rules for kids promotions.

Once per month a child is eligible for a stripe if he or she has attended at least eight classes, has shown self control and can properly demonstrate the techniques covered for that period.

Four months equal four white stripes. On the fifth month if requirements are met the child receives a red stripe signifying they are eligible for a belt promotion.

On the sixth month the child will be promoted to the next belt rank after passing testing.

Kids Belts:


Grey w/ White Stripe

Solid Grey

Grey w/ Black Stripe

Yellow w/ White Stripe

Solid Yellow

Yellow w/ Black Stripe

Orange w/ White Stripe

Solid Orange

Orange w/ Black Stripe

Green w/ White Stripe

Solid Green

Green w/ Black Stripe

Kids are considered adults at age sixteen and may be promoted to Blue or even Purple Belt at the Coaches discretion.

Our Kids program will have testing and promotions this Thursday during regular scheduled class at 5:30.

If your child currently has a red stripe on their belt they will be tested for a belt promotion.

You will be receiving a Congratulations form. Please note that all membership dues need to be current and there is a 25. testing and promotion fee. 

We look forward to many well earmed promotions this month.

See you on the mats!

Coach Wallace

Open House

Deland Jiu-Jitsu
Deland Jiu-Jitsu

This Saturday make plans to visit Downtown Deland to watch the pups prance down Mainstreet.

After the parade head over to our studio for an open mat. Get some training in and try one of our new programs.

We'll be open from 8 AM to 1 PM. 

Haven't visited our new location yet? We're located in the heart of Historic Downtown Deland at 127 E New York Ave. Right beside Wells Fargo.

Our programs include:

Kids and Adult Jiu-Jitsu

Ladies Only Self Defense


Acro Yoga

Enjoy a fun filled day out in the community and stop in to say hi!

For more info visit www.gatorfamilybjj.com

Or call 386-624-6739

Get With The Program

Coach Zoey showed up and we flew 👏

Ok, with not much fanfare we attempted seval poses and on the second attempt we got this.

 I was terrible, Coach Zoey was in control the whole time. 

Check out Coach Zoey's class every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 -5:30.

A New Class Just For You

Happy Valentine's Day!

We've had a great week at our new studio and it's only getting better. We are excited to announce a new program that will literally sweep you off your feet.

Introducing Acro Yoga! Learn to fly in a beginners class with Coach Zoey every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 - 5:30 PM.

Part yoga, part acrobatics Acro Yoga is a unique, fun and easy way to tone up and get for. No experience needed.

Stop in and watch a class or join in the fun for just $5 per visit.

Want to get your heart rate up? Cardio Kickboxing is just for you! Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:15 we strap on gloves for a 45 minute workout. 

Our Kickboxing program features low impact to high intensity training to fit your needs. Go at your own pace for the workout of a lifetime.

Want to drop 150 pounds in three seconds?

Learn Self Defense techniques involving real world scenarios in our Ladies Only Self Defense program with Coach Lani. 

Classes are every Monday at 6:15. 

Drop in for only $5 per class.

Ladies get one on one instruction in a fun and exciting hands on group class. 

Be prepared to protect yourself and your family with proven self defense techniques.

Our signature Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes rock. From beginner to advanced jiu-Jitsu is for everyone.

Kids classes are Monday through Thursday at 5:30. Only $80 per month with no contracts. Family plans are available.

Adults train Monday through Thursday at 7 PM. Get started at $100 per month. Discounts also available for 6 and 12 month memberships.

Stop in and try a no obligation class for free. 

Get in and train! Take the first step. We'll take it from there.

See you on the mats, Coach Wallace

We are officially open!

Great to see everyone at our Open House yesterday. Thanks so much for your support.

We are excited to kickoff our regularly scheduled classes tonight.

Kids Jiu-Jitsu starts off the fun at 5:30 PM followed by Kickboxing at 6:15 PM. Adult Jiu-Jitsu begins at 7 PM.

More programs are scheduled to start very soon. Please visit our front desk and put your name in for AM Jiu-Jitsu, Noon Jiu-Jitsu, Ladies Only Self Defense and Acro Yoga.

Want a class we haven't mentioned? Let us know and we'll make it happen.

Mark your calendars for February 23rd from 12- 2 PM so you won't miss an amazing Seminar with Professor Robson's son Matheus Machado.

Open to all academies and space is limited so register now in person or by phone.

Check out the flier for details!

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