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Deland Florida's Premier Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy!

  A proud member of the Robson Moura Jiu-Jitsu Association welcomes you to try a two week trial for only $19.99. JiuJitsu promotes that a smaller person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger stronger person through leverage and technique. There is no kicking or striking in JiuJitsu. We are not an MMA gym. We provide comprehensive training to get you in the best shape of your life and or compete at the top level. Check out our KIDS and ADULT programs.

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1760 S Woodland Blvd Deland, Fl

Inside Kimber Martial Arts

Victoria Square Plaza

Kids Class

Tues. and Thurs. 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Adult Class

Tues. and Thurs. 6:30 - 7:30 PM

What our students have to say,

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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.

Schedule Change

Tonight begins our new schedule for this quarter. Kids class is at 5:30 and adult class is at 6:30 every Tuesday and Thursday.

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See you on the mats 👍

Coach Wallace

No Open Mat Friday 8/10/18

Hello Gator Family,

There are previously scheduled activities happening at the Academy this Friday.

There will be no open mat.

Training at 7 PM tonight 8/9/18.

See you then,

Coach Wallace

RMNU 2.0


The Gator Family has a standing invitation for all registered adults to train at RMNU Headquarters on the first Saturday of the month.

On 8/4/18 I had the opportunity to train with Professor Robson and the RMNU Team. 

We all enjoyed great instruction from Professor Robson as always. Followed by some competitive rolls. 

Everyone stayed for open mat to roll, get tips, and catch up with friends.

The biggest difference was RMNU 2.0

The space has been under construction for a few weeks. Walls were removed to allow for more mat space.

The result is one huge area to train. 

I really liked the new logos on the walls. Very professional and modern. 

Can hardly wait for the 2018 Camp!!!

See you on the mats!

Coach Wallace

Time to train!

Summer is winding down and kids are gearing up for another school year.

It's Time to settle back down and get into a rhythm.

Or is it? We have two choices! Keep doing what we've been doing and get the same results or change one thing to be better than what we were yesterday.

Bullies are a fact of life. Learning and training to defend ourselves is a choice.

Being Confident is a choice. 

The Gator Family is ready to help you and your family achieve your goals!

✔ Choose Confidence

✔ Choose Patience

✔ Choose Fitness

✔ Choose Gator Family BJJ

See you on the mats

Coach Wallace

Free Open Mat Tonight

    Join the Gator Family tonight at 6PM for a free open mat. This is the perfect time to find out what Jiu-Jitsu is all about.


    At this event you can learn basic movements and techniques for grappling and self defense. 


    Advanced students can drill techniques and grapple.


    Our team is looking forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals.


    See you on the mats tonight 6PM!


Coach Wallace

The Heat Is On!

We hope you and your Family had a great 4th of July 🇺🇸 

Back to our regular Summer Schedule on Monday July 9th 2018.

Monday Kids + Adults 5:30-6:30 PM Tuesday Kids + Adults 6-7 PM Wednesday Kids+Adults 5:30-6:30PM Thursday Kids + Adults 7-8 PM Most Friday's Open Mat 6-7 

Let your friends know we still have a few Summer Passes available! Ten Weeks of training for only $199. 

The Gator Family Salutes all Military this month. If you currently serve our Country or are a Veteran, you Train Free in July. 

Registered Adults, you are welcome to join us the first Saturday of every month at Robson Moura Headquarters in Tampa Fl. Train with World Champion Black Belts.

See you on the mats,

Coach Wallace

Expanded Summer Schedule Begins 6/25/18

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Deland Jiu-Jitsu

Times, they are a changin'!

Summer Schedule begins 6/25/18

Monday Kids + Adults 5:30-6:30 PM

Tuesday Kids + Adults 6-7 PM

Wednesday Kids+Adults 5:30-6:30PM

Thursday Kids + Adults 7-8 PM

Most Friday's Open Mat 6-7 PM

Get your Summer Pass! #rmnudeland

New Schedule?


There is a possibility of expanding our training schedule. I'm requesting everyone's input. 

Classes would start at 6:30 Mon thru Thurs with competition and open mat on Friday.

Maybe gi two days and no gi two days. Maybe have combined kids and adults.

Please comment or send me a private message with your thoughts. 

Thanks for being a part of RMNU DELAND. 

Oss, Coach Wallace

12 reasons why you and your child should train Jiu-Jitsu

Deland Jiu-Jitsu
Deland Jiu-Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu has given me many goals, a sense of purpose and the drive and discipline to go after those goals.

I believe there is no program out there that encompasses physical education and character development like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu does.

Below are a few reasons to consider Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for your Child or yourself over or in addition to Team Sports:

1. Self-Defense

This is the number one reason why most people decide to study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It teaches you the techniques to defend yourself, but also the way to think about defending yourself – anticipate and avoid potential dangers. Training also helps  build up the reflexes you need if you’re ever in a dangerous situation, and give you the confidence to stand up for yourself and fight back if needed – which brings us to our next topic…

2. Self-Confidence

As you become more proficient Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, your confidence gets a big-boost. You become more self-assured and confident. Your Professors  encouragement goes a long way to help you achieve this goal, but the confidence level will extend far beyond the Academy.

3. Belts and Ranking

Belts and rankings are a public recognition among peers for the student’s effort and progress. Martial Arts ranking system helps teach you to set goals and achieve them, to persevere and prioritize.

4. Discipline

Martial Arts training is a physical expression of ‘practice makes perfect’.  In a class a student may execute a single movement  or series of related movements, hundreds of times. This teaches the student that the progress that always happens during small improvements in technique and stamina, flexibility or power – will come through endless repetition.

Even during sparring, where the student shows how creatively he or she can apply their well-honed skills – there are still rules and protocols to be followed.  All of this teaches you to respect one another, their opponents and colleagues, and how to play games fair and square – lessons that follow you in your non-Martial Arts lives. It also teaches you to commit, to go to practice even when you don’t feel like it.

5.  Individual Achievement: No one sits on the Bench.

Although there are many lessons to be learned from team and individual varsity sports, the ‘make the team’ model often favors the more physically developed players while alienating the late bloomers.

Coaches have access to a endless supply of players that renews itself each year, the big and strong get picked and get to  play while the less physically developed watch from the bench, this leads to an even greater disparity in skill development as the season goes by.

At Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, our mats are packed while the benches are empty, all kids get equal ‘playing time’. Naturally some kids develop their skills and physical abilities earlier than others but we personally find that many kids who start out with underdeveloped athletic attributes such as strength, speed and size, end up blooming onto some of the finest technicians we have in all of our programs.

If  your child is an athletic wonder who is able to stay ahead of the game with his natural talents, athletics may very well bring out the best in him or her. But if want your child’s full potential to be nurtured through years of disciplined and diligent training look for a martial art school who offers a serious program taught by world-class accredited instructor.

6. Gender Equality

I am sure that while many parents would consider martial arts for their sons, not nearly as many would consider it for their daughters. However the martial arts are one of the few sports where both boys and girls can play together.

At Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we have a large amount of girls in our kids and adult programs, and in many classes they outnumber the boys. The girls are among the most technically proficient students we have and often dominate many of the local, regional and national competitions they enter.

Martial Artist also gives brothers and sisters an opportunity to practice together and learn from one another as well (not to mention the convenience of having all of your kids in one place at a time).

7. Weight Control

Childhood obesity is a global epidemic and rising trends in overweight and obesity are apparent in both developed and developing countries (CDC stats).

The typical  martial arts class will often be comprised of warm-up calisthenics, teaching and practicing of moves and possibly some sparring, as well as some active games. The warm up and practice comprise the bulk of the time, and for that time your child will be constantly on the go – stretching, crunches, takedowns, grappling, punches and kicks. The workout each child gets will not only assist in the natural development of his or her muscles but also help them build stronger Cardio-Vascular systems. Even in the most active of team sports such as Basketball or Soccer, children don’t get that much of a workout simply because they generally don’t play the whole game and even if they do, there are still breaks in the action.

8. You can do it with them

Most martial arts schools offer classes for both adults and children. While classes do not run  simultaneously, they are usually one right after the other. This means that you can watch your children workout, and then they can watch you.

If you have the proper space for it, you can practice with each other at home, and learn from one another. This will give you a special activity to use as a bonding tool with your kids. You can also become physically fit together.

At Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we have many families that come to class together and either take class simultaneously or watch each other's sessions.

9. The Never-Ending Season

Many team sports, especially those primarily played outdoors, or in specific weather (think Soccer, Baseball and even wrestling) are seasonal. In Martial Arts we have classes year round. This consistency and availability also helps build upon discipline, and allows children to progress at a much quicker pace in the Martial Arts than in Team Sports.

…and 3 more reasons that they should specifically learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Since I am, after all, a Jiu Jitsu Instructor, I would absolutely reinforce  and recommend Jiu Jitsu above all other Martial Arts:

10. Jiu Jitsu isn’t about brute force, it is about control

Grandmasters Carlos Gracie Sr and Helio Gracie, reinforced that Jiu Jitsu should be practiced with the mindset that your opponent will be bigger and stronger than you. That technique  and mental toughness should be pursued above all physical attributes.

11. Athletic Development

Jiu Jitsu’s main goal is technical prowess and perseverance but the training itself is a whole body workout – Grips, Feet, Hips and Head all need to move in fluid and exact timed motions to properly execute a throw or a fight ending submission. Many world class professional athletes such as  NFL players take up Martial Arts in order to improve their game skills.

12. Jiu Jitsu is Global

Jiu Jitsu has experienced a World Wide growth in the past 10 years unlike any other Martial Art. You can find a Jiu Jitsu school in any corner of the of any continent.

If a Karate practitioner travels to another city he or she might have a hard time finding a school to work out in that has the exact same style and philosophy as their home dojo.

In Jiu Jitsu, a student may travel to any school and they will still be practicing the same hip throw, arm lock or choke that are taught at his Academy. In fact I encourage all my students whose jobs involve traveling to always bring a Gi and visit other schools. Even when my students go away on vacation they tell me stories of training from the other side of the country to the other side of the world.


Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is part of the Robson Moura Association. We have affiliates worldwide.

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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! 

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Summer Classes

Summer Jiu-Jitsu Classes
Summer Jiu-Jitsu Classes

Last year we offered Summer Classes. It was a huge hit.

We are once again offering classes from June until August.

No memberships required!

Kids and Adults will learn Self Defense, Grappling and Competition techniques.

Now is your chance to learn Jiu-Jitsu in a fun and safe environment.

Spots are already filling up. Last year we sold out. Please enter your info in the form to secure you and your childs spot right now.

Looking forward to seeing you 9n the mats!

Coach Wallace

Self defense starts before an attack!

Criminals only have to get it right once. You have to get it right every time.” Here are some tips to help stop an attack before it happens.

    Be aware of your surroundings.
As we go about our daily routines we often become complacent and set in a rhythm. Getting up, leaving for work, going to lunch, and returning home at the same time everyday.

     It is important to know that some “bad guys” use this to their advantage. It’s their job to learn your routine and strike when you are vulnerable using the element of surprise.

    Before entering or existing your vehicle, take a good look around. Take notice of things that look out of place or may seem suspicious. If things don’t look or feel right, Stop! Just a few moments can make a difference.

    Distractions like cell phones can take your attention away from someone following you or waiting to attack you. Social media is not more important than your safety. Make a point to be more aware of your surroundings.

    Staying in shape can also help defend an attack before it happens. Increased mental acuity, strength, and faster reaction times are benefits of being healthy. “bad guys” may think twice about attacking a person who walks with confidence.

    Taking a self defense class and arming yourself with techniques to defend yourself and your family is encouraged. While one class may be beneficial, joining a Martial Arts Academy can help in so many other ways.

    Some of the benefits of consistently training Martial Arts are confidence under pressure, better physical fitness, and a team that can help you reach your goals. Find an Academy near you and give it a try.

    In conclusion. Be aware of your surroundings. Put your phone down. Take a Self Defense class or join an Academy. Be safe out there.

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About the author;
        Wallace Bailey is the Owner/Instructor at Gator Family BJJ. A Robson Moura Jiu-Jitsu Association member. Wallace is a Purple belt under Master Robson Moura and 8x World Champion and Jiu-Jitsu Hall of Fame inductee.

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