Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu


1760 S. Woodland Blvd. Deland, Fl

Inside Championship Martial Arts

Victoria Square Plaza


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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. 




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What our students are saying

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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.
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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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"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.

5th Year Anniversary open mat

Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu invites you to join us for an open mat to celebrate our 5th year anniversary.

All Affiliations are welcome to join in the fun on Thursday February 15th from 5-7 PM.

It's an honor to serve and be a part of the West Volusia Community.

If you have ever wondered what Jiu-Jitsu is all about or considered trying a class this is the perfect opportunity.

We look forward to seeing you on the mats, oss

Coach Wallace



5th Year Anniversary

We are extremely excited to be celebrating our 5th year serving you our students and community!

When the original RMNU Deland closed we sprang into action to find a way to continue the legacy.

We started with one student and have been growing ever since!

We are honored to have been a part of your life.

As we continue to serve and improve we are reaching out to new students with an amazing opportunity to get started in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

New Students get 4 weeks of training and a starter uniform for only $49.

We look forward to having you join us in the upcoming year for fun, fitness, self defense and competition.

We are planning our 5th year anniversary Open Mat so stay tuned for that announcement.

Thanks so much for being a part of the Gator Family!

Slap 🐊 Bump 🐊 Roll

Coach Wallace


New Student Special

Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

If you have been interested or ever considered trying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Now is your opportunity!

For a Limited Time Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu West Volusia's Premier Jiu-Jitsu Academy is offering a New Student Special!

For only $49. You will get a Free starter uniform and training for 4 weeks.

This offer is open for our kids and adults program.

( Limited to new students only )

We invite you to meet our Family and tour our facility. 

Our curriculum includes Self Defense techniques taught to the US Army for hand to hand combat. 

We also promote sport Jiu-Jitsu.

No experience required. Beginners are welcome. 

Stop in, 1760 S. Woodland Blvd Deland

Visit our website, 

Call, 386-801-0877

See you on the mats!

Coach Wallace


Holiday Class Schedule

Happy Holidays from our family to yours. We have a modified schedule in the upcoming weeks. 

Tuesday December 19th Regular Class

Wednesday December 20th 

Demonstrations and end of year awards

Thursday December 21st No Classes

Tuesday December 26th No Classes

Thursday December 28th 

Combined class 5:30-6:30

Tuesday January 2nd No Classes

Thursday January 4th 

Combined class 5:30-6:30

Our friends at All-Star Fitness have welcomed us for more training opportunities during the Holidays. Please visit their facebook page All-Star Fitness Deland for more info.


Free seminar with Professor Bobby Hughes tonight

Join us tonight from 5:30-7:30 as we welcome special guest Instructor Professor Bobby Hughes.

He has generously waived any fees to help you get better at Jiu-Jitsu. 

Don't miss this exciting free event!

Open to kids and adults.


Special Guest Professor Dec. 7th 2017

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Gator Family BJJ

RMNU is honored to announce that special guest Instructor Professor Bob Hughes will be at our Academy on Thursday Dec. 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

Professor Bob is an Instructor at the world renowned BJJ Headquarters of IBJJF Hall Of Famer Robson Moura.

We look forward to having him share his knowledge. 

Mark your calendars now so you won't miss this opportunity. 


3 ways Ninja Warrior training can elevate your bjj game.

    I'm sure you have watched the popular show on TV, American Ninja Warrior. Men and women challenge themselves on an obstacle course and try to do it in the fastest time. These athletes train for this competition. As BJJ athletes we train for fun, fitness and competition. We all want to get better and improve. I've put together 3 ways that Ninja Warrior training can improve your BJJ game.



Doing the berimbolo or playing inverted guard comes easy for some people. For others it can be difficult or even painful. How about someone doing the double under guard pass and smashing you? Wouldn't being more flexible be an advantage? On the Ninja Warrior show I have noticed the competitors leaping from one obstacle to another. I see them swinging and reaching as far as they can. Sometimes they will just hang there. Be it jumping, reaching or swinging, all of the athletes are doing something in common. They are stretching and gaining more flexibility. Hanging allows the spine to stretch and adjust itself. Jumping builds strong leg tendons and muscles as well as stretching the groin muscles. Swinging and climbing helps keep the shoulder flexible and mobile. 


Eye-Hand Coordination

Ever go for a collar grip and miss it? It happens! Want to defend against collar grips? You can do grip training in class over and over. It will get boring after a while. Take your grips to the next level with Ninja Warrior training. Every obstacle is slightly different which requires different strategies. While flying through the air you will have to focus. The fear of falling is also in the mix adding some intensity. In the jumping elements, balance is key. Each obstacle requires your full attention. You can hone your eye-hand coordination as well as balance in Ninja Warrior training.


It's Freaking Fun

I've never seen anyone on the show that wasn't happy to be there. Your workouts should be fun not boring. Jumping, spinning, swinging, climbing, It's like your playing Spiderman. 


    Who knows, you could be the next American Ninja Warrior! A side benefit is that your Jiu-Jitsu game will be better from cross training. Find a training course near you and get started. I heard that one is opening soon in Deland, Fl. I can't wait!


Choke Your Biggest Fear!

  If you really want to know happiness and realize your dreams, you have to be willing to take a leap of faith despite being afraid.

   All too often, we hold back and play it safe in order to avoid becoming successful, feeling embarrassed, being hurt, or possible failure. What if Bill Gates had been frozen by fear?

   We cling to fear from our childhood experiences and become like Linus, from the cartoon strip Peanuts, clinging to his security blanket.

   It’s our responsibility to acknowledge, face, and dissolve our fear.

   Are you willing to start now, to dig for the courage to do all the things you were meant to do, but haven’t yet started? If the answer is yes, then read on!

1. Get comfortable with fear.

   When you fear something, move toward it.  Feel it, and breathe through it. Imagine a 250 lb guy moving towards you thinking your someone else, and he’s really mad. Now imagine you have been training Jiu-Jitsu.

   Taking a big guy down and applying a choke hold will allow you the upper hand, while not having to actually hurt you or the aggressor. Contact sparring will help you gain the  confidence and techniques to defend yourself in that kind of situation.

2. Make your dominant thoughts positive.

   Fearful thoughts will attract more fear. Positive thoughts will attract success. Instead of expecting the very worst, try training your mind to expect the best. Make positive assumptions about your future. So many times we make things worse in our minds than the outcome really is.

3. Don’t give your time, attention, or energy to fear.

   Be innovative, take the initiative,  go the extra mile. If you don’t take action despite your fear, opportunity will pass you by. If you want to win a Gold Medal, you first have to register for the competition.

   Paying your money is a down payment on success. You can’t half way jump off a diving board. Remember, there is no losing in Jiu-Jitsu. You win, or you learn.

4. Revisit your victories.

   Strengthen your belief in yourself by reflecting on the last three years of your life and every success you’ve experienced.

   Close your eyes and feel the celebratory emotion of each one. Bring the same drive, persistence, and talent into now and allow it to inspire and motivate you.

5. Live vicariously through the victories of others.

   Use the success stories of others.
Read about the success of Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Steven Spielberg, and Oprah Winfrey. Take note of the courage they developed and follow their path to greatness.

6. Ask your family and friends for encouragement.

   My family see’s my strength when I forget it. They don’t hesitate to remind me of the trials and triumphs we have come through. They’re generous with praise and encouragement.  Ask your loved ones to do the same for you.

7. Plan to be great.

   Step into your power and dream big and follow it up with calculated risks and deliberate action steps. Have no doubt about your success. Your dreams are at stake here!

   You have the power to do whatever it takes to break through any obstacles that stand in the way of yourself, your dreams, and your happiness.

   Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has helped me overcome so many obstacles in my life. I would like to share it with you. In the Deland, Fl. Area, call me at 386-801-0877 or visit our website to reserve your spot!Gator Family BJJ


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.

CLICK HERE to schedule a private session or Self Defense Seminar for your group.

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 an 8x World Champion and Jiu-Jitsu Hall of Fame inductee


FAQ'S About training at Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu


Where is your Academy? We are located at Victoria Square shopping center a few doors from Gators Dockside and the movie theater. 1760 S. Woodland Blvd. Deland, Fl.

What’s the best way to contact you? You can reach Coach Wallace directly by calling or texting 386-801-0877.

Do I have to be in shape to start training? No. Jiu-Jitsu is a great way lose weight, tone up, and increase cardio.

Do you offer trials? Yes, we welcome you to try a two week trial for $19.99

 What should I wear to try a free class?Comfortable shorts or sweatpants and a t-shirt.

 What age can my kids start Jiu-Jitsu? Our kids program for boys and girls starts at 6 years old.

Do you have any women in the Adult class?Absolutely, 1/3 of our adult class are ladies.

What days can I train? Our current schedule is Tuesday and Thursday. Kids at 5:30, Adults at 6:30. We also have open mats and field trips to train with Master Robson Moura.

Do I have to compete? No. We have an amazing competition team but there is no requirement to compete. Most students just train for fun, FITNESS, and self defense.

   Does your Academy have an affiliation? Gator Family BJJ is a proud member of the Robson Moura Jiu-Jitsu Association.

   How much are classes? Our rates are less than $20. per class.

   Do I have to sign an agreement? Our Coaches and staff are 100% committed to the success of your goals. As such we require 100% dedication on your part. We have yearly memberships programs.

For more info please contact Coach Wallace 386-801-0877 and be sure visit our website



    There are literally hundreds of ways to exercise. From very basic movements to extreme sports. From free push ups in your living room all the way to paying hundreds of dollars for a personal trainer.

   Finding the best way to exercise and something that is a good fit for you can be a daunting task at the least.

   Enter→ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu a Martial Art. The Martial Arts have been around for centuries. In recent years the words Martial Arts conjures up visions of Danielson at the All Valley Karate Championship and even the octagon of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

   The biggest difference in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and most other Martial Arts is the fact that there is no punching or kicking. The concept is based on leverage and technique rather than strength which makes Jiu-Jitsu appealing to more people.

   So why Jiu-Jitsu? Let's go over some great benefits! (Not necessarily in order)


   Having a supportive family greatly increases your chances of accomplishing anything you want to do in life. Jiu-Jitsu is a worldwide family with common goals to get better at Jiu-Jitsu and life. At Gator Family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Martial Arts Deland we feel so strongly about family we put it in our name.


   As my Professor and friend Robson Moura so eloquently stated “Jiu-Jitsu has no end!” From the very young to the young at heart, Jiu-Jitsu is for everybody. It is ever evolving with practitioners developing new techniques everyday. With that said it is possible to be a lifelong student.


   Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the only Martial Art taught to US Military men and women for hand to hand combat. That's all I got to say about that.


   Learning anything new is sometimes a scary proposition. Jiu-Jitsu incorporates submissions and chokes. The goal is to submit your opponent or training partner (not hurt them). When you learn techniques to defend against someone trying to choke you and actually implement them while grappling it is an amazing feeling. Jiu-Jitsu carries over into our everyday lives building rock solid confidence.

   Those are my top four reasons of why Jiu-Jitsu. If you train I would love to hear yours. Drop me a line

   Find an Academy near you and check it out. If you are in the West Volusia and Deland, FL. area we would love for you to train with us.

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1760 S. Woodland Blvd. Deland, FL.

Am I getting better at JiuJitsu?


If you're just starting out and have been training Jiu-Jitsu for a few

months. You are probably asking yourself “am I getting any better?”


Here's a pop quiz to help you find out!


Am I training regularly?


Am I drilling the techniques my Instructor demonstrates with purpose?


Am I rolling with all my Teammates?


Am I giving Jiu-Jitsu 100%


If you answered”YES” to all four questions. You most definitely are getting

better at JiuJitsu.


The reason you may not see it is simple. Your Teammates are doing the same

thing. They are getting better too.


Sometimes you’re the hammer. Sometimes you're the nail. If you answered

”NO” to any of the questions in the pop quiz. Be prepared to be the nail

more often.


Be consistent in your training and you will see results. Sure, life gets in

the way. Missing class sometimes is unavoidable.


Hit an Open Mat. Take a Private Lesson. Come to class early. Stay late.


One day there will be new students in class. You will hit sweeps and

submissions like a pro. You will realize just how far you've come.


The only way to fail, is to give up!


Keep training! See you on the mats!


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