Zen Martial Arts is the home of the Carlson Gracie Team in Ottawa and a great place for you to learn the authentic Carlson Gracie style of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) from a 2nd generation Carlson Gracie instructor.

Mitsuo Maeda

Mitsuyo Maeda

Conde Koma

Carlos Gracie

Grandmaster Carlos Gracie Sr.

Carlson Gracie

Grandmaster Carlson Gracie Sr.

Marcus Soares and David Dash

Master Marcus Soares with David Dash

Our classes are fun, the facility is clean, and our instructors genuinely care about the success you experience in our jiu-jitsu program. You will find our facility and the training environment bright, clean, friendly and inviting. Over time our students see both mental and physical changes from practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu; they become:









Unlike stand-up martial arts like kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu teaches techniques that a smaller weaker person can successfully use to defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique. A typical class includes a warm-up, strength and cardio conditioning, stretching, Judo and Wrestling take downs, ground drills, practice from different positions followed by instruction in proper Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques.

The style of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu we teach is different from many other schools. We follow the tradition that Carlson Gracie started at his academy of teaching a distinct style from that being taught by his uncle Helio and other schools. While Helio's brand of Jiu-Jitsu emphasized technical proficiency and a slow method of grinding your opponent down while on your back, Carlson favored a style of Jiu-Jitsu that encouraged physical prowess, passing the opponent’s guard and then barraging them with a series of techniques from the top position.

Carlson Gracie Team Ottawa 2016

We offer 9 classes a week to both men and womenThe Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes program is for anyone 14 and older.


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