You want to up your game.
You want to learn from world champions.
You want to build muscle.
You want to shred fat.
You want to have fun.
You want to win.
You want to train jiujitsu.

Welcome to the legendary Carlson Gracie Jiujitsu World Headquarters.

Welcome to the family.
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-Carlson Gracie Sr.
“Always enter like a kitten and leave like a lion. But NEVER enter like a lion and leave like a kitten. Always be humble.”

is life-changing.


Though we have more trophies than we can track,  we're not just about winning. 


We are about helping you develop into the best version of yourself. We are about assisting you in pushing past your mental and physical boundaries to accomplish goals you wouldn't have dared to reach for on your own. We are about lifetime bonds, eternal memories and self-motivated growth. 

We carry on Carlson Gracie Sr's legacy of authentic style BJJ, family, tough love, kindness, and humility.

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Ron J.

I've been training here for the past two years an love it. The environment is welcoming and respectful, never intimidating like you would expect with such an aggressive sport. There is a great mix of skill levels to work with and learn from.

Oscar C.

There's something to be said about the culture at Carlson Gracie HQ.  I look forward to my BJJ days because I know I will be challenged mentally and physically.  I know I will gain something from each class.  But equally as important, I look forward to spending time with my training partners and instructors.  This gym has such good vibes, is super welcoming, and It really does feel like an extension of my family. 

Guy A.

There are other BJJ academies in Chicago. Most of the best ones are operated by persons who still train here, or have trained here in the past. This academy is the best in the region because of the unmatched breadth and depth of experience here. Carlson Gracie Jr. is a master of BJJ who needs no introduction. There is nobody I would rather train with. 


2778 N. Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60647 (312) 409-0566


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