627 Patterson Ave Suit C, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129

Murfreesboro's Ultimate BJJ and MMA School

We Are Different. We Are Family. We Are THE LEGION!

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Nick Stevens

Legion Jiu Jitsu / CheckMat Nashville is an excellent place to train for anyone looking to learn self defense and fundamentals as well as those interested in high level competition. First-rate instruc...

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Spencer Bates

Dropped in for the BJJ Basics class while on a trip. Class was great: excellent coach, great team, and quality instruction. If I lived in Nashville I’d be a member....

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Devin Sorensen

I attended my first class at Legion Jiu Jitsu Nashville today and had a great time. The professor, as well as the students were very welcoming. Overall it has a great vibe. I highly recommend this fo...

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Justin Hamza

This place is awesome! Legions has super clean and friendly environment that is welcoming and safe for everybody to train. They go above and beyond to make sure everyone in class gets 1 on 1 tips from...

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Zulma Cortes

I absolutely love our Legion Family, they have classes for all age levels. My daughter started when she was just 3yrs old and now she's 5. My oldest son has been doing jiujitsu for 3+ years now. My hu...

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Drew Stalnaker

Professors Gabriel and Alex are top notch guys who have pushed me to work harder than I thought I could. I’ve lost 70lbs in about 5 months of attending. As long as you show up and put in the wor...

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Youth BJJ

Our team at Legion Jiu Jitsu is proud to bring high-quality Youth Jiu Jitsu training to Murfreesboro. Our classes teach the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu while also instilling strong core values, leadership skills, and giving kids from across our community the chance to connect with new friends and mentors.

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Adult BJJ

Take on the best ground grappling skills today with our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes in Murfreesboro. For the real world or the competition setting, we've got you covered. Our training is great for all experience levels!

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Muay Thai Striking

Join us at Legion Jiu Jitsu for Striking classes that are guaranteed to get you in shape! Burn calories, learn self-defense techniques, and become a part of a team as you jab and dodge. We offer some of the best Muay Thai Striking in Murfreesboro - get started today!

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Luta Livre Jiu Jitsu

Come see what No Gi Jiu-Jitsu has to offer. Learn real-world, proven grappling techniques without the Gi. No Gi Jiu-Jitsu is high intensity, fast-paced, and perfect for self-defense! Learn more today!

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Together As One.

Whether you're a novice or you're bringing your belt with you, Legion Jiu Jitsu is here to help you succeed. We will provide you with hands-on coaching, inspirational mentors, and the earnest accountability you need to achieve amazing things every step of the way. Our four locations are conveniently located around the metro area. Legion Jiu Jitsu harbors an infectious passion for Martial Arts and will train you to become an expert at one of the world's fastest-growing sports.

At Legion Jiu Jitsu, we believe that everyone deserves to feel safe, empowered, have fun, and be surrounded by a loyal tribe. Our world-class Jiu Jitsu creates a community of confident, fit, and humble warriors. We are different, we are family, we are THE LEGION. Our mission is to help you accomplish your goals and to provide you with an incredibly supportive community where you can pursue fitness, train hard, and dream big. From traditional grappling to Muay Thai striking, we are your home for all things martial arts. Begin your journey today.

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Benefits Of Training At Legion Jiu Jitsu


  • Confidence & Self-Esteem

    Confidence & Self-Esteem

    Our team at Legion Jiu Jitsu will help you become more confident than ever before as you make the journey from white belt to black belt..

  • Discipline & Self-Control

    Discipline & Self-Control

    As you master new Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques, you'll gain a sense of focus and discipline that will help you achieve bigger things in all aspects of life.

  • Self-Defense


    Being able to protect yourself and your loved ones is important. Whether you're here in Murfreesboro, Hendersonville, or traveling abroad, we'll give you real self-defense skills to stay safe.

  • New Friends & Mentors

    New Friends & Mentors

    The martial arts are about more than just punching and kicking. They're also about community. Learn from the best instructors in town and meet new friends!


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Jiu-Jitsu began with Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese expert judoka and member of the Kodokan. Maeda emigrated to Brazil in the 1910s where an influential businessman named Gastão Gracie helped him get established. In return for his aid, Maeda taught the fighting art to Gastão’s son Carlos Gracie, who then taught the art to his brothers and sons. When Maeda taught the art to the Gracies he called it Jiu-jitsu. The Gracie family refined this art form into what is now known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu differs from other martial arts in that it provides solutions for all possible stages of combat. Other disciplines like Tae Kwon Do or Karate focus on striking and rely on a person’s strength and speed to deliver damage, but speed and strength doesn’t matter when you’re on your back. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu differs from other martial arts fundamentally. While other martial arts rely heavily on strength and speed, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu relies on superior technique and leverage.


A Gi (sometimes referred to as Kimono) is the uniform that is typically worn when training Jiu-Jitsu. It consists of 3 pieces: a jacket (or top), pants, and a belt. The material in which the three pieces are made is specially reinforced to withstand the rigors of daily practice. Most practitioners of Jiu-Jitsu who advocate the usage of the Gi cite the more technical aspect of grappling with a Gi.


As with other martial arts, the progress of a student is marked with a series of colored belts. Unlike other martial arts where Black Belt marks a person’s proficiency in a style, in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu the rank of Black Belt is conferred to individuals who have mastered the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The belts in order are: White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black. Often schools award four stripes for White through Brown belts. Black Belts are typically awarded one stripe every three years up to ten stripes. There are special classifications for Black Belts fighter and instructors. Instructors have Black Belts with Red bands and Black Belt fighters have White Bands. Typically, Black Belt instructors are not allowed to promote others up to Black Belt rank until they receive their first stripe. The ranks for children are different. Blue belt and higher ranks have age requirements so children have the following ranks beginning with White, Yellow, Orange and Green. Each belt has 4 stripes. These belts are utilized until age 16.


Practically anyone can utilize the techniques created by Carlos Gracie. Carlos Gracie, when he created his revolutionary system, weighed no more than 135 lbs. The core principle of Gracie Jiu-jitsu is to provide a method for smaller, weaker individuals to protect themselves from bigger, stronger attackers.


At Legion Jiu-Jitsu safety is paramount. Accidents may happen, however, lack of seriousness during training and the resultant careless application of technique or counters contribute greatly to injury. Careless practice is disrespectful to your partners, instructors, and the academy.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can provide you with far more extensive results than typical aerobic exercise. The resistance encountered while rolling provides you with a good base to improve your core strength through intense abdominal workout, increase your muscle tone, and reduce you body fat while improving your balance, bodily coordination, cardio vascular capacity, and muscular endurance.


The best thing to wear to a first class is a shirt and shorts.


We begin class with some light calisthenics and stretching. Following our warm-up we then begin drilling technique. These drills when done over and over help form muscle memory and help our students retain technique. When a student qualifies they then begin to spar (or roll). Rolling is when students are able to put their techniques to the test with training partners who can resist and counter just as they would in an actual fight, providing valuable real-world experience should the techniques ever need to be applied in an actual fight. The instructors at Legion Jiu Jitsu will evaluate each student and let them know when they qualify to roll live.


Typically, it takes anywhere from 8 to 15 years to attain the rank of Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu. Each belt (with the exception of Blue) takes about 2-5 years of dedicated practice; Blue Belt can often be attained in about a year of dedicated study.

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