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