Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu jitsu in Ottawa

Zen Mixed Martial Arts is the only school in Ottawa with a second generation Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor and the only school to teach the curriculum of Professor Marcus Soares. Our program is led by Head Instructor David Dash, a Marcus Soares brown belt who has competed and trained all over the world. While training at Zen Mixed Martial Arts, you will have access to the premier program for learning BJJ in Ottawa. 

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes at Zen Mixed Martial Arts are divided according to the internationally recognized Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu belt ranking system. Beginner students will start in our blue belt classes, which place an emphasis on mastery of the most  basic and fundamental Jiu Jitsu techniques while higher level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students will  have access to our purple belt classes.

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 in Ottawa is different from the other martial arts schools in Ottawa. 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. We only teach authentic Marcus Soares Brazilian JIu-Jitsu as it was taught by Carlson Gracie himself. 

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. Students  in our BJJ program will learn choke holds, joint lock submissions as  well as positional techniques and ground control. 



  • Authentic Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Official Marcus Soares curriculum
  • Official belt promotions by Marcus Soares
  • You can train 7 days a week unlimited
  • One to three classes a day 7 days a week
  • The best self defense system in the world
  • It's fun and captivating
  • Increase strength and cardio and maximize fat loss
  • Compete in local and international competitions

Carlson Gracie Brazilian jiu-jirtsu students relaxing.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Beginners

Everyone is welcome in our Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes. We were all once beginners.  We have new students joining our classes every week, so you'll never be the newest person for very long.  If you've been thinking about doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes in Ottawa for a while, there's no time like the present.  Come in and try a free class with no obligation and see if it's the right martial art for you.  You'll never know if you don't try!

Zen Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competition Team

Not everyone chooses to compete, but If your dream is to compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu we will help you train for the toughest and best local, provincial, national and international competitions. David Dash, our head instructor is a brown belt that has trained and competed all over the world.  Our team members regularly compete at local Jiu-Jitsu tournaments and It's our goal to prepare them for success at the Mundials, ADCC Championships, and other top martial arts tournaments.



Test drive the Zen experience with a complimentary introductory class. Classes are available for all ages, skill levels, and genders. Kindly leave your contact information and we will get right back to you.

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Zen Mixed Martial Arts

1547 Merivale Road, Ottawa, Ontario K2G 4V3, Canada

(613) 723-2800


Open today

11:00 a.m. – 08:30 p.m.