about Us

welcome to the darkside 

Here at Darkside Jiu-Jitsu, we believe in utilizing our mental and physical capabilities to overcome struggles and promote personal development. Unlike other gyms, we focus on "complete submission grappling" where students learn how to submit opponents with their entire body. Our team-oriented approach promotes consistent communication between students and instructors. We guarantee that every individual who enters our gym will emerge as a better version of themselves.

Located only minutes off Exit 14B on I-495, Darkside Jiu-Jitsu is easily accessible to numerous surrounding towns including Plainville, North Attleboro, Attleboro, Wrentham, Mansfield, Foxboro, Franklin, Medway, Milford, Bellingham, Hopkinton, and parts of Rhode Island. 

our trainer

Shane Brady has been practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since the age of 14. He has trained locally and throughout North America with several of the most prestigious coaches and pioneers of the discipline. Shane is a certified instructor as well as personal trainer. He has more than 15 years of martial arts experience under his belt and is on his way to greater achievements in the field.



Between the 8th and 16th centuries, many systems of Jiu-Jitsu were utilized, practiced and perfected on the battlefield. This training was used to defeat armored and
armed opponents. It was originally an art designed for warfare, but after the abolition of the Feudal system in Japan, certain modifications needed to be made to the art in order to make it suitable for practice. During Feudal times, Jiu-Jitsu was also known as Yawara, Hakuda, Kogusoko, and an assortment of other names.

The earliest recorded use of the word "Jiu-Jitsu"
occurred in 1532 and is coined by Hisamori Tenenuchi when he officially
established the first school of Jiu-Jitsu in Japan. Instructors kept their techniques largely secretive at this time to preserve the prestige of their art.

In the early 1600's, Japan entered a peaceful period following the formation of the Tokugawa military government by Tokugawa Ieyasu. During this time, the feudal civil wars that had plagued Japan for centuries started to disappear. However, following the adage "living in peace, but remembering war," the traditions of classical budo (martial arts) required that everyone should learn a method of self-defense for those situations where weapons could not be used. Therefore, the practice of Jiu-Jitsu continued to spread. Forms and techniques displaying weapons skills of fighting began to yield to weaponless styles which incorporated many of the grappling ground fighting techniques found in older styles.

In the late 1800's, Jigoro Kano, a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, developed his own version of Jiu-Jitsu called "Judo". Judo allowed practitioners the ability to try the art safely and realistically at the same time.

After a match-up between older styles of Jiu-Jitsu and Judo at
the Tokyo police headquarters, Judo was named the national martial art in
Japan. It was the official art used by law enforcement in the late 1800s, and
continues to be popular to this day.

Due to the safe nature of Judo, Kano's students were able to practice more frequently due to decreased injuries. However, Judo did not encompass all original aspects of Jiu-Jitsu including an emphasis on ground fighting. Instead, Judo focused on throws and take-downs. One theory claims that Judo was developed with the purpose of hiding the realistic effectiveness of Jiu-Jitsu from the Western World. During World War II, many U.S. soldiers were exposed to the art of Judo and brought it back to America with them.