What should you expect at Darkside Jiu-Jitsu?
Welcome to the Darkside! We are a martial arts gym located minutes off of I-495 (past the Plainridge Park Casino). We pride ourselves in our positive training environment built from members who are dedicated to improving themselves as well as their training partners.
Darkside Jiu-Jitsu specializes in submission-grappling and Muay Thai. We offer both adults and kids programs. Everyone begins their martial arts journey for a different reason. Whether you are looking to get in shape, hoping to learn self-defense, compete in Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, or MMA, or just looking to train with a great group of people, Darkside Jiu-Jitsu is the gym for you!
We are open 7 DAYS A WEEK. Come join the team!
Head Jiu-Jitsu Instructor
After 18 years practicing Jiu-Jitsu, Shane fulfilled his lifelong dream and opened his own gym. What makes Shane a unique instructor is his desire to fully immerse himself in his art in order to spark passion and success in his students. Shane has traveled throughout the country to train with BJJ legends including Jeff Glover, Eddie Bravo, and John Danaher.
At Darkside Jiu-Jitsu, Shane has created an environment where students become family. Darkside Jiu-Jitsu is not just a gym; it is a community. By working on each student's personal growth, students are regularly challenged to become better training partners and better versions of themselves.
Coah Evan aka "Coach Buttermilk"
With an extensive background in both Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling, Evan is a gifted practitioner and coach. Evan has competed in numerous tournaments throughout the northeast and on the national-level. He currently teaches all morning weekday classes.
Head Striking Coach
Chris is one of the most decorated striking coaches in the area. With an impressive background in MMA and kickboxing, Chris uses his experience to teach real striking techniques to his students. He is experienced in teaching multiple levels of students from beginners to active MMA and kickboxing fighters. In addition to group classes, Chris also offers private lessons.
Keith is a lifetime Jiu-Jitsu practitioner with exceptional expertise in the history and current state of martial arts. His passion for Jiu-Jitsu radiates throughout his classes. Keith enjoys teaching all levels from Jiu-Jitsu fundamentals to advanced classes at Darkside.
Jiu-Jitsu is the art of taking down, dominating, and submitting your opponent. In our Darkside gi-classes, you will learn traditional techniques that form the foundation of submission grappling. We teach classic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with our own Darkside twist.
WE ARE OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
At Darkside Jiu-Jitsu, we offer no-gi submission grappling. As opposed to the traditional style of Jiu-Jitsu that attacks the upper body, we focus on attacking 100% of the human body. No-gi draws influences from different styles including Sambo and catch wrestling. In our no-gi classes, you will learn how to apply joint locks and choke holds in order to submit your opponent.
Muay Thai or the "art of 8 limbs" encompasses striking techniques that utilize boxing, kicking, and elbows. Drawing influences from Thailand, the Netherlands, and Western boxing, our Muay Thai program teaches students how to fight standing up. In addition to learning real striking technique, Muay Thai offers students a high intensity, full body, cardio workout in a fun and safe environment. Students of all levels are welcome. Whether you are looking for unique workout to add to your routine or jump in a ring or cage, our Darkside Muay Thai Program is perfect for you!
At Darkside Jiu-Jitsu, we believe in the importance of teaching real martial arts to our kids. We offer two levels of kids classes: ages 4-6 (Tiny Squids) and ages 7+ (DJJ Kids). Our Darkside Kids regularly compete in tournaments throughout the northeast. All experience levels are welcome.
Our most recent promotion.
Congrats to our newest blue, purple, and brown belts!
A Brief History of Jiu-Jitsu
Jiu-Jitsu originated in India and Japan. In 1925, as a political favor, Castal Gracie helped the Japanese politician Mitziatu Mieda teach his sons Jiu-Jitsu while in Brazil. After creating a name for themselves in Brazil, the Gracie's formed the foundation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Rorion Gracie created the Ultimate Fighting Championship (aka the UFC) in 1993 which began to cause recognition of Jiu-Jitsu in the United States. Royce Gracie fought four opponents during the first-ever UFC event in the United States. He beat each opponent by using Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu submissions and became the first Ultimate Fighting Champion. Following the UFC event, martial arts schools throughout the nation began teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
The Current State of Jiu-Jitsu
Jiu-Jitsu currently holds practical value. Most fights end up on the ground. Therefore, understanding how to grapple an opponent is essential to knowing how to defend yourself.
Every current Mixed Martial Artist knows Jiu-Jitsu to some extent. Without Jiu-Jitsu, fighters cannot defend strikes on the ground or use submissions as a path to victory. Jiu-Jitsu is just as relevant to MMA in the current day as it was in 1993. However, the level of competition and skill has drastically improved.
The Future of
There is no end of Jiu-Jitsu; only a continuation of knowledge. The skill-level of current Jiu-Jitsu practitioners is far beyond those from the past. The art is constantly developing by those who are passionate about Jiu-Jitsu.