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American Jiu-Jitsu at MIT | [email protected]


Always wanted to learn basic self-defense, but never had the chance?

Already a black belt in karate/taekwondo/judo/etc., but looking to expand your martial arts repertoire?

Still secretly want to be a ninja when you grow up?



Fall intro course practices begin Monday, September 9.

   Regular (intro and intermediate) practices during the academic year are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-11p in the Dupont Wrestling Room (map here). See below for summer hours.

No experience necessary — just come ready to work out. Athletic clothing (e.g., t-shirt and sweatpants, or a white gi if you have one) suggested.

For those who already have experience: [email protected] welcomes practitioners of all levels, with current members and instructors studying toward yellow belt through fifth degree black belt. Come train with us! (Additional Thursday and Sunday classes offered for intermediate/advanced students.)

Email [email protected] or visit our website and FAQ with any questions or concerns.

Who We Are

We train in practical and effective self‐defense — both traditional and modern. We employ extensive scenario‐based self-defense education appropriate for all body types, fitness, and experience levels. A true martial art is neither a sport nor a dance; it must be as effective on the street as it is on the battlefield . . . it must train the practitioner for the probable and prepare them for the unthinkable.

American Jiu-Jitsu Club has been at MIT since 1994. We learn and practice Jiu-Jitsu (jujutsu, ju-jitsu), or the "Gentle Art," consisting of a wide variety of techniques: joint locks, submission holds, throws, strikes, weapons use and unarmed weapon defense (gun, knife, blunt weapons), and ground-defense, in addition to de-escalation techniques and strategies. Jiu-Jitsu does not rely on brute strength, but rather on flexible response and the use of an attacker's own energy. Jiu-Jitsu prepares a person for any situation, including stand-up and ground fighting with and without weapons and multiple attacks.

AJJ Introductory Course

The 2013 American Jiu Jitsu Self-Defense Summer Intro Course will begin at 7-9p on Monday, June 10th 2013. The class will run Mondays and Wednesdays 7-9p. Late-starters are welcome.

The curriculum can be found here.

The first introductory class (and all classes afterwards) will be located in the Dupont Wrestling Room (the older wing of the athletics facilities, attached to the Z Center). We suggest athletic clothing such as a t-shirt and sweatpants. A white gi is also appropriate if you own one.

Have fun, learn lots, get a workout, be safe.

AJJ Self-Defense Intro Course Philosophy

Intro courses are offered at the start of each term. The intro course curriculum includes self-defense techniques and strategies from all levels of Jiu-Jitsu. The primary focus of the intro course is to bring students with little or no previous experience to a level that allows them to engage fully in all classes, and to be able to perform and learn any technique safely and effectively. While mastery requires a great deal of practice, students who complete the intro class will build a great deal of confidence in dealing with self-defense scenarios and will possess the tools necessary to continue their training through the intermediate and advanced levels of Jiu-Jitsu instruction.

Click here to see our brochure or here to see the core competencies you'll learn during your first semester.


While we offer two scheduled intro classes each year, we welcome new students all the time! Beginners are welcome at any class, anytime during the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.

For a PDF map of DuPont, and where we practice, click here.


(updated 06.01.2013)

(Monday, September 10 - May)

Monday, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM -- (Intro and Intermediate Class - Beginners Welcome)

Wednesday, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM -- (Intro and Intermediate Class - Beginners Welcome)

Thursday, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM -- (Advanced Class)

Sunday, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM -- (Ground Fighting)

Sunday, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM -- (Open Mat, Belt Techniques)


(Monday June 10 - September)

Monday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM -- (Intro Class - Beginners Welcome)

Wednesday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM -- (Intro Class - Beginners Welcome)

Thursday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM -- (Advanced Class) Different location: DuPont Basketball (Matted) Court #2 or DuPont 3rd floor Squash court (the court with the red matted floor)

Sunday, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM -- (Open Mat: Ground Fighting, and Belt Techniques)

Where We Practice

Classes are ONLY open to members of the MIT community with athletics cards. While we have many MIT staff and faculty members as well as spouses and alumni, our primary focus is always on the MIT student. We were founded by students and pride ourselves in being a student-run, student-led organization. We meet in the Wrestling Room on the 2nd floor of DuPont Gym during the Fall, IAP, and Spring terms (that's Building W32 on the map).

Note: To get to the DuPont Wrestling Room, you must enter the athletics complex through the Z-center entrance, walk through the Rockwell Cage (basketball courts), and into DuPont. Go upstairs. The Wrestling room is 2/3 the way down the hall. If you get lost, ask the desk staff to direct you to the DuPont Wrestling Room.