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Welcome to Indianapolis Jiu-Jitsu

Welcome to Indianapolis Jiu-Jitsu.  We have over 25 years experience in Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Here you will learn the most effective techniques to defend yourself.   I invite you to schedule an appointment and come check out what we have to offer.  I Hope to see you soon.  Professor Greg Eldred.


Helio Gracie Day (posted 10/1/2016)

Grandmaster Helio Gracie would have been 103 today.  He passed away, in 2009. Helio Gracie was born on October 1, 1913, in Belém do Pará, Brazil. He was a frail child growing up. As a teenager he lived with his older brothers who all taught Japanese Jiu Jitsu. Due to doctors orders Helio was not able to participate in training but could only watch. When he was 16 a student showed up for his private class, and Helios brother Carlos was not around, so Helio offered to begin the class with the student. When Carlos arrived, the student said he enjoyed the class with Helio and requested that he can continue learning from Helio instead. Carlos agreed and Helio became an instructor. Helio realized that even though he knew the techniques, they were hard to execute due to his frail body. Therefore he began adapting the techniques to accommodate his weak body, thus Gracie Jiu Jitsu was created.

Caique Instructor Camp (posted 7/26/2016)

I just returned from a week long instructor camp hosted by Master Caique at his headquarters in southern California.  This was the first time Master Caique gathered all of his instructors across the U.S. to meet and discuss topics related from business operations to class curriculums.  It was a great experience not only being with the other instructors, but also it was great getting everyone on the same page with our class programs.  We did a lot of review of the techniques in Master Caiques program, and certainly we all got some good ideas how to better align our programs more closely.  The week finished off with a Legends seminar with some of the most respectable and notable names in the business.  It was such an honor to be able to participate in such a rare event as this which included, Renzo Gracie, Charles Gracie, Fabio Santos, Jean Jacques Machado, and Carlos Caique Elias.  We also had a surprise visit by Pedro Sauer and Ryron Gracie.  The week was all about jiu-jitsu and how we can improve ourselves and our academies which ultimately is a great benefit to our students.  It is great to be part of a team such as Master Caiques who has such great relationships with others and is able to bring us all together.  This week will definitely be a highlight of my jiu-jitsu career. Keep training – Greg Eldred  See photos

Team Indy Hoosier Open Results (posted 6/28/2016)

We would like to recognize our Team Indy BJJ competitors at this years Hoosier Open for a job well done. Preparing for competition is a great way to help sharpen your swords, to test yourself, and to help you achieve your training goals.  Whether you won or lost besides having fun in the spirit of competition strengthening your jiu jitsu knowledge should be your objective.  Congratulations to our Indy BJJ Hoosier Open competition team and those place winners:

Kate Womack - 1st Place 
John Blatt - 1st Place
Madison Peavler - 2nd Place
Jacob Hinds - 2nd Place
Jack McKinney - 2nd Place
Grahm Bertram - 2nd Place
Harley Bertram - 3rd Place
Stuart Drake
Esteban Perez
Nate Hopman
Ross Katz
Andrew Zaleski
Anthony Cruz

Nutrition for the BJJ athlete by Monte Denehie (posted 6/17/2016)

No one understands the need for patience, discipline, consistency and determination better than the jiu-jitsu practitioner.  Gains are measured in the smallest of increments; gains sometimes seem to be lost… The need for patience and perseverance are shown through the high wash-out rate of the blue and white belts and further exemplified by the exceptionally small percentage of people who actually achieve their Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.  Anyone who has trained for more than a few months recognizes there is no short cut to the top.  There is no way to speed along the process.  You can’t pick up a book, read through the moves and expect to compete two belts above your level.  It just doesn’t happen.  So I often equate the journey of better fitness and nutrition to the process of jiu-jitsu progression.  There are thousands of books available on Amazon that purport to offer you the “easiest”, “fastest” way to better health through nutrition, and/or better fitness through some new workout craze, etc.  The problem with most of these books, written by “experts”, is that A) they are often looking for the quick-fix, fast results, longevity be damned method so they can sell more books, and B) they can be completely overwhelming, especially to the novice reader who has spent their entire life living on the traditional American diet, killing themselves with long cardio, and otherwise f... Read More