Gracie - Sarasota Jiu Jitsu Academy

Gracie-Sarasota is the only authentic source of Gracie Jiu Jitsu on the West Coast of Florida. We offer self -defense classes for kids, beginners, and advanced students based on true Gracie Jiu Jitsu fundamentals.

We emphasize realistic and stressful scenarios in a safe and challenging environment allowing you to become more emotionally confident, physically fit, and aware.




This class teaches the fundamentals of how to defend against the most common types of aggression and assaults. You will practice with a partner Jiu Jitsu techniques that will defend and defeat most real world scenarios. With repetition and sparring (rolling) you will develop a self-defense mindset of confidence and awareness.

All Gracie-Sarasota classes can accommodate any level of participant in a fun, friendly and social environment.



Gracie Sarasota offers competition classes and private lessons for those who want to compete. All levels of competitors are welcome.

Entry level competitions are with a gi and there are no strikes allowed.



Children’s classes emphasize fun through freedom of movement and dexterity. It is important that children learn to love Jiu Jitsu and the culture of group practice before they learn of its competitive or self-defense aspects. This style of learning ensures that you child will develop both physical and social skills that parents report improve overall behavior at home and school.

Jiu Jitsu for children allows your child to grow at his or her own pace and feel a sense of accomplishment and confidence.



Black Belt: 3rd Degree

Brian received his training from Professor David Adiv (Gracie Jiu Jitsu, New Jersey) who spearheaded the Royler Gracie-David Adiv Jiu Jitsu Team in the US. Brian’s desire to learn self-defense as a young man, turned into a passion for the competitive aspect of Jiu Jitsu, where he achieved an impressive competition resume.

As his skills developed, Brian was elevated to Head coach of the Royler Gracie-David Adiv Jiu Jitsu Competition Team. At the completion of his role as Head Coach, Professor David Adiv and Royler Gracie encouraged Brian to start his own school, Gracie-Sarasota.

Brian brings to Sarasota a wide range of teaching skills that are grounded in the traditional Gracie Humaita Academy self-defense curriculum. He also provides training in Competitive Jiu Jitsu, MMA, Law Enforcement Self-Defense, Women’s Self-Defense, and Kids Jiu Jitsu.


The instruction is excellent!
The instruction is excellent, plenty of convenient class times to accommodate anyone’s work/school schedules, great location, and nobody in the class has an ego. It’s a great group of guys/ladies, and I’m very happy I found this gym!
Monica Kelly
April 24, 2019
Brian is an excellent professor
Brian is an excellent professor and helps to make sure everyone understands everything. I have a background in wrestling which drew me to Jiu Jitsu, but I think everyone from beginners to those looking to get back into the sport would enjoy training here.
Jake Leonard
April 24, 2019
No background experience needed!
I started at Gracie Sarasota in January with no background in martial arts. It’s an awesome place to learn and challenge yourself with an incredible instructor and a great group of people. Brian is knowledgeable, and patient.
Michael Mascolo
April 24, 2019
Great place to start or continue Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!
Great place to start or continue Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Friendly and safe gym culture. Professor O'Leary is very knowledgeable and makes Jiu Jitsu simple.
Mike Healy
April 24, 2019

Special offer

Free first session

Contact us today for more information!