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Venice Jiu-Jitsu


Venice Jiu-Jitsu is a place for everyone to come together and learn martial arts. We welcome all individuals to join us in our easygoing and laid-back jiu-jitsu environment. Our unique curriculum makes it simple for beginners to build a solid foundation for martial arts training and self-defense skills.

There’s something for everyone at Venice Jiu-Jitsu. Join our Jiu-Jitsu academy in Venice, Florida, to reach your highest potential today!

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Discover the art of self-defense, cultivate confidence, and embrace a healthier lifestyle with our expert instructors guiding you every step of the way!

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About Us:

Venice Jiu-Jitsu’s primary goal is to teach technique safely and pass on self-defense skills. The beauty of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is its longevity and your ability to practice it throughout your lifetime. Whether you’re young or old, you’ll be able to learn in a safe training environment at Venice Jiu-Jitsu. Through our culture and passion, you’ll uncover a new part of yourself while training.

Our History:

Venice Jiu-Jitsu opened its doors in January 2024, born from the passion and friendship grown from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. What started as a place for four friends to train together, transformed into a Jiu-Jitsu academy in Venice. As the pair starts their journey of academy ownership, they strive to build the community up with strong fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu while sharing their passion.

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Why It's Important

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We are a BJJ academy that is rooted in a passion for the sport’s benefits on and off the mat.

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The Venice Jiu-Jitsu community is built on teamwork. The bond you build while training together is unlike any other.

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Martial arts challenges you to become the best version of yourself.

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Venice Jiu-Jitsu is rooted in positivity and inclusivity. We welcome everyone to train Jiu-Jitsu with us!

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As you experience growth and improvement, you’ll realize your potential in school, work, and life.

Drop Ins Welcome!

Visiting from out of town? We’re thrilled to have you join us on the mats! For just $20, you can dive into any of our dynamic classes. Drop in, roll out, and elevate your game!

Programs Offered

Venice Jiu-Jitsu Teen's & Adult's BJJ

Teen's & Adult's BJJ

Our Teen & Adult Jiu-Jitsu program welcomes individuals aged 14 and above, regardless of their experience level.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned practitioner, our classes cater to all skill levels, offering a supportive community and expert instruction to help you reach your martial arts goals. BJJ focuses on ground level altercations – utilizing holds, throws, and a variety of submission techniques. Our program embraces both Gi and No Gi training, providing practitioners with a well-rounded understanding of Jiu-Jitsu techniques. Whether you prefer the traditional uniform (Gi) or opt for the more modern approach (No Gi), our experienced instructors tailor sessions to accommodate both styles, ensuring diversity and adaptability in your training.

Venice Jiu-Jitsu Kid's BJJ

Kid's BJJ

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) isn’t just for adults. In fact, it’s the perfect activity for kids! When it comes to self defense, BJJ empowers a smaller individual to fight against a larger opponent.

At Venice Jiu-Jitsu, our Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is designed to introduce children to the exciting world of martial arts while instilling important values such as discipline, respect, and self-confidence. Our experienced instructors create a positive and engaging learning environment where youths can develop both physically and mentally. Our program embraces both Gi and No Gi training, providing practitioners with a well-rounded understanding of Jiu-Jitsu techniques.

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Meet The Team

Here at Venice Jiu-Jitsu, our staff is the secret to our student success. We are proud to have a team of highly experienced and dedicated instructors who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and helping our students grow. Each instructor has a rich background in the art of Jiu-jitsu and is eager to train the next generation of martial artists. Our instructors are passionate about martial arts and keeping students motivated to improve.
Meet the team below!


Jason Richley


Jason’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey started at a Pedro Sauer Academy back in Ohio when he was a young man, he now has over 12 years of training under his belt. He is an International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) accredited Black Belt and has competed and won at every belt, both locally and at a national level. He also has over 35 years of Combat Sports and Martial Arts training. He is a Golden Gloves Boxer who podiumed twice at the Junior Olympics, and has earned a Black Belt in Kenpo. Before he started studying BJJ he trained for four years at Catch Wrestling.


Jeremy Maxfield


Jeremy has over 9 years experience training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His amazing attention to detail, knowledge and solid fundamentals make him a top-quality coach, especially for our newer students. When he’s not teaching a class you’ll find him on the mats assisting Jason with watching over everyone to make sure what has been instructed is being performed properly.


Chris Best-Kaye


Chris has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over 7 years. He is one of our instructors here at Venice Jiu-Jitsu for our kids’ program. He is extremely patient with the children who are new to BJJ, and is our go-to instructor when we have the younger ones come to try out a class.

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Wes Benge


Wes has been studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on and off for over 8 years. His passion for the grappling arts started when he was wrestling for Lemon Bay High School as a teenager. He uses his knowledge of wrestling to bring a unique perspective to the mats when he trains.

Venice Jiu-Jitsu


Yes, we offer a free one-day trial to anyone who wants to try us out.
To set up your trial, you can call, email, direct message us on social media, or come in and see us in person. Whatever is easier for you.
If you’d like to see a class before you decide to try out Jiu-Jitsu, you can come in to view a class when it’s convenient for you. No need to contact us ahead of time — you can just come on in, sit down, and watch.

Yes, we do.
Whether you would like to try Jiu-Jitsu in a one-on-one environment, or you want to take your Jiu-Jitsu to the next level, we have what you’re looking for.
Reach out to us and we’ll get you set up with Jason or Jeremy to book your private lesson.

Yes, we do.
Our minimum age for students is 7 years old.
For the 7-10 year olds, we encourage you to bring your child in for the free trial, where we evaluate whether they will grasp Jiu-Jitsu and integrate well with the other students. We need to ensure there are minimal interruptions to our class and that one student isn’t occupying the majority of our instructor’s time.

Our memberships are month-to-month with no contracts.
We do not charge any registration fees and we do not charge for belt advancement.
Kids’ memberships are $125 a month for unlimited training.
Adults’ memberships are $150 a month for unlimited training.
Additional family members receive a $25 discount on their monthly membership.
When you sign up for the year up front, you get a discount of one month free.
We also offer a $25 discount per month for active military, veterans, police, and first responders.

Please arrive 5-10 minutes early so you can fill out the necessary paperwork.
You should wear athletic clothing that fits well (no buttons or zippers), remove all jewelry, and bring a bottle of water with you. We do have a water cooler so you can refill if needed.
Make sure that your feet and body are clean and your nails are trimmed.
Anybody with long hair should bring a hair tie to keep their hair up.
If you have any injuries or medical conditions please tell us before stepping on the mat.

We start off with about 20 minutes of stretching, movement, and conditioning exercises.
Then we move to learning new techniques and drilling (practicing) them for about another 20 minutes.
The last portion of the class consists of situational and/or free sparring, your instructor will choose what best complements the techniques that were taught earlier.

Yes, we’d love to have you come and train with us. We have a $20 per class drop-in fee.
Be sure to come in 5-10 minutes early to sign the necessary paperwork.

Contact Us Today!

Are you looking to learn kid’s self-defense and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Venice Jiu-Jitsu invites nearby communities, including North Port, Sarasota, and Englewood, to train Jiu-Jitsu in Venice today. Join our Jiu-Jitsu academy on Tamiami Trail today!

Venice Jiu-Jitsu

1890 S Tamiami Trail, Suite A1, Venice FL 34293

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