Getting Started with Martial Arts in Syracuse: Find the Right BJJ Class and Coach

Group photo of Haven Jiu Jitsu school members at the Syracuse Grappling Industries competition, showcasing a mix of adults and kids in team attire.

Haven Jiu Jitsu: From Underdogs to #9 in the Nation!

Hey there, Jiu Jitsu enthusiasts. Guess what? Our Haven Jiu Jitsu crew just pulled off something epic at the Syracuse Grappling Industries competition on November 18th. We’re not just talking wins; we’re talking about climbing the ranks to become the #9 competition school on Smoothcomp in the whole nation! –> Adult Team Triumph Our adult

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Haven Jiu Jitsu: Where Passion Meets Purpose in Martial Arts

*Embark on a Journey of Fitness and Empowerment at Haven Jiu Jitsu* Welcome to Haven Jiu Jitsu, a sanctuary where the spirit of martial arts and the essence of holistic wellness harmonize. Nestled in the heart of our community, Haven Jiu Jitsu stands as a beacon of empowerment, offering a variety of programs tailored to

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"Haven Jiu-Jitsu team members posing with medals at the 2023 IBJJF World Masters Championship."

Haven Jiu-Jitsu’s Triumph at the 2023 IBJJF World Masters: Exceptional Performances and Belt Promotions on the Podium

The year 2023 marked a historic chapter for Haven Jiu-Jitsu, as our talented athletes left an indelible mark on the mats at the prestigious IBJJF World Masters Championship. Among the standout moments were the remarkable performances of Jason Iorio, Jerry Martin, Josh Smith, Hannah Wight, and Joe Gorsuch. In this blog post, we’ll relive the

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Group photo of Haven Jiu-Jitsu competitors at the IBJJF New York International Open.

Haven Jiu-Jitsu Shines at IBJJF New York International Open

The world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of dedication, discipline, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. On August 5th, at the prestigious IBJJF New York International Open, competitors from Haven Jiu-Jitsu showcased their skills and left an indelible mark on the mats of Hofstra University. Their remarkable performances not only highlighted their technical prowess but

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Building Champions: A Recap of Our In-House Kid’s Jiu-Jitsu Competition

As the sun rose outside of Haven on a bright Saturday morning, our gym was abuzz with excitement, laughter, and a palpable sense of camaraderie. Parents and coaches beamed with pride as our young martial artists geared up for the highly anticipated in-house kid’s jiu-jitsu competition. It was a day dedicated to celebrating not only

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What’s Going On At Haven?

Hey Haven members. Just a few months away from our 2 year anniversary and over 400 members strong. We wanted to give an update on what’s happening at our gym with our Jiu Jitsu and other programs. Our Jiu Jitsu program continues to grow . Class sizes have become so robust that we are utilizing

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Are you interested in learning martial arts in Syracuse? There are a variety of classes and coaches available to help you reach your goals. With so many options, it can be difficult to decide where to start. That’s why we’ve created this helpful guide for getting the most out of your experience with BJJ classes and coaches in Syracuse.

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)?

Before we dive into finding the right class or coach for you, let’s take a quick minute to discuss what Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is. BJJ is a martial art that focuses on ground fighting and grappling, as opposed to striking from standing positions like Karate or Taekwondo. It was developed by Carlos Gracie Sr. based on traditional Japanese Jujutsu techniques and has become one of the most popular disciplines among grappling martial arts.

Picking the Right Class

When looking for a class, there are several factors you should consider. First, think about what kind of instructor or atmosphere best fits your needs and goals. Ask yourself how intense or beginner-friendly do you need your instruction to be? Do you want individualized attention from an instructor? Or do prefer the energy found in larger groups? Also consider if there’s any particular focus on self-defense technique or competition style training that might fit better with your desired end goal. 

Finding the Right Coach

Once you’ve narrowed down which type of class is right for you, it’s time to move onto finding the right coach! Again, there are several factors that come into play when trying to decide who will be best suited for helping you reach your goals such as their credentials, teaching methods, overall personality etc… As much as possible try meeting different coaches in person before making a decision so that you can ensure they’re someone who both understands your objectives and resonates with your own style.

Benefits of Training at Haven Jiu Jitsu

Training at Haven Jiu Jitsu offers a range of benefits to help practitioners reach their goals. Here are four reasons why honing your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills with Haven is the right choice.

1. Personalized Instruction: At Haven Jiu Jitsu, instructors are dedicated to helping you reach your individual goals through personalized instruction and support. Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced student, you can expect hands-on attention from experienced coaches who are passionate about helping you become an effective martial artist.

2. Community Support: At Haven, we are committed to making a difference in the Syracuse community with Jiu Jitsu by helping improve the health, confidence and ability to solve problems of community members. You can learn more about our Haven Initiative at

3. Variety of Offerings: Haven has something for everyone! From private instruction sessions to weekly open mat nights, there’s plenty of options for those looking to refine their technique, perfect their technique in sparring or learn self-defense strategies. We also offer Yoga and kids classes!

4. Health Benefits: Last but not least, training Jiu Jitsu also provides many health benefits including improved cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility as well as increased coordination and mental acuity from learning complex techniques such as throws, holds and reversals.

So don’t wait any longer — start training at Haven Jiu Jitsu today! With personalized instruction, supportive peers and variety of offerings there’s no better place to reach your martial arts goals in Syracuse area than with the experienced members of our community.

Martial Arts For Kids – Why BJJ is the Best Martial Arts for Kids

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art that focuses on ground fighting and grappling, as opposed to striking from standing positions like Karate or Taekwondo. It provides a safe and friendly environment for children of all ages to learn self-defense, refine their technique and make new friends! Here are four reasons why BJJ is the best martial arts choice for kids.

1. Self-Defense: BJJ teaches your child how to effectively defend themselves in a variety of situations. The techniques focus more on leverage than strength, meaning they can easily defend against children who may be larger or stronger. This also encourages them to use their brains before resorting to violence when possible, making it an ideal option for teaching young ones that physical altercations should always be a last resort.

2. Make Friends: Not only does training at Haven Jiu Jitsu provide your child with self-defense skills, but also gives them the opportunity to make new friends from the supportive community of practitioners and coaches! From weekly open mat nights to private instruction sessions, there’s plenty of chances for socializing outside of school hours and trying out different techniques together with different partners during sparring sessions.

3. Cardio & Strength Training: BJJ classes provide many health benefits including improved cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility as well as increased coordination and mental acuity from learning complex techniques such as throws, holds and reversals – All while having fun!

4. Discipline & Respect: Disciplining your little ones can be difficult, but with trained instructors providing consistent guidance on proper etiquette in class it becomes much easier! The respect taught in class carries over into their lives outside of the gym resulting in better behavior overall throughout their day-to-day lives as well.

Getting Started

Take some time explore our website to learn more about our offerings as well as our team of experienced instructors & coaches ready help support each student on their individual journey towards becoming an effective martial artist. Give us a call at (315) 745-8274 for a free class!

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