Imperatori Family Martial Arts of Atlanta

Gracie Jiu-jitsu


GRACIE JIU-JITSU – (Located at Team Octopus Sandy Springs)

**Classic Gracie Self Defense with our Combat Fundamentals and more!

**Get Fit While having FUN

**Get on the Road to a Lifetime of Learning with Our Certified Gracie Black Belts

**Set a Goal and We WILL help you Achieve it


ATLANTA – Gracie Jiu-jitsu (GJJ) is considered by many to be the most complete, effective self-defense system in the world. It’s so effective that GJJ is at the core of the U.S. Army’s official hand-to-hand Combatives program. Law enforcement departments all over the nation are also introducing and many adopting the ground defense principles for their officers. Our classes cater to anyone, any age who wants to learn jiu-jitsu, get in great shape and have fun doing it.  Our Chief Instructor and all our Black Belt instructors earned their Black Belts at a Level 4  Gracie Certified Training Center (CTC).

Our Gracie Brazilian Jiu-jitsu program was established at Imperatori in 2006. We offer the premier Gracie self defense-based GJJ program in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Buckhead-Dunwoody area. Our program offers GJJ for every level of practitioner. Beginners focus on the combat essentials that make GJJ the most complete and effective self-defense program in the world, while more experienced students get to hone their technique with master-level curriculum and sparring.


Our GJJ program is perfect for men, women and teens. Student ages range from the young teens into the 60s!…so age and size are not factors. Our program is presented in a family friendly environment. Student safety is our priority! Students learn at their own pace in our relaxed, supportive environment. So, if your desire is to learn self defense or get into great shape, you’ve come to the right place.

The Chief Gracie Instructor, Steve Brown, a 3rd Degree Gracie Black Belt, brings more than 30 years of experience in the martial arts. Steve started in the Pedro Sauer system and trained GJJ under 4th Degree Certified Gracie Black Belt Eddie Camden and was presented his Black Belt by UFC legend Royce Gracie. Steve earned his Black Belt at a Certified Gracie Training Center. Steve has been a friend and training partner to Joey Imperatori since 1980. His style of instruction always emphasizes safety and support among practitioners. Joey gives his strongest endorsement to Steve and his Jiu-Jitsu program.

Call about a free class today, 404-252-8200 or email us at .  For kids, just call or email us to let us know when you are coming in (i.e., any kid’s class time). 


Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is considered by many, the most complete self-defense system in the world. GJJ offers the tools to defend oneself in a real world attack because it effectively teaches self-defense while standing, clinched or on the ground, regardless of size, age or strength. GJJ is a modern combat system developed from traditional Jiu-Jitsu by Grand Master Helio Gracie. At 135 lbs., Helio discovered that he could use body mechanics and leverage rather than speed and strength to neutralize or even dominate any opponent. Using this system, Helio’s son Royce became the first UFC Champion and changed NHB (No Holds Barred) fighting forever.



Combat Fundamentals encompass the most important techniques to build a proper foundation in GJJ. These are the scenarios most likely to occur in a real fight and therefore most important for surviving, even triumphing, in a real attack, including,

  • Clinches and Strikes (includes avoiding strikes)
  • Take Downs and Throws (how to bring the fight to the ground)
  • Ground Grappling with and without striking (includes escapes, positional control, transitions and submissions)
  • Defense from Surprise Attacks from Standing (grabs from all positions and includes gun, stick and knife disarms)
  • Helio Gracie’s “must learn” 23 essential classes which were the basis of “the Combatives”, as introduced to the US Army.


Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was built for self defense. In addition to teaching skills for physically defending oneself, we also teach how to diffuse a situation before it starts. In contrast to other martial arts programs that rely on punching or kicking, we offer alternative responses that emphasize safety within the conflict. Sometimes you don’t see the attack coming, but we excel in providing solutions to “surprise” self defense situations.


The advanced curriculum consists of classes that include: Clinches, take downs, defenses against kicks and strikes, technical grappling, and disarming weapons. Learn the secrets of Helio, Royce, Rickson and Pedro Sauer, all of whom taught Steve first hand.


We pick one ground position for the month and exhaust all the techniques from that position, for example: escapes from the bottom of the mount. When you have the requisite technical capabilities, you will have plenty of opportunities to “roll” also known as sparring, in safe, supervised sessions. We train as a team. Want to train hard, no problem. Want to work with someone like-minded, similar aged so you can stay on the mat….for many, many years. NO PROBLEM!

Steve Brown has been a friend and training partner to Joey Imperatori since 1980. Steve has an extensive background in martial arts (boxing, kickboxing, karate and BJJ) instruction, including Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. His style of instruction always emphasizes safety and support among practitioners. Joey gives his strongest endorsement of Steve and his Jiu-Jitsu program. Want to know more about Steve and his team? Learn more HERE.  Schedule your FREE class today!

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