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I had trained for 2 years in different MMA style gyms and never felt that I received a foundation in basic Jits skills. Once I made the move to NM Jiu Jitsu Academy, I knew I had found the place I needed to be. The structure of the Combatives classes is top notch and you get to learn from 3 highly skilled black belts in the Gracie and Machado systems. You will not find a better dynamic at any gym. 

Sean Blachley
This is a fantastic group of instructors!!! My son is in the youngest class and it is such fun to watch the young ones. They really stress the important values of Gracie Jiujitsu. I highly recommend for all ages!

Monica Ksir
I have been a student at the New Mexico Jiujitsu Academy for over three years. The Academy has some of the best instructors ive ever worked with and a training style that is both extremely effective and practical in real world applications.

Joshua Kane
Justin teaches both my son and myself, in classes and privately. He is a great teacher - one of these guys who is so calm and mellow and confident in his skills that he just oozes capability. I love the approach - for both. He’s not a drill instructor and this isn’t Cobra Kai, because this is the real world, and we want to learn and enjoy what we’re doing. He has a real focus on the practical application of jiu jitsu both in sport and in real life. And best of all you know he really, really knows what he’s doing. 
This is a fantastic school, one of the nicest facilities I’ve seen anywhere, and I saw a bunch before choosing this one. The people here are all great, and it feels like you’re a part of a family. I can’t recommend it more highly.

Carlos Cashman
Love this place. They are amazing with the kids.

Lauren Lundeen
Taking martial arts can change your life, and this includes not only the many positive aspects of regular exercise but also increased self-esteem and confidence, self-defense, discipline, stress relief, challenge, and just plain fun…for all that to happen though you have to find a place where you feel comfortable and are given the attention you need, and where others are there for the same reasons and are willing to learn and train beside you in a positive, helpful environment. I have honestly found all of this here, and from children to professional fighters everyone I’ve had the pleasure to train alongside has been encouraging and kind. If these are the benefits you seek, you can not find a better place to go.

Zach Hall
A couple years ago I was looking for best place to learn true Helio Gracie Jiu Jitsu to learn self defense and I found that at the New Mexico Jiu Jitsu Academy! Great school!

Christian STG
I’ve been to a few martial art schools over the years and this is one of the best! The instructor is fantastic, the people are great and Jiu Jitsu is absolutely the best! Learning JJ is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. I highly recommend New Mexico Jiu Jitsu Academy!!!

John Geruntho
Excellent school to learn Gracie Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai. The instructor
is excellent and professional at the classes he teaches. The school has a amazing family-friendly atmosphere and the students are great to get along with. As a affiliated student for 5 yrs, I’ve had a great experience learning both Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai, and how it taught me the art of Self-Defense as well as discipline. I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking to learn self-defense.

Jeff Hooee
If you are interested in learning Jiu Jitsu, this is the place to go. And this is the only school in New Mexico that is certified by the Gracie Academy. 
New Mexico Jiu Jitsu Academy offers a safe, clean environment for learning this form of martial arts. Whether your desire is for fitness, self defense, or just to learn something new, this academy offers a program that allows students of all ages to attend multiple times per week. This is a program that can be started and continued at any age, with students ranging from kids to seniors. As a result, you can progress at your own pace in a comfortable non stressed environment. The other students are friendly and supportive. 
Owner/Instructor Justin Hall is a great teacher; he provides the right combination of knowledge, technical expertise and motivation for all ages and experience levels. He takes special interest in each student and is genuinely interested in their success.
I have been taking Jiu Jitsu at this Academy for over two years and have been completely satisfied. This is the only program I would consider training at in Albuquerque.

S Bailey
Best place to learn Jiu Jitsu the way Helio Gracie intended it; as a form of self defense! The instructor, Justin Hall, teaches both kids and adults in positive environment and has developed an atmosphere where any age and ability will feel comfortable. My son was having difficulty in school due to constant bullying and harassment. By learning and employing the techniques he learned from Justin, he is now confident and excelling. I can’t recommend this school highly enough based on our experience there. 

Jason Hall
I have been training with Justin for 7 years. I really like the fact that he teaches the actual arts. A lot of places teach Jiu Jitsu and Kick Boxing, but they are modified for MMA. At the New Mexico Jiu Jitsu Academy, you will learn Gracie Combative Jiu Jitsu. The curriculum was setup by the family of Grand Master Helio Gracie and is the purest form of self defense Jiu Jitsu. We also learn authentic Muay Thai. Justin learned Muay Thai from Ajarn Chai Sirisute. He brought Muay Thai to the US in 1968 and is the President of the Thai Boxing Association. If you are looking for a place to train, I highly recommend the New Mexico Jiu Jitsu Academy. It is a beautiful clean facility where you will learn the correct techniques and nuances of Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai. It is a classy school where lessons are taught in a methodical and respectful way. I plan on training here for the rest of my life.

Cecil Ward
I’ve had an amazing experience at New Mexico Jiu Jitsu! It is a safe and supportive environment. Owner Justin Hall is an awesome instructor. All skill levels are welcomed and challenged accordingly. This is self defense Jiu Jitsu. These are skills everyone would benefit from knowing - especially women and kids. It is also an excellent value.