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This Amazing Kids Martial Arts Class Won't Just Make Your Child Safer, Stronger & More Fit...

That’s because our classes aren't just about exercise and self-defense...They’re about helping your child grow stronger & more focused on the inside.

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Welcome to
Salem-Keizer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

To A Caring Parent

Hi, my name is Professor James Puopolo.

Many people walk through the doors of my school for the first time and think that martial arts is just about punching and kicking. This may surprise you, but there is so much more to it.

Our goal at Salem-Keizer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy is to use martial arts as a vehicle to inspire kids to be more confident and focused in their daily activities.

Below, I would like to share with you the most important benefits that children and parents get from our program. Then afterward, I will let our members do the talking and share with you exactly how our program transformed their child’s life.

The Transformation

After Just A Few Weeks Of MArtial Arts, This is What Happens...

Action-Packed Fitness and Exercise.

Action-packed games, activities, and exercises give kids a great workout from head to toe.

They get stronger, healthier and more fit within just a couple weeks. These fun exercises also help maintain a healthy weight!

The best part? The fitness is disguised as FUN! All your child will know is that they’re having a blast. But you and I know they’re also getting the exercise they need.

Self-Defense From Strangers, Bullies, and More.

Make no mistake about it! While our classes are tons of fun, we also cover the "serious" stuff too.

We teach kids about handling strangers... bullies... and more.

However, the first thing we teach is diplomacy. We give your child the tools they need to "talk it out" first. Violence is ALWAYS a last resort!

Powerful Character Development Breeds Discipline, Focus, and Respect.

For thousands of years, martial arts has been one of the best kept secrets for giving kids the skills they need for success in life.

Through inspiring stories and talks, as well as the process of learning the techniques, kids develop amazing traits, like:

Respect, discipline, focus, and goal setting.

I hope your child will never have to use their self-defense skills. But I guarantee these other skills will come in handy EVERY day for the rest of their life.

Fun, Fun, Fun!!!

While kids work hard and train hard in our classes...

They also smile and laugh a LOT, too!

After all, these are kids we’re dealing with here! Our classes are a great place for kids to socialize, make friends, get support, and have a blast.

Frequently Asked Questions

No way! In fact, martial arts makes kids calmer and more respectful than ever. Martial arts always has been about peace, and it always will be.
As a parent, I'm sure you've seen that kids can get injured doing just about anything. Martial arts is no different, however we take safety very seriously here. Yes, injuries do sometimes happen. But we do everything in our power to avoid them. We do special exercises and stretches to make your child's body limber and flexible.
Absolutely. Martial Arts teaches kids to be coordinated, flexible and strong. Kids who don't naturally have these qualities develop them. Kids who do have these qualities grow them even more.
Yes! After all, these are children we're dealing with here. And kids love their fun. We do a variety of games and activities that have kids howling with laughter, and constantly smiling. We work hard here - but we play just as hard.

Check out what Google users are saying about Salem-Keizer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Meghann Eames
- 4 months ago
Our family loves SKBJJ! My oldest has been attending classes the last 2 and a half years and my youngest just started. When my oldest first started I wanted him to simply increase his general confidence and coordination and he has grown in so many more areas than anticipated. He now has the skills to give appropriate boundaries and talk through hard situations and his fine and gross motor skills have grown leaps and bounds!! He also LOVES his friends here and his instructors!! The instructors are great role models! My youngest is all smiles every class and when instructors can keep a class of 4 and 5 year olds engaged and on task they are definitely doing something right! We are so thankful to be a part of the SKBJJ family and look forward to many more years here.

Chantell Kraemer
- a year ago
We love SKBJJ! My Son has been going here at least twice a week for almost 2 years. Such a positive and upbeat program going well beyond just Jiu-Jitsu. My Son has became more focused in school and other areas of his life since being introduced to this program. They have several class times and options to fit family needs. Very genuine and kind people!

Gabe Garcia
- a year ago
My 9 year old son and I have been going to SKBJJ for a few years now and I recommend it to everyone who might ever want to try Jiu Jitsu. They are amazing with the Kids/Teens and have great classes for Adults too!

Chris Romine
- a year ago
I had interest in learning a martial art for quite some time, and kept hearing about the benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I finally signed up at the beginning of the year, and now I wish I had sooner. It has been awesome! Great challenge, learning and practicing every week. I signed my son (7) up a little over a month ago, and he is loving it too. On Jiu Jitsu days, he is always excited to go to school, and be able to go to class after school. Absolutely great experience, and great people to learn with.

Te'von Anderson
- 5 years ago
Great people, great vibes and you can't beat the world class instruction that SKBJJ has to offer! I've been a student at the academy for a little over a year and I still look forward to training and seeing all of my mat buddies. If you want to get a workout and get in shape, become a fierce competitor, or just be a part of the community, I highly recommend that you come down and try it out.

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Professor James Puopolo

Salem-Keizer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy
2345 McGilchrist St SE Suite 1
Salem, OR 97302
(503) 877-7356