Michiana's Premier Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy








Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association was founded in 1995 by the legendary Saulo Ribeiro and is currently one of the most successful Jiu-Jitsu organizations in the world. Saulo Ribeiro is widely considered to be one of the premier BJJ instructors teaching today and is certainly one of the greatest competitors in Jiu-Jitsu history. Saulo is a 4th degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a six-time World BJJ Champion, and two-time ADCC Submission Grappling World Champion. Saulo is the only Jiu-Jitsu fighter in history to win world titles at five different weight divisions.

A proud affiliate of the Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association

Our school is conveniently located in South Bend, Indiana and strives to provide the Michiana community with a safe, clean environment in which to learn the gentle art of Jiu-Jitsu. Experience the Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle with the team at Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Academy of South Bend!

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Our Team

Gary Briscoe is the head instructor and owner of Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Academy of South Bend. Gary began his martial arts training in 2002. In 2003 he started studying Jiu-Jitsu with Ben Eaton. In 2010, Ben re-located to Yorktown and asked Gary to continue running the South Bend Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu affiliate school. RJJA of South Bend continues to thrive under Gary’s leadership, and in 2016 Gary received his Black Belt from Professor Ben Eaton.

Gary Briscoe

Jack Wilkinson

Micky Sage

What Our Students Say

We focus on providing a safe and fun atmosphere for our students. Here is some of what they have to say:

“I attended a ladies self defense class and really enjoyed it. Everyone was very helpful and the class was very fun and informative at the same time. I’m looking forward to going to more of these classes for sure!”

Kara A.

“Awesome school! Couldn’t ask for better people to train with. I was in town visiting and they treated me like one of their own.”

Richard H.

“From beginner to expert, there is no better place in the area. It is my home. The people there are my brothers and sisters. All are welcome.”

Dane J.

Our Principles

As an affiliate of the Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association, our academy philosophy is rooted in a code of principles called the “Six Blades” which shapes the conduct of all instructors and students both inside and outside of the academy. The six blades are: family, respect, honor, loyalty, attitude, and discipline. In addition to teaching the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, instructors will be encouraging the development of these principles during the course of training and expect students to strive to practice them.


We emphasize safety in our training practices. We protect ourselves and our training partners. All of our instructors are Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid certified.

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Everyone at RJJASB loves jiu-jitsu. This translates into a fun and positive atmosphere in the gym.

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We pride ourselves on our hospitality to everyone with an interest in BJJ. We welcome newcomers.

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We clean our mats before every practice and perform a top-to-bottom, deep clean of the gym weekly.

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We provide many classes and open training sessions to fit everyone’s schedule.


Monday-Friday: 6-7 PM


Monday-Friday: 7-8 PM

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