The Theodorou Academy of Jiu Jitsu is the award winning leader (Best of Boston A-List 2006, 2007 and 2010) in practical self-defense classes in the Boston area since 1990. Our American Jiu Jitsu based self-defense classes offer a rewarding experience that includes a vast array of modern techniques. Students will learn how to defend themselves in a variety of street situations while also enhancing their fitness and conditioning. Classes are fun, friendly and interactive and have helped us maintain a high level of student satisfaction. Located near the Arsenal Mall in Watertown, our self-defense classes are centrally located near Boston, Cambridge, Arlington and Belmont.

Our school focuses on a modern, non-traditional form of martial art called American Jiu Jitsu. Our defensive techniques are meant to stop an attacker in the most efficient way possible. Anyone can perform our techniques regardless of size and strength. Jiu Jitsu teaches the fighting science behind striking, throwing (Judo and Aikido), weapon defenses, multiple attack scenarios and ground assaults.

Our instructors are trained professionals that strive to make each class more rewarding than the last. Our hands on instruction and small group classes ensure you will get the personal attention you deserve! Gyms offering a “self-defense” class and other multi-style schools can’t offer the service and quality of our training. Try our Introductory Program to see how we compare to our competitors and gyms.

We offer classes to men and women ages 12 and up. With evening and weekend classes at affordable rates we strive to make training as easy as possible!

“If realistic self-defense is what you're looking for, this is the place. The training will improve your body, mind, and confidence.” -Eric P, Green Belt