Back to School!

While we are sad to see summer come to an end, we are excited about the new school year at Upstream BJJ! We are pleased to announce with now have academy gis available for purchase for kids and adults. With new sign ups, all our merchandise including gis and rash guards, is discounted. Come in for a free trial to see what Jiu Jitsu is all about at Upstream BJJ!

New Schedule Starting Monday 5/13

We are pleased to announce we will have a new schedule in the evenings starting Monday, May 13. We will be adding a few new classes - No Gi Fundamentals I and No Gi Fundamentals II on Mondays and No Gi Fundamentals I and Sparring on Wednesdays. We also now have a competition class on Saturdays from 1-3. Please find our new schedule below. We hope to train with you soon!

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Success at US Grappling Richmond

A few weeks ago the team took 14 competitors to the US Grappling Richmond tournament. We are pleased to say we came back with several silver and bronze medals as well as five golds. Despite having less competitors total than many teams had medalists, we were able to secure third place in adult team and school points. Congratulations to all our competitors!

Competition Update

Upstream competitors have had a great run so far this year. Seph and Phil both won their hard fought Toro Cup matches. Shane and Seph both medalled at the IBJJF DC Open, taking home Bronze in Male Adult Blue Belt Heavy Weight and Gold in Black Belt Masters 2 Light Weight. Congratulations to everyone! We are all training hard in preparation for US Grappling Richmond on April 27.


New Pricing and Membership Options

To best accommodate all schedules and training needs, we have recently added some new pricing and membership options. As always, we still offer our student, first responder and military discount as well as family discounts. Please contact us at by phone or email for more information! Anyone local to Richmond and interested in trying out the gym is invited to come for a totally commitment-free week of training. Anyone new to BJJ is encouraged to schedule a totally complimentary Intro before your first class. Get in touch and start training with us today!

Dean Lewis Workshop 3/9

In just a few weeks, Upstream BJJ will be hosting a workshop with Lucas Lepri Brown Belt Dean Lewis. Dean is a multiple time No Gi Pan Am Champion, a No Gi World Champion at Purple Belt and a Pan Am Silver Medalist at Brown Belt. We are excited to learn from Dean! It will be $25 for members and $30 for non-members. More information to come!

JT Torres Seminar Raffle

This February, ADCC Champion and grappling phenom JT Torres will be teaching a seminar in Raleigh. This seminar is organized by Roll Forever, an organization that promotes Jiu Jitsu in the region, sponsors athletes and puts on high quality seminars with elite athletes in Virginia and North Carolina. Upstream BJJ is raffling off one spot at this amazing seminar. Raffle tickets are $5 and purchase is exclusive to Upstream students. We hope to see everyone there! We never miss an opportunity to learn from the best.

January Intro Block Offer

For the month of January, Upstream is offering a 12 class intro block for only $60! This block is for those totally new to BJJ who want to test the waters and see how training fits into their lives. It is 12 classes valid over two months. Email us at for more information. We hope to train with you soon!

Women’s Class Schedule January 2019

The first women’s class of 2019 will be Saturday, January 12. We will not have women’s class Saturday January 5. We look forward to starting another productive year of training and continuing to build up a strong women’s team! Get in touch with us if you are interested in our women’s only program. Our Saturday classes are open to ages 12 and up.

New Years Eve Open Mat 12/31/2018

All teams and affiliations are welcome to join us this Monday 12/31 for the last rolls of the year! Upstream BJJ will be hosting an open mat from 12-2 pm. Look out on our Facebook page and Instagram for more information about our New Years Day Marathon Roll - time TBD. We hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!

New blue and purple belt at Upstream BJJ

Yesterday 12/20, Upstream BJJ head coach Seph Smith had the pleasure of moving two students up in rank - Jacob to blue belt and Phil to purple belt. Both of these students have been strong forces on the local competition scene as well in IBJJF tournaments. We are so proud of their hard work and they have definitely earned these new belts!

Thank you to Jim Hale photographing the event. You can see more of Jim’s work here

Holiday Schedule 2018

In honour of the upcoming holidays, we will have a different schedule for the week of 12/24.

12/24, 12/25, 12/26 - CLOSED

12/27 - Basics Class at 6:30

12/28 - No Gi Marathon Roll 6:30 pm

12/29 - Open Mat 12-2 pm

12/31 - Open Mat 12-2

1/1 - Marathon Roll Time TBA

All the best to you and yours from all of us at Upstream BJJ!

Holiday Deals December 2018

This holiday season Upstream BJJ, has a few deals on offer if you would like to add Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to your life without breaking the bank! For the month of December, these are the deals we have going on.

Sign up for a year membership during the month of December and your first payment is 50% off!

Buy an intro block course for you and a friend and get 20% off!

All private lessons purchased during the month of December (gift cards available!) are 10% off! (Kids and adults)

All block classes purchased during the month of December 10% off! (Adults only)

Pay up front for a year, get 2 months free!

Happy holidays from everyone at Upstream BJJ! We wish you and yours the best during this season!