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!
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!
We will be closed this Saturday 4/27 as we will all be at the US Grappling tournament. Come out and support the competitors while watching some great Jiu Jitsu! Next week we will be back to our regular schedule.
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.
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!
Tomorrow from 12-3 Lucas Lepri Brown Belt Dean Lewis will be teaching a seminar at Upstream. It is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. This seminar will be in the gi and will certainly be filled with a lot of great details we can all use. Hope to see everyone there!
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!
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.
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!
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
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!
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!
The gym will be closed this Saturday 12/1 as we will be supporting our teammates at US Grappling Richmond. Best of luck to all competitors! Classes will be back on regular schedule Monday.
This Cyber Monday! Do not miss out on this deal from Upstream BJJ Online! Add to your training resources with affordable, high quality digital instruction. Upstream BJJ head coach Seph Smith shares some of his favorite techniques from the closed guard, deep half, ankle lock positions and more! Go to www.upstreambjjonline.com and download today!
This Thursday 11/29 Upstream is pleased to host Nina Navid. Nina is a brown belt under Roger Gracie and an instructor at Roger Gracie Academy HQ in London. She is an accomplished competitor as well as coach to one of Europe’s strongest women’s teams. This event will start at 6:30 and will be in the gi. It is FREE to Upstream students and $20 for visitors. Do not miss the chance to learn from such a dedicated and knowledgable athlete!
This week we will have a few schedule changes in honor of the holiday. Upstream BJJ will be closed Thursday and Friday (11/22 and 11/23). We will be on our regular schedule through Wednesday and back on again Saturday. From all of us at Upstream BJJ we wish you a happy, safe holiday and great long weekend however you celebrate!
We are now offering additional intro offers for those new to BJJ! We have a new two-month beginner’s option in addition to our free intro and trial week. Get in touch with us today and start your BJJ journey!
Our kids’ program at Upstream BJJ has really been growing! We are excited to announce we are now accepting children from 4 years old. Kids’ class is every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 5-6 pm. Monday and Tuesday classes are in the gi, while Thursday is no gi for the kids. Bring your child in today to learn discipline, teamwork and of course jiu jitsu, in a friendly but challenging environment. We offer membership and block class options to suit any busy school schedule.
Upstream BJJ blue belt Carsyn Nash took home silver this past weekend at the IBJJF Charlotte Open. This was one of her first gi tournaments and her first IBJJF gi tournament. She has made great progress and we are excited to see what she will do next. We are so proud of you Carsyn!
Congratulations to Upstream's newest blue belts! Austin, Dan and Suzanne have all been training hard, representing well at tournaments and overall being positive elements in the academy. We are so proud of them and are excited to see them thrive at this new level!