Founded by Alexis Nixon and Pedro Serrano in 2020, the overarching goal of Ultra Jiu Jitsu Academy (UJJA) is to enrich the lives of students through the provision of quality Jiu Jitsu education and training. To augment this educational experience—and develop street readiness—UJJA also offers self-defense classes.

Fix My Game

To foster a deeper learning experience, we have dedicated time blocks within our schedule (usually after class or before open mat) during which students can gather on the mat and pose their Jiu Jitsu questions to the professors and/or the coaches, thus enabling students to:

Resolve Trouble Spots

Break down Competitive Matches

Collaborate and share ideas and new techniques

Optimize thier jiu jitsu game

Our Instructors

UJJA has an experienced instructional- and management-team, with a focus not only on teaching the art of Jiu Jitsu and self-defense, but also business management and operations, customer service, health promotion, and wellness.

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Pedro Serrano

Head INstructor

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Sky Lovell


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Alexis Nixon

Program Director

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Wesley Cortazar


Going Beyond...

Given the vast library of Jiu Jitsu techniques, for many students learning Jiu Jiu may seem overwhelming; therefore, we sought to simplify the learning process and make it more efficient and enjoyable

Prior to developing our curriculum, we researched thousands of techniques from which we identified 11 key positions—each having an offensive and defensive (or top/bottom) component. From each of these 11 positions we then identified up to 5 possible actions the player can make. Based on our research we developed an extensive 16-week curriculum that addresses each of the 11 key positions and 5 actions; using this curriculum, on a rotating basis, our students will systematically explore the vast library of Jiu Jitsu techniques in varying levels of complexity

In terms of implementing the curriculum, UJJA’s teaching format focuses not just on procedural learning (i.e., memorizing techniques) but also on declarative learning (i.e., understanding the techniques); thereby eliminating randomness and creating a structured learning experience, giving our students the tools to able to actively think and strategize during training, sparring, and competition matches

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Online Curriculum

To complement our live classes, UJJA has developed an extensive online library of techniques that our students can access—at no additional cost—on their own time in order to further their Jiu Jitsu education.

Gym Achievements

1st Place IBJJF Pan-American Championship [2019 purple]

1st Place IBJJF American Nationals [2019 purple]

1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2019 brown)

1st Place IBJJF Los Angeles BJJ Pro (2018** brown)

1st Place IBJJF Long Beach Open (2017 purple)

1st Place SJJIF World Championship [2017 blue]

1st Place IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi (2016** blue)

1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2016 blue)

1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LA (2016 blue)

1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, TYO (2016 blue)

1st Place Midwest Finishers 135lbs Invitational (2019)

2nd Place IBJJF World Masters [2019 purple]

2nd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2015/2016 blue)

2nd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2017 purple)

2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, ABD (2019 brown)

Academy Guidelines
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In the interest of maintaining a positive, hygienic, and safe training experience, please observe the following guidelines:


● Gi: Only Ultra Jiu Jitsu Academy (UJJA) Gis are permissible on the mat. Please wear a rash guard underneath your Gi.

● No-Gi: Only UJJA No-Gi apparel is permissible on the mat.

● Keep fingernails and toenails clean and trimmed short.


● Please keep off-mat noise to a minimum so as not to disturb the class or distract the students. 

● No coaching from the sidelines.


● Ensure Gi is on and belt is tied before entering the mat.

● Remove shoes before entering the mat.

● Put shoes on immediately upon exiting the mat; no barefoot walking in the academy (especially the bathrooms).

● No photography or videography of any classes.

● Please keep noise to a minimum so as not to disturb the class or distract the students.


● No cell phones, food or gum on the mat.

● Bow when entering and exiting the mat.

● Greet your teammates upon entering the mat.

● Welcome all guests and visitors by introducing yourself; treat newcomers as you would like to be treated.

● Use respectful language and behavior, especially around minors; avoid using curse/swear words.

● Notify the instructor if you must leave the mat during class.

● Refrain from talking while the instructor is teaching.

● Greet your sparring partner before and after the roll.

● Only apply as much force as needed; never intentionally harm anyone.

● When assigned a task, continue doing that task until the instructor says otherwise.

● Have fun!