Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Manassas Mixed Martial Arts

Manassas Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)Manassas Mixed Martial Arts features the Manassas area’s top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training program. Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes are taught by 2nd Degree Black Belt Dave Trader – the most experienced and highest ranking Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor in the Manassas area. With over 30 years of grappling experience, including over 17 years of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, over 10 years of Judo, and over 10 years of Wrestling, Dave is able to provide new and experienced students with expert level instruction in the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as instruction in the most recent competition techniques, training protocols and innovations.

Our Brazilian Jiu-jitsu program has deep roots in the area, tracing its beginnings back to the introduction of art to the Washington, D.C. Metro area by 5th Degree black belt Leonardo Dalla in 1996. Our head instructor, Dave Trader, was one of Dalla’s earliest students and only the second American to receive his black belt from Dalla.

Like in many martial arts, training lineage is very important in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Our Jiu-Jitsu lineage traces back directly to the legendary Gracie family thru Leo Dalla, his instructor Jorge Pereira, the legendary Rickson Gracie, his father Helio Gracie, his uncle Carlos Gracie to the man who taught the Gracies – Mitsuyo Maeda.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Lineage
Mitsuyo Maeda Carlos Gracie Sr. Helio Gracie Rickson Gracie Jorge Pereira Leo Dalla Dave Trader
Mitsuyo Maeda Carlos Gracie Sr. Helio Gracie Rickson Gracie Jorge Pereira Leo Dalla Dave Trader


Whether you are interested in training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for self defense, as a means to get in shape, in order to round out your MMA skills or with aspirations of becoming a top-level Jiu-Jitsu competitor, our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program at Manassas Mixed Martial Arts will exceed your expectations.

Come join our program and:

  • receive expert instruction from top competitors.
  • train with others of similar experience and skill level in a friendly environment at just the right pace for you.
  • join of team of like-minded, goal oriented individuals.
  • enjoy convenient daytime and evening Brazilian Jiu-jitsu classes to suit almost any schedule

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Team Dave Trader

champions Manassas Brazilian Jiu-JitsuManassas Mixed Martial Arts grappling programs have quickly become among the most well respected in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition team, headed by 2nd degree blackbelt instructor Dave Trader, has become well known for producing a series of fierce and highly skilled competitors.

In just three short years, the program produced champions in each of the highest skill level divisions at GrapplersQuest, the most prestigious and competitive tournament series in the country. This feat has been accomplished across both the men’s and women’s divisions, as well as the teen division – a feat few schools established for a decade or more can boast. Even more impressively, these advanced division gold medalists all had no previous grappling or wrestling experience prior to joining our team.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu New York Open

Big Brothers Competition Team at the IBJJF 2013 New York Open

More recently, head instructor Dave Trader has spent time preparing for international level competitions by training with some of the sports most highly decorated and skilled Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champions. Integrating the training methods and techniques of these current top level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners has already paid dividends for the team whose members brought home a handful of gold and silver medals at the Internation Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s 2013 New York International Open championship.

The proof is in the results. No matter how modest or ambitious your goals, if you have the desire and determination our program can help you achieve them!

Team Dave Trader Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is proudly affiliated with Leo Dalla Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the Big Brothers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competition Team.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: About the Gentle Art

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. The art was derived from the Kodokan Judo (which itself is derived from various forms of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu) in the early 20th century.

Through the use of leverage, body position, and proper technique, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu allows a smaller, weaker person to successfully defend against and defeat a larger, stronger assailant by the application of joint-locks and choke holds.

Jiu-Jitsu training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (both gi and no-gi), mixed martial arts competition, and self defense. Free sparring and live drilling play a major role in training, and a high value is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ranking system awards a practitioner different colored belts to signify increasing levels of technical knowledge and practical skill. While the system’s belt structure shares its origins with the judo ranking system, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is noted for its lack of a formal criteria for promotion. Promotions are granted at the instructors discretion and are primarily based on technical skill and proficiency with as a focus on a competitive demonstration of skill, and a conservative approach to promotion in general.


Adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Belt Ranking System
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu white belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu red and black belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu red and white belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu red belt



Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Your First Class – What to Expect

Congratulations on taking the step to start training. I would like to address the most common concerns that new students typically experience:

#1 I’m out of shape.
Don’t worry, very are already physically fit when they start one of our programs. In fact, most people join the program because they want to shed a few pounds, be more active, increase their endurance, and improve their overall health. We will push you to do all of these things, but in a manner that gives your body time to adjust.

#2 I’ve never trained before.
Believe me when I say this is not an issue. Over 95% of our students had no marital arts experience when they joined our program.

#3 I don’t know anyone else in the class.
The people in the class are people a lot like you. They want to get in shape, learn a practical and effective means of self-defense, meet like minded people, and they may even have aspirations of competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments or Mixed Martial Arts events.

Finally, its ok to be a little anxious or nervous on your first day. But I promise that when you walk through the door, meet our friendly staff, are introduced to your fellow students, and participate in your first class, you will see that their is no reason for worry. In fact, you will probably be kicking yourself for not coming in sooner.

Above all, be sure to take the pressure off of yourself and just enjoy your first class – Jiu-Jitsu is supposed to be fun!

Each beginner level class follows the same basic structure:
Bow In
Technique demonstration
Sparring – don’t worry, you won’t be sparring your first class.
Bow Out