• Address:1110 E Derenne Ave, Savannah, GA 31406
  • Phone:(912) 346-0917
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  • Rating:5.0
  • Hours:
Mon 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Tue 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Wed 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Thu 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Fri 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 01:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am - 01:00 pm
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Rated 5.0/5 based on 21 customer reviews.
February 25, 2020 15:50

Awesome place. Awesome people. Looked like really good, respectable training. The owner James was very involved, you could tell he cared about giving everyone his attention and training. I sat comfortably on their couch and watched mostly. oh and their bathrooms are clean too, always important.

January 2, 2020 22:12

I come to the Savannah area yearly from out of state to visit family. My brother has been involved with jujitsu for the past few years and has encouraged me to try it out for awhile now. I was very intimidated and worried about trying jujitsu on my own back home, so when I came to the Savannah area I tried the school my brother trains at. I ended up truly enjoying my first experience! I went to a Saturday morning class with my brother and felt the unity and family feel of all the people training. It was at no point awkward or uncomfortable. I liked my first experience so much I attended two more classes the following Monday. I was new to a few warm ups prior to class but immediately the instructor, a brown belt, and my brother helped me through the moves. Once the second class began it was meant for advanced students. However, it was made clear all students could attend any class and was very welcoming. I am a young woman in college and found my three classes to be extremely empowering and helpful for beginner self defense. I plan to continue back home! I would highly recommend this school to anyone male or female of any age. It truly is its own community and offers plenty to those willing to learn!

December 28, 2019 15:35

Was in Savannah for about 4 months and I made my way around to all the BJJ schools in the area. Ended up choosing this school as my go to- James Finzio is an excellent educator, they have great availability, and I still keep in touch with some of the guys from time to time. I look back fondly on my time here and I hope you will too.

November 14, 2019 13:26

On vacation in Savannah for 3 days, we emailed this gym ahead of time coming from NC. Got a great friendly response and was told to come on in. I trained Tuesday night in the advanced class and then again today for the lunch class. Amazing clear instructions for drills, professor is spot on with his detail and enthusiasm to help everyone. Truly a great structure and curriculum put in place and good hard rolling at the end of each class. Very clean and friendly gym, no egos everyone was eager to help, drill and roll with me and I felt part of the gym as soon as I got on the mat. Highly recommend this gym the professor and students are great, plenty of variety as far as belt ranks to train with. I will definitely be back as soon as I can!!

June 14, 2019 22:15

This is a great place to learn jui-jitsu at all levels. James does a great job and explaining techniques and teaching you to be an expert at the fundamentals of Jui- Jitsu. I was accepted with open arms when I began training here. I love the people and community. Great for all ages and genders.

June 19, 2018 07:59

The purple belt instructor Jimmy is very good at explaining physics and reverse engineering. And the black belt adam used to work as an IT enough said.

June 19, 2018 07:59

The purple belt instructor Jimmy is very good at explaining physics and reverse engineering. And the black belt adam used to work as an IT enough said.

February 20, 2018 19:09

Great instruction, very knowledgeable black belts. Great atmosphere full of nice people.

February 20, 2018 19:09

Great instruction, very knowledgeable black belts. Great atmosphere full of nice people.

October 25, 2017 11:01

I was in town for a few days visiting friends, and dropped in for a couple of classes. James was super welcoming & friendly, as were all of his students. I got a bunch of good rolls in, and even picked up a couple of new details to work on. If you're in the Savannah area I would highly recommend checking this school out!

October 25, 2017 11:01

Great place to learn and better yourself. Great teachers and students

October 25, 2017 11:01

I was in town for a rugby tourney. I never called or emailed James about coming to his school. I walked in for class and he and all his students treated me like I had been training there for years. James was super knowledgeable, friendly, was very open, rolled with me, an awesome experience. Anytime I come to Savannah I will always train with James and his crew.

October 25, 2017 11:01

've trained several places and this gym is my favorite due to a great mix of socialability & flow in training.

The gym leader, James, most always teaches classes, which isn't the case at a lot of other schools which put that responsibility on the highest ranking student.

James' instruction is seriously well thought-out. The path to the next stripe/belt clear. It's difficult to explain coherently, but James' lessons flow well into one another. At some schools, training is all over the place in terms of techniques or drills, but James focuses on specific things for a couple weeks at a time, as well as their appendages.

For instance, James would announce that we're going to be working on takedowns for a couple of weeks. In that, we'd training take-downs every day, but in a single class we'd train one specific takedown (lets say starting from t-stance (perhaps not the correct term:P)), but then train what to do in several instances. The next day, you might pick up slightly from that, but a tweak on it.

Another very cool thing which can't be understanded is the sociability. Savannah Gracie Jiujitsu attracts people of all kind, big & small, old and young. Your classmates are friends and everyone wants to see one another succeed.

I also especially enjoyed the 'games' we'd play, like "sweep or submit", weapons practice, or sparring with tennis balls in our hands to remove grip from the equation.

A lot of smiles, laughter, serious training and comradre.

The gym trains for combat BJJ more so than sport (IE, no dropping to your knees and ensuring you protect your head at all times) but it's also heavily involved in the sport side, with the team traveling together to tournaments and other events.

October 25, 2017 11:01

If you want to learn practical, highly effective self defense then you should start training with professor James. He is an excellent Jiu-jitsu instructor who cares about making sure you have the tools to defend yourself. Besides learning great self defense you will become more confident and able to handle yourself in all areas of your life. The people at the school are very supportive and helpful. I highly recommend going there no matter what age, gender, race, ect. Everyone is welcome and treated equally.

June 23, 2017 08:48

've trained several places and this gym is my favorite due to a great mix of socialability & flow in training.

The gym leader, James, most always teaches classes, which isn't the case at a lot of other schools which put that responsibility on the highest ranking student.

James' instruction is seriously well thought-out. The path to the next stripe/belt clear. It's difficult to explain coherently, but James' lessons flow well into one another. At some schools, training is all over the place in terms of techniques or drills, but James focuses on specific things for a couple weeks at a time, as well as their appendages.

For instance, James would announce that we're going to be working on takedowns for a couple of weeks. In that, we'd training take-downs every day, but in a single class we'd train one specific takedown (lets say starting from t-stance (perhaps not the correct term:P)), but then train what to do in several instances. The next day, you might pick up slightly from that, but a tweak on it.

Another very cool thing which can't be understanded is the sociability. Savannah Gracie Jiujitsu attracts people of all kind, big & small, old and young. Your classmates are friends and everyone wants to see one another succeed.

I also especially enjoyed the 'games' we'd play, like "sweep or submit", weapons practice, or sparring with tennis balls in our hands to remove grip from the equation.

A lot of smiles, laughter, serious training and comradre.

The gym trains for combat BJJ more so than sport (IE, no dropping to your knees and ensuring you protect your head at all times) but it's also heavily involved in the sport side, with the team traveling together to tournaments and other events.

April 12, 2017 12:02

If you want to learn practical, highly effective self defense then you should start training with professor James. He is an excellent Jiu-jitsu instructor who cares about making sure you have the tools to defend yourself. Besides learning great self defense you will become more confident and able to handle yourself in all areas of your life. The people at the school are very supportive and helpful. I highly recommend going there no matter what age, gender, race, ect. Everyone is welcome and treated equally.

April 12, 2017 12:02

If you want to learn practical, highly effective self defense then you should start training with professor James. He is an excellent Jiu-jitsu instructor who cares about making sure you have the tools to defend yourself. Besides learning great self defense you will become more confident and able to handle yourself in all areas of your life. The people at the school are very supportive and helpful. I highly recommend going there no matter what age, gender, race, ect. Everyone is welcome and treated equally.

March 12, 2017 13:12

I was in town for a rugby tourney. I never called or emailed James about coming to his school. I walked in for class and he and all his students treated me like I had been training there for years. James was super knowledgeable, friendly, was very open, rolled with me, an awesome experience. Anytime I come to Savannah I will always train with James and his crew.

March 12, 2017 13:12

I was in town for a rugby tourney. I never called or emailed James about coming to his school. I walked in for class and he and all his students treated me like I had been training there for years. James was super knowledgeable, friendly, was very open, rolled with me, an awesome experience. Anytime I come to Savannah I will always train with James and his crew.

July 23, 2016 11:40

I was in town for a few days visiting friends, and dropped in for a couple of classes. James was super welcoming & friendly, as were all of his students. I got a bunch of good rolls in, and even picked up a couple of new details to work on. If you're in the Savannah area I would highly recommend checking this school out!

July 23, 2016 11:40

I was in town for a few days visiting friends, and dropped in for a couple of classes. James was super welcoming & friendly, as were all of his students. I got a bunch of good rolls in, and even picked up a couple of new details to work on. If you're in the Savannah area I would highly recommend checking this school out!

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