Jiu Jitsu: the Art of Self Defense
From the battle fields of Feudal Japan, to Jigaro Kano's Kodokan training hall near Tokyo, to the streets of Brazil, and finally to the shores of the United States; Jiu Jitsu has been pressure tested in the harshest environments and found to be the most effective form of self-defense. Jiu Jitsu has been slightly modernized and reformed since those earlier days but it remains widely known as a Martial Art designed to allow a smaller and weaker person defeat a much larger and stronger opponent (attacker) using technique, leverage, and strategy.
Smithfield resident owned and operated since 2015. Mason Martial Arts Academy (MMAA) is home to Smithfield's FIRST BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU PROGRAM
We are dedicated to the Art of Jiu Jitsu brought to Brazil by Mitsuyo Maeda in the early 1900's, taught to the Gracie Family and spread to the United States and around the world.
KYOSHI VERNON MASON
Owner Mason's Martial Arts Academy; 8th degree Black Belt in Shorin-Ryu. Kyoshi Mason is a legendary kickboxer and senior-most Shorin-Ryu black belt in Hampton Roads. He is as old-school as it gets with a lineage that is directly connected to the original Okinawa dojos. Kyoshi keeps the old ways alive in Smithfield with a fighters pedigree that is unmatched across the Eastern seaboard
Our Gracie Jiu Jitsu program is led by George Vancil, an active duty Navy Officer. George is a life-long marital artist with black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He received his Jiu Jitsu black belt from Professors Ricardo Tubbs, Da Firma Training Center (Gracie Chesapeake) and Andre "Tim" Monteiro, A Force Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Through many years learning the Gentle Art, George has been fortunate enough to have shared the mats with Jiu Jitsu Legends and true American Warriors.
The Gracie Jiu Jitsu program at Mason's Martial Arts Academy is affiliated with the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association (PSBJJA).
Establishing the fundamentals of the Art
All ranks welcome
Exploration of the modern Jiu Jitsu game
Scheduled: 30 and 60 minute options
If you have questions about the opportunities available to you in our program, send us a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
932 South Church St, Smithfield, VA
Monday - Friday: 5pm - 9;30pm
Saturday: 8;30am - 10am