Our mission is to positively impact people’s lives with the many benefits of reality mixed martial arts and fitness training throughout the Mid-South. We are committed to helping each and every person reach and surpass their respective goals. We pledge to uphold standards of excellence that inspire students to see beyond their current potential and reach new levels of personal success.


Memphis Judo & Jiu-Jitsu was founded by David Ferguson, Joel Gingery & Mike Ostrowski in October of 2003 in the University of Memphis area. Beginning with only adult evening classes in Judo & Jiu-Jitsu (hence our name), we began to expand our programs adding Muay Thai Kickboxing, Submission Wrestling, Children’s Judo & Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).


After 3 successful years of growth, Memphis Judo & Jiu-Jitsu was busting at the seams and a re-location was needed. We needed to be able to have more classes going on at the same time, space for more training equipment and a location that was heated and air-conditioned.


We opened our Bartlett facility on April 2, 2007 decked it out with: 4 full sized Muay Thai kickboxing bags, boxing equipment, Muay Thai pads, and a huge 2,100 sq. ft. Olympic tatami matted grappling area as well as 1600 sq. ft. of kickboxing flooring. Soon we added new programs and training equipment. In January 2008 we added Boxing, Fitness Kickboxing, Filipino MA and Children’s Jiu-Jitsu. In addition to the new programs added 20 full size leather kickboxing bags, 4 leather boxing bags, 3 speed bags, weight lifting/fitness equipment and a full size boxing ring.


In January 2011 we moved to our current 24,000 sq. ft. location near Wolfchase Gallaria. We have now expanded our classes, added another 1500 sq. ft. matted grappling area, a full size 24 ft. MMA cage as well as added on to our Fitness Kickboxing bag stand with an additional 10 bags (31 total Fitness Kickboxing bags now).


In 2013 we added a new Fitness Boxing program along with a new bag stand with 10 Boxing bags.  We have also added new Muay Thai equipment as well as adding Memphis’s first Indoor Fitness Bootcamp program.


Memphis Judo & Jiu-Jitsu is home to many competitive champions who train under the most decorated and professional mixed martial arts instructors in the Mid-South.

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