El Cerrito Martial Arts

This place is awesome! I have trained in Jiu-Jitsu since 1999 and was transferred by my company from Brazil to the Bay Area. After almost a year training in other clubs around the area I finally found a place that emphasizes technique rather than just pure physical strength.

Ricardo Aruja

Brown Belt, Carlson Gracie Team, Sao Paulo Brazil
I've been training here for the last 6 months and feel that this is the best location for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the area as far as I am concerned.  

After I moved from Sacramento (where I started my training) I wasn't sure if I could find another place that satisfied me in the same way but (after the first day I was here) I knew this was the place for me.

Cody is a very helpful, knowledgeable, and patient instructor that has helped my technical skills grow quite a bit.  Everyone else who trains there is great to work with so we help each other improve (no one here is trying to prove they are better than anyone else).  The classes are large enough to give a lot of variety while rolling but small enough that you can still get a lot of 1-on-1 advice with the main instructor.

Wow!!! what a wonderful dojo! I have been training with Cody at this dojo for about 9 months.  My husband, and six-year old daughter also train here.   I cannot express how much I appreciate training with this dojo.  Cody's teaching style is effective, yet not over-the-top strict like some martial arts instructors I've had (I previously trained in Traditional Tae Kwon Do for three years, and karate for a year or so).  The focus is on basics and technique, with plenty of mat time to roll and try out said techniques.
I also have been training in the Muay Thai kickboxing offered here, for about 3 weeks now.  Adam, the Muay Thai kickboxing instructor, is also awesome.  He pushes us VERY hard, but in a motivational way, not an "in my face drill sergeant" way.  The class is a good change up to Jiu Jitsu.

I get a great workout here, and the schedule is flexible enough that I'm able to go 3-4 times a week (and I'm a mother AND a graduate student!).  The family class on Saturday is wonderful, a great bonding experience for our family.  

Finally, this dojo is a community.  I see the same students, and know each by name.  People are safe while rolling, and really take care to treat each other with respect and not hurt one another.  I really feel supported here, as do my husband and daughter.
K'La Krayneck