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"The art of Jiu-Jitsu is worth more in every way than all of our athletics combined."  President Theodore Roosevelt, 1905


Parkersburg Martial Arts Center is proud to be the premier destination for authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Pekiti Tirsia Kali instruction in the Parkersburg area.


We are dedicated to providing the truest form of Jiu-Jitsu, as it was originally intended by the founding Gracie Family.  This form of Jiu-Jitsu was developed to be the most effective, absolute, and complete martial art for self-defense.


As a member of the Pekiti Tirsia Tactical Association Study Group we are dedicated to the tactical application of Pekiti-Tirsia.

Head Jiu-Jitsu Instructor Co-Owner - Mike Stump

Brazilian / Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt

Mike began training American Jiujitsu in 1996 under Sensei Neil Locke. This is also where Mike met his wife Shawna who along with his children Chloe and Colton who also train at PJJA.

-  While on active duty after 9/11, Mike began training BJJ under Professor Butch Hiles in 2001

-  Awarded his Blue belt in 2003 from Royce Gracie while training at ABKJ.

-  Received his Black belt in Ko Setumi Jiujitsu in 2007 from Sensei Jeremy Bradley.

-  Level 1 Certified Instructor in Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association

-  Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) Instructor


Along with Sensei Jeremy Bradley, Mike opened a Royce Gracie affiliate bringing the first official Gracie Jiu-Jitsu school to the Mid Ohio Valley. 


Mike is an U.S. Army & Air Force veteran with 20+ years of Law Enforcement experience.  He is a life-long resident of the MOV and Sergeant with Belpre Police Dept as well as a member of the Belpre PD's Special Response Team (SRT).

Head Jiu-Jitsu Instructor Co-Owner - Jason Campbell

Brazilian / Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt

-  Received Purple Belt from Dennis Hayes / John Burkholder in 2018

-  Received Blue Belt directly from Royce Gracie in 2006

-  Ko Setumi Jiu-Jitsu purple belt under Jeremy Bradley

Jason is another life-long resident of the MOV and is an officer with the Belpre Police Dept.  In addition to assisting with kids and adult jiu-jitsu classes, Jason coaches the combatives jiu-jitsu program on Wednesdays.  Jason's children, Gabby and Phoenix, both train at the academy as well.  In addition, Jason holds the following certification:

-  Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) Instructor

-  Level 1 Certified Instructor in Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association

-  Ohio Law Enforcement Scenario Based Training Instructor (STEP)

-  Simunition Certified

-  SORAT (Single Officer Response to Active Threat) Instructor

-  Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Trained Officer

-  ALICE Active Shooter Response Training Instructor

Assistant Jiu-Jitsu & Judo Instructor - Andy Jackson

Brazilian / Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt

USJA Shodan (Judo 1st Degree Black Belt)

Japanese Jiu-Jitsu Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt)

-  Received Purple Belt from Dennis Hayes / John Burkholder in 2018

-  Received Blue Belt directly from Royce Gracie in 2006

-  Received Judo Black Belt in 2002

-  Level 1 Certified Instructor in Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association

Andy is a Navy veteran and has been a life-long resident of the MOV.  He is a dedicated student and instructor for the academy and has played an integral role in developing and leading the kids and adults jiu-jitsu programs.

Paul Clark, Warrior Tactical Systems LLC Owner and Chief Instructor


Paul Clark has been training and teaching in various martial arts since 1995, earning black belts and instructorships along the way.


Paul has trained and cornered fighters for amateur mixed martial arts events and has fought in over fifty full contact stick and mixed weapons fights, achieving Warrior Member status, as well as an Instructorship from the Full Spectrum Combat Academy.


During his 10 years in Corrections, Paul helped design the Defensive Tactics program used by the West Virginia Division of Corrections.


- Black Belt under Leonard Rycerz (Society of the Arts Martial Arts and Survival Club)

- Black Belt under Carl Piper (Warbreed International Fighting Arts)

- Jeet Kune Do Concepts Instructor under John Davis (Full Spectrum Combat Academy)

-  NRA Pistol Instructor

- Utah Firearms Instructor

- First Aid/CPR Instructor – American Heart Association

- Defensive Tactics Master Instructor – WV DOC

- Mechanical Restraints Master Instructor – WV DOC

- Senior Firearms Instructor (Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol) – WV DOC

- CIDS (Correctional Integrated Defense System) Phase II Instructor – WV DOC

- Basic Corrections Communication Instructor – WV DOC

- Cell Extraction Instructor – WV DOC


Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, "The Gentle Art"

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the most effective martial art on the planet. It is designed for people of all sizes to successfully defend themselves. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a unique style that teaches students to leverage their body weight to use in the ring or against an attacker. A descendant of Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is both a sport and a martial art. At our academy we focus heavily on the martial art and self defense style of jiu-jitsu.

Pekiti Tirsia Tactical Association Study Group

In this class you will learn to defend yourself with and against edged and impact weapons. You’ll learn traditional methods but, you’ll also be taught how to apply the skills you develop legally and ethically to modern, more probable situations. You’ll also acquire knowledge of what you can legally carry and how to access your everyday carry gear during a violent encounter. This material is rooted in the Filipino Martial Arts.


Jeet Kune Do Concepts

In this class you will learn self-defense skills to deal with criminal violence. You’ll develop real world skills that are simple and enable you to adapt to situations you may encounter in today’s society. You’ll learn defense against one or more larger opponents, defense against a surprise attack and defense against and use of modern weapons. You will also learn the legal aspects of the use of force. Develop functional fighting skills in all ranges of armed and unarmed combat


What should I wear to my first Jiu-Jitsu lesson?


Gym attire is perfectly fine.  You do not need to have your own GI (uniform) to participate in your first class. However we do have loaner GI's available. They are first come first serve.


What can I expect in my first Jiu-Jitsu lesson?


In your first group lesson, you will be partnered with an experienced instructor or senior student. This is done to ensure your safety and to maximize your understanding of the basics. Your instructor will then teach you some fundamental Jiu-Jitsu techniques so that you fully comprehend what Gracie Jiu-Jitsu self defense is all about!


Adult students typically feel confident jumping directly into group classes. However, if an adult or child is feeling a bit apprehensive about stepping onto the mat, we highly recommend trying a private lesson. Many adults prefer private lessons to group lessons altogether.

How do I get started?


We offer a 7 Day free trial to new students that is 100% FREE. We do not believe in hard sales-pitches or pressuring people to join. If you are not completely impressed with our academy and choose not to join, all that we ask is for some feedback so that we can continue to improve. We want people to be fully confident in their decision to join our academy with zero reservations.Complete the waiver below to save time registering for your first class.

Do I need to be in shape before I start Jiu-Jitsu lessons?


Absolutely not!  Our warm-up portion of the class can be challenging and can increase your endurance and physical fitness levels, however, you will not be expected to push yourself to the point of physical exhaustion. There is no need to feel embarrassed or limited by your level of conditioning, age or body type. It is our job to build you up, not break you down. This is the Gracie way.


Many people believe they need to be an athlete in order to participate in martial arts. Our classes are structured for people with little to no experience.


Gracie Jiu-jitsu is based on proper timing, technique and leverage. Students do not need to be in excellent physical condition in order to have success with our program.  Although, consistent training in the grappling arts can lead to several physical benefits, including weight loss and improved aerobic and anaerobic conditioning.

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for your first class

Questions?    Give us a call or text @

740-591-2706 (Cell) - BJJ / Youth / Adult

304-210-7867 (Cell) - BJJ / Youth / Adult

740-213-3126 (Cell) - Filipino / JKD

Parkersburg Jiu-Jitsu Academy

0 Anns Drive

Vienna, WV 26105

(Turn towards the river @ Cheddar's stop light)

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