BJJ Classes

BJJ classes at Artemis BJJ are suitable for everybody, no matter your experience level. Complete beginners are very welcome! Your first week is free, so you’ve got nothing to lose. We have two locations, in the centre of town at MYGYM Bristol and over in Knowle at the Healthy Living Centre (see Locations page for exact directions). If you are uncertain of the terms below, take a look at the glossary.

MYGYM Bristol

BJJ in Bristol view of Bristol Sports Centre Studio/MyGym
MYGYM Bristol (Studio)

19:30-20:30 (Gi) Main Mats
20:30-21:00 (Open Mat) Studio

12:00-13:00 (Kettlebells for BJJ)
Studio [with Strength Lab]
13:00-14:00 (Open Mat) Studio

17:55-18:25 (Judo for BJJ) Studio
18:25-19:25 (Women Only BJJ) Studio
18:30-19:30 (Intermediate BJJ) Main Mats
19:30-20:30 (Gi) Main Mats

17:25-18:25 (Yoga)
Studio [with Heidi]
18:30-19:30 (Gi)
Main Mats
19:30-20:00 (Q&A Workshop)
20:00-20:30 (Open Mat)

MYGYM Bristol (Main Mats)

10:30-11:00 (Kids Class, 4-10yrs)
11:00-12:00 (No-Gi) Studio
12:00-14:00 (Open Mat) Studio

Private lessons by appointment
Contact Can directly at or call 07740 197 319 to arrange a time and discuss what you’d like to cover

Note: Bristol Sports Centre/MYGYM is closed on Bank Holidays.

Knowle Healthy Living Centre

19:30-20:30 (Women’s Ground Skills: No Gis Required/Ground For Growth) Dance Studio

Our class in Knowle is for women and teenage girls. It is particularly suitable for those looking to gain confidence and for vulnerable women’s groups/trauma survivors.

The goal is building your confidence from the ground up. The class is also suitable for women who already train that would like to apply their skills to a different context, such as in normal clothes rather than a gi.

To book a class at Knowle, contact Adrienne on 07962914002. More information on her website, here. These sessions are included in your Artemis BJJ membership , or for non-members, £3 a class.

Finding Our BJJ Classes

For full details on how to reach our classes, head over to the locations page of the Artemis BJJ website. That will provide you with both directions and a map. If you’re still having trouble finding us, please feel free to email, You can also call on 07740 197 319, or send a message to our regularly updated Facebook page.

If you’d like more information about Brazilian jiu jitsu, what to wear to your first class, how much we charge and other common questions, check out the Frequently Asked Questions section. We look forward to welcoming you onto the mats soon!

BJJ Classes Glossary

^Gi: This denotes a structured class in which a gi is worn (a thickly woven jacket and trousers held closed by a belt, used by various martial arts). This means that some techniques will rely on gripping the jacket and/or trousers. The class will begin with a warm-up, then technique and drilling. That is followed by specific sparring, free sparring, a review of the technique/s taught, then finally stretching out. For more information about buying a gi and class format, take a look at our FAQ.

^Intermediate BJJ: This means the techniques taught may be slightly more complicated than in the other classes, so it is best to have some experience (e.g., a few months of BJJ). Beginners are welcome to attend intermediate classes, but be aware there may be an expectation of prior knowledge. You are also expected to wear a gi.

^Kettlebells for BJJ: This is a kettlebells class run by Strength Lab UK. They are all certified Strong First instructors, who have also trained with us at Artemis BJJ. These classes are separate to the Artemis BJJ membership, but your first class is free. More information on the Strength Lab UK page, here.

^Main Mats: This is the large mat space downstairs at MYGYM. When you enter the gym, head down the stairs and through the door. The women’s changing rooms are on the left before you go through the main door, the men’s changing rooms are past the main door and all the way to the left.

^No Gi: This denotes a structured class in which a gi is not worn. That means that there is no gripping of material (i.e., rather than grabbing a collar, you would clinch behind the neck, or grip a wrist instead of a sleeve). Other than that, the format of the class is similar to the gi classes.

^Open Mat: This is unstructured training, which means you can arrive and leave whenever you want during the allocated open mat time. There is no formal teaching during open mat (though you’re welcome to ask other people for help), so you are able to spar, drill particular techniques you want to work on, or indeed just chat if you want to socialise. Of course, you will be expected to do at least some training. 😉

^Q&A Workshop: This is a semi-structured class in which students ask technical questions, then everyone goes through the selected technique as a group.

^Studio: This is the smaller mat space upstairs at MYGYM. When you enter the gym, head up the stairs and go through the second door (the first door on the left leads to a toilet with a sink).

^Women Only: This class is the same as the gi class, except that it is restricted to female students (though the instructor may be a man). For more information, go to the dedicated Women’s Class page.

^Yoga: This is a yoga class run by Heidi, an experienced yoga instructor who also trains at Artemis BJJ. Her classes are separate to the Artemis BJJ membership, but your first class is free. More information on Heidi’s page, here.

For a glossary of BJJ terms in general, click here.

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