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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that focuses on grappling and ground fighting techniques, emphasizing leverage and technique rather than size and strength. BJJ training can offer a range of benefits including:

  • Improved physical fitness, strength, and flexibility

  • Increased self-confidence and discipline

  • Enhanced problem-solving skills and mental agility

Youth Jiu Jitsu program 5-13yr

Our Youth Jiu Jitsu program offers an opportunity for kids to learn the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in a fun and supportive environment. Here are three benefits of our youth program:

  • Improved physical fitness and coordination

  • Enhanced self-confidence and social skills

  • Introduction to self-defense skills and techniques in a safe and controlled setting.

Professional MMA

Our MMA program has produced fighters that have gone on to compete in some of the largest MMA promotions in the country, showcasing the effectiveness of our training methods and the quality of our instruction, you’ll be trained in multiple disciplines.

  • MMA Striking

  • Jiu Jitsu

  • Wrestling

Women's Only Jiu Jitsu

Our Women’s Only Jiu Jitsu classes provide a safe and supportive space for women of all skill levels to learn and practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques.Our experienced instructors will help you develop your Jiu Jitsu skills while building confidence and empowering you in all areas of your life.

  • Increased self-defense skills and techniques in a women-only environment

  • Increased overall strength, flexibility, and coordination

  • A sense of community and camaraderie with other women who share similar interests and goals.

Fitness Kickboxing

Our Fitness Kickboxing program offers a fun and challenging workout that combines traditional kickboxing techniques with high-intensity interval training. Here are three benefits of our program:

  • Improved cardiovascular health and endurance

  • Increased overall strength, flexibility, and coordination

  • A fun and motivating group fitness experience that will help you relieve stress and boost your mood.

Self Defense Classes

Tap into tailored training that boosts your confidence and equips you with essential self-defense skills.

  • Private one on one lessons

  • Group Lessons

  • Self Defense Classes for Local Businesses


Whether you’re looking to get in shape, learn self-defense, or challenge yourself in a new way, our expert instructors will guide you every step of the way.

With our proven curriculum you’ll be able to learn the art of Jiu Jitsu in a safe and supportive environment. Our classes are designed for people of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners, and our instructors are committed to helping you achieve your goals.

Jiu Jitsu is more than just a physical discipline. It’s a way of life that teaches you to push through challenges, overcome obstacles, and build confidence in yourself. Whether you’re looking to compete at the highest levels or simply improve your fitness and well-being, Tupelo Jiu Jitsu Academy has everything you need to succeed.

Head Instructor

Cody Floyd, Head Instructor and Founder of Tupelo Jiu Jitsu Academy

Cody Floyd

Cody Floyd is the Head Instructor and Founder of Tupelo Jiu Jitsu Academy, where he leads the training and development of students in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. With over 15 years of experience in the sport, Cody is a highly skilled practitioner, a respected teacher in the Jiu Jitsu community, and Tupelo’s first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt.

As Head Instructor of Tupelo Jiu Jitsu Academy, Cody brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his students. Cody’s expertise in Jiu Jitsu and MMA has also helped him to lead successful Mixed Martial Arts teams. His students have fought in some of the largest MMA promotions such as Strikeforce, Bellator, and LFA.

Cody Floyd is a true ambassador of Jiu Jitsu, and his dedication to the sport and his students has made him a beloved figure in the community. Through his leadership and guidance, he continues to inspire and empower his students to achieve their dreams both on and off the mats.

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The Origins of Jiu-Jitsu: Tracing the Martial Art's Journey from Japan to Brazil

July 19, 20233 min read

From Japan to Brazil

Martial arts, in their various forms, have been practiced for centuries, offering a blend of physical prowess, mental discipline, and spiritual growth. One such art, Jiu-Jitsu, has captured the fascination of enthusiasts worldwide. But where did it begin, and how did it evolve into the practice we know today at institutions like Tupelo Jiu-Jitsu Academy? Let's delve into the captivating journey of Jiu-Jitsu from Japan to Brazil.

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"For the choke, there are no tough guys. Everybody goes to sleep." Helio Gracie 🥋

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The Ancient Foundations

Samurai Beginnings The roots of Jiu-Jitsu can be traced back to the samurai warriors of feudal Japan. These warriors needed a method of defense when disarmed or when their weapons were impractical to use. Jiu-Jitsu, which translates to "gentle art," was the answer. It focused on throws, joint locks, and ground combat, allowing a warrior to neutralize an opponent without the need for weapons.

The Evolution into Judo As Japan transitioned into a more modern era, there was a shift in the practice and purpose of Jiu-Jitsu. Jigoro Kano, in the late 19th century, refined and systematized the art into what is now known as Judo. This new martial art emphasized throws over other techniques and introduced the concept of randori (free practice against a resisting opponent), setting it apart from its predecessor.

Jiu-Jitsu's Brazilian Renaissance

The Gracie Revolution The journey of Jiu-Jitsu to Brazil began with Mitsuyo Maeda, a top student of Jigoro Kano. Maeda traveled the world demonstrating Judo, and in his travels, he encountered Carlos Gracie. The Gracie family, particularly Carlos and his brother Helio, began adapting and refining these techniques, placing a stronger emphasis on ground combat. This new adaptation came to be known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ).

The Global Spread The Gracies not only developed BJJ but also actively promoted it. They established the Gracie Challenge, inviting practitioners of other martial arts to face off against BJJ practitioners in no-holds-barred contests. The effectiveness of BJJ in these challenges led to its rapid growth in popularity.

Tupelo Jiu-Jitsu Academy: Merging Traditions for a Modern Legacy

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Blending the Arts At Tupelo Jiu-Jitsu Academy, we pride ourselves on adopting a holistic approach to Jiu-Jitsu. While the ancient traditions serve as our foundation, we have seamlessly integrated elements of Judo, wrestling, and no-gi grappling. This comprehensive approach ensures our students gain proficiency in a wide range of techniques and scenarios, truly embodying the essence of modern martial arts.

Embracing the New Generation The world of Jiu-Jitsu is ever-evolving, with a new generation of practitioners pushing the boundaries of the sport. These athletes are adept at every facet, from stand-up techniques to intricate ground maneuvers. At Tupelo Jiu-Jitsu Academy, we closely follow these advancements, updating our curriculum to reflect the latest techniques and strategies. In doing so, we ensure our students are always at the forefront of the sport, equipped with the skills and knowledge to excel in the modern Jiu-Jitsu landscape.

A Legacy of Continuous Learning While we respect and honor the past, our gaze is firmly set on the future. Tupelo Jiu-Jitsu Academy represents a fusion of time-tested principles and cutting-edge techniques. Every session, every roll, every technique taught is a nod to the rich tapestry of Jiu-Jitsu's history and an embrace of its dynamic future.


Jiu-Jitsu's journey from the battlefields of feudal Japan to the mats of Brazil and training centers like Tupelo Jiu-Jitsu Academy is a testament to its enduring appeal and effectiveness. As practitioners, understanding this history enriches our appreciation of the art and deepens our connection to the countless warriors and masters who came before us. As we train, compete, and grow, we become part of this ongoing story, adding our own chapters to the legacy of Jiu-Jitsu.


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