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Tupelo Jiu-Jitsu Academy

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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 Science Behind the Submission: Exploring the Anatomy of Jiu Jitsu Moves

August 10, 20232 min read

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Jiu-Jitsu, often referred to as the "gentle art," is anything but simple. Beneath the surface of every sweep, pass, and submission lies a complex interplay of biomechanics and human anatomy. At Tupelo Jiu-Jitsu Academy, we emphasize understanding the science behind each move. By delving deeper into the techniques, practitioners can execute them more efficiently and safely. Let's explore the anatomy of some key Jiu-Jitsu moves and uncover the scientific principles that make them so effective.

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Leverage: The Fundamental Principle

The Physics of Force Jiu-Jitsu is fundamentally a game of leverage. By understanding how to apply force using the body's natural levers – our limbs – one can maximize efficiency. This principle is foundational in the teachings at Tupelo Jiu-Jitsu Academy: the longer the lever, the less force required to achieve the desired effect.

Joints as Pivot Points Every joint in the human body serves as a potential pivot point. When a practitioner applies force at the correct angle and distance from the joint, they can manipulate their opponent's body with minimal effort, a concept regularly taught in our classes at Tupelo Jiu-Jitsu Academy.

The Anatomy of the Armbar

Targeting the Elbow The armbar, a classic Jiu-Jitsu submission, targets the elbow joint. By securing the wrist and leveraging the hips against the elbow, a practitioner can create immense pressure. This move's effectiveness is a testament to the detailed instruction provided at Tupelo Jiu-Jitsu Academy.

Muscles at Play Beyond joint manipulation, the armbar also stretches the bicep and forearm muscles, intensifying the submission's impact, a nuance that is highlighted during our training sessions.

Chokes: Cutting Off the Flow

Carotid Artery Compression Many Jiu-Jitsu chokes, such as the rear-naked choke, target the carotid arteries. By applying pressure on these arteries, one can restrict blood flow to the brain, leading to a rapid submission. Safety and precision in these techniques are paramount at Tupelo Jiu-Jitsu Academy.

Safety First Understanding the anatomy behind chokes is crucial for safety. Proper application ensures effectiveness without causing undue harm, a principle we hold in high regard at our academy.

Guard Sweeps and Spinal Biomechanics

The Importance of Posture A straight spine provides stability and strength. At Tupelo Jiu-Jitsu Academy, we emphasize the role of posture in playing guard. Disrupting an opponent's posture by manipulating their spine can lead to successful sweeps.

Hip Mobility The hips are central to many Jiu-Jitsu techniques. A deep understanding of hip anatomy and biomechanics can enhance one's guard game, a concept we explore in depth at Tupelo Jiu-Jitsu Academy, making sweeps and submissions more accessible.


The beauty of Jiu-Jitsu lies in its blend of art and science. By understanding the anatomy and biomechanics behind each move, practitioners can elevate their game, ensuring that every technique is executed with precision and efficiency. At Tupelo Jiu-Jitsu Academy, we believe in the principle of using knowledge and leverage to overcome brute strength, a lesson that resonates both on and off the mat.


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