Valhalla Grappling Academy is the area’s number one source for grappling instruction. Come learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo, and self-defense in a friendly no-ego environment. All levels are welcome from beginning to advanced. VGA does not use high pressure sales tactics or long term contracts. Come try out a free class and decide if our program is right for you. Classes are held downstairs at Active Fitness 24/7 in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Brian Jones has been studying martial arts for over twenty years. He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlson Gracie Jr. and a black belt in Judo under Donald Leach. Brian has trained and continues to train with a number of outstanding instructors including Helio Soneca, Michael O’Donnell, and Aaron Little. In addition to BJJ and Judo, Brian has experience in many other martial arts including boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, Tae Kwon Do, and Kenpo.


  • Gene Zaparanick-Brown says:

    User Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    by GeneZB 03/07/2011
    I’ve been training at Valhalla Academy for just over two months and I have nothing but good things to say about this gym. I had no previous grappling or martial arts experience before I started and am an older student, which in many gyms would be large hurdles to overcome. However, I fit right in here and am an accepted part of this community.

    Brian provides top-flight instruction, is receptive to questions and always has time for students, both on and off the mat.

    I highly recommend Valhalla Academy as a place to train.

  • Nick Searcy says:

    I started at Valhalla Academy [Valhalla is the resting place for dead heros in Norse Mythology] a month ago and have been to 6 sessions so far. It’s a great environment for training in a lot of ways. There’s a strong community, a good variety of belts and nothing but right attitudes.

    Brian is a great, no-nonsense instructor.

  • Joey says:

    I have been at Valhalla for about 6 months now, prior to that I was at sister school of ours in Lexington for about 13 months. I truly enjoy being part of this gym. Good people train here in a safe environment. You will make friends inside of class that carry over to outside of class. The instruction is great and flows logically, allowing those inexperienced and experienced to progress at the same time. Intro class is free, so come on by and check us out. It can be intimidating to sign up but you will not regret giving it a try.

  • Thomas Arnwine says:

    Awesome environment, great training, you will definitely be challenged, and there is nothing like learning something then applying the technique. Brian Jones is a great instructor, and always has great material.

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