Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy of El Paso teaches Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, the “suave art” and currently the world’s most sought after style of martial arts instruction. Combining the best elements of Judo, Street fighting and grappling, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is more dependent on technique than strength, and can be practiced by people of all ages. Led by instructors DJ Blackwell and Jose Aquino.Aside from being great physical and mental exercise, it is by far the most realistic and effective martial art being taught anywhere. We encourage men, women and children to come and visit our academy.

Head instructor DJ Blackwell has been training with Team Relson Gracie for 10 years, and now holds the rank of 4th Degree Brown Belt. He started training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Austin with Phil Cardella. In 2003 after coming back from Brazil he returned back to his hometown of El Paso and founded the Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu El Paso Association. He has competed many of the worlds biggest and best tournaments such as the World Championships in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and has trained with many great instructors such as Helio Gracie, Relson Gracie, Rorion Gracie, Royler Gracie, Rolker Gracie, Phil Cardella, Steve Hordinski, and Daniel Moraes. He has also been working closely with the Modern Army Combatives Program on Ft Bliss, for the past 7 years. DJ also teaches rape prevention and self defense for women.



  • BJJFan says:

    Best MMA place in town! Personalized training, got my first lesson free. Unlike other places for the monthly fee you can go train as often as you want. I tried other places, they all claimed to be the best Gracie BJJ place, but this place actually has the top guy in El Paso. Don’t believe the hype of the other schools, this place is TOP!

  • This place kicks butt! Nothing else like it in El Paso. Top Belt in El Paso teaches there. Go as often as you want for your monthly fee, try that at any other place-Not going to happen! DJ actually teaches unlike the other places that only have their students teaching you. If you want the best instruction hit up Relson Gracie of El Paso. Everything else around doesn’t even come close!

  • James says:

    Top Notch! The best TRUE BJJ school in El Paso. With the highest ranked and most knowledgeable Gi BJJ/GJJ player in the El Paso area.

  • What a difference this one rocks! About 15 purple belts, funn yet competitive enviroment

  • Ernie says:

    DJ Blackwell is a cool, laid-back, and knowledgeable Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Instructor. His quality of teaching the ground game is second to none, and the price is very reasonable. Best pure BJJ dojo in El Paso, like I mentioned this is a bjj/self defense focused dojo not an MMA place.

  • Purple Belt says:

    Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in El Paso TX. 1318 N Stevens, El Paso, TX 915-538-7240 is the new location and the new number. Join us for some advanced instructional Gracie Jiu-Jitsu! Beginners are more than welcome! It is the new academy and we train with the MMA Tribe Wrestling Team as well as Muay Thai and Kick-boxing expertise of Fight University!

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