Always giving our students the highest quality of instruction, the Charles Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy offers qualified instructors who have reached exceptional levels in the art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. We provide a safe environment that fosters mutual respect and empowers students of all ages to achieve their fullest potential and lead an improved quality of life.

Our focus is to empower anyone regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability using the time-tested techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The Charles Gracie academy stands alone in our ability to give our students the perfect balance of sport jiu-jitsu and self-defense training. We strive to teach all of our students the techniques and confidence they need to effectively and safely defend themselves when necessary!

Professor Carlos Zapata is a 2nd Degree Black Belt under Charles Gracie and has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 1996 and running the academy in Redding since 2007. Carlos brings a unique blend of old school self defense with a modern application of Jiu-Jitsu to the mat each day. Whether you are looking for a new way to stay fit and safe or have goals to join our competition team, you will not leave his class without feeling challenged and inspired.