What Students and Parents are Saying: 

Matt runs a wonderful school. Teaching a great technical jiu jitsu class with a heavy dose of life skills for the kids and humor for the adults watching. Both my boys love coming to class and hate when they miss. Their confidence and focus are improved and I think they could diffuse a situation with their peers. After a year of watching I signed myself up with their family discount. I’ve been to four classes and I’m hooked! Now I might be able to defend myself against my boys when we wrestle. Probably not! Thanks to both of you!
— Arno Crispeels
I’ve trained at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu La Jolla for over 7 years and the place has literally changed my life. My profesional life is pretty sedentary, and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Combatives balances out my health and fitness, provides me with an incredible jiu-Jitsu family to train with and the self-defense is totally legit. This stuff really works!

The studio owner is a master mixed-martial arts instructor who teaches real self defense to everyone, from kids to adults, in a friendly and safe environment. I’ve recommended this studio to many of my friends, and I recommend it to you too!
— Grant Deane
My daughter and I both train here. It’s an amazing place with a family atmosphere. If you are looking for a place to learn how to win a tournament it’s probably not the right academy. If you want to learn how to defend yourself on the street it’s definitely the right academy. My daughter trains Bullyproof and we have seen positive growth in her attitude and body awareness. I definitely recommend this academy to any man, woman or child.
— Judah Delpalmo
We most definitely recommend Gracie Jiu-Jitsu La Jolla. It’s a wonderful school run by Dione & Matt who always make you welcome. There are different age level classes including karate classes and vacation time camps. Our son has been attending classes with instructor Master Becker for 7 years from grade 3 to Sophomore / now. Master Becker is a great role model for the children. Our son has learned how to be Bullyproof and we cannot stress enough how much this has helped our son at school and his overall self-confidence. This is what our son says about Master Becker: “Best instructor ever because he always knows what a student needs to know to become better.
— Helen Hirst
My daughters just completed their first summer camp and they loved it!
Coincidentally it turned into an all girls camp and each day they couldn’t wait to go!! Each of my girls earned a stripe towards their belts and I’m very proud of them! Professor Becker and the Becker family are really an awesome crew!! The man inspires my girls and he inspires me about my girls....love it when another adult teacher Inspires and Enhances my children’s lives and Mr. Becker does just that!!
It was the only camp my girls wanted to do this summer too, and I’m so very happy they loved it so much!!
— Jeanine Ebert
My husband and daughter do Jiujitsu at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu on Eads St. They are 100% the best place for learning and practicing this gentle art. Dione and Matt are super professional, kind and incredible with kids. We just love it!
— Nahieli Caldwell
We love Gracie Jiu Jitsu La Jolla! Both of our boys attend their classes and they fell empowered and have learned how to stand up to bullies. Thank you Gracie Jiu Jitsu La Jolla!
— Kristi Christensen
“We love that our whole family has joined Gracie Jiu-Jitsu La Jolla and have learned lifelong skills to feel protected and safer. Our 4 year old son has enjoyed practicing the “gentle art” and gets so excited before each class to learn more
— Shenell Malloy
This is the best Gracie Jiujitsu school you can find in all of San Diego!!!
I have trained at other Gracie Jiujitsu schools in Los Angeles and this school teaches all the technique, philosophy and mindset that the Gracie family prides themselves with. I am happy to say that this is definitely a school that takes pride in the quality that it teaches.
Try it out! What’s the worst that can happen?
— Alex Garcia
I’ve practiced mixed martial arts at many studios over the years and none compare to Gracie Jiu Jitsu La Jolla. The owners Matt and Dione are great family people and have created a wonderful environment of learning jiu jitsu at a high level. I was so impressed with Matt’s ability to teach, I asked him to put a program together for my father-in-law who suffers from parkinson’s. Matt did a lot of research and created an incredible program thats safe and has helped improve his mental and motor skills. I highly recommend Gracie Jiu Jitsu La Jolla.
— Steve Sillman
It doesn’t get any better than this.

Matt is a fantastic instructor, and my experience at Gracie Jiu Jitsu has been a phenomenal one. At this time, I have to step away from Gracie for a bit, however am already chomping at the bit to make sure I am ready to pick right bakc up in the future! Thanks Matt for doing such a phenomenal job!
— Teag Carpenter
This place is for EVERYONE! Great for kids from toddlers to tweens, also great programs for women defense. I’ve been attending classes since last year, and I honestly feel as if I’m part of the family.

A great student comes from a great teacher... Everyone has helped to sharpen each other, and the teachers work with you at your own pace.
I recommend you check them out to see what I’m talking about.
— Roy Levya
I could not a bigger fan of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Our 10-year-old son has been attending classes there for a few years. In addition to developing very good jiu-jitsu and self defense skills, his overall confidence and general fitness has skyrocketed.

I’ve become a big advocate of jiu-jitsu as the martial art of choice for kids (boys and girls). In particular, its the one martial art that doesn’t really focus on aggressive actions like punching and kicking (which seems less than ideal to teach a young kid). Rather, its more about grappling and control, leading to your opponent’s (or a potential bully’s) relatively peaceful “submission” (rather than having to beat him to a pulp :-)

Most importantly, Master Becker is a fantastic influence. While I appreciate what he has taught our son about the sport, I most appreciate the positive and appropriate messages he continually imparts to the kids throughout each the class/sessio. Discipline. Respect. Responsibility. Accountability. He walks the walk, and is a great role model for the kids.

Finally, Matt and Dione running a well-organized operation. While its mostly about our son’s experience, its nice that they make it easy for the parents in terms of schedule flexibility, communication, customer support, etc.

5 stars all around!
— John Belmonte
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is the best after-school activity I’ve ever found for my six-year-old son. The Bullyproof Program is teaching him to stand up for himself and also to respect others. Since he started the program, I’ve noticed a change in his overall attitude and an increase in his confidence. He also happily completes chores around the house without even being prompted because he’s so motivated to earn points for Gracie Game Day!
Matt and Dione are both amazing instructors and absolutely wonderful people. My son even insisted on cutting his hair short so he could be as cool as Matt! Gracie Jiu-Jitsu feels like home and we are always greeted with smiles and sometimes doggie kisses from Dione’s chihuahua. Matt and Dione really CARE about my son and they are clearly motivated by a desire to help others. My only complaint is that they don’t have a class for my son on Friday because he wants to go every single day of the week!! We LOVE Gracie Jiu-Jitsu....I think every kid should be enrolled in the Bullyproof Program considering the rampant bullying going on in our schools today. My son handles conflicts with others by first using his WORDS...but I know that he can physically defend himself if he has to. I love that the goal is to not only stop the bullying, but to try to become friends with the person doing the bullying. It’s an amazing program and I cannot say enough positive things about it!!!!!
— Angela Davenport
Love Matt & Deon! My son takes classes and just had his 7th bday party there. They were great with the kids & fun was had by all. Matt is a very patient and knowledgeable instructor. Really positive messages and a friendly down to earth vibe. My son said, “that was an awesome bday.” and we have thrown him some great parties in the past. Check this place out!
— Ami Wolf
This is the real deal - the La Jolla Academy of Martial Arts provides professional training in Soo Bahk Do and Gracie Ju Jitsu. Matthew Becker is an expert in his field, and is diligent about passing on his high standards to his pupils. And the best part? He makes it fun for the kids!
SM from LJ
— Sandra Munson
Great people, great instructors, respectful and fun atmosphere, good learning pace, the best way to reach street readiness for any up close and personal encounter with the bigger/stronger kind. I highly recommend this studio for all your Gracie JJ needs and to get prepared to defend yourself and your family/friends in a worst case scenario.
— Logan Fairfax
Those interested in training Jiu-Jitsu need look no further. I have been training with Matt Becker for two years now. The first year was dedicated primarily to the Gracie “combatives” course. This course deals with situations that may arise in public with aggressive or intoxicated people. I have found this curriculum to worth it’s weight in gold for dealing with “street” situations. After demonstrating my proficiency in the “combatives” techniques I was awarded a blue belt.

The second year I was promoted into the “Master Cycle” curriculum. The techniques in this course are the natural expansion of the “combatives” course. In the “Master Cycle” we are able to focus on a much deeper understanding of the techniques while we continue to get a balanced workout through spirited, but controlled sparring.

Cleanliness is paramount in the studio and all students are required to wear a fresh laundered “Gi” to every class. Hygiene is taken very seriously by the students. This results in a pleasant experience to all.

Many thanks to Matt for his dedication as an instructor. He is fully committed to the art Of Jiu-Jitsu. Many thanks to the students as well. After two years training here, I highly recommend the La Jolla Martial Arts Academy.
— Terry Upton
I can not begin to tell you how happy I am with this studio. I trained with Matt fifteen years ago. I opened a business (underground furniture) and just did not have the time to train any longer. Finally my business is at a point where I can break away from it for a few hours a week. I wanted to get back into martial arts but was not sure where to go. I took some intro classes at a few studios. I noticed that they where simply not the same level of training that I had received so many years earlier. I then googled Matt Becker and was happy to see that he had his own studio. The choice was clear. I have been there now for about a year and plan on going for many more to come. It is a great place to get some exercise,learn a skill, and just break out of the everyday grind of life. I could not imagine training anywhere else.
— Corey Pagano
This is so important for our kids. I worry parents are not aware what is going on out there. It’s not what we see from day today, because once our kids get in middle school our involvement is less at school. Strangely, when I volunteered at our middle school, I (as an adult) was shoved around by some kids, so I couldn’t imagine what the kids were going through. I’m passionate about this topic and I hope Parents become aware of what’s going on at our schools. The only way to help our kids is to give them the proper tools for handling conflict.

We’ve had our son training with Matt Becker for 10 years! If you’d like to see a demo, just give them a call!!! It’s serious, but it’s fun. It’s necessary, but it comes with integrity and honesty of action. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu La Jolla is well-rounded and healthy!
— Neva Sullaway
This is a fantastic place to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Let me take a few minutes to describe what sort of training to expect (it may or may not be what you are looking for), and why I think this place is so good.

The jiujitsu taught here is geared towards self-defense first, as opposed to competition. I went to literally 6 different jiujitsu schools, looking for one that focused on self-defense. And none did. They will all TELL YOU that what they teach is useful for self-defense, but that’s because they want you to sign up. Almost every place, though really cares about competitions. This is important, because the sort of jiujitsu techniques and training that work well for competitions don’t work well for street self-defense, and vice versa. And don’t be fooled into thinking that the only problem is the gi and so if you train no gi you are doing self-defense ready stuff. You aren’t. The tactics and techniques are very different. If your goal is to train for competitions, then this may not be the best place for you. But if your goal is to train for self-defense, then it is an excellent choice.

Aside from the fact that the training is geared towards self-defense, this place is great for several other reasons. First, the training is structured. There is a clear curriculum for the first belt (blue), and all the classes for that belt follow a rotating sequence. Each class is stand-alone, meaning that no matter when you start, your first class will make sense. This isn’t the case in most schools. Those that train for competitions are usually gearing their training for people who already know what they are doing, and if you are new, you are just lost. I visited one place where the class I watched (and would have been my first class) was some crazy mount escape where you lift your feet underneath the armpits of the person mounted on you, and you push them up and forward as you do a back roll, and they end up face down with you on top in reverse mount. (If that made no sense to you, take my word for it, it’s not the sort of thing you want to be trying on your first bjj lesson. That’s the take home message.) At Gracie Jiujitsu La Jolla all the beginning classes make sense, are stand alone, and are doable by anyone, regardless of athletic ability.

Also, the people here are really friendly and supportive and cool. There is zero macho attitude, nobody is being agro to establish themselves as a badass, or any crap like that. The training is serious, but everyone is supportive and friendly. This also means that the training is safe. The goal of people who have been here a while is to help the people who are new, not to submit them or overpower them or use them fodder for tournament preparation.

And it all starts with Matt, the head instructor. He’s very clear, very supportive, and has no arrogance or attitude. And he’s got a great sense of humor as well. The attitude of everyone at the school is great, and it’s because of the tone and example he sets.

[FWIW, I’ve studied a number of martial arts, beginning in the early 1980s, and am currently an instructor in a different martial art.]
— Rick Grush
WOW........As a former NAVY SEAL and a 28 year practitioner of stand up Martial Arts, in Shotakon, Kempo, SCARS, as an expert striker and weapons practitioner I thought I was ready........well during a casual conversation with a friend, who was a student of Gracie Jiu Jitsu La Jolla, we ended up on the ground and went for about 5 or 10 minutes and even though I managed to hold my own for the majority of the time I realized there was something lacking. I went and checked out the studio and was very impressed by both the size and the cleanliness. I have been training ever since, 1 and 1/2 years later still excited and still learning............If you ever thought about it, now is the time and Gracie La Jolla is the place ! !
— Richard Sprunger
Gracie JuiJitsu in La Jolla is amazing. Matt and the program have made a tremendous difference in our son’s life.
— Cyndie Silbert
As a women, that has always been concerned about safety, there is no other school or instructor in San Diego, that i would recommend.

Gracie JJ is ideal for women, who may have to protect themselves against a bigger or stronger aggressor. Matt Becker is a fabulous person and wonderful instructor. As soon as my son is old enough, he will be attending classes with Matt as well.

So, if you are looking for the best school and instructor in San Diego, check out Matt Becker at Gracie Jiu Jistu in La Jolla
— Amy V
Make no mistake, you’re going to know how to effectively defend yourself by the time you get your blue belt (which is right after white)! I have studied Kempo, Boxing, Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, and other martial arts, but Gracie Jiu Jitsu is the only style I would use in an actual fight. Gracie JiuJitsu La Jolla not only provides an excellent learning experience, but you’ll break a sweat too.

I have been attending Matt Becker’s class for over 2 years, and he is hands down the best martial arts instructor I have ever had. One of the friendliest people I know, and has a profound respect and admiration for this type of combat. He is understanding but firm with beginners, humble and respectful with veterans, and holds all of his students in the highest regard. All he asks is that you listen and show respect to him and the other students both in and out of sparring.

If you want to learn one of the most effective martial arts in the world and want to have a great experience all the while, you won’t find a place better than this.
— Conner McKellar
The Gracie Bullyproof program for kids is wonderful! Gracie Jiu-jitsu was developed in part to permit a smaller person to defeat a larger person in a fight. While the children do learn how to physically defend themselves very well, they also learn how to first try to stop a bully before things progress by speaking directly and firmly to the bully and by telling adults about the situation.

At La Jolla Academy of Martial Arts (LJAMA), aka Gracie Jiu-Jitsu La Jolla, my child has progressed amazingly in a short time and feels good about his jiu-jitsu skills. Instructor and owner Matt Becker is expert, diligent and serious, but the kids also have a great deal of fun in class. As a parent, I am glad that my child is learning an effective method of dealing with the bullies he may encounter. I highly recommend Matt Becker and LJAMA for its Gracie Jiu-jitsu program.
— Kristen Armstrong
I am very happy training at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu La Jolla. Its family owned and operated. The atmosphere is amazing when you walk through the doors. Matt is an outstanding teacher, and he has as easy going approach to teaching his students. This makes all his students comfortable and creates this wonderful atmosphere. Graice Jiu-Jitsu La Jolla has children and adults programs which are rated highly in the martial art community. I have been training since 1973 and have known Matt since 1989 , so I highly recommend him and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu La Jolla.
— Steve Melnik
If you want to learn gracie jiu jitsu, this is the place to go, regardless of your sex, age, or experience!

I have been training at Gracie jiu jitsu in la Jolla for the past three years. As a former U.S. Army Ranger and Special Forces medical sgt. I spent years training with numerous instructors. However, I have never experienced a higher level of instruction then I have with Matt Becker! He is by far the best Graci Jiu Jitsu instructor in San Diego County, hands down.

With my years of training, I have been taught and experimented with a variety of arts or forms of self defense. I was introduced to Gracie Jiu Jitsu in 1995 while in the Army, and found it was the most practical, realistic, and fundamentally sound fighting technique I had ever experienced.

Upon leaving the military in 1998 I was disappointed I could not find a Gracie Jiu Jitsu certified instructor in San Diego. Although, there were several other jiu jitsu schools in San Diego, I only wanted to continue my training at a certified Gracie Jiu Jitsu school under the tutelage of a certified instructor from the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy in Torrence, ca.

Therefore, finding Matt Becker has fulfilled my desire to continue training in Gracie Jiu Jitsu with a certified instructor of the highest quality Under the umbrella of the Gracie family in Torrence, ca.
— Kyle St. John
I’ve been training here for about a year and love it. Matt’s a great instructor, easy to learn from, and takes a lot of time to teach techniques properly in the Gracie system. For what it’s worth, I’ve trained for years in krav maga, and find the two systems philosophically different but complimentary nonetheless, particularly the combatives program.
— John Buche
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu La Jolla is a Gracie Certified Training Center in La Jolla, CA. It is a wonderful family owned place to train. I was in San Diego for vacation and wanted to train while I was visiting and Matt and Dione welcomed me with open arms. They were super friendly and so helpful, as well as the students I met in my short time there. If you are looking to train in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, I highly recommend Gracie Jiu-Jitsu La Jolla.
— Brandy Burkett
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu La Jolla is the best thing to happen to my family in a long time. Matt and Dion make it such a welcoming environment for everyone involved, from children to adults it is a great program! Growing up in martial arts studios and working with different instructors, it has been a refreshing change and based on the Gracie Families Training values. Nothing like it anywhere

It has enhanced my families respect level and my children’s manners and focus.

Matt has a way with children and teaching that is very well received.

I am completely enthusiastic about the future of this school and my children’s future as well as my own the world of “Gracie” Jiu-Jitsu.

Thanks to Matt, Dion and the Gracies for bringing to us with style and Grace.
— Joshua Troyer
I was a student of Mr. Becker’s for only two years, and then we moved out of state. I almost never return to the San Diego area without stopping by to see him. He is to this day the best teacher I ever had. Not just martial arts. I have worked with kids my entire professional life, I have my Masters Degree in Education and I have worked for amazing teachers like Tony Robbins. Matt has had the greatest impact on me. The environment he creates is amazing for children, and for the inner children in all of us. His wife Dione and himself are people with incredible integrity and a real sense of community and togetherness. If you are reading this, be grateful to have crossed paths with such a great teacher, business and community. And don’t look in any other direction than taking one of Matt’s classes or getting your kids involved now.
— Steven Buonaugurio