Best Jiu Jitsu School in Slidell LA and the Surrounding Area

Our Jiu Jitsu classes are designed for everyday people and the whole family!

Many students attending a class at the best jiu jitsu school in Slidell LA, Raposo BJJ Academy

We Teach Jiu Jitsu in the Traditional Gi and No-Gi

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) has gained a lot of attention in recent years, and it’s pretty obvious why. Jiu Jitsu stands apart from other martial arts due to its focus on grappling, rather than the kicking and punching that characterize disciplines such as Karate and Taekwondo.  Jiu Jitsu is known to improve fitness levels, prepare its practitioners for situations requiring self-defense, and relieve stress.

 

While many martial art disciplines incorporate grappling here and there, when it comes to Jiu Jitsu, grappling is at the core of all of your training. Not familiar with grappling? Here’s what you need to know – instead of utilizing weapons or striking, grappling is all about getting your opponent to concede through physical dominance.

 

The rules and techniques of grappling vary depending on whether one is practicing Gi or No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu, as well as whether it’s being done in a sport or self-defense style. When grappling in BJJ, you’ll spend the majority of your time fighting from the ground and will likely utilize many different types of chokes.

2 students practicing jiu jitsu for self defense at Raposo BJJ Academy in Slidell LA

Jiu Jitsu for Self-Defense

Made for the real world, Jiu Jitsu is a form of self-defense that every person should master. Jiu Jitsu focuses on ground-level altercations – utilizing holds, throws, blows, and a variety of submission techniques. This makes Jiu-Jitsu ideal when learning how to take on an opponent who may be larger than you, without necessarily having to hurt them.

Jiu Jitsu for Fitness

When you think of working out, you probably think of running on the treadmill or lifting weights at the gym, right? Well, it’s time to expand your perspective. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the best ways to get in shape…and it’s way more fun than anything you’ll find in the gym.

 

Physically, Jiu Jitsu has been shown to help athletes lose weight, tone their muscles, gain newfound strengths, and sharpen their reflexes. Mentally and emotionally, Jiu Jitsu boasts benefits in mental health, reduced stress levels, increased self-confidence, and a feeling of empowerment.

A group of student training jiu jitsu for fitness at Raposo BJJ Academy in Slidell LA
A group of jiu jitsu students in a positive environment with everyone smiling at Raposo BJJ Academy in Slidell LA

Positive Environment

You’ll love Jiu Jitsu because we love Jiu Jitsu. At Raposo BJJ, we are passionate about sharing the gift of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with our community. We aim to create an environment where every single student can accomplish their goals – whatever they may be.

 

It doesn’t matter if you’ve spent your entire life training in MMA and are exploring your newest martial arts discipline or you’re just trying to break away from the monotony of the gym, we will exceed your expectations.

No-Gi Jiu Jitsu

When practicing No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu, you’ll shed your thick Gi and pants for shorts and a rash guard. Without the lapel and collar of a kimono to grab hold of, No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu is much faster and requires quick thinking. While it’s up to you to decide, many feel that No-Gi Jiu Jitsu is better when it comes to preparing for real-life altercations.

Professor Raposo with students training no gi jiu jitsu for self defense at Raposo BJJ Academy in Slidell LA

No-Gi Jiu Jitsu for Self-Defense

Our biggest pet peeve? When schools work so hard to train amazing martial artists, but forget to teach their students how to apply these skills to real-life situations. At Raposo BJJ Academy, self-defense and martial arts training go hand in hand.

 

Though the application of self-defense is at the core of every class we teach, our No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu course prepares students like no other. No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu is unique because it ditches the martial arts uniform we’ve all become accustomed to and replaces it with shorts and a rash guard. The goal of this isn’t to keep students comfortable – it’s all about mimicking real-life altercations.

 

While everyone has a different take, we feel that the grappling of No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu is more realistic than any other form of martial arts.  Without the grip of a kimono, the extra time to decide your next mood or as many complex techniques, you’re gaining an experience that is way more similar to any altercation you may be confronted with outside of our gym.

No-Gi Jiu Jitsu for Fitness

With such a fast pace, you’ll be burning tons of calories while practicing No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu. While Jiu Jitsu is likely to help you shed a few pounds, it’s going to make you a stronger athlete in every respect.

 

Jiu-Jitsu is known for increasing flexibility, building muscle mass, quickening reflexes, and improving coordination. If you’re a multi-sport athlete, No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu is about to become your best friend.

A student competing in no gi jiu jitsu for fitness at Raposo BJJ Academy in Slidell LA

See What Others Have to Say About Our Jiu Jitsu School!

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Brittany S
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Brittany S
February 21, 2024

Great people and environment!

tony russo
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tony russo
February 1, 2024

Professor Raposo and his team are definitely the real deal! Their Jiu Jitsu, strengths and techniques have allowed many excellent finishes including several world championships and multiples number one placements including team wins. If you get the opportunity to train there, take it and enjoy the experience. You will be a better person and practitioner of our art! Thanks again professor!!!

Christopher Guzzardi
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Christopher Guzzardi
January 5, 2024

Raposo!! Amazing Jiujitsu!! Meeting Professor Eric Raposo was incredible. From the second you walk in the door to the instruction, it was top notch, next level standards. Being new at the gym, I felt like I was training there for years. Whether you are a beginner or experienced, Raposo has you covered!! I am so happy to have been able to visit when I am in the area!! Stop what you are doing and go meet Professor Eric Raposo now!!! Thank you.

Jamien Watts
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Jamien Watts
January 4, 2024

Felt great to stop by and visit Raposo BJJ. Great atmosphere!! Great quality training & everyone is welcoming.

Hannah Bauer
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Hannah Bauer
December 30, 2023

Such a friendly bjj community! Had a chance to cross train at an open mat. Many great training partners, including high level female athletes! Everyone was very safe, aware, and technical. Please check them out!

Juan Cardona
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Juan Cardona
December 30, 2023

Great! If you're looking for world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training and instruction, this is the place!!!

Cody Hinson
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Cody Hinson
December 30, 2023

Hands down best gym in Slidell. Multiple World champion instructors and world champion students. Best family environment and the best fellowship I’ve ever been apart of. The best training equipment, and even a cryotank for cryogenic therapy and recovery, that is open to the public to use! If you choose anything where else in the area, you’re automatically settling for second place. A lot of places fake a lot of credentials, but you can’t fake results, and we have the gold medals to prove it. Whether you want to learn self defense, become a competitive athlete, or just get in better shape while making new friends, this is the place for you. No question about it!

Pierre-Max Labelle
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Pierre-Max Labelle
December 30, 2023

A house lead by the best, lead by hard work, honor and family. The place I want to be everyday!

Oscar Quintana
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Oscar Quintana
December 30, 2023

Prof Raposo and his BJJ academy is the best in Slidell, LA, and has such an amazing environment and great people who become family

Travis Cowles
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Travis Cowles
December 28, 2023

Stopped in from out of town, and I can say I'd want to train here full time if I lived in the area. Erick Raposo shared his knowledge well, the gym was clean, and everyone at the gym was welcoming and friendly. I look forward to my next visit to Slidell to train here again!

john hendley
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john hendley
December 22, 2023

I felt very welcome by Professor Erick and his team. Very quality jiu jitsu instruction and a great atmosphere to train in.

Tarsis Paula
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Tarsis Paula
November 25, 2023

Environment for kids and adults and world class instruction, go check it out for yourself.

Daphne Domalis
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Daphne Domalis
November 10, 2023

Amazing training with top-tier BJJ instruction from Professor Erick Raposo. This place is hidden gem in Slidell, LA (𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘥𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘕𝘰𝘭𝘢). An excellent opportunity to train with some world-class champions. Beyond the high-level curriculum provided here, Erick and his team are just good vibes all around. If you are looking to just enjoy some rolls with good people (✓), or looking to evolve your Jiu Jitsu to another level (✓), definitely go here. *** 10 stars if I could ***

Derek Bravo
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Derek Bravo
November 10, 2023

Great gym run by great people! Family oriented, team environment, high level BJJ instruction, large training space...hands down best place to train in the area!

Malik Butler
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Malik Butler
November 6, 2023

Visited after a competition. Erick is a wizard. Really friendly students and clean gym. High level women (purple and brown) and several visiting black belts were there for an open mat so I got amazing training in.

Erick Raposo
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Erick Raposo
October 21, 2023
Tracy Percle
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Tracy Percle
October 11, 2023

Great place and super clean!

Darion Walker
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Darion Walker
October 5, 2023

the instructors are amazing! great place for the whole family to train

Maryanne Strutt
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Maryanne Strutt
June 27, 2023

The best jiu-jitsu academy in Slidell.

Brian Miller
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Brian Miller
June 7, 2023

Erick is an excellent teacher of Brazilian Jiu jitsu with countless hours of training, teaching, and competition experience. Runs class smoothly and helps breakdown techniques. If you’re looking for self defense, self confidence, or even just a workout or new skill Rapaso BJJ does an excellent job.

Aaron Guillot
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Aaron Guillot
June 4, 2023

World class instruction from a world class guy! Whether you’re a competitor, hobbyist, or anything in between, Professor Erick will get the best out of you.

Nick Ortego
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Nick Ortego
June 4, 2023

Erick Raposo is a great coach. It's been a privilege to have him guide my development in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and to introduce my daughter to the martial art. I know he will create an environment here where everyone will grow and develop.

Chris Schiff
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Chris Schiff
June 3, 2023

Amazing jiu jitsu and awesome vibe! Can’t recommend professor Raposo enough!

Justin Brown
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Justin Brown
June 3, 2023

Erick is a very personable, high-level instructor. He has a gift for breaking down the missing pieces to the puzzle for any style of Jiu jitsu and the atmosphere of his classes is very welcoming!

Michael Populus
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Michael Populus
June 3, 2023

There are very few gyms in the US that can say the head instructor is a world class jiujitsu athlete, moreover one who is currently ranked #1 in his weight class for IBJJF.... And you have him in Slidell, LA... which is crazy! The facility is super nice and kept very clean, great atmosphere, and Professor Raposo is one of the nicest human beings on the planet. You will be very hard pressed to find one person with anything bad to say about him. If you are anywhere within a 45 minute drive of his gym, this is a no brainer, you need to be going here.

Anthony Dixon
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Anthony Dixon
June 3, 2023

Erick is not only one of the top ranked blackbelts in the world but an incredible coach. No matter your Jiu Jitsu experience he can help you reach your goals wether that's winning gold medals or just having fun training. Do yourself and your family a favor by checking out his gym.

Dylan Whyte
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Dylan Whyte
May 20, 2023

Very high level black belt that offers a positive environment that is welcoming to all.

David Herrera
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David Herrera
April 23, 2023

Great place!!!

Jesse Bjorndahl
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Jesse Bjorndahl
February 5, 2023

Whether a hobbyist or competitor, you cannot go wrong with training under Professor Raposo.

Ariel Overstreet
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Ariel Overstreet
February 3, 2023

One of the best professors around! Professor Erick is an amazing teacher with years of experience teaching anyone from small children to older adults. He’s the most caring coach and leads by example. Slidell is lucky to be gaining him!! Highly recommend!

Jason May
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Jason May
February 3, 2023

Aside from having an incredible amount of BJJ knowledge and a passion for teaching, Erick is on of the best people I have ever known. He truly cares for each person he trains in BJJ and does anything he can to ensure they have the tools they need to succeed in life. Slidell is gaining pillar of the community both on and off the mats.

Jesse McDavitt
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Jesse McDavitt
February 3, 2023

Highest level of BJJ on the gulf coast.

Michael Robinson
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Michael Robinson
February 3, 2023

Professor Erick is fantastic at taking complexed techniques & simplifying them in a way that is easy to learn. He is very personable and has created an atmosphere that feels more like a family than just an academy. I couldn’t recommend him and his school enough! You will not be disappointed!

Jerry Templet
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Jerry Templet
February 3, 2023

A welcoming place where everyone is valued and accepted. Students, adults and children, are instructed by Prof. Erick Raposo and other very talented instructors.

Jeremy Moore
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Jeremy Moore
February 3, 2023

You won't find a better coach. Whether you're looking to compete in tournaments, learn to protect yourself, or just have fun learning this incredible martial art, Erick Raposo can help you.

Stephanie Williamson
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Stephanie Williamson
February 3, 2023

Level of instruction is unmatched!

rebecca gore
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rebecca gore
January 13, 2023

I want to express my thoughts and opinions about Professor Erick Raposo. He is awesome!! Professor Erick Raposo has patience, provides advice, and guidance. His support and influence helps me excel in jiu jitsu on the mat and off the mat. Through motivation, enthusiasm, and excellent communication skills he elevates me to my highest jiu jitsu potential. I am almost 60 years old (not as sharp as the younger generation) so feel like this is not an easy task for him. He takes the time to understand my needs as a student. The depth of details, extra miles, smiles, and excitement I see in him says it all.….I am so grateful!!! My heart for jiu jitsu is full of happiness. I truly am one of the luckiest jiu jitsu students. Don’t miss out on a magical experience. Raposobjj is the best of the best!!!!!

James Whyte
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James Whyte
January 3, 2023

Erick is a top quality person with a highly developed Jiu Jitsu skill set. Slidell is blessed to have someone of his caliber investing in the community!

glapin
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glapin
December 24, 2022

Erick Raposo has some of the highest level Jiu jitsu and is hands down one of the most caring and passionate Professors.

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