• From the moment I stepped foot inside Crispim's BJJ, I felt like I was apart of the family. It didn't hurt that owner Alexander Crispim greeted me with a hug (true story). Whether you want to train to compete or get in shape, the instructors here are all accommodating and very knowledgeable. Their Kids BJJ class is amazing. I plan to enroll my son next year. My wife does the Muay Thai classes as well as the Functional Fitness Class (Crossfit). As for me, I've been coming here for almost 6 weeks and doing just BJJ. All the instructors are great, knowledgeable, and will assist you regardless of where you are health wise. I hadn't been physically active in over a decade and in the 6 weeks coming here (3 times a week), I've lost 20 lbs and my confidence hasn't been this high since I was in college. If you're on the fence or not sure, come in and take advantage of their free trial period. That's what I did and it has literally changed my life.

    Chuck T. on Yelp
  • I started training at Crispim's a few months ago. I came in on a Sunday at 9 am and there were 4 black belts training and i knew this was gonna be a good school. I have been training BJJ/MMA on and off for almost 10 years. I have had one amateur MMA fight and have competed many times in BJJ and grappling competitions. I am currently a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I have trained at most of the academies in the Bay Area over the past 10 years. I have taught a kids program for 6 months at a local school. I know instruction very well and there is no better school to train at than Crispim BJJ. I have 7 Jiu-Jitsu schools as close or closer to me as Crispim's and i have attended all of them but I chose Crispim's because of his amazing teaching style. He teaches concepts not just moves. He puts everything together in a way that makes you go "Ah Ha!" He has taken my skills to a new level in the short amount of time that I have been there. Crispim is a crazy person and it takes a crazy person to spend every waking moment focused on his students the way he does. Taking care of the kids program and taking pride and personal attention to each and every student. This is my new home school. 

    The best instruction for adults
    A championship kids program
    All inclusive for advanced and beginners
    Great for MMA, Muay Thai, Fitness, self defense, or competition
    Clean Gym
    Very reasonably priced $$$

    David C. on Yelp
  • Crispim's gym is a fantastic place to learn martial arts. No experience needed. Joe, Jeremiah and the rest of the coaches will meet you exactly where you're at, pushing you to improve but never making you uncomfortable. The classes are technique focused but I always get a great workout. Couldn't recommend this gym more highly.

    Jackson B. on Yelp
  • This is a place for the whole family. Crispim is an amazing instructor who dedicates himself to his students. The other instructors are just as amazing, inspiring you to do your best. Having a child with adhd I have found that he does well at jiujitsu because he is forced to focus and work hard but can constantly move. My other son excels in this sport also and has made him more confident and able to make friends easily. I've really enjoyed the fitness classes with Daniel and he motivates me to do and be better. I can't say enough amazing things about this place. We feel like part of a family and it is just what we were looking for.

    Gina S. on Yelp
  • My daughter has been taking BJJ for a few months at Crispim and we absolutely love it! The studio is clean, the professors are amazing and great with children, and they treat you like family. My daughter loves going to her classes and I could not be more thrilled that we found this studio.

    Keri R. on Yelp
  • I've been a student at Crispim BJJ for about 3 months now.  I had no previous martial arts training prior to joining.  I had looked around on and off for years trying to figure out which discipline to engage in.  After moving to the area, I decided to give it a try.  From the beginning, they could not have been more friendly and accommodating.  Johnny was great!  We chatted via text and phone just answering questions I had, talking about the art and what his experience had been.  He made the initiation process easy and was very accommodating.  

    My first visit to the Academy involved a tour, meeting Crispim and an introductory lesson with Jerimiah; both great guys.  It was eye opening for someone who had never trained.   I showed up for my first class a week later.  Johnny  was helpful and patient in getting my Gi picked out and working with me on the type of membership that best suited me.  

    The training from the first day has been great! I've learned so much in such a short period of time!  There were moments in the beginning where you get frustrated because you're trying to absorb something new, but everyone was supportive and encouraging.  

    The most important thing that I want to express here is just how friendly the staff and other students are.  Crispim, Beto, Jerimiah and Marcio are all great guys.  Every time I'm there, the staff remembers your name, says hello, smiles and overall creates a warm, family environment.  And I only go 2 days a week.  Always surprised that they remember my name.  It makes a big difference in making you feel welcomed and part of the team....despite being a new white belt!  All of the other students, regardless of their belt ranking are equally nice and friendly.  When you walk in, someone says hello and when you leave, someone says goodbye, see you next class, etc.

    Just can't say enough about much I enjoy training learning at the Academy.  Student for life!!

    Doreen J. on Yelp
  • This academy is a true family and you feel it the moment you walk in the doors.  Our eldest son has been a student of Alexander Crispim for almost 3 years (now age 7) and our younger son for roughly 6 months (age 4).  They both love training here, as the instructors not only focus on BJJ execution/attention to detail, but they also help instill confidence and strive to build character in kids -- both on and off the mat!!  I can't speak enough for the quality of the instructors and the passion they exude during each and every class.  We have visited other nearby schools (out of curiosity), but absolutely NONE have compared to Crispim BJJ!!!  To Crispim and the instructors at the academy, BJJ is not just a sport or martial art, it is a way of life...

    Leo R. on Yelp
  • This review is long overdue. Our son has been attending this academy for over a year. Day 2 all of the BJJ team knew his name and our names! Impressive! From the time you walk through the door you are treated as family. Hugs, fist bumps, hand shakes and everyone talks with you while making eye contact. Something that seems to be lacking in most businesses. Kids and parents make friends here and the competition is low-key and friendly. Many of the parents with kids enrolled in classes sign up for adult classes themselves. Kids love that as it's truly a family environment enabling all age levels to participate. Coming to Crispim's is really the best part of my day.

    Maura P. on Facebook
  • I came to Crispim while on travel for work. I couldn't have felt more welcomed. Its hard to get excited at 6 in the morning but the energy is always flowing here. I learned a lot and felt like I'd been coming here for years. What else could you ask for in a gym. Plus the facility is truly top notch. I'll be back in two weeks. Looking forward to picking up where I left off. Thanks for everything!

    Josh M. on Facebook
  • My son was preparing for Kindergarten and I wanted to to see if I could help him build some self confidence and learn to interact better with kids his own age. The professors here have helped my son tremendously with his social skills as well as taught him to respect others. It's almost been 9 months and I'm so excited we made this decision. He leaves with a smile every time.

    Joey A. on Facebook
  • Congrats on 1 year, we wish you many more years of success! Parabens bichao!

    Crosley Gracie
  • Alexander Crispim is one of the best BJJ trainers/teachers in the world!

    Marcel Reece Oakland Raiders
  • Good leaders inspire their followers to have confidence in them. But GREAT leaders inspire their followers to have confidence in themselves. THANK YOU!

    C.J.
  • All i can say is that we are what you train us to be ... u train us to be the best we can ever be ... reach for the stars, sky is the limit!! Thank you Crispim for all that you do for the academy and for all of us!

    A.K.
  • Crispim, I want to thank you for the great seminar you put together this past saturday. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the perfect method of self defense and I am glad someone like you is teaching this to law enforcement. You represent everything the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu stands for. Thank you!

    Deputy Sheriff From Alameda County
  • Amazing Law Enforcement class yesterday Crispim. Your instruction just may save my life one day. Thank you for all your time!

    Your teachings and accomplishments inspire me to work harder in this new journey I've undertaken. I can't thank you enough.

    Concord PD Officer
  • "I have known Crispim for over 22 years and he is one of the most technical jiu-jitsu fighters I have seen in my life. I have had the chance to work beside Crispim to help him better himself as a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter and instructor. Crispim has shown much dedication and he is an amazing instructor as he is always thriving to better himself as a teacher."

    Black Belt Master Helio Soneca
  • Today I witnessed my instructor, Alexander Crispim, win the gold medal at the BJJ Pan Ams. I've never been so inspired. I know where I want to go and what I have to do to get there. It was a perfect example of where hardwork and dedication can take you.

    Manuel R.
  • Kids BJJ class was amazing today ... kids had a lot of fun and are learning a lot thanks to a great teacher (Alex Crispim with the help of Hayden O'Shea)

    Aash K.
  • I want to give a Big Thank You to all my instructors - Crispim, Daniel Elias, Mojica, Calaza, Ernest and the rest of the Barra Brother team from brown to white. Without you all I am nothing. It is all of you that make me the jiu jitsu player I am today. It's an honor for me to be part of a great team. Thank You!

    Manuel R.
  • RUMBLE and I rolled with UFC GYM BJJ Master, and Barra Brother; Alexander Crispim today at the UFC GYM...SOOOOO SICK!! It was so fun and he is a phenomenal COACH!! You need to make the opportunity to sign up for his classes asap!!

    Jimmy G. - Personal Trainer to UFC Fighter Anthony "Rumble" Johnson
  • While some instructors show the "move of the day" have you practice it 5 times each side then you train and go home. Crispim constantly changes his lesson plan to fit the needs of the students in class at that time. He is not happy unless he feels he made you better. I also love the relaxed attitude of the Academy. Students have different reasons for training (ie to be a pro fighter or to loose weight) they are all treated with the same amount of respect. Other than BJJ they also offer wrestling for mma and conditioning classes. BJJ classes are offered every day of the week here while other places don't. When my children are of age I will have then enroll at Crispim/Barra Brothers Jiu Jitsu as well.?

    Mike A.
  • Alexander Crispim of Crispim Bjj Barra Brothers is the best! While preparing for a world class fight at Strikeforce in San Jose on December 19th, he finds time to train a regular guy like me. His dedication and love for his sport translates into my world of helping more and more sick people get well! While the others party, we train... soon it will be our turn to play!

    Dr. Dill - The Specific Chiropractic
  • Feeling great because of Crispim BJJ Barra Brothers Fitness Classes! Thanks for making Sarah & I feel so comfortable and welcome! We love it!

    Cecilia B.
  • Crispim/Barra Bros brazilian jiu jitsu is the best bjj school in the Bay Area. Crispim in always looking to help his students to practice traditional, correct, brazilian jiu jitsu, and cares deeply about their success and advancement of learning the art of jiu jitsu. There is a wide selection of programs for kids, adults, and PRO fighters. There are classes set up for beginners and advanced jiu jitsu, boxing, and more. They also have a great fitness program set up, nice mirrors all around, and there are 2 FULL stone showers in the men's and women's bathrooms for after workouts.

    Jason S.
  • I have trained with Crispim for 5 years now and it is amazing that every day, I still learn more. He is an incredible instructor and really focuses on improving all of his students. I wouldn't go anywhere else.

    Michael G.
  • Crispim is a very passionate teacher who really cares about his students. If you are looking to get your kids into something new and don't want to put him in a basic karate class. This is the place.

    Jeremy B
  • Thank you Crispim for the time you are dedicate to each of us.

    Juan Z.

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