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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Martial Arts

You will learn dominant self defense techniques
and practice the most powerful martial arts in the world when you…

“Learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu…
and Get In The Best Shape Of Your Life!”

You’ll love how your life changes when you learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It’s a fact…

Whoever you are, Jiu Jitsu Foundation is ready to help you begin your amazing journey. Whether you are looking to learn self defense, get in fantastic shape, or want to fight and compete at the highest levels, we have a martial arts program that will meet your needs.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the most effective and powerful martial art in the world. It uses a proven system of techniques and leverage – that allows a smaller person to easily defeat a larger and stronger opponent.

Simply put – Jiu Jitsu is the best self defense system around. That’s why police forces and military organizations around the world are teaching their men and women Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

If something unfortunate were to happen, and you were physically attacked… Do you want to be able to defend yourself and your family? Then you must learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Cadu FrancisHi, I’m Cadu Francis, owner and head instructor at Jiu Jitsu Foundation. I personally invite you to come and learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with me and my team. Training martial arts with me will give you so many benefits. In the past 18 years I have personally experienced people transform as they learn how to defend themselves, get in amazing shape, compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments, and even become world champions. Now I want to help you start down your own martial arts path.

It’s easy and anyone can do it.

We have developed a system of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that works for ANYBODY. We have an easy to follow format that will fit your hectic, boring, fun, exciting, weird, amazing life. Most importantly we are a FAMILY who is accepting and welcoming of all people.

When you come and train with us, many wonderful things will happen. Our martial arts path will transform your body and your mind. You will lose fat, grow muscle, and get into fantastic shape. You will be armed with the most powerful self defense system, and…

You will become a stronger and more confident person.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is for you – if you want to…

  • Be able to defeat larger and stronger opponents
  • Lose weight
  • Learn self defense
  • Develop self confidence
  • Make new friends
  • Learn Jiu Jitsu from true Brazilian champions
  • Experience the many benefits martial arts provide
  • Get in the best shape of your life while having fun
Learn martial arts at Jiu Jitsu Foundation

“You Will Get in the Best Shape of Your Life”

Do you want to get strong and lose fat? Do you want a fun and exciting way to stay in shape?

Then Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is for you…

If your like me – you’re probably looking for a good way to get fit and stay strong. But with your busy life, it’s hard to find a workout that gives you maximum results in a short amount of time.

More importantly, its hard to find something that keeps you interested and motivated long enough to really get in shape.

Jiu Jitsu Foundation will get you in shape and keep you motivated!

Mike H.“My name is Mike and I’ve been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Master Cadu for about 5 years now. I started in my mid 40’s and I’ve never been in better shape. Before I started this, I was lifting weights in the gym. But it was too boring. Then I found Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I fell in love with it. Now I won’t train anywhere else.”– Mike Higgly – Training for 5 years

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gives you an amazing and fun workout that challenges your body, and your mind. Each time you train – the workout will be different, and you will be learning a new martial arts and self defense techniques. This makes the workouts fun and exciting.

And it’s easy to stay motivated with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The workouts are done as a team, and you’ll have many training partners – that will encourage you, and keep you motivated. This constant source of positive motivation will power you to the results you really want.

The overall impact of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is to make your body toned, strong, lean and physically fit.

Now ask yourself one important question…

Are you ready to get into the best shape of your life?

If the answer is yes – pick up the phone and
call us today at 619-741-3000.

When you call we’ll set up your free 1-on-1 personal training session to assess your needs and start your training. When you train martial arts with us – you will get in fantastic shape.

Robert PolingEver since I’ve been training jiu jitsu my friends and co-workers stop and ask me “are you losing weight?” And sometimes they say things like “Its not fair! You can eat anything you want because you’re in such good shape.” And then I tell them how I do it – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Training martial arts just works. I’m stronger and leaner than I ever been. And it’s fun to do.– Robert Poling – Training for 5 years


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“Learn the Most Powerful Self-Defense”

Do you want to know the true secrets to finishing any fight in seconds?

Do you want to learn fight-ending techniques that will allow you to win any confrontation quickly and easily?

Of course you do.

But the reality is… You might not be the toughest guy in the room… or the biggest… and people know it. You’re going to need to learn something powerful. Your going to need special self defense skills and techniques.

You need powerful martial arts – something that has proven itself in the real world, and in the UFC octagon.

I’m talking about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is hands down the most powerful martial art in the world.

The original Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was even set up to prove this.

Jesus Galvan“My name is Jesus Galvan and I just won the silver medal at the 2012 World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship and everything I did at the tournament was stuff I learned here… basic stuff. Everything I learned here can also be applied to self defense situations. If it can be applied at a tournament where people know what you are going to do it can be used for self defense – in the streets, where people don’t know what you’re going to do.”– Jesus Galvan – 2012 Worlds Silver Medalist

And when you learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – you will become powerful and capable of beating a guy twice your size in a street fight.

Of course I always teach respect for others, and that avoiding a fight is always the best course of action…

But if the fight finds you, and you can’t avoid it. Wouldn’t you want to know the simple and powerful self defense techniques that will allow you to control and dominate the fight?


Martial Arts for the Real World

Do you want to learn these devastatingly effective skills that give you instant respect… a fearless sense of calm… and self-confidence that powers your whole life?

Then you need to call me today to schedule your first FREE private class. You need to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Call me at 619-741-3000 and let me know that you are interested in learning how to end the fight fast.

Juan Jimenez“My name is Juan Jimenez and I’ve been training for two years, and I would recommend this to anyone. I am a small person… I’m 5 foot 2 and 120 lbs. and almost everyone here is way bigger than me and stronger. But Brazilian Jiu Jitsu shows you how to use your body and leverage to beat a bigger opponent without using muscle or any kind of aggression. If you’re looking for martial arts and self defense training, this is the best.”– Juan Jiminez – Blue Belt

I know you might be thinking that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu sounds awesome, but maybe it’s not for you because you think your too old, or not in shape. But the reality is…

“Anyone Can Train Here!”

We have classes for men, women and children.

Whatever you fitness level or experience, Jiu Jitsu Foundation will get you on the right track! Most of our students have had no previous training in martial arts.

It’s never too late to get in shape!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is known as the gentle art. It uses technique and leverage – not brute strength. This allows you to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu your whole life. It is safe for children, and you can continue training into your 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and beyond.

In fact Brazilian Jiu Jitsu founder Helio Gracie continued to practice Jiu Jitsu into his 90’s.

So not matter what your age – You will get amazing benefits from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Gary L“You’re too old to do Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu! I don’t know how many times I’ve heard this… and I’ll be 52 next month.Yoga is good for flexibility, but forgive me for saying, it’s boring. Speed chess is interesting but doesn’t burn calories. BJJ is a fascinating, interesting game of speed chess that burns calories and improves flexibility. If you are my age, you are definitely not too old for BJJ.

The Jiu-Jitsu Foundation is a great place to begin or reconnect with your BJJ journey. Cadu and Gabi Francis have created a friendly and collegial learning environment for one and all. I recommend JJF wholeheartedly and without reservation!”

— Gary Lat

Even if you’ve never had an exercise program in your life…
this is the place for you!

You do not need to be in shape to begin training at our martial arts school – most of our students were not in shape when they joined. Our instructors have many years of specific training in physical fitness, Physical Therapy and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Whether its self defense, sport jiu jitsu, or simple physical fitness… We will develop a program specifically designed to meet your needs!

The best martial arts school in La Mesa


We have classes that will fit your schedule. See our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class schedule.

“We Can Help You Meet Your Objectives!”

Here’s what you can do by studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the world class instructors at The Jiu-Jitsu Foundation:

  • Learn a form of martial arts and change your life
  • Train at the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school in East County San Diego
  • Work with world class Black Belt instructors
  • Learn this highly effective method of self defense from the best instructors in the area
  • Achieve a level of fitness you never thought possible
  • Develop your mind and body as you study alongside the best in the industry
CALL NOW to begin your classes!! (619)741-3000

“Meet Your World Class Instructors”

Cadu and Gabriela Francis

Carlos “Cadu” Francis & Gabriela Francis

This dynamic Brazilian husband and wife team started The Jiu-Jitsu Foundation because of their passion for and dedication to this style of martial arts. With these high-level competitors and black belt level instructors, you can be assured you will get the most effective training from the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School in East County San Diego, and beyond.

Cadu Fracis Brazilian Jiu Jitsu InstructorHead Instructor Carlos “Cadu” Francis has been on a lifelong journey with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and martial arts that started at the age of 14, making him one of the youngest in his Jiu-Jitsu training classes. By 19 he was teaching as well as still training himself, which led to a black belt by age 22. He spent three years developing the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu industry in Europe. Cadu eventually settled in the La Mesa/San Diego area he handpicked as the place he wanted to open his school, which was the same area he met and married the love of his life.

Gabriela Fracis Martial Arts InstructorGabriela Francis was an energetic and athletic child in a wide variety of activities, but martial arts was her main focus starting as early as five. Though her interest as a teen was geared more towards the combination of martial arts and dance through Capoeira studies, her move to San Diego led to a focus on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. A world-class competitor, Gabi earned her black belt in 2007.

You can see a long list of this dynamic duo’s accomplishments and learn more about Cadu Francis and Gabriela Fracis here.

Take Advantage of all these benefits!

  • Discipline
  • Stress Relief
  • Healthy & Fun Hobby For Any Family Member
  • Kids Classes
  • Women’s Classes
  • Self Defense Techniques
  • Improve Self Confidence


Here’s what our satisfied customers have to say…

“9 Reasons why you should learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with us:”

1) You will learn how to defend yourself

Prepare yourself for self defense! You will learn how to defend yourself outside of the Dojo. If an attacker grabs you, you will be prepared to take control of the situation with our martial arts. Training here will give you the confidence to handle things once a fight goes to the ground; whether you’re on the top or on the bottom, and even if your attacker is much bigger and stronger than you are. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will teach you how to finish fights using devastating submission holds like chokes and arm-locks.

2) You Will Lose Excess Weight

You will be utilizing your entire body by training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This means your cardio will get better along with your overall body strength, resulting in fat loss. Through training, you will work every single muscle in your body – doing that burns a lot of calories, which in turn burns a lot of fat. Your muscles will then become more defined as you lose fat, and you can be on your way to achieving physical fitness, you will feel and look great!

3) You Will Build Strength, Power & Endurance

Training at Jiu Jitsu Foundation will help you strengthen and develop muscles you never even knew existed! But don’t let that scare you… it’s a good thing, because instead of building up useless or bloated gym muscles, you’ll develop real, functional muscles and functional strength by doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specific exercises. This will make your body look lean and fantastic while learning a skill, and you will just get better. You will get faster and gain explosiveness as you work on your own game through training as well.

4) You Will Develop Focus & Mental Toughness

It takes a degree of mental toughness to put yourself in uncomfortable positions on the mat. When someone is trying to control you, it can get even more uncomfortable – especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. However, by learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you’ll feel more in control of your body and your mind, and the uncomfortable positions will soon become “no problem.” That gives you one heck of an edge over possible attackers and/or opponents. This self defense allows you to focus more on your next move then on how uncomfortable you are in a situation. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the only sports where you can do full contact sparring every training, so your learning curve is much higher than other fighting sports. This allows for you to practice your reflexes and train your coordination to ensure that you follow through correctly when you need to.

5) You will Improve Your Cardio & Conditioning

You’ll get in kick-butt shape training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) with Jiu Jitsu foundation. Just by coming to training and learning the principles and techniques, your body will start to transform and your muscles will condition themselves to handle the training. You’ll notice your cardio and breathing getting better, your lungs will get stronger and you’ll feel your muscles get more toned. A bonus of all that is that not only will you feel better, you’ll look better… and people WILL notice.

6) You will increases your flexibility

You won’t become muscle-bound and stiff like many people do who just lift weights all the time. You’ll still build strength while training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but at the same time becoming more flexible. You don’t have to be flexible to start training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) – with regular training you’ll become more flexible. We always begin our trainings with a warm-up, this warm up also includes stretching and over time your body will crave these stretches and want to open up before training and sparring on the mat.

7) You will reduces stress

It’s a fact that regular exercise is not only healthy – it’s a key element in reducing stress in your life. A problem with plain-old “gym workouts” is that they usually get pretty boring – but not with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training, at Jiu Jitsu Foundation you’re in a positive environment of constant learning (which is another key element in stress reduction). You’ll learn martial arts from our trained instructors, and you will have the support of other students to continually get better each and every time you step on our mats. So if you’ve had a stressful day, you can rest assured your stress levels will be reduced the minute you walk into our academy.

8) Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Doesn’t Get Boring…FACT: Training Can Be FUN!

Our students are having a ton of fun learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Let’s face it, going to a regular gym can be boring, especially when you’re going through the same old routine day in and day out. Instead of walking from machine to machine like some kind of zombie, you’ll be able to actually learn something that could save your life, while at the same time getting in spectacular shape and learning to defend yourself. You’ll be constantly learning martial arts and applying self defense, and combat techniques that could save your life and you’ll be doing it in an atmosphere that promotes fun and learning.

9 ) You will increase your Self Confidence

Once you start seeing your results from training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) with Jiu Jitsu Foundation you’ll notice that your self-confidence will have no bounds (especially when you get compliments from people who hardly paid attention to you before). Our happily-involved students have eliminated fear – many come to JJF because they want to be rest assured knowing they can walk down the street knowing that they can handle themselves in a fight or physical confrontation. creating a more powerful self image. By channeling your energy into something positive, you – and others – will notice something “different” about you. Your self confidence will become “ unshakable!”

What are you waiting for?
Now is the time to get the ball rolling!

Call us now at 619-741-3000 to begin your

Now you know all of the reasons you should train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with us, but let’s find out how Jiu Jitsu Foundation compares to other gyms in our area…

“Jiu Jitsu Foundation VS Other Gyms”

Jiu Jitsu Foundation Other Gyms
World Class Training & Instruction, from the most qualified champion instructors. Learn from average amateur instructors with minimal qualifications.
Learn true Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the best in grappling and ground fighting to become one of the best fighters in the world. Spend endless hours learning forms and mastering katas that have no practicality in actual competition or fighting.
Come Train With The Best! Learn From World Class & Nationally Ranked Certified Black Belt Instructors. Train under unqualified lower ranked belts, and instructors that only teach part-time.
Organized Ranking System, Jiu Jitsu Foundation Provides A Specialized Curriculum For All Levels. No structured ranking system whatsoever, no detailed curriculum or specialized classes for different experience levels.
Train at a clean facility which provides all amenities for your convenience so you can shower after training. Train on dirty facility without showers, towels and soap provided to reduce cost.
Learn the most effective combat and self defense techniques. Learn fancy looking techniques that just don’t work in real life street fights.
Learn self defense at Jiu Jitsu Foundation

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