Come train with 2x Pan-American Champion and Black Belt James Peterson in this ground-based marital art that is both a competitive sport and highly effective self-defense tool. James is the only full-time black belt instructor in northeast Wisconsin.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ or Gracie Jiu jitsu) focuses on gaining a dominant position and using joint locks and choke holds to force an opponent to submit. “Jiu Jitsu” means, “the gentle art” and promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper technique can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be trained for self-defense, sport-grappling tournaments or for health and fitness.

Our Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes are split into Foundations, Beginner, All Belts, and Advanced classes to ensure that new members are able to focus on and master the fundamentals required to progress to blue belt and the Advanced classes. All Belts classes and the Saturday morning Open Roll are a great way for beginners and more experienced grapplers to learn and train together.

FVGC is part of LCCT USA (Luiz Claudio Combat Team), headed by 4 stripe Black Belt, Luiz Claudio and his brother, 3 stripe Black Belt, Thiago Veiga, who both received their black belts from the undisputed champion of the Gracie family, Rickson Gracie.

To gain a little understanding of some of the wide-variety of movements and interesting training techniques we use, please take a look at the video below for a bit of a fun intro to BJJ. And, as always, you can contact us with any questions or stop by for a visit. Here is our contact info.


If you are curious as to what the belt progression in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is, we a have a graphic to help explain it. The image below shows approximate time frames for belts and stripe advancements, but there are several factors, other than time, that are taken into account by your instructor that will decide your rank in the belt system.

Brazilian jiu jitsu belt grading system