Often abbreviated as BJJ, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a non-striking grappling martial art that was used to win three of the first four UFC-hosted Mixed Martial Art events that began in 1993.  At these events Royce Gracie, a 170-pound man, used Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques to defeat opponents much larger and heavier than him who competed professionally in kickboxing, traditional boxing, karate and wrestling.  How could he win?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu does not require size and strength for you to be effective. Rather, men, women and children using BJJ have access to timing and technical application to defend and empower themselves against a larger attacker.  INPAX's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program is based around a complete system our lead BJJ instructor, Brian Cowin, designed throughout 15 years, and incorporates wrestling and Judo techniques. 

 We offer morning and evening Brazilian Jiu Jitsu programs (BJJ) for adults, children, and beginners of any age.  Check out our programming schedule for more information.


Instructor Team 

Brian Cowin is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Marcello Montiero, and is considered one of the pioneers of the tri-state area competition scene.  Brian consistently won championships in five weight classes in more than 400 professional and advanced division matches.  Now one of the most sought after local BJJ instructors, Brian’s nickname is “The John Danaher of the Midwest” in reference to his knowledge and teaching ability.

Members of the law enforcement community also have found the concepts of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to help with safely controlling suspects during arrest.  Brian has taught arrest and control tactics to two SWAT teams in Ohio, where they currently use his techniques and concepts. 


Heidi Allen, a proven strong competitor and patient teacher, leads our women’s only BJJ program. Empowering women is very important to Heidi, and she is going to be an important female instructor and leader in the greater Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community.  Since joining our program Heidi has won 7 tournament brackets and is an exceptional blue belt. 


Edward McGuinness, a highly technical blue belt, teaches our morning classes. Patient and detail-oriented, Edward is an excellent instructor and is currently working towards his purple belt.



Jiu Jitsu – Youth Only

The Youth Only Jiu Jitsu course focuses on fun and challenging games and training to teach our children the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu. Each class is very challenging, yet unbelievably fun.


Jiu Jitsu – All Levels

This is our all-levels Jiu Jitsu designed for “tweens” and adults. This class will have your broadest range of experience and member demographics


Jiu Jitsu – Women Only

Many women want to gain confidence, understanding, and comfort in the sport of Jiu Jitsu and ground fighting but want to do so in a way that is more comfortable than a co-ed course. If you want to jump into this new and exciting sport (or simply put your toe in the water) with your fellow women warriors, we’d love to have you!


Combat Ground Fighting

Combining our INPAX Defensive Tactics training with the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu, the Combat Ground Fighting course steps outside of the “rules of sport” and introduces such things as managing striking, weapons, multiple opponents, and more.


Ground Fighting - Open Mat

Guided practice in the matted ground fighting area. Coaches will be present to watch for safety, form, and provide guidance as appropriate. Do you want to work on skill of movement, just do an easy roll, or get after it? This is YOUR time!