4 of the Best Kids Jiu Jitsu Programs in Orange County

This article highlights what we believe to be 4 of the best Kids Jiu Jitsu programs in Orange County. These schools are not ranked in any particular order.

Gracie Barra Garden Grove

Gracie Barra Garden Grove features is led by Professor Alex D’Hue. Alex is more than just a teacher… he is the epitome of how a head coach in any sport should help create better individuals in both athletics and life. In competition, GBGG boasts one of the top children’s programs on the NABJJF circuit, year in and year out. Click here to learn more about their kid’s program.


Head Instructor, Master Ali is one of the most experience children’s instructors in Orange County. Before starting A-Team in Westminster, he was the main instructor for Cleber Jiu Jitsu kids program that was absolutely packed. Between the two schools, he has coached some of his students for over a decade—from when they were elementary school, to high school. In competition, A-Team has consistently been one of the top ranked teams on the NABJJF and IBJJF circuits.

Kids being awarded achievement certificates

Art of Jiu Jitsu

Art of Jiu Jitsu is located in Costa Mesa and is arguably the most well-organized school in Orange County and a mecca for competitors… some of which have moved across the country to train at. Their kids program focuses heavily in competition and finds themselves regularly atop the podium in team points, next to the aforementioned schools.

Child smiling during kids class at Art of Jiu Jitsu

Brea Jiu Jitsu

Brea Jiu Jitsu is the youngest school on our list and is already thriving under Professor Dan Lukehart. Before starting Brea Jiu Jitsu, Dan taught music at several elementary schools throughout the city and offers a music and chess lessons in the academy’s after school program. The quick rise of this school is due to Dan’s hard work, being involved in the BJJ community. In addition to teaching at his school, Lukehart runs JiuJitsu.net and provides commentary for live streams of major tournaments.

Kids playing trumpets on the mats at Brea Jiu Jitsu

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