Hello! We are a Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu Academy who serves the greater Alton, Illinois area. We are affiliated with Watson Martial Arts in St. Louis and our competition affiliation is with TacTeam BJJ. Our school is also a member of the BJJ Globetrotters organization.
Our school's original lineage was: Helio Gracie (Founder) > Royler Gracie (Gracie Humaitá) > Wilmington "Megaton" Diaz (Gracie Humaitá) > Jack McVicker (McVicker Martial Arts) > Kyle Watson (Watson Martial Arts) > Keith Steinacher (Strategic BJJ)
Our current lineage and the source of our affiliate team structure is as follows: Helio Gracie (Founder) > Rickson Gracie (GJJ) > Jorge Pereira (J. Pereira Jiu-Jitsu) > Leo Dalla (Leo Dalla Jiu-Jitsu) > Jared Weiner (Tac Team BJJ) > Kyle Watson (Watson Martial Arts) > Keith Steinacher (Strategic BJJ)
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program
You will see the influences of Folk-style wrestling, Sambo, Judo, and other grappling arts, in our BJJ classes and seminars. This variety comes from our instructors' varied training experience and their travels to train domestically and internationally. Our instructors have trained with so many wonderful instructors/practitioners, allowing us to develop a breadth of knowledge and great friendships along the way.
You will see the influences of our instructor's diverse background. Jon Rosener has a Black belt in TKD from Sonny Hatten, as well as years of experience working with MMA greats like Kyle Watson and well known Muay Thai instructors Jason Ciluffo, Micah Bagby, and Elmir Kulsoman. Jon is an experienced fighter and knows what it takes to make you a technical striker and get in fighting shape!
With each class we hope to instill individuals with the skills, knowledge, and self-confidence needed to develop their own version of a healthier lifestyle. Our goal is to help individuals learn how to safely and effectively reach their goals regardless of whether they are in class or in their own living-room. Going to the gym is only one part of a healthy lifestyle, more important is an intelligent and sustainable routine. This class is a steppingstone to help those looking to begin their journey towards wellness.
Every class will vary but will offer a total body workout through circuit training, HIIT, Tabata, and body weight exercises. All fitness levels are welcome, and all classes can be modified to suit the needs/goals of individuals. While the primary goal of this class is to get people moving and help improve their overall health, we also want to help create a positive mindset towards exercise that can be carried into everyday life.
It is our continuing privilege to bring the martial arts we love to the people of the Riverbend area, including Alton, Godfrey, Bethalto, Wood River, East Alton, and beyond. Whether you want to learn some self-defense, competitive grappling, build confidence, get in better shape, or just to de-stress at the end of your day, you will love our classes. We hope to welcome you soon to Team Strategic BJJ. Let’s make the next part of our story a great one!