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Strategic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Strategic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is your source for martial arts and fitness training classes across the Alton/Riverbend area.
Opening at 6:00 PM tomorrow
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Saturday August 12, 2023 we hosted Chris Wojcik, a Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu at the Strategic BJJ Alton location. Chris took 4th in the 2022 ADCC West Coast Trials, he is ranked 13th in the world at 120lbs (FloGrappling) and he is an 18x Gold Medalist at IBJJF Worlds. He did an absolute amazing job...

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Our second location launched tonight in Hardin IL! The kids and our one adult student (so far) did absolutely amazing! Cannot wait to watch this program grow!

Owner of Strategic BJJ, Keith Steinacher and his wife Natalie Steinacher attended the “Good people, Great Jiu-Jitsu” camp in Steelville, Mo.
From Keith:
"Six hours of instruction from over a dozen Black Belts, as well as several hours of drilling/sparring. We appreciate JW Wright putting this o...

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Today we had Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Ann Kneib come in and conduct a women's only seminar at our Alton location. Women from all over the STL and IL area came to learn from Ann. She did a wonderful job!

Things are almost ready for our Hardin location! We are so excited! We are going to be inside Miss Kim's Dance Studio on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting August 10th. Call or Text (618) 328-3428 to sign up or find out more information.

Our Gym Manager and Co-Owner of Strategic BJJ, Natalie Steinacher, did an interview on Our Daily Show! for the . She talked about the culture of the gym and how we are different than many other Jiu Jitsu gyms. She covered what classes we offer and there were a ton of laughs! Watc...

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We are a little late in posting, but as of this month we celebrate 4 years in business! In that time, we have experienced a lot and survived!
☑️In the first two years we grew so quickly we changed locations 4 times!
☑️We survived government shutdowns associated with Covid!
💪We bought and rennova...

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7 months ago
I attend the morning kickboxing classes here and love it. The trainer, Josh, is knowledgeable, supportive, and makes the class fun, all of which is important since I’m a complete newbie. The gym itself is clean, well-lit, and the equipment is in good shape. Definitely recommend for anyone looking to start kickboxing classes or get support for their fitness goals with a group of awesome, like-minded people.
- Sarah W
11 months ago
I've had the pleasure of meeting (and rolling with) both Keith and his wife, Natalie. These are two of the kindest folks I've met in my jiu jitsu journey in St. Louis. I train at another local gym, but we cross train regularly via the TAC Team Women's program. I don't have kids, so I can't speak to their youth program. However, I would bring my hypothetical children here. Anyone can teach jiu jitsu, but it's important to learn leadership skills along the way. I've seen Keith navigate big personalities with the grace of a ballet dancer. (This is a fun visual if you know the man.) I've learned a few leadership skills myself from the man. Check out Strategic Jiu Jitsu. It's clean, female friendly, kid friendly, and an overall great martial arts school!
- Nichole H
3 years ago
Had our first women's self-defense training today and it was a great experience. The trainer, Keith, showed us basic level fundamentals today. The pace is excellent for beginners. Like Keith said, you can't learn all the techniques in an hour and a half, so we will be continuing the class every other Sunday. This is something I have always wanted to do and now we have an opportunity in the Alton area for women to learn not just self-defense but confidence. I'm so excited to start my journey at Strategic BJJ and look forward to continuing training!
- Joy E

About Strategic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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Hello and welcome! We are a Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu Academy serving 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 Adopt-a-Cop BJJ Program and 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/seminars. This variety comes from our instructors' varied training experience and their travels to train both domestically and internationally. Our instructors have trained with so many wonderful instructors/practitioners from around the world, allowing us to develop a breadth of knowledge and great friendships along the way.  

Kickboxing/MMA Program
You will see the influences of our instructor's diverse martial arts 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!

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 the Strategic BJJ Team! Let’s make the next part of our story a great one!  

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  • (618) 328-3428


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2248 East Broadway
Alton, IL 62002

Business Hours

Mon:6:00 – 8:30 PM
Tue:6:00 – 8:30 PM
Wed:6:00 – 8:30 PM
Thu:6:00 – 8:30 PM
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