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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
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Ladies, what are you doing during the week after the kids are in school? We have a lot going on just for you! First class is FREE. Sign up a friend and you earn another FREE class! Book Today!
Tuesday Morning - Kickboxing and Yoga
Wednesday Morning - Kickboxing


Happy new year from all of us at Strategic BJJ! We’ll resume normal classes on 1/2/23! Looking forward to getting better as a team! If you are looking for something that will help you achieve your new fitness goals, while learning to defend yourself, come try one of our great programs!!!!

Ethan and Dylan had their first IKF tournament experience today. Both medaled and Dylan brought home a trophy! We are very proud of our growing team of martial artists. If you are interested in trying out classes out for yourself, just give us a call or text and set up a visit!

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Here is our holiday schedule for this week!
Monday - 11/21 - Normal Classes
Tuesday - 11/22 - Normal Classes
Wednesday - 11/23 - Normal Classes
Thursday - 11/24 - Closed (Happy Thanksgiving!)
Friday - 11/25 - Comp Training at 6pm
Saturday - 11/26 - Normal Open Mat
Sunday - 11/27 - Closed

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We are excited to announce that Josh Sugent is joining our staff as a personal trainer! Josh holds ISSA, USAPL, and ACTION certifications and is a power-lifting competitor. Additionally, Josh trains Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing, and has experience with post-rehab training, body building, and helping peo...

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Strategic BJJ's youth team had a great showing this past weekend at the Fuji Fall Classic! We are so proud of all the work our students put in and the success they had as a result. We now begin preparations for the AGF tournament coming in late November!

Coach Keith will be doing a seminar at PAC - Pekin in a few weeks to benefit "Grappling for Gifts". Please share with your friends in the Jiu-Jitsu community! 100% of donations go toward gifts for the kids through G4G! In exchange for their donations, seminar attendees will learn truly diabolical...

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3 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
7 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
2 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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