Black Belt Center USA teaches Gracie Jiu-Jitsu classes, which focus on practical self-defense techniques. Our center began as a taekwondo facility in 2003, and then eventually made the switch to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Other forms of Jiu-Jitsu are intensely combative, while Gracie Jiu-Jitsu helps practitioners contest bullying with strictly self-defense techniques.
Our programs include Gracie Bullyproof®, Women Empowered® and Gracie Combatives®. We’re the only facility in the Huntington Beach, CA area that offers all three programs. There’s a class for any age and skill level, so call today to find out which one is best for you.
We treat our students like family. Learn self-defense moves and become part of a community of people who are passionate about improving their techniques and honing their reflexes. Anyone aged 4-70 is welcome to join! You won’t be forced into a long-term contract—convenient month-to-month contracts are available.
Carlos Leal, our head instructor, has 30 years of experience and is backed by a diverse team of dedicated Jiu-Jitsu instructors. Stop by our Huntington Beach, CA facility today to meet our staff.
Carlos has been practicing martial arts for over 30 years and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu since 2009 at the Gracie Academy in Torrance California. Carlos received his purple belt from Ryron and Rener Gracie on July 2014. Carlos is a Certified instructor for the following Gracie programs: Combatives (White to blue belt), Master Cycle (Blue belt and up), Bullyproof (Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for kids), and Women Empowered (Self-defense against kidnap and sexual attacks). Carlos has also assisted teaching Gracie Survival tactics to Military, Border patrol, and Law enforcement officers.
Instructor John Leal is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, under his father, Master Carlos Leal. He has been practicing Tae Kwon Do with his father since he was 5 years old and is currently a part time instructor for Black Belt Center USA. John is a talented musician, his favorite activity is drumming, however he can play strings and keyboards. John has performed at house of blues and other venues.
Instructor Cecilia Garcia is a 2nd degree Tae Kwon Do black belt and has studied other martial arts such as Wushu, Karate, and Gracie Jiu Jitsu. She has been training martial arts for the over 15 years and has been with Black Belt Center USA since 2003. Instructor Cecilia is a certified massage therapist. Instructor Cecilia brings great insight to class and her knowledge of human anatomy and bio-mechanics are a very valuable asset to our studio.