Citadel BJJ Iowa City

Citadel BJJ Iowa City

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We respect other people’s time, because we genuinely value it as much as our own. In order to hold true to that statement β€” efficiency is key πŸ”‘

β€œWrestled all my life, I can probably count on one hand the amount of tournaments that I’ve been to that ran as quick and as smoothly as yours. Hardly any time where a mat wasn’t being competed on.”

- Liam Aunan / Citadel BJJ competitor

Feedback about our events, whether it be positive or negative, is always welcomed! It allows us to view our event from the perspective of everybody that makes it possible.
β€œGo look at the results and pull out a calculator.” β€” Matt Leighton

Citadel BJJ Iowa City, Breaking Point Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Phoenix Down Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Cedar Rapids have individually captured 3 of 4 team titles over the last year when they could have formed a singular team under Tac Team πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†

πŸŽ₯ Bryan Conley Photography
A little less than a year ago, we came back on the scene after a 15-month layoff where COVID and a handful of other factors nearly left us dead in the water.

We were SO CLOSE to becoming just another failed grappling tournament, but we rose to bring the fans and competitors of the Midwest Jiu Jitsu scene a signature event β€” BJJ Woodstock.

On that blazing hot August day we presented our first ever Open Team Championship πŸ† to the team from Citadel BJJ Iowa City

Simply put, we could not exist without the support of gyms like them and so many others who believed in us and what we aimed to provide.

A year later, we’re in a completely different stratosphere and the only way is up πŸš€
Citadel BJJ πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ₯‹πŸ”¨πŸ₯‡πŸ₯ˆπŸ₯‰
Citadel BJJ Iowa City took home the team title at #BJJWoodstock this summer and November 14th there will be another beautiful trophy on the line! πŸ†πŸ”₯

Will Citadel repeat as team champions or will another team emerge?
Mahmoud Jabr πŸ†š Nearoth Peterschmidt was the first πŸ’°BET MATCH πŸ’° in Sub Spectrum history to be sponsored by a Jiu Jitsu gym or business.

Matt Leighton & Jim Kelly of Citadel BJJ Iowa City put up $500.00 and paid up β˜‘οΈ when Mahmoud took the victory over their student 6-2 at #BJJWoodstock
Dan Gable: Coaching Mental Toughness On The Mat.

This clip is at the end of the workout. Coach Mike Duroe and Pablo Ubasa got pushed hard by Gable, and they pushed each other, and they pushed themselves.

So many lessons in this for coaches and athletes alike!

What do you think the lesson is here in this short clip?

Reposted from James Kelly coach and owner of Citadel BJJ Iowa City
This week with our virtual training sessions Coach James Kelly will be coming in to talk wrestling and answer some questions on Wednesday afternoon!

Coach Kelly was a founder of the Eastern Iowa Wrestling Club and Owner and black belt at Citadel BJJ Iowa City

Register today at www.EasternIowaWC.com
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Thank you Citadel BJJ Iowa City for some good training this afternoon!
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Perfect getaway from the pool for some good rolls! It’s been way too long since I’ve been on the mat.
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Had about 10 good minutes in me before I died! Tons of fun though!
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#bjj #jiujitsu #OutOfGrapplingShape
Thank you Citadel BJJ Iowa City for some good training this afternoon!
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Perfect getaway from the pool for some good rolls! It’s been way too long since I’ve been on the mat.
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Had about 10 good minutes in me before I died! Tons of fun though!
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#bjj #jiujitsu #OutOfGrapplingShape
I was traveling through Iowa City from Nashville, TN and looking for a spot to train. James Kelly and the rest of the gym were very friendly and accommodating. The training was really great. Tough room but very great atmosphere for all things grappling.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training in Iowa City, Iowa. Owners & Coaches: Matt Leighton & James Kelly. Train for competition or train for life, we welcome all.

Citadel BJJ in Iowa City provides world class training to kids and adults. Services include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes, no gi grappling classes, wrestling classes, advanced competition training for those who want to be champions, and basic fundamental skill and self defense training for those who want to train for life.

Operating as usual

03/23/2022

50/50 Position isn’t 50/50 if one person is better from that position 😁 so come to class and get better! πŸ’ͺ

#bjjclass #bjjtechnique #iowacity #iowacityiowa #citadelbjj

Photos from Citadel BJJ Iowa City's post 03/23/2022

[Belt Promotion] Chase Damewood earned his blue belt! Keep up the great work on the mats @chase_damewood! Getting better and better! πŸ₯‹ πŸš€

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#bjjbluebelt #bjj #iowacity #iowacityiowa #jiujitsu #bjjschool #citadelbjj

03/22/2022

Class: Jiu Jitsu without the gi tonight! πŸ€ΌπŸ€Όβ€β™€οΈ πŸ”₯

03/21/2022

πŸ₯‹ Class πŸ₯‹ #iowacity #iowacityiowa

03/21/2022

These kids warmed up and got ready to go ON THEIR OWN. πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Building independence at a young age is important.

These kids keep getting better. πŸš€

Thanks to @fujibjj for putting on this tournament here in #iowacity! πŸ™Œ

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#bjj #iowacity #iowacitykids #iowacitymoms #fujibjjchampionships #fujibjjtournament #kidsbjj #bjjkids #iowacitymartialarts #iowacityiowa #citadelbjj .

Photos from Citadel BJJ Iowa City's post 03/19/2022

Shoutout to this new BJJ Blue Belt, Lars Comstock! He’s pushed himself hard since joining the team here! What a great guy! You should talk to him and get to know him if you haven’t yet. And he makes some darn good soap, too! Ask him about it and buy some! 🧼 @stfugb2s πŸ™Œ

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#bjjbluebelt #iowacity #iowacityiowa #bjj #iowacityfitness #iowacitymartialarts #citadelbjj

03/17/2022

Leo has been putting in work! Competed for the first time this weekend and earned a silver medal at the @fujibjj tournament here in Iowa City!

Leo is a quiet leader in the room. He gets a lot done in practice. Always getting better due to his focus and consistency. We love his work ethic! That work ethic rubs off on his teammates and they feed off each other a lot in the practice room, so having Leo on the mats is very valuable and good for everyone.

This competition experience was good for Leo’s development! Now we’re back in the practice room with the other kids working on skills they feel they need to improve.

Leo loves Jiu Jitsu and wrestling and we love Leo!

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#iowacity #fujibjj #fujibjjchampionships #fujibjjtournament #iowacityiowa #iowacitykids #iowacitymartialarts #citadelbjjiowacity #citadelbjj

Photos from Citadel BJJ Iowa City's post 03/17/2022

[Belt Promotion!] Maurice Browning got his Blue Belt tonight from @mattwleighton! Since Day 1 of walking into the school, Maurice has been a super positive source of good energy here at Citadel BJJ. A passionate martial artist, working man and family man who makes the time to train consistently. A shining example of making things work and getting it done. We love it! Proud of you, Maurice! Love having you on the team! 🏰

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#bjj #bjjbluebelt #iowacity #iowacityiowa #citadelbjj

03/16/2022

Franklin of Team Citadel Kids Jiu Jitsu! πŸ˜ƒ

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Thank you @ayalakaren96 for being a great kids Jiu Jitsu mom!

Thanks to @fujibjj for putting on another great tournament here in Iowa City, IA!

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#iowacity #iowacityiowa #bjj #kidsbjj #bjjkids #iowacitymoms #iowacitykids #iowacitymartialarts #fujibjj #fujibjjchampionships #bjjtournament #bjjcompetition

03/15/2022

Thanks for coming to watch Erik Zorilla @ezwork_96 compete at the @fujibjj tournament here in Iowa City! Appreciate the team support! Love the energy! ⚑️ GO HAWKS! βš”οΈ

#iowacity #iowawrestling #iowacityiowa #bjjtournament #grapplingtournament #iowa #citadelbjjiowacity #citadelbjj

Photos from Citadel BJJ Iowa City's post 03/14/2022

Liam Aunan won his division at the @ibjjf Indianapolis Open! πŸ₯‹ Champion πŸ₯‡πŸ₯‹

@liamaunan13 πŸ’ͺπŸ₯‹πŸš€
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#ibjjf #bjj #bjjtournament #bjjcompetition #bjjwhitebelt #jiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsu #iowacity #iowacityiowa #citadelbjjiowacity #citadelbjj

Photos from Citadel BJJ Iowa City's post 03/13/2022

Logan Charipar takes 2nd place at the @ibjjf Indianapolis Open! Purple belt! πŸ₯ˆπŸ’ͺπŸ₯‹ Always fights tough and brings the heat! πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

#bjjpurplebelt #jiujitsu #ibjjf #bjj #iowacity #iowacityiowa #bjjcompetition #bjjtournament #citadelbjjiowacity #citadelbjj

03/13/2022

These two awesome kids, brothers Silas and Josiah, fought hard at the @fujibjj tournament right here in Iowa City! Their older brother Mason who also trains BJJ at Citadel and wrestles for North Liberty, came by to help corner them! Love these guys! Super proud of them! ❀️❀️❀️

Photos from Citadel BJJ Iowa City's post 03/12/2022

Andrew Rogers earned a silver medal at the @ibjjf Indianapolis Open! πŸ₯ˆπŸ’ͺ @andrewrogers__ keep putting in that work! πŸš€

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#bjj #bjjcompetition #bjjcompetitor #jiujitsu #ibjjf #bjjpurplebelt #bjjtournament #citadelbjjiowacity #citadelbjj

03/12/2022

William competed in his first Jiu Jitsu tournament, the @fujibjj here in Iowa City! Displayed crisp technique! Gold medal! πŸ₯‡ πŸš€

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#fujibjjchampionships #fujibjjtournament #fujibjj #bjj #iowacity #iowacityiowa #bjjcompetition #bjjtournament #citadelbjjiowacity #citadelbjj

Photos from Citadel BJJ Iowa City's post 03/12/2022

πŸ₯‡ Jack Schwebke won the @ibjjf Indianapolis Open! πŸ’ͺπŸ₯‹Champion!πŸ₯‡

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#bjj #bjjcompetition #bjjcompetitor #jiujitsu #ibjjf #bjjbluebelt #citadelbjjiowacity #citadelbjj

Photos from Citadel BJJ Iowa City's post 03/12/2022

πŸ‘€ Today we will have 2x Big Ten Wrestling Champ & 2x Hawkeye All-American SAMMY BROOKS running wrestling practice today at 10am! Go Hawks! πŸ”₯

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#iowacity #iowacityiowa #iowawrestling #bigtenwrestling #bigtenchampionship #bigtenwrestling #iowahawkeyes #iowahawkeyewrestling #universityofiowa #iowa #wrestling #bjj #citadelbjjiowacity #citadelbjj

03/10/2022

Citadel Jiu Jitsu KIDS πŸ’ͺ #iowacity #iowacitykids #iowacityiowa #citadelbjj

Photos from Citadel BJJ Iowa City's post 03/10/2022

🌞 6:30 A.M. Class! Come train in the early mornings with us! 🌞

#iowacity #iowacityfitness #iowacityiowa #iowacitymartialarts #citadelbjjiowacity #citadelbjj

03/08/2022

Citadel KIDS πŸ₯‹#iowacity

03/08/2022

Class Last Night

Coach @mattwleighton taught some πŸ”₯ back control escape technique

#iowacity #iowacityiowa #iowacitymartialarts #iowacitybjj #iowacityfitness #bjj #brazilianjiujitsu #bjjblackbelt #bjjcoach #citadelbjjiowacity #citadelbjj

03/08/2022

πŸ”₯ Back control escapes tonight via Coach @mattwleighton πŸ₯‹πŸ”₯

03/06/2022

Our kids have strong necks! πŸ’ͺ

03/05/2022

Coach Matt overseeing the kids training! The kids here get world class BJJ black belt instruction! πŸ’― 🎯 #iowacity #iowacitykids

03/05/2022

Citadel KIDS Jiu Jitsu in Iowa City πŸ“

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#iowacity #iowacitykids #iowacitymoms #iowacityiowa #iowacitymartialarts #kidsbjj #bjjkids #citadelbjj

03/04/2022

Citadel Jiu Jitsu Kids πŸ’ͺπŸ₯‹

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#iowacity #iowacitykids #iowacitymoms #iowacityiowa #kidsbjj #bjjkids #citadelbjj

03/03/2022

Kean & Leo do a great job with their training in the kids program! Earned their BJJ gray/white belts! Strong young men! Great students! Getting better every day!

#bjj #kidsbjj #bjjkids #iowacity #iowacitykids #iowacityiowa #citadelbjj

03/02/2022
02/26/2022

Eric Meyer was in the mood to wrestle. Love the shirt. ❀️

02/25/2022

Train Like A Madman

02/25/2022

Brought in some TLI heavy hitters from the east coast. We will do it again! πŸ”₯🌎πŸ₯‡

@thelassosyndicate πŸ‘ˆ
@jamilbjj 🌎πŸ₯‡
@donaldachnick πŸ™
@themagicman_bjj πŸ’ͺ
@bigbreakfast_bjj πŸ’ͺ

Love these guys. World class reps of the sport all the way. True lifelong martial artists. Just the best.

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#bjj #jiujitsu #brazilianjiujitsu #bjjworldchampion #bjjworldchamp #bjjblackbelt #bjjcoach #thelassosyndicate

02/24/2022

πŸ₯‹ Class TonightπŸ₯‹

#bjj #iowacity #iowacityiowa #citadelbjj

02/21/2022

Brother & Sister, Felix & Zoey, with Coach @mattwleighton πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ😁

Matt Leighton is a world class black belt, and co-owner of Citadel BJJ. Matt is the head coach of the adults program AND he coaches the kids here at the school too. The kids sure do love him!

The kids here are getting stronger and more confident every class! πŸ’ͺ😁

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#iowacity #iowacitykids #iowacityiowa #iowacityfitness #iowacitymartialarts #iowacitymoms #kidsbjj #bjjkids #citadelbjj

02/20/2022

Last night, nearing the end of Game Night, after the fights, as the intense Jenga battle was nearing it’s conclusion…

02/20/2022

@theafroaviator is good at triangles and Boggle! Playing with husband @lantzts & friends at Team Game Night! 😁

Citadel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Iowa City, Iowa

Citadel BJJ is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school in Iowa City, Iowa that provides world class grappling, martial arts, wrestling, & self defense training to people of all levels living in Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, & the eastern Iowa area. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a fun, challenging, & healthy way to build your mind & body, increase your fitness, & get you into the best shape of your life!

Whether you want to train for competition or train for life, we’ve got you covered! You’ll see how our BJJ program in Iowa City will teach you self-defense and fighting skills, build your confidence & discipline, increase your mental and physical toughness, get you looking and feeling great, and much more!

Call us now: 319-855-8110.

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4172 Alyssa Court, Suite A
Iowa City, IA
52240

Opening Hours

Tuesday 6:30am - 7:30am
Thursday 6:30am - 7:30am
Friday 10:45am - 8:45pm
Sunday 11:45am - 1:30pm

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