Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Victoria, BC!


At Eke Academy of Martial Arts we are please to provide Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a safe, mature and open manner, making BJJ not just about competition or gaining belts, but about changing your life, getting fit, making friends and learning life-long skills that you can use in your day-to-day life.

Our BJJ program is run under the guidance and mentorship of Prof Jay Zeballos, 3rd Degree Black Belt with legendary BJJ Champion and Master Instructor, Prof Jean Jacques Machado. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better lineage than that.

“Jiu-jitsu isn’t about competing. It is about learning how to be a better you. It is about learning to control yourself. It is about realizing the power a person actually has. It is about learning to let go. About seeing that there is always another way. When you put all of these attributes and aspects together you find that in an actual confrontation that there is always a way out. You will learn that a smaller person can defeat a larger one. But more importantly you will learn something about yourself,” James Eke, chief instructor and owner of the Eke Academy said.

“At Eke Academy we want our students to be World Champions in how they live their lives and impact the community around them. Competition is great — you can learn a lot from it but what is more important is building something that you can foster and continue with for the rest of your life. That is what Jiu-jitsu is to me and the martial arts as a whole — learning how to be a champ in your own life.”

At 47, Eke has been training in the martial arts for over 35 years, starting BJJ in 2011 with Prof Machado. “The first time I trained with Prof Machado at my long-time instructor, Guro Dan Inosanto’s academy in Los Angeles I was literally blown away. Jiu-jitsu is a martial art that if you learn it right and from solid people who understand the art, you will be amazed by what you can learn. What I found immediately was how it fit in so perfectly with the other martial arts I have been doing for decades. It is very unique. Jiu-jitsu is not wrestling — wrestling is kind of like the same coin as BJJ but the other side of it. Real BJJ is not aggressive, it uses the other person’s strength, weight, balance and position all against them. It is not only fun but a really empowering art. If you try it and learn it like it is meant to be you will be hooked.”

The BJJ Program at Eke Academy of Martial Arts in Victoria, BC is affordable at only $80 a month or $60 a month if you commit to a year — with five classes a week offered at the 209-734 Aldebury St location.

For the month of October, as part of our anniversary celebration we are offering our BJJ classes at 50% off for all new students. Look for the offer on our Facebook page.

For more information email us at or call 250-216-2801.

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