Victoria Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Martial Arts like no other


Eke Academy of Martial Arts is THE place to train in Jiu-Jitsu in Victoria, BC as the only affiliate in Western Canada of legendary BJJ pioneer and world champion, Jean Jacques Machado.

Our chief instructor and founder, James Eke has been dedicated to seeking out the best in martial arts for well over 30 years and has trained for years with Prof Machado as well as JJM black belts, Prof Jay Zeballos, Prof Boaz Brizman, Prof Gary Padilla and others.

James Eke is also a certified instructor under legendary martial artist, Dan Inosanto and brings not just high-level Jiu-Jitsu to Victoria, BC but also Jeet Kune Do, Kali, Silat, Madjapahit Martial Arts and Kickboxing.

Check out our JJM Affiliate page at: .


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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Victoria, BC


We would like to welcome you to the best martial arts academy in Victoria, BC to train in Jiu-Jitsu.

Eke Academy of Martial Arts is the official affiliate representative of legendary BJJ pioneer, Jean Jacques Machado here in Victoria — as well as the only Jean Jacques Machado Affiliate in Western Canada!

We offer the public high quality Jiu-Jitsu directly under the mentorship of both Professor Jean Jacques Machado, seventh degree red/black ‘coral’ belt and Professor Jay Zeballos, world champion competitor and Prof Machado’s right hand man and Executive Director of the JJM Affiliate Program.

We have Jiu-Jitsu classes five days a week and all classes are suitable for both men and women of all ages. Kids classes are also available. A month of classes is as low as $60 a month for our Jiu-Jitsu program.

Our Jiu-Jitsu program is perfect for both the competitive and non-competitive practitioner.

We host seminars and training camps with black belts from JJM HQ in Los Angeles twice a year and hope to expand as time goes on.

If you are looking for top quality Jiu-Jitsu with a lineage that is second to none, look no further than Eke Academy of Martial Arts.

Check out our JJM Affiliate page at:


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Jean Jacques Machado Jiu-Jitsu officially lands in Victoria, BC at Eke Academy of Martial Arts



In the landscape of Jiu-Jitsu there are legends. Few come close to a living legend the likes of Jean Jacques Machado who is not only a pioneer in bringing BJJ to North America and trains a ‘who’s who’ of A-list martial artists and celebrities but is renowned for producing some of the best Jiu-Jitsu students and black-belts around.

Victoria, BC’s Eke Academy of Martial Arts is honoured and pleased to announce that the school which already brings Jeet Kune Do, Kali, Silat, Madjapahit Martial Arts and Kickboxing to British Columbia’s Capital is now the only affiliate of the living legend in Western Canada.

“This is a huge honour for not only our Academy but for our city and our province,” James Eke, chief instructor and founder of the Eke Academy said. “This brings legitimacy to Jiu-Jitsu in our city and really puts us on the map in a very real way. It has been years in the making and today is a very big day and one worth celebrating for our school, our students and for Jiu-Jitsu in Canada and North America. It is great to be part of seeing Jiu-Jitsu of an incredible lineage like Professor Machado spread here in our beautiful city on Vancouver Island.”

Twice a year the Eke Academy has been hosting Prof Jay Zeballos, full-time instructor at both Jean Jacques Machado Academies (Tarzana HQ and Malibu) and Executive Director of the Jean Jacques Machado Affiliate Program as well as a world champion competitor and Machado BJJ Third Degree Black Belt, and has been working closely with him to create and maintain a top-notch Jiu-Jitsu program at EAMA. On top of this James Eke has been travelling and training with both Professor Jean Jacques Machado and Professor Jay Zeballos regularly.

If you would like to learn more please contact our school at or check out our affiliate website at



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Jiu Jitsu in Victoria for $60 a month


Join our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program at Eke Academy of Martial Arts and you can train for as little as $60/month.

The BJJ Program at Eke Academy of Martial Arts in Victoria, BC is affordable at only $80 a month if you choose to pay monthly or $60 a month if you commit to a year — with five classes a week offered at the 201-734 Aldebury St location.

Our Jiu Jitsu program is mentored by Prof Jean Jacques Machado 3rd Degree Black Belt and World Champion, Prof Jay Zeballos from the Jean Jacques Machado Academy in Los Angeles.

In our Jiu Jitsu program you will find the perfect fit of self-defence, fitness and confidence building in a safe and mature environment.

If competition is your goal, we have an active competition team to help you reach your goals. If competition isn’t your thing, know that you will have a supportive group of people working with you to help you realize your Jiu Jitsu potential every step along the way.

Jiu Jitsu is the perfect martial art for every age.

Come out and find out how Jiu Jitsu can change your life!

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Eke Academy BJJ Competition Team: 2017 Provincials Highlights Reel

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Eke Academy Winter ’17 BJJ Camp photos

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It is time to start your Jiu-Jitsu journey


by James Eke

We humans are an interesting bunch. We will sit for hours watching other people have amazing adventures and wonderful lives but when it comes to seeing this same magic happen in our own lives we will come up with every excuse in the book to just sit back and coast.

“I’m too tired.”

“I’m too old.”

“I’m too broke.”

“I’m too out of shape.”

Yet if we examine our lives we will usually see that while we say we are broke we actually have money for everything else from beer to coffee to vacations and so on, but when it comes to making our lives into the dream we would love to see we are habitually negligent in our actions. We squander our money on things we don’t need. We waste away our time doing things that give us nothing. We say we want something but do things that take us the exact opposite direction.

You know why we look at people who do incredible things with their lives and go, “Wow!” — it is because we have become so numb to the possibility of creating an amazing life for ourself that anyone who has done so seem like they are somehow on the next level.

I’ll tell you a secret. If you want a life that is incredible, the kind of life that is an inspiration to others, then get off your backside and do something. Not tomorrow. Not in a month. Today!

What I love about Jiu-Jitsu is the power it has to create change in the lives of people. You might be a tiny girl, a middle aged man, a housewife, a student — it doesn’t matter — Jiu-Jitsu will make you into a warrior. I’ve seen it first hand and not just once but over and over again.

Jiu-Jitsu empowers us in a way that few things in life can. It doesn’t depend on power or strength or cardio. It teaches you to use what you have in this moment. It shows you that there is a way out of every situation that you get yourself into. It gives you the tools to make you able to build an impenetrable shield around you that nobody can enter into to harm you. It gives you confidence. It gives you a sense of peace. It gives you more than you would ever expect.

There is only one thing that Jiu-Jitsu asks of you. It asks you to come play. It doesn’t matter if you just lost your job or are cringing when you think of how old you are now. It doesn’t care if you think you need to lose weight or have a hard time keeping the weight on.

While I’ve been involved with the martial arts for over three decades it wasn’t until I started training in Jiu-Jitsu in my forties that I truly understood what a martial art can really do for someone. I think it was the act of putting on the white belt again but this time as a mature man that made the difference. It probably didn’t hurt that I was blessed to be taught Jiu-Jitsu by true legends of the art through the Jean Jacques Machado Academy and the Inosanto Academy in Los Angeles. When you have the likes of Professor Jean Jacques Machado and Professor Jay Zeballos showing you The Way you can’t really go wrong. Over the years I have had the great fortune to train with others who have blown my mind like Professor Boaz Brizman and Professor Gary Padilla. What they all share is one similar thing — that Jiu-Jitsu has transformed their lives into something that you have to experience to understand.

Jiu-Jitsu will change your life if you let it. It is a long path — you will be forced to look at yourself, your life, your baggage and make some decisions that other people who don’t train would never even consider. You will change as a person in ways that you will only understand when you look back on the years that have passed since you first started training and see how far you have come. You will become someone who is different from everyone else around you and you will know it right down to the marrow in your bones and you’ll carry that with you through life, like the most amazing custom-made jacket which makes you into some kind of superhero.

You will find, as I have found, that Jiu-Jitsu people — true Jiu-Jitsu people — are different. You will find yourself in a family — a band of brothers and sisters — people who you have gone to war with, sweat with, hurt with, laughed with and maybe even shed a few tears with. The reason is that Jiu-Jitsu will never lie to you. Jiu-Jitsu is honest, powerful, life-changing.

So what do you have to do?

Find yourself a good school with good teachers.

Understand that Jiu-Jitsu is not about earning medals and trophies.

Understand that Jiu-Jitsu is not about beating people down.

Understand that Jiu-Jitsu is about building people up from the ground floor. It is about maturity and honesty and helping and community and hard-work.

You’ll know when you have found the right place because it will feel like coming home.

You will know when you are with the right people because they will be your family and when they are not around you will feel the hole in your life without them.

You will know that Jiu-Jitsu is right for you because you will crave the mats, the Gi, your beat up belt.

Jiu-Jitsu will give you everything that you could want in your life.

Doesn’t that sound like something you need?

We only have one lifetime. Don’t squander yours. Make it incredible. Build a family. Do great things. Make something out of your life.

Jiu-Jitsu will get you there. Trust it.

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