Crest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Transform Your Life

Self Defense. Fitness. Confidence. Community.

Self Defense

See why the winners of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) – a contest that allows any martial art – rely on Brazilian jiu jitsu.  It’s the most practical self-defense skillset you can find.


Get in great shape while having a blast.  Brazilian jiu jitsu torches fat and calories because it includes aerobic and anaerobic conditioning. But your workout is never a chore because you’re focused on your next move rather than the work you’re doing.


You’ll know your skills are effective because you’ll actually spar with training partners, seeing the results of your actions.



Because you learn alongside training partners, you’re never alone. Doing jiu jitsu means that you build yourself a positive community that helps support your athletic goals.


The Premiere Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy In Hampstead

We believe jiu jitsu is more than just a sport, self-defense system, or fitness program; it’s a lifestyle that improves the whole person. The physical, mental, and transcendent benefits of jiu jitsu should be accessible to everyone, from beginner to world-class competitor and any age, sex, or ethnicity.

We will help you achieve your goals, whether it is self defense, weight loss, confidence or to be a world champion. In the process, you will transform your life and become tougher, safer, fitter, & better.

Adult Jiu Jitsu

More than just a sport, self-defense system, or fitness program, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will help you in all aspects of life. You’ll gain confidence, reduce stress, become more positive, and improve overall happiness. It will help transform you life.

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Kids Martial Arts

The foundation of our kids program is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which is considered the most practical and effective martial art in the world. It provides character development and personal growth that will impact every area of their life. 

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Getting Started is as Easy as 1-2-3

1. Get My Free Trial

Check us out, and the sport, for FREE.  Take 7 trial jiu jitsu (adults or kid) classes at no cost with no obligation.  We’ll provide everything you need.

2. Join the family

After completing your trial, select a membership option to become part of our jiu jitsu family.

3. Reach my potential

The benefits of jiu jitsu will help you reach your potential, both on the mats and off.
Johnny Martens

Johnny Martens

Owner/ Instructor & Navy Veteran

Johnny started his BJJ journey in 2010 while stationed in Virginia. Over the years Johnny has trained with some of the elite grapplers in the community such as Bernardo Faria, Marcelo Garcia, and many others and now wants to share his knowledge and passion of BJJ with his community.
William "Tyler" Boone

William "Tyler" Boone

Owner/ Instructor & Marine Veteran

Tyler has been practicing the gentle art for 7 years. Tyler is married with two amazing sons, both of which will be training under his tutelage. Tyler studied sports medicine at the UNCW and received his Bachelor of Arts. His dream has always been to open an academy where he can reach out to the community, specifically the youth.
Jeff Fritz

Jeff Fritz

Kids Program Instructor

Jeff Fritz is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner who lives in Hampstead, NC with wife Andrea and two children, Abigail (13) and Ian (12), who both hold the rank of orange belt w/black stripe. Jeff is a two-stripe brown belt and has been a kids instructor for six years. During that time Jeff was responsible for training multiple Kids, World Champions, and many NAGA Expert-level Champions. Jeff is also the Director of the New Hanover Juvenile Detention Center. Jeff’s combined experience has given him unique insight into working with youth, which he has used to create an anti-bullying curriculum and a successful youth BJJ training regimen.

Our Affilation

Lucas Lepri Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Lucas is one of the most accomplished and decorated jiu jitsu athletes in the world. He is a 8-time black belt World Champion and has won every major jiu jitsu tournament in the world, a feat accomplished by only a handful of athletes in history.

For our students, our affiliation with Lucas ensures that our teaching methods, curriculum, and belt promotion process are best-in-class, and we have access to the world’s best jiu jitsu talent and a network of academies around the world.

Crest BJJ is exactly what my family needed. We love the staff, location,and art. Thank you for the opportunity.

-Marvin Borja

Crest BJJ is the perfect place for the entire family. They have a program for everyone! There is no reason to go anywhere else!

-Larry Orton

Our online shop is now open

Our online shop is now open

We have launched an online shop to make it easier for you to purchase Crest gear and apparel needs. Right now, we are only taking Pre-orders for rash guards and fight shorts, but gis and clothing are coming soon!  Until then, check it out and submit your pre-order...

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