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Welcome to Venice Jiu-Jitsu,
come start your journey with us.

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Learn to Defend & Protect Yourself

We started Venice Jiu-Jitsu as a place where we could train together, sharing a love of our art and practicing the fundamentals of jiu-jitsu in a controlled environment with training partners we trust. We understand how tough jiu-jitsu can be at times, so we created an academy with an environment built around our most valuable asset, our White Belts. With our unique curriculum, we make sure that you have a solid foundation that will allow you to achieve your goals and reach your highest potential.


   Come start your journey with us! 

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Meet Our Instructors

Venice Jiu-Jitsu Jason

Jason Richley

Black Belt

Head Professor

Jason has over 35 years of Combat Sports and Martial Arts training. He is a Golden Gloves Boxer who podiumed twice at the Junior Olympics, and as a young man, he earned a Black Belt in Kenpo.  He trained for four years at Catch Wrestling before starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at a Pedro Sauer Academy. Now, after over 12 years of training in BJJ, Jason is an IBJJF-accredited Black Belt. He has competed and won at every belt, both locally and at a national level. Jason is also a certified strength and conditioning coach and a trained firefighter.

Venice Jiu-Jitsu Chris

Chris Best-Kaye

Purple Belt


Chris has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 7 years. He is one of our instructors here at Venice Jiu-Jitsu for our kids' program, and is on the mats helping the lower belts during our evening classes. He is extremely patient with the children who are new to BJJ, and is our go-to instructor when we have the younger ones come to try out a class. His daughter follows in his footsteps, and will often join us for the kids' classes to help him teach the little ones.

Venice Jiu-Jitsu Jeremy

Jeremy Maxfield

Brown Belt


Jeremy has over 9 years of experience training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is our instructor here at Venice Jiu-Jitsu for our morning and day classes. His amazing attention to detail, knowledge, and solid fundamentals make him a top-quality coach for all of our students, especially for our white belts. When he's not on the mats teaching you can find him training with his wife and two children.

Venice Jiu-Jitsu Wes

Wes Benge

Blue Belt


Wes has been studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on and off for over 8 years. His passion for the grappling arts started when he was wrestling for Lemon Bay High School as a teenager. He uses his knowledge of wrestling to bring a unique perspective to the mats when he trains. He is our other instructor of our kids' program, and is on the mat nightly training at the academy to advance his game. Wes has two children that train with us in our kids' program as well.

Get in Touch

Ready to start your Jiu-Jitsu journey? Contact us today to learn more about our classes and schedule your free trial.


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