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Asheville’s premier academy offering a safe & fun environment for you to learn and grow in the art of Jiu Jitsu.

Programs We Offer

Kids Classes

No Gi

Gi Fundamentals

Why Speak Easy BJJ Is Asheville's #1 Choice For Jiu Jitsu Lessons

  • Friendly and relaxed environment

  • Knowledgable Instructors

  • Highest proportion of advanced members to beginners which means you'll learn faster from having high quality training partners

  • Personalized instruction tailored to your experience level

  • Clean mat spaces

  • Flexible schedules & Tuition options

  • Conveniently located right off I-240

Meet Our Staff

Colton Parsons

Founder of Speakeasy BJJ, Professor Colton has been a life long martial artist. Having started Tae Kwon Do and wrestling in pre school, it would be years later when he found his true passion, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Having competed through all belt levels, Professor Colton has a wrestling focused style, but is also skilled in the traditional Gi style. Being awarded his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Professor Kurt Chase Patrick, Professor Colton aims to grow BJJ in a progressive manner, while also preserving traditional practices.

Professor Aaron Brasuell

Professor Aaron has been training Jiu-jitsu for over twelve years, he brings passion, enthusiasm and fun to every class he leads. He is a multiple-time NAGA expert division and Grappling Industries gold medalist, having won 75% of his matches with a submission finish. Also a Certified Exercise Physiologist, he has a deep understanding of fitness, exercise, and functional anatomy. Turtle guard specialist.

Charmaine Mills

Charmaine Mills is a brown belt and has been training for 12 years. Charmaine's Jiu-Jitsu is technical and sprightly while also being heavy as she settles into dominant positions. When taking Charmaine's class you can expect to go into depth and detail on techniques which will expanding your game and Jiu-Jitsu knowledge. When Charmaine is not here at Speakeasy she is a school teacher. She enjoys teaching and watching other grow; that shines through in her classes here at Speakeasy. Come take a class and let's grow together!

Ryan Rauh

Ryan began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2014 in Austin, Texas. He received his brown belt under Paulo ‘Coelho’ Brandão at Gracie Humaitá Austin. Ryan moved to Asheville and found his BJJ community at The Speakeasy. He is an awesome kids instructor. Not only demonstrating great technique, but also patience and an up beat attitude on the mats.

Chris Jackson

Chris started wrestling at 8yrs old when his neighbor, a state champion wrestler invited him to practice at the high school. With not many other kids involved he waited until middle and High School where he won 2nd in N.C. 3A state finals and competed at National Finals in 1997. Always hoping his grappling journey wasn’t over he finally started BJJ at 42 years old and has been dedicated to training, is passionate about getting new people the skills they need to enjoy Jiu Jitsu as much as he does, and wants the old bald guy to be viewed as as dangerous on the mats as anyone.

What People Say About Us...


What Is Jiu Jitsu?

Jiu Jitsu is a grappling based martial art based on leverage and technique. When a student becomes proficient Jiu Jitsu he or she often gains confidence as this is the premier martial art for for self defense and a wonderful vehicle for self discovery.

Is Jiu-Jitsu safe for beginners?

Yes, Jiu-Jitsu can be safe for beginners when taught by experienced instructors in a controlled environment. At Speak Easy BJJ, safety is our top priority. We start with fundamental techniques, emphasize proper form, and ensure a gradual progression as you build skills. With the right guidance and respect for your training partners, Jiu-Jitsu can be a safe and enjoyable martial art for all skill levels.

What should I wear to my first Jiu-Jitsu class?

For our Gi classes a Jiu Jitsu Gi is required to participate. To make it convenient for our students we do offer them for sale but do not require that you purchase one from us. However, we do recommend that you invest in one that is made to last.

For our No Gi classes we recommend wearing a rash guard and fight shorts. T-shirts or loose clothing will often get in the way and we don't want your clothes to be damaged.

How often should I train in Jiu-Jitsu to see progress?

The frequency of your Jiu-Jitsu training depends on your goals and availability. To see consistent progress, we recommend starting with 2 classes per week. This allows you to develop a solid foundation. As you advance, you might choose to train more frequently. Remember, consistency and dedication are key to improving in Jiu-Jitsu, so find a schedule that works for you and stick with it.

Will Jiu Jitsu Teach My Child To Be Hostile And Aggressive?

Absolutely not. Children learn a lot about what it means to be respectful and polite here. As a result, children who weren't violent in the first place become even more respectful and kind. Children with behavior problems often become very respectful and calm.

Can My Child Get Injured While Training Jiu Jitsu?

As a parent, I'm sure you've seen that children can get injured doing just about anything. Martial Arts is no different, however we take safety very seriously here. Yes, injuries do sometimes happen. But we do everything in our power to avoid them such as stretching and teaching them how to fall properly.

Can My Child Do Jiu Jitsu If They Are Not The Athletic Type?

Yes! In fact, martial arts is often a “home” for children who don't excel at team sports. And it's okay if your child is not athletic right now. Through our classes, they'll get in great shape and become much more athletic.

Do Children Enjoy Jiu Jitsu? Do They Stick With It For A While?

Children have a blast here. There's smiling and laughter throughout every class. We have our moments of intense concentration and focus... but we always balance things out with fun and games to keep everything alive and light.

Will Jiu Jitsu Improve My Child's Confidence?

Yes! Martial Arts is a powerful source of confidence. They practice hard and learn techniques in order to advance through the ranks. And as they advance, they beam with pride. After all, they're the ones doing all the work - so they feel all of the accomplishment whenever they learn a new move... achieve a new belt... or get praise from their fellow students and instructors.

What Ages Are Children Allowed To Train?

We have classes for children as young as 5. Please view our class schedule to find the program that's most appropriate for you.

Is Jiu Jitsu For Boys AND Girls?

Yes Both! Our classes have a good mix of both.

640 Merrimon Ave suite 201, Asheville, NC 28804, USA