Welcome to RISE OHIO

5 East Winter St, #300 (third floor), Delaware OH 43015 | (740) 815-5365






$60 per month for adults, $40 per month for kids, first week is always free. No contract.
For adult and kid jiu jitsu, you will need a bjj or judo gi (see more information below). You do NOT need the gi to start, and we recommend trying it out for a few weeks before ordering your gi.
We accept cash, major credit cards and Paypal.

Why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Best self-defense

The core principle of Gracie Jiu Jitsu is staying safe. You'll learn how to protect yourself from strikes in any position, while simultaneously working to get out of bad positions, and how to attain and maintain good positions.

Appropriate level of response

If you punch or kick someone, it's hard to control how badly you hurt them. The "offense" side of jiu jitsu is about first arriving to a safe position and achieving control, and then applying chokes or joint attacks methodically, while "negotiating" to end the conflict.

Great workout

You will leave soaked in sweat, without the boredom of a treadmill workout. Live sparring (or "rolling") is a lot of fun, you get a full body workout, and you're not watching the clock.


Repeatedly "fighting to the fake death" gives you a new appreciation for why you want to avoid a real fight, and how little you can tell about a person's ability to hurt you by looking at them.


The beginning of jiu jitsu is about learning to be comfortable in bad positions, and understanding that there's a lot here to learn. You figure out how important it is to define goals other than "winning" as you build your skills.


BJJ is an enormous confidence builder. When you start to understand how little most people know about fighting, and how much you can do with proper training, you know both why you don't want to fight, and why you'll be fine if you have to.

Who We Are

Eric Whitney

Manager and Kids' Instructor

I started doing BJJ about 5 years ago, as an alternative to taking lots of vicodin for a back problem. I'm a big believer in the value of jiu jitsu for anyone of any age (I started when I was 42), whether it's for fitness or self-defense, or just because trying to choke people and keep them from choking you is a lot of fun. Also, I'm the only guy at Rise that knows how a broom and mop work.

BJ Nelson

Head Instructor

Super System™

Super System™ is copyright © 2014 BJ Nelson. Super System™ students are required to sign a notarized waiver every 10 minutes.

Elika Whitney

Women's Co-Instructor

Elika is a middle school counselor and has been doing the BJJ self-defense for a few years, which gives her a great background for the Women-only class. She helps keep the content accessible for people that don't plan to train BJJ for five days a week, and she keeps her husband Eric's mouth diarrhea from wasting too much of the class.


The gi, which is made up of a jacket, pants and belt, is actually a weapon. You train self-defense in a gi, because most fights happen while you're wearing clothes. Using a gi, you'll learn how to choke people with their own jacket or shirt, and how to break grips on your clothes. A jiu jitsu or judo gi has extra reinforcement so it can withstand being pulled a lot, and the collar is padded so you don't get cloth burn on your neck. Click here to look for jiu jitsu gis. A decent, simple adult starter gi should be around $100. I'm a fan of these Submission gis ($129). Note: although you can get other colors, we highly recommend starting with a white gi. Many schools require white gis, so if you do jiu jitsu anywhere else at some point, you will likely need a white gi. For kids, we highly recommend these FUJI gis ($70). They're not expensive, and they have an elastic waist band, so the kids can avoid constantly re-tying their pants. All of these gis come with a white belt. Congratulations, you just earned your white belt!

BJJ is definitely safe, but like any sport or activity where people are moving in close proximity, you'll get a little bumped and bruised. More significant injuries are possible, and they tend to fall into two groups. The first are injuries caused by not tapping quickly enough. With good training partners and common sense, this is easily avoidable. The second type are accidental, for example getting a knee in your forehead because you and your partner move at the same time, or getting a finger caught in a gi as your partner changes position. Again, these are largely avoidable by keeping your "spazz" level down and maintaining a lot of awareness about you and your partner's positions and the things that can go wrong. Focusing on doing the techniques correctly rather than quickly will help you avoid most injury.

Yes, John, you should definitely do karate with your friend. Maybe they'll give you three months free because your friend brought you in. Unbelievable.

Eric, you *teach* jiu jitsu here. Stop wasting your time on the internet and get back to sweeping and mopping the mats. The Super System™ just finished up and it looks like a crime scene in here.


Questions? Just send us an email or stop by!

Just email Eric at eric@riseohio.com with any questions. You can also just come in to any class and observe, ask questions, or just jump right in. We're about as far from Cobra Kai (the angry school in Karate Kid) as you could imagine. We'd love to help you or your kids learn how to defend yourself and get a decent workout. Let us know what you need to make that happen.