Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), referred to as the gentle art, is an effective ground grappling style. It is practiced by people of all walks of life and is the martial arts of choice for MMA competitors.

BJJ focuses on defeating (aka submitting) opponents without using punches, kicks, or strikes of any kind. Instead, the BJJ practitioner relies on the execution of proper technique based on the concept of leverage to gain superior positioning over aggressors and eventually submitting them with immobilizing chokeholds and joint locks. This method of self-defense makes it possible for a smaller opponent to render bigger stronger opponents helpless.

In classes run by experienced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors, students can practice at full speed and power in a safe and controlled environment. We encourage respectful sparring (aka rolling) against fellow students and instructors. This provides students with the opportunity to test and develop their skills under realistic conditions with minimal risk of injury.

At McVicker’s Martial Arts, we teach a comprehensive grappling system based on a battle tested curriculum. In addition to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), which serves as the core of our curriculum, we use techniques from other grappling arts such as Wrestling, Sambo, and Judo in order to develop well-rounded martial artists.


The Benefits of McVicker’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  • Real World Self-Defense
  • SAFE Competition Training
  • Have a Positive Hobby in Your Life!
  • Team Atmosphere – Family Environment
  • Structured Curriculum
  • Most Prestigious Program in Terre Haute and Champaign
  • Develop Core Strength, Balance, and Agility
  • Keep a Positive Mental Balance
  • Learn a New Skill and Make New Friends!
  • Weight Loss GUARANTEED


Jeet Kune Do (JKD)/Kali

“There is no debate Bruce Lee is the Father of Mixed Martial Arts.” …….. Dana White UFC President

Bruce Lee developed Jeet Kune Do (JKD) after a life of studying 26 different disciplines of martial arts, ranging from western boxing to Kali knife fighting. Combining the useful portions of each art, Lee produced an ever-evolving system that teaches the student to use every aspect of his or her body in a fight. Once a person is trained to use the head, elbows, hands, knees and feet, the person can cope with whatever situation is presented, using only the tools necessary to win and walk away. Legendary instructor Paul Vunak sums it up as follows: “A JKD man or woman does not concern him or herself with meeting the average ‘street fighter’ or ‘black belt’. Rather, one pictures fighting a crazed guy high on PCP.”

In short, JKD Concepts are taught to students not only for the deep discipline it takes to learn them, but to train the student for what we all hope never happens: An attack or physical altercation (“fight”) on the street.

This is probably a good point to address the word “fight”, and what is meant by the term. You may be thinking, “Well, I won’t have any problem, because I don’t get in street fights, and I don’t go into areas of town where I could run into problems.” If you are a parent, you have no doubt spent hours with your children telling them to stop “fighting” (if they have a brother or sister) or else you have lectured your child on why it is bad to fight. Those are not the type of fights you train to “win”. Winning an altercation on the street means being able to safely return home. Hopefully, you will never be faced with a situation where your life, or the life of a family member, is in danger. But, bad things happen to good people all the time — we see news reports about it almost daily.

No matter what part of town you live in, or where you work, you have undoubtedly heard reports of robberies, rapes, and gang violence in your city. Not one person who was mugged or assaulted woke up that morning, got ready for school or work, and just knew he or she was going to be physically assaulted later that day. It just doesn’t happen that way. Problem is, one never knows what will happen or when it will happen. In this respect, the skills of JKD are like the spare tire in your car, or the lock on your front door – you may never have a flat tire, or burglar-test your door, but if you do you are prepared for the situation.


Kids Programs

At McVicker’s Martial Arts Academy, experienced and dedicated instructors teach children effective self-defense skills based upon the martial arts of  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Children also learn non-violent conflict resolution skills and bully- prevention tactics along with positive character traits that will help them to achieve in other areas of their lives.
We offer classes that are fun and high-energy, providing exercise and motivation for children to lead healthy lifestyles.


Benefits of the McVicker’s Martial Arts Academy Kids Program

Effective Self-Defense Skills

In a fun and safe environment, we teach children how to protect themselves in the face of danger using effective Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques. Our instructors help children develop into confident young adults who are able to discern right from wrong; know when to stand their ground, and; when to “yell, run and tell.” We practice how to avoid dangerous situations using our words and how to escape a wide range of attacks.

Character Development

McVicker’s Martial Arts Instructors incorporate core martial arts values, including respect, focus, discipline, teamwork, and integrity, into each lesson. We’ve integrated an innovative merit badge system that represents these core values and others. By earning their badges students build self-esteem through overcoming challenges to achieve their goals. 
Teaching children important life skills is a team effort and we make sure to work closely with families. We’ve created take- home material for parents and guardians to help enforce what their children learn on the mat.

Exercise and Healthy Living

Many children in the United States are overweight and at risk of health challenges that are preventable. Our kids program promotes a healthy lifestyle, providing an alternative to television and video games. We increase children’s endurance as well as strengthen muscles, all while they are having fun and learning valuable life skills that they will carry with them as adults.
At McVicker’s Martial Arts Academy, we understand that kids need to have fun when learning the martial arts. This is why our core curriculum includes a variety of high- energy practice drills and skill-building games. In general, our kids’ classes run longer than usual because we use games as a reward for good behavior on and off the mat.


Our mission is to teach children effective martial arts and to provide a safe, supportive, and structured environment in which children thrive.



Every child can benefit from training in the martial arts. The focus, self- discipline, and respect that students learn from training in the martial arts empower them to become better students and to become positive, productive members of our community.
It takes a village to raise a child. Collaboration with teachers, families and local community organizations is imperative to developing well- rounded, positive, and civically engaged martial artists equipped with the confidence and skills needed to succeed. 
For more info on our Kids Program and what McVicker’s Martial Arts has to offer, check out our FAQs page.

Private Lessons

Private lessons and small group sessions with our World Champion Jack McVicker are available in Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Mixed Martial Arts.  These sessions provide customized techniques and training methods that work for your specific body type and fitness level. You can schedule a one-hour session at a time that works best for you – it’s a great alternative or supplement to our regular classes. Packages of multiple sessions are also available. Contact us to learn more about our private lessons.