Ascension Jiu-jitsu

Kingston NY Martial arts

Elevate your mind. body. soul.

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Our Philosophy

Ascension Jiu Jitsu and Yoga was inspired by a dream born between a Brazilian immigrant mother and her son, Juliana and Pedro. The Academy’s essence can be boiled down to a simple equation:

“A Safe Training Environment + A Healthy Culture = Healthy Humans”

We believe that the art of Jiu-Jitsu dramatically transcends mere self-defense or sport.
Jiu Jitsu can be one of the greatest vehicles for people’s restoration, rejuvenation and development and we put that into practice here in Kingston NY

Our Mission

At Ascension Academy our goal is to elevate all beings that walk through our doors to their highest potential. We provide the Mid-Hudson Valley with a world class martial arts training facility that utilizes yoga and functional training as an enhancement to the practice of Jiu-Jitsu. Our goal is to provide the best experience for both  Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga in Kingston! 

Our Classes

At Ascension Academy, we offer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes in New York for kids, teenagers, adults with traditional Gi and No Gi Jiu-Jitsu class options.  In addition to martial art classes that specifically focus on Fundamentals, Self Defense and Competition training. We also offer Yoga Classes, Meditation and Functional Training classes. We are also looking to add MMA Classes in our Kingston Location in the future!

If you are looking specifically for yoga classes check out our other website for more information about the best yoga classes in Kingston NY.  We believe that yoga is the perfect complement to Jiu-Jitsu and we offer yoga classes for Jiu-Jitsu. 

BJJ Classes

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Our adult’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes are  evenly divided between traditional Jiu-Jitsu with the Gi and No Gi Jiu-Jitsu grappling, providing the best of both worlds to our members. Our top priority is creating a safe training environment with a focus on injury prevention and longevity in the sport

Kids BJJ Classes

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The mats at Ascension have the best kids jiu-jitsu classes and are a safe place where kids can be kids, connecting with others through a creative combination of play and practiced technique, eventually leading to sparring “live”.

Teenage BJJ classes

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In our teenager Jiu-Jitsu classes we will help you child learn to focus, problem solve, sportsman ship and how to deal with adversity. These Martial arts Classes Will Prepare your teen for anything the modern world can throw at them! 

Yoga Classes


As in our culinary world, fusion is a big part of yoga, making styles and approaches vast & infinite. Our offerings range from very mild to very spicy. Try Kingston Ny Yoga!

Our Space


At Ascension Jiu-Jitsu In Kingston NY  we provide the highest standard to ensure a safe, clean and fun environment for people of all ages. This is one of the nicest martial arts and Yoga training facilities in all of New York. Our two mat set up is perfect for both you and your children to train. Our amenities have ascended beyond the normal! Come See why we are the best Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga Academy in New York!


Photos By Professional Photographer and student Kevin Prunty

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Ed Kelly
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I had my first day in a jiu-jitsu dojo ever at Ascension. The environment was immediately welcoming upon arrival. Everyone was kind and inviting. Instructor James was patient, caring, and detailed in his demonstrations of the techniques. I didn't feel out of place or lost even though it was my first time. I highly recommend anyone interested in learning to visit Ascension. Pedro has built a wonderful space all around. It's beautiful in there! 10/10 will go again! I'm looking forward to exploring jiu-jitsu more, and I'll be telling all my friends to go as well.
Tiernan McCarthy-Kenney
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Truly an amazing facility from cleanliness to aesthetics. Amazing people, extremely welcoming. I came in for an open mat and was immediately treated like one of their very own. Definitely check this place out, you won’t regret it!
Michael Paesano
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In my 15+ years of training martial arts I must say that Ascension is a great place to train at. This Brazilian jiu-jitsu school in particular goes more into detail about takedowns, Gi, and Nogi than any other school I know, whereas most other schools miss out on a lot of these important techniques/details. Great Instructors as well they know what they are doing, and have a ton of experience. You are immediately treated as family very non-judgmental. Everyone is extremely encouraging, and helpful to one another whereas I notice with other schools unfortunately that’s not the case. If you haven’t already Please come to Ascension you will not regret it!
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I am so happy to have this awesome BJJ space here in Kingston. The owners are always very welcoming and accommodating. You can tell their goal is community first. My daughter attends the kids classes and loves it. I’ve been going to the morning classes and James is an awesome instructor. We are very happy and lucky to have this wonderful bjj and yoga (haven’t tried it yet) space in uptown Kingston. Definitely visit if you want to give bjj or yoga a go.
Maya Kardas
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I live in the area, and to be close to such an incredible place is semi-life-changing. I was very apprehensive to start jiu-jitsu because I had just started a fitness journey of my own, and I felt very green— and honestly, not very strong. However, the people at Ascension Academy are SO welcoming, attentive, and genuinely care about what they do. It is obvious that the owner, instructors, and professors want to guide you in falling in love with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu—and your relationship with self, through it. Professor James is one of the reasons I decided to walk onto the mat. I had a private lesson with him before I joined any classes. Professor James taught me some fundamentals, a few important warmups and drills, and talked with me about jiu-jitsu. He answered all of my questions, and more importantly— MADE ME FEEL COMFORTABLE!!! I have come to adore the academy, and all of the individuals that work and frequent there. The yoga program they have there is exceptional! The business is shared between a mother and son. Juliana runs the yoga program, and her son, Pedro is in charge of the jiu-jitsu. They come together in a beautiful space and uplift the mind-body connection in such a supportive, informed, and family-oriented atmosphere.
Austin Rommett
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BJJ black belt here! I have to say, this is one of the nicest BJJ clubs I have been to. The techniques are well-structured and taught effectively. It's a great club to join and be a part of. Everyone is super friendly and safety is prioritized.