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Welcome to Inverted Gear Academy: A Place for Every Level

At Inverted Gear Academy, we’re passionate about guiding each individual’s journey in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, from eager beginners to seasoned advanced practitioners. Our mission is to nurture your growth at every step, ensuring a fulfilling and enriching experience.

Mastering the Essentials: A Solid Foundation

Dive into the captivating world of BJJ with our fundamentals program, designed to instill a strong foundation in the art. Our curriculum is thoughtfully structured, offering repeated exposure to essential techniques, ensuring a deep and lasting understanding. This approach solidifies your base, preparing you for more advanced challenges.

Elevate Your Skills: Advanced Training

As you progress, our advanced classes offer a focused and thematic approach to learning. Each week revolves around a central theme, allowing for in-depth exploration and refinement of techniques. Our expert instructors are dedicated to identifying and correcting any flaws in your technique, elevating your skills to new heights.

Our Commitment: Excellence in Learning

We are deeply committed to providing an optimal learning environment for all our members. It’s not just about the techniques; it’s about fostering a community where growth, learning, and the spirit of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu thrive. Join us at Inverted Gear Academy and experience the best in BJJ training.

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Check Out What Others Have To Say

I’ve been a diehard Inverted Gear brand fan since its inception, but I recently had the privilege to train at Inverted Gear Academy, an amazing Brazilian Jiujitsu gym located in the Pennsylvania area. The gym has is owned by two amazing individuals Nelson and Hillary. They are more than willing to help newcomers and seasoned veterans alike. They have a really welcoming and supportive atmosphere, making it easier for newcomers to get their bearings while training with more experienced practitioners. As someone who’s been a huge fan of the brand, I can confidently say that Inverted Gear provides an excellent environment for learning and honing your skills. The training schedule is also quite flexible, with classes being held throughout the week for all levels. It's safe to say that Inverted Gear is definitely a great gym if you're a BJJ enthusiast looking to further your skillset and meet people with the same interests. It would be uncouth to not recommend! Give it a shot!
So glad I found Inverted Gear in Bethlehem. Professor Nelson and Hillary along with coaches avail themselves to teaching Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to individuals from all walks of life. Lesson are given in a fluid and methodical way that is easy to understand. I feel this is so because the instructions come from both professors who have mastered the martial art to a level that they understand the difficulties someone might have in learning something physically and mentally demanding over an extended period of time. I also appreciate the philosophical thoughts and experiences Professor Nelson imparts on the students while keeping everything fun and light at the same time. It's a great place to exercise, challenge oneself, and everyone keeps each other's safety a priority.
Nice facility. Friendly knowledgeable people. Very neat and clean environment.
Jon Weaver
Jon Weaver
Great facility with very knowledgeable and skilled instructors and excellent gym culture, would highly recommend.
Dan Conway
Dan Conway
Outstanding training environment with world-class instructors. I felt warmly welcomed when I visited for a weekend seminar with Reilly Bodycomb and was impressed by the caliber of the coaches and students here. If I lived in the area, I would absolutely make this my home gym. Thank you Nelson and Hillary for a wonderful experience - I hope to visit again soon!
Alex Poniz
Alex Poniz
Great location, with great people and a great vibe! Academy is welcoming to people of all skill levels, from beginner to black belt. If you're in the area you owe it to yourself to check it out!
Javier Palomo
Javier Palomo
Best instruction in the state!
Reilly Bodycomb
Reilly Bodycomb
I traveled there to do some cross training and I was welcomed into a very friendly environment with great people to train with!
dropped in for a class tonight and everyone was super welcoming and very accommodating! nice and very clean facility! great rolls and a ton of knowledge. would highly recommend trying this gym out!
Keenan Powers
Keenan Powers

Benefits Of Jiu-Jitsu


Dive into a melting pot of cultures, professions, and backgrounds at our academy. Here, every member brings a unique story, enriching our community with diverse perspectives. As you train and improve together, you’ll form meaningful connections and find camaraderie in shared goals and achievements. It’s a place where mutual respect and support flourish, creating an environment that’s both welcoming and empowering.


Empower yourself with life-saving techniques, crafted for real-world application. Our expert instructors emphasize the mechanics of each move, ensuring effectiveness when it matters most. Experience the thrill of sparring sessions, where you can test and refine your skills in a dynamic, supportive environment. Gain the confidence to protect yourself, knowing you’re prepared for any challenge.

Stress Management

Jiu-Jitsu is more than a physical discipline; it’s a mental haven. Face and overcome uncomfortable situations on the mat, training your mind to remain composed under pressure. This resilience translates into your daily life, teaching you to navigate stress with a calm, focused demeanor. Transform stress into strength, and learn to thrive in the face of adversity.

Health & Fitness

Challenge and enhance every facet of your physical health. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a full-body workout that improves flexibility, builds strength, boosts cardiovascular health, and enhances stamina. Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or just beginning your journey, our team of four seasoned black belts will guide, motivate, and support you. Embrace the journey to peak physical condition, tailored to your personal goals and capabilities.


Looking for a new challenge? Inverted Gear Academy proudly stands as the hub for the most accomplished Gi competitors in the entire Lehigh Valley. Whether you aspire to compete at the highest levels or simply enjoy the sport aspect of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, our academy offers the perfect platform. Train with the best, compete with the best, and be the best. We provide the training, guidance, and competitive opportunities to elevate your game to new heights.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Can I Expect in a Typical Class?

Fundamentals Class: Dive into an hour-long session focused on basic drills and a constraint-led approach to games. This class is meticulously designed to ensure a deep understanding and practical application of BJJ fundamentals in an engaging and dynamic way.

Advanced Class: Building on the foundation, the advanced class also runs for an hour and introduces more complex techniques, following a similar drill and games approach. A key component of this class is the inclusion of sparring sessions, allowing students to apply their skills in real-time scenarios, under the guidance of our experienced instructors.

Is There a Free Trial for New Students?

Absolutely! We welcome newcomers with open arms. Dive into the world of BJJ with a complimentary intro class and a 7-day trial membership. It’s the perfect way to get a feel for the art and our academy. Sign up here.

Do I Need to Be in Shape Before Starting BJJ?

No, you don’t need to be in top physical shape or have any martial arts background to begin your BJJ journey. In fact, our classes are the perfect starting point to get fit. Through regular attendance, participation in warm-ups, drills, and live training sessions, you’ll naturally improve your fitness. Our beginner’s program is specifically designed to gradually develop your physical, technical, and mental abilities, starting from any level. Plus, our coaches are always ready to suggest additional exercises and stretches that you can do at home to complement your training. So, no matter where you’re starting from, we’re here to guide and support your growth in BJJ.

Can Women Train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Absolutely, women can and do excel in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu! BJJ is an incredibly empowering martial art for women, offering a unique blend of self-defense skills, fitness improvement, and the opportunity to compete in tournaments. It’s also a great way to be part of a supportive community. The beauty of BJJ lies in its focus on technique and finesse rather than sheer strength or size, making it an ideal martial art for women of all sizes and strengths. Many women find BJJ a rewarding way to enhance their physical capabilities while building confidence and camaraderie.

Is Competition Mandatory?

Not at all. Competition is optional, though we do encourage trying it at least once. Many find it a rewarding experience that enhances their skills and confidence. However, whether you compete or not, our coaches are committed to helping every student reach their highest potential.

Do I Need to Own a Gi?

For your initial classes, a gi is not necessary. Feel free to start without one. If you decide to continue your BJJ journey and wish to purchase your own gear, members of our academy receive special discounts at the InvertedGear.com store.

What Should I Know Before My First Class?

Remember to stay shoeless on the mats and wear shoes off the mats. Remove all jewelry, tie back long hair, and communicate any health concerns or injuries to your instructor. It’s important to ask questions whenever needed and inform an instructor if you need to leave the mat. Post-class, we recommend showering and washing your gear promptly.

What Should I Wear to Class?

Comfort and functionality are key. We recommend:

  • Athletic t-shirt or rashguard (no tank tops)
  • Athletic shorts, leggings, or track pants
  • Athletic underwear
  • If you have a gi, feel free to wear it
  • And don’t forget a water bottle!

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art focusing on grappling and ground fighting, evolving from early judo that reached Brazil around 1914. Pioneered by the Gracie family, BJJ gained global recognition in the 1990s through UFC victories. Today, it’s a vital component of MMA and a widely practiced sport and hobby.

Am I Too Old to Start BJJ If I’m Over 40?

Absolutely not! BJJ is for all ages. Many of our students begin their BJJ journey later in life and find it incredibly fulfilling. Our beginner’s program is tailored to accommodate all ages and fitness levels. Listening to your body and communicating with training partners ensures a safe and enjoyable experience.

Where are you located?

Inverted Gear Academy is located at:

1114 W Broad St,
Bethlehem, PA 18018
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We are located around back in the lower level. The academy entrance is at the rear of the building facing Raspberry St