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"Top Notch BJJ Training Facility, Clean, Friendly And Professional. If You Want To Train BJJ In The Gi This Is The Place"

-Jamie Brown

Start Your Jiu-Jitsu Journey

At Inverted Gear Academy, our goal is to help everyone improve from beginner to advance members.

We have a strong focus on the basics and fundamentals. With our fundamentals program, we use a repeating curriculum to make sure you have a chance to see techniques more than once.

With our advanced classes, we always have a common theme for the week to ensure we fix any mistakes in your technique.

We’re committed to giving our members the best place to learn

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Benefits Of Jiu-Jitsu


Join a team of people coming from all different backgrounds and occupations. Through hard work and training we make strong connections with each other. With all of us working towards the same goal of getting better


Learn techniques that you could use in a self defense situation to save your life. We teach techniques with the proper mechanics to make sure if you ever need to use your training that its effective. You will also get the chance to spar and see how techniques work in real time.

Stress Management

Doing jiujitsu puts you in uncomfortable situations where you have to stay calm and focused to work your way out of a bad spot. By doing this on the mat it teaches you to handle stress in your everyday life. Learn to be calm and level headed even in stressful situations.

Health & Fitness

Jiujitsu will test all aspects of your health and fitness. Its a sport that tests your flexibility, strength, cardio and stamina. If you lack in some of those areas dont worry. We have 4 black belts that will be there to help and push you to achieve your goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

A class is typically an hour long. Classes start with warm-up movements and drills, then learning and practicing techniques, and then rounds of live drilling, games, and/or sparring. Our classes are designed using the current best practices in sports science which emphasize learning through guided self-discovery and a balance between structured vs. “random” practice.

Yes, new students are welcome to sign up for a free intro class and a 7-day trial membership. Sign up here.

No, you don’t need to be in shape or have previous martial arts training to start BJJ. You will get in shape by attending classes, doing the warm-ups and drills, and participating in live training. Our beginners program is designed to take someone with zero experience and develop them physically, technically, and mentally. Our coaches are also happy to show you additional exercises and stretches you can do at home.

Yes, BJJ is great for women! Many women train BJJ to learn self defense, get in shape, compete in tournaments, and enjoy a sense of community. As a martial art, BJJ is focused on using technique and finesse to defeat strength and size, which appeals to many women who can’t count on being the biggest or strongest person around.

No, you are not required to compete in tournaments, but we encourage everyone to try it at some point. You may discover you like it, even if it makes you nervous. Even if you don’t like it enough to continue competing, we think you’ll learn a lot from the experience. If you do decide to compete, our coaches are 100% committed to preparing you to perform at your best.

You are welcome to do your first classes without a gi (jiu-jitsu uniform). Once you get hooked on BJJ and want your own gear, you can take advantage of special discounts on the InvertedGear.com store for academy members.

Don’t wear shoes on the mats. Wear shoes when off the mats, especially in the bathroom. Remove all jewelry, including earrings, rings, necklaces, and wristwatches. Tie back long hair. Let the instructor know if you have any health concerns or injuries to be aware of. Ask an instructor for help if you have any questions or don’t understand anything. Let an instructor know whenever you leave the mats, such as when going to the bathroom or leaving early. Shower as soon as you get home and wash your training gear right away.

  • Athletic t-shirt or rashguard (no tank top)
  • Athletic shorts, leggings, or track pants
  • Athletic underwear
  • If you own a gi (BJJ, judo, karate, taekwondo, etc.), you can wear that, of course.

A water bottle is highly recommended.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. The art developed out of the early judo that made its way to Brazil around 1914, where practitioners like the famous Gracie family refined it over the next century. BJJ became known to the rest of the world in the 1990’s when Royce Gracie won the first UFCs with ground fighting and submission holds. Since then, BJJ has remained a major part of mixed martial arts (MMA) and has developed internationally as a sport and hobby.

No, that’s not too old! Many of our students found BJJ later in life and really enjoy it. The first months can be challenging for anyone (at any age), but our beginners program is designed to prepare students of any age, experience level, or fitness level. If you want to be smart about training for longevity, you’ll need to listen to your body (rest if you need it), not push yourself too hard too soon, and communicate with your training partners so you’re matching the right intensity.

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