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Tinsley Family Martial Arts

Martial Arts Instruction in Elizabeth City & Hertford, NC

Welcome to TFMA Jiu-jitsu!

"Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is with-out a doubt the best system of martial arts training in the World. It is life changing, humbling, and will teach you much about yourself.  For many people it becomes more than just a hobby. I can't imagine my life without it." -  Coach Donnie


Top performing fighters and individuals follow a common set of principles that sustain their success. The practice of Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu allows individuals to understand these principles through an exciting process that combines instruction, observation, practice, appropriate feedback, live training and competition.

Students ages 7 - adult will experience results that go beyond gains in strength, flexibility, fitness or self-defense skills. By remaining truthful to the lessons learned in practice and applying them off the mats, Gracie students experience an overall improvement on their focus, energy and general well-being.

The Gracie Fundamentals Program teaches these basic principles of effective fighting to individuals like you. Its structure condenses an immense diversity of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu into core fundamental moves combined intelligently and safely to optimize your learning.

Benefit of Joining our Fundamentals Program
  • Learn the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Increase focus, energy and concentration
  • Enjoy significant gains in your overall fitness level
  • Learn the Gracie Self-Defense System
  • Become part of the Team Luiz Palhares Gracie Jiu-jitsu Family
  • Increase self confidence
  • Free access to the school’s events and special classes

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for anyone, including you!

Kids, Teens, and Adult Gracie Jiu-jitsu Class Available!

You will never forget your first class at TFMA!

We recommend you arrive 15 minutes before schedule, as the class will start on time. When lining up to begin practice, you’ll notice the instructor has a precise plan for the class. This is standard. The class routine is always similar so you know exactly what to expect during each part of practice; the techniques change, though! You will learn over 100 technique combinations over four months so be ready for the journey! You’ll also find strong support from your peers. By the end of class you’ll be physically tired but mentally exhilarated. Don’t get too exhausted, though–we hope to see you back the next day! Remember, you can train as much as you want.

Gracie Jiu-jitsu For LEO's / Defensive Tactics 

TFMA offers a "Back The Blue" program for LEO's.  Prof. Donnie is currently the Non-lethal Defensive Tactics Instructor for Currituck County Sheriff's Department SWAT. For more information please contact us directly.