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Mason's Martial Arts: Jiu Jitsu

Smithfield resident owned and operated since 2015. Mason Martial Arts Academy (MMAA) is home to Smithfield's FIRST BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU PROGRAM.

We are dedicated to the Art of Jiu Jitsu brought to Brazil by Mitsuyo Maeda in the early 1900's and taught to the Gracie Family, which later spread to the United States and around the world.  

From the battle fields of Feudal Japan, to Jigaro Kano's Kodokan training hall near Tokyo, to the streets of Brazil, and finally to the shores of the United States; Jiu Jitsu has been pressure tested in the harshest environments and found to be the most effective form of self-defense.   Jiu Jitsu has been slightly modernized and reformed since those earlier days but it remains widely known as a Martial Art designed to allow a smaller and weaker person defeat a much larger and stronger opponent (attacker) using technique, leverage, and strategy.  

"The Art of Jiu Jitsu is worth more in every way than all of the other athletics combined." President Theodore Roosevelt (1905)


"We do with our hands what the Samurai did with their swords." - Helio Gracie


"If you cant win make your opponent pay a steep price for victory." Carlson Gracie

We are a small, but selective group of Jiu Jitsu enthusiasts training in the complete Art of Jiu Jitsu in an ego-free environment.  We believe that the mat doesn't lie and it makes us all equal.  

Mason Martial Arts BJJ Program:  A lifetime of Martial Art practice.

George Vancil

George is a Commander in the US Navy, with multiple combat deployments and a life-long martial artists with black belts in Taekwondo (1989), Hapkido(1990) and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (2018). He's trained BJJ in 9 countries and at gyms across the United States.  George started his Jiu Jitsu journey in the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association where he earned his blue and purple belts.  He later moved to A Force Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association under Professor Andre "Tim" Monteiro where he was awarded is brown and black belts by Professor Ricardo Tubbs / Da Firma Training Center.  Through many years learning the Gentle Art, George has been fortunate enough to have shared the mats with Jiu Jitsu Legends and true American Warriors.


Vernon Mason

Owner Mason's Martial Arts Academy; 8th degree Black Belt in Shorin-Ryu.  Kyoshi Mason is a legendary kickboxer and senior-most Shorin-Ryu black belt in Hampton Roads.  He is as old-school as it gets with a lineage that is directly connected to the original Okinawa dojos.  Kyoshi keeps the old ways alive in Smithfield with a fighters pedigree that is unmatched across the Eastern seaboard.