Uflacker Academy

Why Uflacker Academy?

At Uflacker Academy we offer a friendly environment and authentic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Gracie Jiu Jitsu) instruction.

What sets us apart is our head instructor, Professor Christian Uflacker, a world-class competitor, who has a keen ability to simplify the study of self-defense and brings a fresh approach to teaching. As a student, you will learn highly effective self-defense techniques and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, improve in your level of fitness, skill and self-confidence.


Christian Uflacker

3rd Degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt / Judo Black Belt / Mixed Martial Artist


Professor Christian “Xaropinho” Uflacker was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; where much of the foundation for modern day Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was laid. There, he trained under and eventually received his black belt, from the Legendary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master, Carlos Gracie Jr., at the Gracie Barra Academy. During this time Professor Christian learned Gracie Jiu Jitsu and began winning and compiling many championships.

Some of Professor Christian Uflacker's accomplishments include being a two time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion, five time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu National Champion, seven time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu State Champion in Rio de Janeiro, European Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion, Pan American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion as well as U.S. National Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion. Professor Christian has always had a thirst to learn and compete, so naturally, he later transitioned to the competitive sport of Mixed Martial Arts. He has fought for some of the largest organizations in the Mixed Martial Arts arena, including Bellator MMA and Strikeforce.

Our Mission

Our mission at Uflacker Academy is to maintain the traditional roots of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, while emphasizing self-defense, health and the growth of personal confidence in our students.

About Professor Christian

The man behind the techniques. An introduction to Professor Christian, a 3rd degree black belt under Master Carlos Gracie Jr., a former World Champion, and professional Mixed Martial Artist.


Self Defense

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was built to enable a smaller or weaker person to neutralize the attack of a stronger, larger opponent. Uflacker Academy’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program, will teach you basic striking, body control, leverage movements as well as submissions (joint locks and choke holds) to control, free yourself or dominate an aggressor.

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Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Program

Classes are taught in a simple and structured manner so that EVERYONE can participate, learn and see the results! We offer fun and instructional classes for kids that integrate self-defense techniques with conditioning and skill oriented games, aimed at improving your child’s coordination, motor skills, agility and flexibility.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a highly effective self-defense for women because the entire principal of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu relies on the use of leverage. Therefore, you can be a much smaller individual and still overcome an opponent much larger and stronger. This also happens to be a great alternative to traditional exercise, where you will gain the benefits of learning a skill set that could save your life.

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Professor Christian Uflacker has held many successful seminars over-seas and in the U.S. for various organizations, including the U.S. Marines. Contact us if your organization is interested in having Professor Christian Uflacker instruct a specialized seminar. Seminars can be held at your facility or at our fully equipped facility.

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Begin Your Jiu Jitsu Journey

From day one, you become a part of the family! We are known for our high quality instruction and friendly class environment. Not only will you be receiving a physical boost from participating in our exciting classes, but you will also be learning powerful self-defense techniques that will equally help strengthen life skills in all areas of your life.
Come in and try your first class for FREE and experience for yourself why we are the most trusted and most popular school in the Chicagoland area!

Uflacker Academy Kids Program


“Our 8-year old son was painfully shy and would get picked on at school. As a parent, this was heartbreaking and we decided to introduce him to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu per a friend’s suggestion.”
Uflacker Testimonial


“Uflacker Academy is a great martial arts school in Chicago. The amount of technique and dedication is remarkable. It's a great environment for beginners and advanced students. ”

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