• Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Submission Grappling
  • Mixed Martial Arts

We are back open for business as we enter the Green Phase for current members.

In order to maintain acceptable occupancy levels, we are NOT accepting new members at this time.

Please check the schedule for updates and changes to the class times.

Youth BJJ classes are still suspended until further notice.



UndergroundBJJ, located in Erie, Pennsylvania, is run by the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt in the area, Michael Rooney.

Classes are offered in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Submission Grappling (SG), and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Whether you are looking to fight, compete, or just have a good time training, we are your best choice.

New people are always welcome. If you have always wanted to get started, now's your chance, please stop in and visit -or- email us.

Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for any other questions or concerns. If you don't find the answers, contact us.

Latest Updates

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June 26, 2020

Classes are suspended through the red and yellow phase. The academy may reopen when the city moves into the green phase - depending on government restrictions. This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 01, 2020

Congrats to Darren Italiani and Jeff Clorley on their promotions to brown belt, and to Joe Jaggi on his promotion to purple belt.
February 15, 2020

Congrats to David Ennis on his promotion to blue belt.
December 28, 2019

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What We Do


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

BJJ is a martial arts/combat sport that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. It teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique.


Submission Grappling

Submission Grappling is a general term describing the aspect of combat sports that focuses on ground fighting with the aim of obtaining a submission using submission holds. This refers to competition and training that does not use a 'jacket' or 'gi'.


Mixed Martial Arts

MMA is a full contact combat sport that allows the use of striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, including boxing, wrestling, BJJ, Muay Thai, and other styles.