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Why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Criterion Knows the Way

It's a funny thing. When people first start with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, they're often looking to learn self defense or get in better shape. Those are true, realistic, surface level goals. People who stick with it discover many other things that positively impact every part of their life. You might start with the desire to fend off an imaginary attacker, but next thing you know, you have new confidence and discipline to improve everything you do. With us, you have a support system of people who started at the beginning, just like you, who want to help you succeed.

Why Criterion BJJ?

Your Success is Our Success

Our passion is helping our students achieve their goals, through continuous improvement, encouraging each student to get the most out of each training session. Every victory for you is a victory for us. Our unique teaching methods allow you to begin learning Gracie Jui Jitsu in a safe and friendly environment, while advancing to expert level skills in one of the most powerful martial arts in existence. The techniques and concepts taught at Criterion BJJ can be directly applied to self defense and sport fighting.

Gracie BJJ Students
Rob Training with Pedro Sauer

Meet Your Instructor

Robert Setree

As a student himself for 18 years, Rob has been honored to teach Gracie Jiu Jitsu for over 13 years. He's a 2nd Degree Black Belt, earned under the 8th degree Black Belt, Master Pedro Sauer. Pedro studied under Helio and Rickson Gracie, power-house names in the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Rob is a perpetual student, blessed with the opportunity to share his love of Jiu Jitsu with others.

Grapple Chapel, Church of BJJ

About the Facility

At Criterion BJJ, students enjoy training in a beautiful 2000 square foot space, once home to a local church. Now it's a FULL TIME training facility.  With 3 week night and 2 weekend classes, you can always find time to train. Several training packages are available. Come watch a class and see how things work here. We promise you won't be disappointed.

Students Learning Gracie BJJ

"If you treat an individual... as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be."  
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Born Aug. 28, 1749.

Criterion Jiu Jitsu of Louisville

We understand that's not always true, but it sure makes a great philosophical starting point.

At Criterion, we don't just teach Jiu Jitsu lessons. And we don't just teach beginners. We teach beginners how to thrive and excel, and we help them develop into very capable Jiu Jitsu experts. We know everyone learns at their own pace, and we'll have a roadmap to meet you where you want to be, at a pace that works for you.

Verified Reviews From Students

5 Star Jiu Jitsu Reviews

"Apart from top-notch instruction, I really appreciate the aesthetic of Criterion BJJ - a safe, spacious, clean and fun environment, and frankly a beautiful space to train in."
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5 Star Jiu Jitsu Reviews

"In all my experience, I had never before trained with such a natural teacher or in a more comfortable location as I have enjoyed with Professor Setree and the Grapple Chapel.”
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5 Star Jiu Jitsu Reviews

"Criterion Jiu-Jitsu is not your typical strip mall BJJ. As soon as you step inside the school which is located in a former church, you will experience a truly unique learning environment" - Source

5 Star Jiu Jitsu Reviews

"I practiced under Rob for many years. If you’re interested in developing self-defense skills, jiu jitsu mastery, or simply a fun practical hobby for health and fitness, I highly recommend Criterion BJJ!" - Source

5 Star Jiu Jitsu Reviews

"Criterion is an excellent gym to learn. I had no experience with BJJ before coming to Criterion and my experience has been great. All the people that come to the gym are welcoming and safe" - Source

5 Star Jiu Jitsu Reviews

"From my experience, Rob is a unique instructor. He has a vast knowledge of the art that he is willing to share the entirety of. He is willing to take the time to help his students get to their goals" - Source

Find Out For Yourself

Reading about Jiu Jitsu is great, but nothing beats the feeling of trying it for yourself. We're looking for a few new students, and you're invited to meet Rob and come see our training facility. Take the first step and come watch a class.