About Us

Welcome to Black Flag Jiu Jitsu

At Black Flag Jiu Jitsu, founded by Relson Gracie black belt Kenny Martin and his dedicated student Aaron Lynde, we’ve created a sanctuary for martial arts enthusiasts. Whether you’re stepping onto the mat for the first time or you’re a seasoned competitor aiming to elevate your skills, our dojo in Rockford, Illinois, is your new home.

Our Vision

Kenny and Aaron shared a vision of establishing a unique gym that stood out in the Rockford area. They noticed a gap in the local martial arts scene – while there were places to learn and practice Jiu Jitsu, none specifically catered to those aspiring to excel in competitive arenas. This gap led to the birth of Black Flag Jiu Jitsu, a dojo not just focused on martial arts but on breeding champions.

Our Journey and Family

Our journey took a pivotal turn in February 2022, during a transformative Daisy Fresh camp with Pedigo Submission Fighting. We’ve long admired their dynamic style and approach. Post-camp, our relationship evolved from admiration to kinship. We are proud to train under the guidance of Heath and consider ourselves an integral part of this extended family.

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Training and Techniques

Our affiliation with Pedigo Submission Fighting ensures that we are always at the forefront of Jiu Jitsu techniques and styles. Our trainers, steeped in the latest advancements, bring cutting-edge skills and knowledge to our mats. This commitment to staying current means our students, from beginners to competitors, receive unparalleled training that is both modern and effective


Our Promise

At Black Flag Jiu Jitsu, we promise an environment that fosters growth, challenges your limits, and celebrates the spirit of competition. Our doors are open to all – from those taking their first step into martial arts to the gritty competitors ready to dominate on a global stage. Join us, and embark on a journey that transcends the physical mastery of Jiu Jitsu, delving into personal growth, mental fortitude, and the essence of martial arts culture

Join Our Family

We invite you to become a part of the Black Flag Jiu Jitsu family. Together, let’s embark on a journey of self-discovery, skill enhancement, and shared triumphs. Visit us in Rockford, IL, and experience the difference that dedicated, high-level training can make in your martial arts journey.