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Tim Martin
Professor Tim Martin

Tim is a retired Army officer with a commendable 28 years of dedicated service to his nation. His deep-rooted interest in martial arts has shaped his personal and professional journey from a young age. Holding a black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, he trained under the guidance of Master Luiz Palhares in Jacksonville, Florida, and earned his current rank in 2022. His proficiency in this art is backed by over 17 years of rigorous practice and mastery.

A significant milestone in his Jiu-Jitsu training was beginning at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, California, under Ryron and Rener Gracie. Additionally, his training was further honed through time spent with Master Pedro Sauer in Virginia, another pivotal influence in his Jiu-Jitsu journey.

Beyond personal achievements, Tim is deeply passionate about imparting his knowledge and experiences in martial arts to others. He firmly believes in the transformative power of martial arts as a tool for self-improvement, empowerment, and reaching one's full potential. Through his teachings, he aims to instill confidence, self-defense skills, and resilience, viewing martial arts as a life-altering gift beneficial for individuals of all ages.

Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Effective & Efficient Self Defense

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that emphasizes real-world situations. Created by Grandmasters Helio and Carlos Gracie, the curriculum comprises five fundamental areas: stand-up self-defense, striking, throwing and take-downs, groundwork, and philosophy. My goal is to prepare each student to diffuse potential confrontations on the street using leverage and control positions regardless of athletic ability.

To control and overcome greater size, strength, and aggression with lesser size and strength is the keynote of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. This is done by utilizing superior leverage, grip, and position upon your opponent. Students gain a deep understanding of the biomechanics, limits, and weaknesses of the human body.

This knowledge can be used to subdue and control an opponent with whatever level of severity the student chooses. The path to this knowledge is physically and mentally demanding. Students benefit from greatly increased physical fitness, problem-solving ability, self-knowledge of their body and mind and the many social benefits of working within a large group of like-minded fellow students as you learn and have fun together.

Tim Martin


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Our lineage:

Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Luiz Palhares > Tim Martin

Luiz Palhares Jiu Jitsu Association

We are a proud member of the Luiz Palhares Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association. Master Palhares was trained directly by the Gracie family, first under Rolls Gracie, then later under Rickson Gracie. He was awarded his black belt by Grandmaster Helio Gracie and Master Rickson Gracie in 1984, and has since won many high-level competitions and was the 1998 Brazilian National Champion in both the heavy weight senior division and the open division.

Professor Pedro Palhares assists his father teaching within the association and leads many of the classes at Jacksonville Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Well versed in the self defense aspects of the art and an avid competitor, Professor Pedro continues in the tradition of his father teaching Gracie Jiu Jitsu as a self defense art, combat sport, and lifestyle.

Master Luiz and Professor Pedro Palhares


Jiu-Jitsu Fundamentals

Jiu-Jitsu Fundamentals

Jiu-Jitsu Mastery

Jiu-Jitsu Mastery

Junior Grapplers

Junior Grapplers

Private Lessons

Private Lessons

Homeschool Jiu-Jitsu

Homeschool Jiu-Jitsu


"Jiu Jitsu is for anyone. Anyone who wants to learn, can. There is no male or female difference. It is something that increases the physical potential of anyone." ~ Grandmaster Helio Gracie

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Brian R. - Jiu-Jitsu student of Tim Martin Brian R.

This is a great place to train. The owner is very knowledgeable and takes the time for you to get it. I highly recommend, friendly and authentic people here.

Chris F. - Jiu-Jitsu student of Tim Martin Chris F.

Of all the years I’ve trained, Tim is one of the most outstanding students and teachers of Jiu-Jitsu I’ve ever encountered. He truly understands the art and will always be a valued contributor to my life’s journey in training Jiu-Jitsu.

Chris H. - Jiu-Jitsu student of Tim Martin Chris H.

What really sets Springs Jiu Jitsu apart is Professor Tim. From the moment I walked in the door, I could tell that he truly cares about his students and their progress. He's patient, encouraging, and always willing to go the extra mile to help you improve your technique.

Chris P. - Jiu-Jitsu student of Tim Martin Chris P.

When my son and I wanted to learn more about Ju-Jitsu, the opportunity came up and we met with Tim for a personal introduction to the basics. After he started us off with some background and philosophy about Ju-Jitsu, we got busy after he taught us how to tie our belts. After warm-ups, He took us through a variety of holds, throws, and techniques and left us with some exercises and techniques for us to practice every day. We talked about mindset and the path to becoming a blue belt. His style is easy going but marked by his professional demeanor and is topped off by his love for the art which made the day not just enjoyable but a notable moment in learning new and valuable skills. Can’t wait to meet up and learn from Tim again!

Dylan B. - Jiu-Jitsu student of Tim Martin Dylan B.

Tim is an incredible teacher who taught me a lot about the fundamental value of jiu jitsu. You can tell he is truly passionate about jiu jitsu and is one of the best teachers I have had.

Kory J. - Jiu-Jitsu student of Tim Martin Kory J.

If you want to better yourself, physically, mentally, and emotionally then this place is for you. First responder and veteran discounts available. Professor Martin is extremely knowledgeable and shows he truly cares about teaching and continuing this art form by the way he instructs and leads. Springs JiuJitsu is the epitome of the phrase “ iron sharpens iron”. You will truly feel like family from day one.

Robbie H. - Jiu-Jitsu student of Tim Martin Robbie H.

Professor Tim is a very thorough teacher. Camaraderie and instructions are well established, Great place to train with a great group of people.

Sean B. - Jiu-Jitsu student of Tim Martin Sean B.

Great place to learn and train with a positive group of people. I highly recommend it if you want to try it for the first time or even if you’re experienced. I encouraged my son to join me because I enjoyed it so much.

Steven A. - Jiu-Jitsu student of Tim Martin Steven A.

I joined when this school opened and every time I go, I love it more and more. I highly recommend Professor Tim and Springs BJJ. All the students are very respectful great people as well. Can’t find a better group to learn with.

Tyler B. - Jiu-Jitsu student of Tim Martin Tyler B.

If you are interested in Jiu Jitsu, martial arts, or self-defense, and live anywhere near Green Cove Springs, I highly recommend ‘Springs Jiu Jitsu.’ Professor Tim is knowledgeable, personable, and an excellent instructor. We have three boys in the youth class, and they absolutely love it; and not only do they look forward to going, but they’ve learned a lot — and in a short amount of time at that! My wife and I searched through many Jiu Jitsu programs in the area, and couldn’t be more satisfied we chose Springs Jiu Jitsu.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, not at all! Everyone starts our classes with different levels of ability and our programs are designed to be enjoyed by ANYONE regardless of age, gender or fitness level. Do not wait to take a class because you're out of shape. Doing something that you find fun will motivate you to get in shape and be a better you.

First rule in the gym is that no one gets hurt. Second rule is don’t forget the first rule. We take safety very seriously and before you start in your first class, we will go over the rules of the gym with you.

You can learn Jiu Jitsu at any age! Jiu Jitsu helps with keeping you healthy and challenges you to stay motivated. We recommend all ages join and learn new techniques.

Comfortable clothing like shorts, t-shirt, sweatpant bottoms, etc. will be fine for your free trial class with us. Also, all students must bring some flip flops so your feet are covered between the restroom and the mat space. Once you decide Jiu Jitsu is right for you, we will provide you with a white gi (training uniform) that is included with your one-time registration fee.

Absolutely! One of the main goals of Gracie Jiu Jitsu is the use of technique and leverage to control, protect and even submit a much larger opponent. Therefore it is perfectly suited for women to use for self defense—something Springs Jiu Jitsu specializes in teaching.