Transforming Lives Through Jiujitsu

We Offer Brazillian Jiujitsu Training by A World Champion in a Safe and Friendly Environment

About Kato Jiujitsu

Reach Your Goals

  • Fitness
  • Sport
  • Self Defense

Regardless of your motivation we can help you get there. We teach the most effective Martial Arts in Mankato. For too long, there was no Jiu Jitsu in Mankato. No more!

Jiu Jitsu provides a great workout while at the same time teaching you the most effective self defense as witnessed since the first UFC. If sport competition is your motivation the techniques learned can also be applied in that setting.

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Schedule for 2024

Adults Schedule

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Kids Schedule

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José Carlos Lima, also known as José Carlos is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Master Júlio César Pereira of GF Team. Considered one of the best rooster weights of his generation in the sport, José won important titles such as the IBJJF World Championship and the UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro.

Jose moved to Mankato in 2018 where he now lives with his family

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Jose Carlos

Head Coach

what people say

At Kato Jiu-jitsu, our children are learning self defense and creating strong friendships. We've seen their confidence improve as well as their discipline and respect. The instructors are very knowledgeable, patient, and understanding. They teach in a way so the kids understand everything while also making it fun.

Mike and Laurie

My 8-year-old daughter starting training Jiu Jitsu at Kato Jiu Jitsu in May of 2018. She quickly took a liking to it and always looks forward for her next chance to train. She is involved in many other activities to include Basketball, Softball and Dance, but Jiu Jitsu is by far the activity she looks forward to the most. Unlike her other pursuits where my wife and I have to wrangle my daughter’s gear together to get her out the door, with Jiu Jitsu she will eagerly wait for me in our drive way with her bag so when I come home from work she can get to class on time. I know she has fun with Jiu Jitsu but as a parent I have noticed that besides providing her with recreation it has also reinforced her value of discipline and respect for others. The welcoming setting at the gym allows her to stay around after the kids’ class and play with her classmates or watch while I train in the adult classes. As a father I am grateful that I can share an activity with my daughter that helps her grow mentally, participate in healthy competition and learn to defend herself.m

Michael and Carly

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