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Discover why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the fastest growing martial art in Springfield!

Martial Arts Gym in Springfield Missouri

At Kokoro Training Academy, we offer adults and kids the opportunity to learn self-defense skills in a positive, welcoming environment.

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Training martial arts let you learn valuable self-defense skills while getting a great workout.
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Why Choose Jiu Jitsu?

Our Gym

  • Gives you multiple class times per day to choose from
  • Teaches small people how to defend and escape from a larger attacker
  • Teaches you how to control an attacker without causing harm
  • Has separate adult and kids classes
  • Teaches you to apply your skills under stress by (safely) sparring
  • Make friends and become part of a community
  • No-contract membership options

Other Gyms

  • Require you to fit their schedule
  • Teach techniques that may not work against a bigger, stronger attacker
  • Teach techniques for striking and kicking an attacker
  • Have adult students join a class full of kids
  • Don't give you the chance to train under the stress of combat
  • All interaction takes place at the dojo
  • Require a long-term financial commitment

Adult Jiu Jitsu

We offer adults of all experience and fitness levels the opportunity to learn Jiu Jitsu in both group and one-on-one settings. Our 1-hour group classes are a great way to start learning and are suitable for men and women of all ages and fitness / experience levels.

Kids Jiu Jitsu

Our Kokoro Kids Jiu Jitsu Program is designed to help your child learn and benefit from Jiu Jitsu all while they have fun in a safe environment. We work on fundamental skills such as listening, paying attention, being polite and respectful to others throughout our classes. Our Jiu Jitsu techniques are taught through fun games and challenges.

Kokoro Fitness

We have world class personal training professionals available to help you reach your fitness goals. Start with an initial assessment before embarking on a tailored program to help you discover the fitness & healthiest version of yourself.

Kokoro Lifestyle Retreats

Our 3 day retreats are programmed to include daily Jiu Jitsu instruction from 4th Degree Black Belt Steve Haydock (studied under Rickson Gracie, Roger Gracie & Roberto Atalla) as well as recovery, mindset, cross-training and nutrition, from our elite coaching team.

Nutrition & Life Coaching

Get personal nutrition and life coaching including both guidance and accountability that is tailored to your needs to better support your goals.

What People Say About Us

Based on 40 reviews
Josiah Mann
Josiah Mann
In my humble opinion, Kokoro is the best jiu jitsu school in Springfield. Steve and his staff have created a wonderful, open environment for both men and women (a lot of women love training here). Steve is also very detail oriented, having a background in education and as a crossfit trainer, he really knows how to teach the finer points of jiu jitsu to make sure your technique actually works on larger or stronger opponents. Lastly, something I really appreciate about starting out at Kokoro was the fact that we had a super clear curriculum, which meant everybody knew what they needed to learn and be able to perform to get their next belt. A lot of gyms operate on a "bro code", when the coach thinks your ready type of promotion system, or just promote based on competitive ability... my wife and I both appreciate the clarity.
Alex Sherick
Alex Sherick
My kids have been training here for 2 yrs and I've recently joined them on the mats! This is a gym where heart is in everything. It feels like a family. Affordable family plan! Highly recommend a 100× over!
Michael Duncan
Michael Duncan
I can’t say enough good things about this place… The instructors are top notch individuals that make you feel welcome from the very beginning. The culture this gym provides is appealing to all walks of life. I can’t think of a better place to start a new journey towards personal improvement. Highly recommend this place.
Derik Sharp
Derik Sharp
Good place to learn they are accepting of all skill levels.
Jared Roeckle
Jared Roeckle
I've been going to Kokoro Training Academy learning from Steve and Sam for about 2 months now. I love it. Great instructors!! I'm hooked!
Ryan Reed
Ryan Reed
Best BJJ gym in town
Vernon Stern
Vernon Stern
Its an awesome place they make every person welcomed
Larry Phillips
Larry Phillips
Kokoro is a great place to learn life skills, I didn't know much about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu before giving this a try. Jiu Jitsu is one of the hardest things I have ever done, but the coaches here firstly make you feel safe, and will meet you at your level. As someone that came in feeling overwhelmed that was appreciated. the facility is great, very clean and kept up. Showers are available and safe to use. The gym members are also great, they don't seem to look down on new comers and are all willing to teach little tricks of the trade as well.