American Martial Arts Academy in Mount Airy is the only place to learn authentic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu taught by a Black Belt and the academy is growing at a remarkable pace.  Kevin has dedicated his life to helping others realize their Jiu Jitsu dreams and keeping them inspired to achieve their goals. Kevin has faced and overcome the same struggles that his students are challenged with all of which makes him highly sought after.  Kevin ‘s goal is to produce technical adult students and technical children students who are focused and disciplined on and off the mat.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction in Mount Airy is truly World Class, offering the latest and most effective Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques and training methods offered in the world today.

As a new student at American Martial Arts Academy, you will be welcomed by instructors, staff and fellow students. We will help you find your starting point no matter your age, fitness level, experience level or gender. We will teach you the appropriate warm-ups, stretching routines and fundamental building blocks of fitness and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to ensure a successful learning experience. Our goal is making you the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner you can be in the shortest time possible while providing a fun, safe and clean learning environment.

Our Mission:

is to build the confidence of our students on and off the mat by offering World Class instruction and a Winning philosophy for Jiu Jitsu and life.


Kevin established the American Martial Arts Academy in the 1990s, introducing a Mixed style of Martial Arts training to the area with the goal of providing unparalleled, comprehensive training in a safe and clean environment.
Austin is Kevin’s Assistant Instructor at American Martial Arts Academy. He is a 3 stripe Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Austin has won gold at every grappling competition he has entered both at his weight class and the unlimited weight class.

Giving Back

A membership at Pyles Jiu-jitsu not only provides access to world-class training and a supportive community, but it also gives back to the community through various programs.

A Bed and a Book Program

Pyles Jiu Jitsu is a proud sponsor of A Bed and a Book which provides clean, comfortable, age-appropriate beds, and books to Surry County children ages 0-18 years old. Your membership helps support this program both financially and with labor for bed and delivery, by the Pyles Jiu Jitsu staff.

Jiu Jitsu Scholarship Program

Pyles Jiu Jitsu generously offers scholarship programs for students with financial needs. This allows individuals who may not have the means to afford training to still pursue their passion for martial arts. This program offers discounted training to totally free training, depending on needs. Interested students can get an application in person at the academy to see if they qualify.

Mentorship Program

Pyles Jiu-Jitsu’s FREE mentorship program for teens and young adults aged 14 to 21 is designed to cultivate positive character development and success traits in Surry County youth. The program emphasizes the principles of discipline, respect, and perseverance, inherent in the practice of Jiu-Jitsu and life. It also encourages leadership, responsibility, and goal setting, equipping these young individuals for life’s challenges. The mentorship program fosters a sense of community and belonging, which boosts self-esteem and promotes the development of positive social relationships. Through this program, teens are guided to translate their learnings into real-life situations, fostering resilience, self-confidence, and a strong work ethic. This program is FREE to the public and is accessible at the Pyles Jiu Jitsu Academy on the first Saturday of every month from 12:30 to 1:00 pm.

Foreign Athlete Program

Pyles Jiu-jitsu supports foreign athletes by sponsoring their training and competition expenses. This allows foreign athletes the chance to compete in the USA and pursue their VISA. Interested athletes can email inquiries to [email protected].

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