5815-A Mayfield Road, Mayfield Heights, Ohio 44124

Mayfield Heights' Premier Source for Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense Training

Specializing in Practical Street Self-Defense for All Ages

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Kids Martial Arts near Mayfield Heights

Kids Martial Arts

At Mayfield Academy of Self-Defense, our Kids Martial Arts classes combine discipline, respect, self defense and leadership skills into one high-energy program. Learn more about our Kids Minna-Jiu-Jitsu training today!

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Kids Martial Arts near Mayfield Heights

Teens Martial Arts

Our Teen Martial Arts classes are designed to keep your child challenged and help them build confidence in no time. We offer a blend of karate, jiu-jitsu, self-defense and more in our Minna-Jiu-Jitsu based classes. All experience levels are welcome. Learn more today!

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Kids Martial Arts near Mayfield Heights


Mayfield Academy of Self-Defense specializes in street self defense. We teach Minna-Jiu-Jitsu, a combination of karate, jiu jitsu, savate, floor fighting, and Thai boxing techniques. We specialize in self-defense for the average person who wants to learn personal protection in the midst of their normal lives. Learn more today!

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Kids Martial Arts near Mayfield Heights

Competition Martial Arts

Our team at Mayfield Academy of Self-Defense is comprised of Champions. We decided one of the best way to serve our locations was to help develop more distinguished athletes and martial artists. Join our Competition Martial Arts team for your chance at success! Learn more today!

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Self-Defense Grappling

Our Self-Defense Grappling system in Mayfield Heights is helping men and women across our community learn essential techniques that can make all the difference in a real-life scenario.

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Jamie Yockey

My 8 yr old daughter has been going since September, she loves going and class has been helping with her focus and confidence. Highly recommend!...

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Jeff Moss

So many fond memories growing up on the mats here. From being Frank's pressure point dummy, to countless great sparring matches...learned from exceptional instructors and made a lot of friends. Mayfie...

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Dave Maund

Awesome place to learn self defense. The kids enjoy it and as a parent I love watching them learn and gain self confidence. The instructors and students are awesome. I love the no nonsense approach ...

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Connie Zhao

Great school for learning confidence, discipline and self defense...

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Eric Stimpert

Excellent instructors for real life situations. I have learned a lot in a short time....

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Alicia Rayborn

instructors are wonderful. very patient and professional...

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Mayfield Academy of Self-Defense

Whether standing up or on the ground we have you covered with Minna-Jiu-Jitsu.

Mayfield Academy of Self-Defense can help you gain Confidence, Self-Esteem, Respect, and Discipline through the art of Minna-Jiu-Jitsu. Are you prepared? Do you know what to do if someone attacks you?

This is the aim of Mayfield Academy of Self-Defense. The Art of Minna-Jiu-Jitsu is Japanese for "All Arts," in recognition that it is a flowing combination of many arts and many styles combined into one system: For Practical Street Self-Defense.

Let Mayfield Academy of Self-Defense teach you how to defend yourself with as little or as much force that is necessary. Soke Steve Kovacs, Master Frank Charlillo, & Master Dan Bralliar have dedicated over 50 years of their lives learning and teaching martial arts. The art of Minna-Jiu-Jitsu is a mixed martial art, specializing in practical street self-defense.

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Learn About the Services Mayfield Academy of Self-Defense Offers

  • Confidence & Self-Esteem

    Confidence & Self-Esteem

    Our team at The Academy of Self-Defense will help you become more confident than ever before as you make the journey from beginner to expert.

  • Discipline & Self-Control

    Discipline & Self-Control

    As you master new Jiu Jitsu techniques, you'll gain a sense of focus and discipline that will help you achieve bigger things in all aspects of life.

  • Self-Defense


    Being able to protect yourself and your loved ones is important. Whether you're here in Mayfield or traveling abroad, we'll give you real self-defense skills to stay safe.

  • New Friends & Mentors

    New Friends & Mentors

    The martial arts are about more than just punching and kicking. They're also about community. Learn from the best instructors in Mayfield and meet new friends!

Meet Our Staff

Instructor Soke Steve Kovacs with Mayfield Academy of Self-Defense

Soke Steve Kovacs

Master Instructor

Soke Steve Kovacs is the son of Grandmaster Frank Kovacs and is now the Soke (leader—Grandmaster) of Minna Jiu-Jitsu. At eight, Steve was almost killed by a criminal and was literally saved at the last minute. Shortly thereafter, he started studying Judo and did so until the age of 12. From 12 to 21 Steve boxed on an amateur level and ...
Instructor Master Daniel Bralliar with Mayfield Academy of Self-Defense

Master Daniel Bralliar

Master Instructor

Master Daniel H. Bralliar holds a 7th degree black belt in Minna Jiu-Jitsu, and is the second-generation to practice Minna Jiu-Jitsu under the training and guidance of Grandmaster Frank Kovacs. Dan holds black belts in Kempo and Shotokan Karate. A long-time tournament competitor throughout the USA and Canada Dan has forty years’ experience ...
Instructor Master Frank Charlillo with Mayfield Academy of Self-Defense

Master Frank Charlillo

Master Instructor

7th Dan Black Belt - MJJ
JJBBF Vice President
Purple Belt - BJJ
Royce Gracie Association Master C has over 40 years experience in Martial Arts including Minna-Jiu-Jitsu, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Daito-ryu Aikbudo (Origins of Aikido), Krav Maga, Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, Taekwondo, and extensive knife training. He is passionate about teaching ...
Instructor Adam Droe with Mayfield Academy of Self-Defense

Adam Droe


Adam Droe has been involved in the martial arts since 2010 and is a 3rd-degree black belt in Minna Jiu-Jitsu. By profession, Adam is a high school teacher in the Cleveland school district. Adam has also taught for the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism and has coached high school soccer, recreational soccer travel teams and is president of the ...
Instructor Sarah Harvey with Mayfield Academy of Self-Defense

Sarah Harvey


Sarah Harvey started lessons in Minna Jiu-Jitsu at Mayfield Academy in 2012 and now is a 3rd degree black belt. She has assisted Soke Kovacs in teaching private lessons and Master Instructor Bralliar has guided Sarah for several years in the fine points of teaching children. She connects well with kids and they bond well with her. Sarah is one ...

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