Elevation Jiu-Jitsu

Welcome to Elevation Jiujitsu

Welcome to Elevation Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy. My name is Joel Maldonado most known as “GATO”.

I have been doing jiu jitsu for 9 years and have been an instructor for the past 3 years. I am a second degree brown belt under Scott Huston at 360 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy.

My goal is to bring my talent and accomplishment to share with others who have the same goals. I have competed in many tournaments including the 2017 World Masters. I have two championship belts and many medals that prove all my hard work, great skills and techniques.

Some of my accomplishments are:

  • Second degree brown belt
  • 2011 IBJJF Chicago Summer Open GI-Bronze Medal
  • 2012 IBJJF Chicago Winter Open GI-Bronze Medal
  • 2014 IBJJF Chicago Spring Open Gi- Bronze Medal
  • 2014 North American Grappling (NAGA) Association Championship
  • 2015 IBJJF Chicago Spring No-GI-Bronze Medal
  • 2017 New Breed Ultimate n Challenge Championship

Our Focus:

Build confidence and self-esteem, Improve discipline, Increase respect towards others, Enhance physical abilities and emotional state of mind.

Classes and Schedule

Kids Classes

At Elevation Jiu Jitsu Academy classes are designed to be fun, teach discipline, respect, self-confidence and physical skill. We emphasize and enforce important life skills and social values such as honesty, humility and dignity.


The class focuses on learning and applying fundamental techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Students practice various techniques using a traditional Gi, also known as a kimono. Students learn and practice submissions, escapes, positioning and functional drilling.


The class focuses on learning and applying fundamental techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu without using the Gi/kimono. Students learn takedowns, positions, transitions, escapes, reversals and how to apply and defend against joint locks, chokes and other submission holds.


Monday GI BJJTuesdays NO-GI BJJWednesdays GI BJJ
Hours 6-7Hours 6-7Hours 6-7

Adult Classes

Please contact us for more information.

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Open enrollment period is only during the first week of every month.

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Contact Elevation Jiu-Jitsu

Our address is 2800 W Forest Home Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53215

Feel free to drop in during our hours of operation or schedule an appointment via phone or email for a more convenient time that may work for you.



1I don’t own a Gi. Do I need to buy one to try out the class?
No. We will lend you one of our Gis for your trial class.
2Would BJJ benefit my child?
Absolutely! Jiu-Jitsu, will help your child develop self-confidence by learning to defend themselves and control their opponent in a safe way without having to rely on kicks and punches. Your child will also learn the importance of social values such as respect and honesty. The classes are taught in a positive, fun, and friendly manner, so your child will enjoy learning the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
3How old does my child have to be to start training?
Kids can start training as early as 3 years old.
4Are there ever any tournaments in the area where my kids can compete in?
Yes, having your child compete at a young age is a great way to not only build Jiu Jitsu skills but also to develop personal skills such as character, sportsmanship, and confidence. We will keep you informed of any tournament you would like your child to compete in.
5What is Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling art, similar to wrestling, that employs throws, and submission holds such as chokes and joint locks. Kids of every age enjoy grappling and learning how to use their moves with their peers.

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