A Formative Force
Capital MMA & Elite Fitness has been a formative force in the martial arts and fitness communities of Northern Virginia, Washington, DC., and Maryland. Founded in 2001 as an affiliate club of the Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu Network, the organization was first known as Capital Jiu Jitsu, catering to a small but devoted group of enthusiasts. The earliest days would be unrecognizable to most of today’s members – nightly training on fold-out mats in school art rooms, cafeterias, or wrestling rooms.
In only two years, however, Capital’s reputation and ranks had grown to such an extent that its own location was imperative. Founder Jeremy Lafreniere put his career as an elementary schoolteacher on pause and moved the club to the second floor of an Alexandria, VA health club.
Diverse yet dynamic
The successful momentum increased, and in 2008 Capital opened its first advanced training academy in Loudoun County, VA. A similar facility would open just two years later in Alexandria, featuring expansive mats, a full boxing ring, and fully outfitted CrossFit box.
Halfway through this decade, Capital has added three additional locations in Takoma Park, Maryland, Fairfax, Virginia, and Lorton Station, Virginia. Regardless of address, each Capital school prides itself on offering standout training in the world’s most effective martial arts, and certified, accessible instruction in elite fitness programs.
Today, Capital MMA & Elite Fitness boasts the only Royce Gracie black belt instructors in Virginia, DC, and Maryland. While all instructors embrace the self-defense priorities established by Helio Gracie himself, Capital is also home to highly successful competitors, including pro and amateur MMA, Muay Thai, and boxing fighters.
This diverse yet dynamic mixture of trainers and talent means Capital MMA & Elite Fitness offers something for anyone, regardless of fitness, competitive, or self-defense goals. Whether it’s the undisputed fighting effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, the intensity of Muay Thai boxing, or the exceptional sport performance development delivered by CrossFit and kettlebells, Capital makes it accessible to all ages and levels of athleticism.