Grappling Zone Friendswood


Grappling Zone Friendswood was founded in 2013 by Black Belt James Wadley and Red Belt Edison Leandro Da Silva. Our mission was to create more than a martial arts studio and Jiu-jitsu Center. It was to enrich the lives of those in our community starting with children.

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Chief Instructor is Master James Wadley

 We have our children’s and after-school, summer camp programs that will help our kids gain confidence and learn jiu-jitsu. Grappling Zone Friendswood programs are recognized by the International Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Federation (IBJJF)we have a belting system that will allow those who wish to reach their goals. We hand tailor programs that will help you lose weight, gain confidence and grow personally and professionally. Come experience the difference.


Q My child is disrespectful to me and to other caregivers. How can studying martial arts change that?

Respect is at the core of everything we do in the dojo. Kids who study martial arts must respect their instructors and fellow students, and we find that they learn to respect parents, teachers, caregivers, and siblings at the same time.

Q My child still has temper tantrums and I’m worried about how they’ll behave in school. Can studying martial arts help?

Yes, it can. We help children learn the importance of emotional control and respect for others. These are lessons that will help them in the classroom, too.

Q Will studying martial arts help my child learn how to interact with others and share?

Yes. Even though studying martial arts is an individual pursuit, we teach kids to learn in a collaborative environment with an emphasis on sharing, cooperation, and teamwork.

Q My child is out of control physically, and can be very destructive. How will studying martial arts help?

Martial arts instruction focuses on hand-eye coordination, control, and strength. As kids learn basic moves and then advance, they learn how to control their bodies and movements.

Q My child gives up easily when frustrated. I want them to learn persistence. Can your classes help?

Yes. It’s common for students to require more than one attempt to earn a new belt. We teach them that trying is the most important thing – and that persistence pays off.