Stronghold Kids Nerf Day Camp: August 31-September 4

Back by popular demand: Stronghold Kids Nerf Day Camp: August 31 – September 4! We have limited spots available (10 spaces total).

We will be combining our Fitness and Obstacle course Kids programs for this fun camp. If your child will be distance learning this week, we will also have available WiFi and tutoring assistance available on site during required login time. Social distancing will be in place and Nerf darts and camp areas will be disinfected around the clock!

$80/day or $375 for the full week from 9AM-4PM. Text NERF to 858.722.0942 to sign up!

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August 9 – August 15 Stronghold Update

Hope you all had a great weekend! See below for our current schedule! Schedule subject to change, RSVP is required at 858.722.0942.

Monday-Friday: 9AM-4PM Stronghold Kids Jiu Jitsu/Fitness Summer Camp

Monday-Friday: 9AM Outdoor Ladies Fitness
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday: 10AM Outdoor Kids Jiu Jitsu (Ages 5+)
Thursday: 5PM Kids Jiu Jitsu Outdoor (Ages 5+)

Private Lessons, Zoom Classes and Free One-Day Trials are available by request! All classes have limited space, please be sure to RSVP to reserve your spot for all sessions.

We thank you for your support and patience during this time! Co-Ed Adults Fitness classes will also be announced shortly.

Support your Local Mask Makers at our Second Pop Up Shop!

Support your local handmade mask and soap vendors!
We will be hosting a Handmade Mask & Soap Pop Up Shop for the community at our space in Point Loma/Ocean Beach. Due to COVID Precautions, we will have 10 Mask and Soap Vendors total, and limit 10 customers at a time in our indoor 2000 sq foot space. We have ample space for social distancing and safe shopping!

We are looking to host this weekly! Interested in becoming a vendor or consign your masks or soaps? Please text Raquel at 858.722.0942 for more details and to check availability.

We’ve Moved Outdoors and Back to Zoom!

Students and Friends,

Unfortunately we are saddened to announce that gyms are again shutdown to rise of COVID cases around San Diego. We thank you for your patience as we navigate new protocols. In the meantime, we have moved our Kids Classes outdoors and also have Zoom Classes available! We thank you for your support so far. Please reach out to us at and 858.722.0942 to inquire about availability of classes in-person and virtual!

Also check out our feature on PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. Thank you so much for featuring our family, Yeonseo!

End of August Stronghold Update & August 24-25 Schedule

Saturday, August 24 Schedule:
We will be having all of our regularly scheduled classes and will be starting a new class tomorrow! See below for details:

8AM: Ladies’ Self-Defense Cardio/Fitness – New Class with Coach Raquel! Free for first timers and current Stronghold Jiu Jitsu students, $20 for Drop-Ins and $150 for 10-Class Punch Card. Fun, new class for all of our moms, wives and girlfriends who don’t currently train, but want to learn some Self-Defense and get a good workout in! More info and full schedule: visit
9AM: Kids Jiu Jitsu (we will be ending at 10AM)
10AM: Toddlers Jiu Jitsu
10:30AM: Adults Jiu Jitsu with Professor John Laird

Sunday, August 25 Birthday Celebration:
Join Coach Raquel from 1-4 for Pizza and Karaoke and more Birthday Fun! The whole family is welcome. Open Mat will also be open, so come down and roll!

Upcoming Events:

September 8: Made in PL & OB event
Join us for an artist/craft vendor event, portions of event will be benefiting a local 8-year-old boy, Trenton Cirigliano and his medical bills while he battles pediatric brain cancer. Please spread the word and you can also follow him on Facebook and Instagram: @trwreckscancer and online at If you know of any PL or OB resident who is in artist or crafter and would like to showcase, please have them visit:

September 14: Jiu Jitsu World League
JJWL will be at Point Loma Nazarene University, please let Professor Mike know if you are interested in competing.

October 5 & 6: Stronghold HQ Blue and Purple Belt Curriculum Workshop
ALL Stronghold students are encouraged to take our these workshops. Join Professor Mike Cusi for our annual Purple and Blue Belt Workshops! We will go over all requirements of our Blue and Purple Belt Tests. $35 per student per 1 workshop, $50 for both workshops. Spaces limited to 40 per workshop, register today as our workshops sell out every year, don’t delay to reserve your spot. These are also great refresher courses for advanced belts (current Purple, Brown and Black Belts). Sign up now at:

Saturday October 5, 2019 (12PM-2PM): Blue Belt Curriculum Workshop
Sunday, October 6, 2019 (12PM-2PM): Purple Belt Curriculum Workshop

*Blue Belt Curriculum Workshop is recommended for all ranks White and above
*Purple Belt Curriculum Workshop is recommended for all ranks Blue and above (Blue Belt or above required to participate)

Other Announcements:

Support The Stronghold’s Youth Jiu Jitsu Scholarship Program:
With the new school year coming upon us, The Stronghold is excited to offer up to 100 Youth Jiu Jitsu Scholarships to families who may not be able to afford Jiu Jitsu Lessons and Uniforms. We hope you can come alongside us and support our program! For more information and to donate, please visit Any amount small or large is greatly appreciated! If you know of a family you’d like to nominate, please reach out!

Ladies’ Self-Defense Cardio Fitness Class

Join Coach Raquel Cusi (Roy Harris Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt) for a 45-Minute class that incorporates Self-Defense, Cardio, Strength and Conditioning! This class is perfect for all fitness levels. Build muscle, burn fat and learn some practical techniques to protect yourself in a fun and upbeat environment! Class is limited to 10 participants per class, rates are below:

$20 for one drop-in – Sign up Now
$150 for 10 class package – Sign Up Now

Current times:
Tuesday: 7 & 8AM
Friday: 7 & 8AM
Saturday: 8AM

Sign up or RSVP today: 858.722.0942 or

Homeschool Vendor Showcase (July 29 & August 1)

Vendor Showcase for Homeschooling Families

🕔 Monday, July 29, 5PM-9PM
🕙 Thursday, August 1, 10AM – 2PM
🏰 The Stronghold, 2176 Chatsworth Blvd.
😎 FREE for families to attend!

☀️Calling all Homeschooling Families! ☀️
The school year is fast approaching, come and check out an all-inclusive vendor showcase and see what is available to you and your family for the upcoming school year! Please refer to individual Facebook event pages for schedule of vendors who will be exhibiting and time of their demo. Join us for all day Raffles and giveaways!

☀️ Homeschooling Vendors ☀️
We hope you all can take the opportunity to showcase in front of Homeschooling families and share what you have to offer. Fee includes vendor space (bring your own table and 10 minute demo/exhibition, listed on event schedule. Please text or email Raquel Cusi at 858.722.0942 or to register. $40 for one day, $60 for both days. Please send your logo, and preferred time slot for demonstration. Space is limited to 24 vendors each day. We also encourage you to donate an in-kind donation for our raffles and door prize giveaways. Secure your spot today!

Intro to Stronghold Jiu Jitsu Orientation (30 Minutes)

Curious to know if Jiu Jitsu can be your new hobby or passion? This info session is recommended for first-time Stronghold guests. Current Stronghold students, if you have a family member or friend who has been interested in learning more about Jiu Jitsu, bring them to this 30-Minute Orientation session! This orientation is also great for new or current families and students who may need an update on current Stronghold info!

Topics covered:
History of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
History of The Stronghold
Overview of Jiu Jitsu positions, escapes and submissions
Overview of Academy etiquette and policies
Overview of what to expect during classes

We look forward to being part of your Jiu Jitsu journey!

Orientation Dates and Times:
Thursday, July 26, 2018
5:30PM-6PM Preview of Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals Class
6PM – Info Session