Geoff Balme's Ph.D. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

We will be training at Ladd Family Martial Arts in North Raleigh (Creedmoor and Stonehenge Harris Teeter plaza) on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM!
We are at our APEX location on Center St. Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6:30
 PM! And Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM!

Get off the sofa and move your body while learning a terrific self-defense art! 

Roberto Maia Seminar this Weekend Saturday April 16th at 11 AM in APEX!

Roberto Maia seminar May 16th 2015Roberto Maia promoting Geoff to Second Degree Black Belt

Roberto Maia promoting Geoff to second degree black belt. 

With over twenty years of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu experience Geoff Balme teaches technique and strategy on the mat to scores of students in the North Carolina Triangle area. 

Why Use Us!

I teach Jiu-jitsu Science. We do Jiu-jitsu research! 


Friendly, efficient and dedicated to the art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu especially as taught by his instructor Prof. Roberto Maia, Geoff brings his expertise to bear on your progress whether you're a beginner or an advanced student looking to tune up your game.  Jiu-jitsu is for everyone, there is always something to learn and enjoy. 

Geoff's training over the past several years also includes a PhD in life sciences from NCSTATE which allows him excellent communication skills and insight in defining and executing a martial arts strategy for you!

Geoff is available at two locations at 

Ladd Family Martial Arts at the Harris Teeter plaza on Stonehenge and Creedmoor roads. Ladd Family MA

and Soon to be opening a new location at the Apex Ki Do Kwan martial arts center on Center Street. Starting July 7th!

Our Experience Shows!

Starting in the late 70s Geoff trained in Kenpo and American styles of Jiu-jitsu with his brother Craig and father Steve Balme, eventually achieving black belts in Ki Do Ryu, Al Go Ryu and Judo. 

Switching to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in the early 90s, Geoff trained with Craig Kukuk (in Red Bank NJ) and then permanently with the legendary Boston Brazilian Jiu-jitsu instructor Roberto Maia originally from Gracie Barra ( and now a fifth degree under Renzo Gracie) starting in 1994. 

Since moving to NC to pursue his academic dreams, Geoff has trained Pan Am champions and many of the major instructors in our area. When he came here as a purple belt in July of 2000 the crew that dispersed to create most of the area's schools were located at Nu-Dimensions gym near the Triangle Town Mall. He acted as de facto instructor there for a few years until he was promoted to brown belt in 2003, and a few years later joined with Neal Weaver and John Knight  at TFTC Academy and achieving his black belt in 2008. Most recently, Geoff has been working with Master Jason Ladd and Prof. Mike Macario developing jiu-jitsu appreciation and students across the Triangle area. 



Recent Announcements

  • Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at Apex Ki do Kwan Will begin Tuesday July 7th at 6PM!  
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 1:56 PM by Geoff Balme
  • Open Mat In the works, check back for scheduled times!
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 1:49 PM by Jason Huntley
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