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Welcome to Chango Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu is for EVERYONE!

Group and Private BJJ lessons for Children and Adults in a family friendly environment!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Self Defense

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Come see our new facility!

Join us at 
2139 N. Main St Suite NSummerville, SC 29445

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Something for everyone!

Chango Brazilian Jiu Jitsu provides an integrated course schedule of learning through exploration, scrutiny, and self-reflection. Our classes combine hands-on experience with knowledge-based teaching - take a look at our offerings and contact Chango Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to learn more.

Children's BJJ - Gi and No Gi

 Much like the adult Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program, our kids Jiu Jitsu classes are designed to provide your child with all of the skills needed to successfully handle altercations that may put them in danger or feel uncomfortable. We understand the importance of teaching our kids not only how to defend themselves but also how to conduct themselves in any situation. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for our children is much more than a self defense program. It is a general life and growth program teaching our youth the importance of discipline, respect, and confidence. We know that confidence in your kids produces confidence in you as a parent. In addition to the self defense and anti-bully aspects,  kids also have the opportunity to explore the sport of Jiu Jitsu and compete locally, coached by our caring, expert staff. We offer gi and no gi training for children!


Fundamentals - Gi and No Gi

Our Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals program is specifically designed with two things in mind; the complete beginner in martial arts and the student looking for effective and efficient self-defense. We have taken the complex system of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and broken it down into easy to learn lessons. These lessons follow a specific curriculum that helps you progress easily and smoothly. Starting with basic positions and concepts then working toward the self-defense scenarios you are most likely to face in the real world. This class is easy, fun, and informative for the brand-new student and a great course for refreshing the seasoned Jiu Jitsu practitioner as well.  Gi and no gi training is offered at Chango BJJ!


All Levels - Gi and No GI

Our All Levels is designed to build upon the base established through our Fundamentals program. In this class students will be exposed to advanced technique, drills and setups. This class is designed for students who have established a good understanding of the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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About Chango Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Education. Exploration. Satisfaction.

Chango Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was born out of a simple idea: bringing high quality, accessible and affordable Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo to the entire community, in the tradition of Grandmaster Oswaldo Fadda. Our unique approach to learning and top quality faculty makes Chango Brazilian Jiu Jitsu one of the best schools in Summerville. We invite you to explore our engaging and diverse course schedule, and stop by for a visit at your convenience.

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Class Schedule

We have multiple classes throughout the week to fit you and your families schedule!

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Meet Our Team

Dedicated Coaches for Your Family!

Our incredible team is truly the heart of Chango Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It’s their dedication, passion and talent that keeps students invested in the learning process. Take a look below to learn more about the team.

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Chris Popdan

Head Professor and Owner

Chris Popdan has a black belt in Judo and a 2nd Degree Black Belt in BJJ under the Oswaldo Fadda lineage.  With over 20 years of experience in martial arts, he is passionate about bringing Jiu-Jitsu to everyone.


Amanda Alleman

Assistant Coach / Kids Coach

Coach Mandy started her Bjj journey two years ago and is currently a blue belt. Before training jujitsu she coached volleyball for many years after her own collegiate career. With her experience coaching and her passion for jujitsu she is a perfect fit for our chango team.

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Cedric Toliver

Assistant Coach/ Kids Coach

Cedric Toliver, husband to an awesome wife and father of four boys, loves teaching and practicing different disciplines. He believes in the latin saying “Docendo Discimus” and considers himself a lifelong learner.


Corey Murray

Comp Coach / Kids Coach

Corey brings a passion to help youth grow through sportsmanship and teamwork.


Greg Alleman

Assistant Adults Instructor 

Part of a Jiu-Jitsu family of four, Greg loves bringing technical study to the art of grappling.


Sean McSwain

Adults and Kids BJJ Coach


Jeff Straight

Kids Coach


Antoine Sanders

Kids Coach

Antoine "Wheels" Sanders brings a fun and engaging method of instruction to our kids classes.


Kevin Powers

Adults Coach

Kevin is a happily married father of three boys.  He has been training in martial arts for over 40 years and holds a black belt in Judo and BJJ.  Kevin proudly earned his black belt in BJJ under Chris Popdan.


Travis Williams

Kids Coach

With many years of combat training under his belt, Travis is highly motivated to provide an engaging, safe, and effective learning environment for our kids program.



Black Belt Lineage

Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie Sr. -> Eduado DeLima -> Joshua Miller -> John Boltin -> Chris Popdan

Professorship Lineage

Mitsuyo Maeda -> Luis Franca -> Oswaldo Fadda -> Joao Paulo Martins -> Chris Popdan

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Get in Touch

We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to contact us with questions or special requests.

2139 North Main St, Suite N, Summerville SC 29445

(843) 817-1879

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