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"There is no losing in jiu jitsu. You either win or you learn." - Carlos Gracie, Sr.


About Our Jiu Jitsu Academy

Our academy is founded on the pillars of  discipline, integrity, honor, respect, friendship, and family. We incorporate values and principles through the martial art, sport, and lifestyle of jiu jitsu to help increase both the physical and mental developments of each student. Through practice, students grow, mature and learn, all while having fun and building lifelong positive relationships with not only others but also themselves. Riverstone Jiu Jitsu strives for excellence in personal development, teamwork, leadership and demonstrating responsible behaviors/manners on and off the mat. We believe in a conduct of sportsmanship, humility and dignity in pursuit of our goals.

Riverstone Jiu Jitsu offers:

Youth Jiu-Jitsu

Adults Jiu Jitsu

Gi & No-Gi Classes 

Competition Training


TRX Training

Riverstone Jiu Jitsu proudly serves the surrounding areas: Canton, Ball Ground, Jasper, Holly Springs, Hickory Flats & more.

Meet Our Instructors


Coach Kris Parris

Coach Kris is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt. Kris started his jiu jitsu training in Florida in 2011 and fell in love with the sport. Kris has an eclectic jiu jitsu style based on experience and training. When not in the jiu jitsu gym, Kris enjoys mountain biking, kayaking and hiking. Kris met his wife Sarah at 14 years old. They were married in 2004 and have three awesome kids, Zoe, TJ and Quinn. 

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Coach Paul  Thomas

Coach Paul is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt. He started training in 2010 while stationed in Italy with the Air Force. Paul trained under Gracie Barra while there and then under Gracie Humaita in Las Vegas. Since 2015, he has trained under Roberto Traven. Outside of jiu jitsu, Paul enjoys motor cross and spending time with his sons, Brock and Brayden.

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Coach Jennifer Morris

Coach Jenn is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt. 


Coach Johnathan Cole

Coach Johnathan is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt. He began his jiu jitsu training in 2020. Johnathan assists with both adult and youth jiu jitsu classes, along with instructing wrestling classes. 


Coach Ethan is a Brazilian Jiu JItsu Black Belt. He fought competitively for many years and toured the world to learn from some of the best instructors and fighters available. He has trained under Gracie Barra, Kazeka Munoz, Roan Carneiro "Jucao", and Roberto Traven. Ethan was  a professional MMA fighter many years and ended his career with an 8-0 record.  Ethan enjoys spending time with his family when not training. 

Coach Ethan Garrison


Coach Margarita Garrison

Coach Margarita is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt. 


Coach Zoe Parris

Coach Zoe is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt, 3-time GHSA State Wrestling Placer, and a regular IBJJF competitor. Zoe started her jiu jitsu training at the age of 6.  She assists with both adult and youth jiu jitsu classes, along with instructing wrestling classes. 

Student Testimonials

"Excellent coaching! I have a strong willed adorable 5-year old and she is learning so much AND listening more at home as well. I love watching the classes! My husband takes classes too and it’s been an experience he really enjoys. 🔥💪🏻💜"

- Ashley H.

"This place is the absolute BEST! Their schedule offers different class types and times, which makes it so easy! They welcome you with open arms and treat you just like family. Definitely one of a kind! So happy that I found this amazing gym and family!"

- Ginny M.

"Kris and the team are kind, patient, practical, and dedicated to the art, mental agility, and love of the Jiu Jitsu craft/sport/art/life style. I joined after a week and can't encourage it enough, if you are on the fence about trying Jiu Jitsu, come see Kris and the team."

- Daniel H.

"As a combat Veteran: looking for another place to beat the normy globo gym. I stumbled upon BJJ. Tried the three free days. The second day I was hooked. Seven months later I can see a huge difference in my confidence, cardiovascular fitness, and mental health improvement."

- Trent H.

"My family absolutely LOVES riverstone jiu jitsu!! My husband started going there and slowly convinced me to join and I am forever grateful. We started our son in their toddler class and it is his favorite day of the week! He looks forward to it all the time as do we. This place is a FAMILY and I will always be appreciative of finding this local grappling home. 10/10 recommend for the whole family!!"

- Brittany S.

"Ah what can I say? This is an absolute perfect place to train! Whether you're a complete beginner or seasoned grappler the classes will be perfect for you. Coach Kris and his family/staff do a wonderful job of keeping the gym clean organized and full of extra amenities.  Myself as well as my two sons train here and it's a perfect atmosphere full of positivity, centered around making everyone better! If you're on the fence definitely give RBJJ a try, you will not regret it!!"

- Justin H. 

"Kris is a great coach and the gym is very welcoming. Would suggest everyone give it a try. See ya there!"

- Grady P.

Contact Us

470-582-6800  |

147 Reinhardt College Pkwy, Canton, GA 30114

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