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:
Adults Jiu Jitsu
Gi & No-Gi Classes
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.
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 Zoe Parris
Coach Zoe is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt and 3-time GHSA State Wrestling Placer. 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.
"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.
"I’ve been training BJJ for 4 years now and just did my 1st class at Riverstone. Kris is an exceptional teacher both in the adult and kids classes. I would definitely recommend Riverstone for anyone, at any level."
- Mitch F.
"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.