BJJ Is About Community

Get out of your comfort zone and learn the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a martial art and self defense system that is both effective and efficient.


At first glance, BJJ seems intimidating since it’s a combat sport.  On the other hand, the community and resilience you will gain from mastering the art is a gratifying feeling. The amount of support a student can receive from the instructors will empower you to become a stronger athlete.  

Ilya’s BJJ provides a safe fitness training to individuals and groups interested in improving their overall fitness and health. Instructor and owner, Ilya Bodnya, who has a black belt, will guide you by breaking down the moves and avoiding common mistakes to progress quickly.

What separates Jiu-Jitsu apart from all other martial arts is the use of the guard. This unique attack position and system keeps your opponent trapped and always in danger of the submission. You will learn BJJ submission techniques like joint locks and chokes, as well as the ability to escape from dangerous uncomfortable positions. Students will learn all these skills in sequence for best results.

If you’re intrigued to test out your skills at BJJ, Ilya welcomes you to give it a whirl! Anyone is invited to discover jiu-jitsu and no experience is needed. And remember…your first class is FREE!

Adult Classes Tues 6pm-7pm Wed 6pm-7pm Thurs 6pm-7pm Sat 1030am-1130am

Kids Classes (Ages 6-13) Tues 5pm-545pm Thurs 5pm-545pm

Women’s Only Classes Tues 730pm-830pm Thurs 730pm-830pm

Ilya’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is located at 2068 First St. Highland Park. IL. For more information, please visit or call (847) 943-9611.