Seth, Detroit, Brandon and Andrey are all absolutely fantastic instructors and they've made TJJ my favorite place to train both self defense and sport jiu jitsu. Seth convinced me to get into martial arts a little over two years ago and I'm incredibly grateful my first exposure to the sport was such a positive one. The community at the gym is the friendliest, most supportive one I know - everyone trains hard, but everyone's also there to help each other. Would strongly recommend!
Dec 10, 2018
Great class format and instruction. Seth and Detroit are knowledgeable and great at communicating techniques. Really enjoy training here.
Nov 16, 2018
Triangle Jiu Jitsu is a great place to get in shape, learn self-defense and or to prepare yourself for the competition scene. Seth provides top-level instruction in a way that can be understood by the novice or the advanced student. If you have an opportunity to train in Durham, make sure you stop by to see just what makes TJJ so special.
Nov 22, 2018
This is an amazing place to train. Seth Shamp believes in a self defense approach to training that speaks well of the lineage I chose to study. With the addition of a second black belt, Rod "Detroit" Hanson, the quality of instruction continues to grow.
Mar 14, 2019
As a US. Marine Corps Veteran, Exercise Physiologist and Functional Medicine Health Coach for over two decades, I am always on a relentless quest to find the best practitioners to support and guide me in every genre. From day one as a White Belt stepping into my first Jiu Jitsu class, Royce Gracie Black Belt Seth Shamp and the TJJ Community made me feel welcome and included. Bring your family and friends! My wife and two kids all started at the same time and TJJ is a friendly, no ego, family environment. Seth executes every class I take with him in an extremely accessible teaching style that was simple but precise. His excellent attention to detail in regards to lesson plans serve all of his students at every level. Additionally, he takes the time to address lifestyle modifications, exercise, and ways strengthen the mental state that reinforces the larger practice of the art.
Thanks Professor Seth Shamp and Triangle Jiu-Jitsu!
Jul 25, 2019
We were visiting Durham for a few weeks and I wanted to train while away from my home. I attended 4 classes each week and felt my skills growing with each class.
Seth's style of teaching is direct and to the point. He doesn't waste time talking too much or going over the skill more than necessary. He introduces a skill, gives some great examples then lets you start practicing. Right about when you realize you're making a mistake he stops everyone and shares some insight that corrects what you were doing wrong. A much better teaching style than cramming too much info up front.
Brandon, a brown belt who teaches the morning class was wonderful as well. He brought his knowledge of Judo to the sessions and blended it seamlessly with the Jiu Jitsu skills we were working on. He also has a great teaching style. He began with slow reps of each skill and eventually got to rolling games by the end of class using the skill we'd just practiced. Brandon has a laid back personality and makes class a lot of fun.
The rolling after class on Mon and Wed night was great. Several of the higher belts like Detroit and "Juicebox" made real efforts while rolling with me to take the time to point out what I should work on and corrected my mistakes. The entire school has a positive and encouraging feel to it.
Overall I was so impressed with Triangle Jiu Jitsu. If I lived here full time, there's no question that this is where I would train.
Aug 14, 2019
Seth is a brilliant Brazilian Jiujitsu intructor, with vast knowledge behind the mechanics of this amazing self defense system, between him my teammates an the great staff of folks that work there, I've always felt welcomed and right at home.
Ralph Belk III
Nov 24, 2019
TJJ offers great technical instruction in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in a positive & welcoming environment. Their kids classes are also a great mix of self defense, discipline, and fun.
Sep 9, 2016
We have been so happy to have our son attend Triangle Jiu Jitsu Academy. Seth and his team took the extra time and care to bring our boy up to speed in a way that he can understand and feel comfortable with. It only took a week for our kid to go from zero knowledge about jiu jitsu to being a dedicated student attending three afternoons per week. Lesson prices are very reasonable. The facility is clean, safe, unpretentious and kid-friendly. I wholeheartedly recommend Triangle Jiu Jitsu Academy.