“Cris is not only a dedicated practitioner of the art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu but also a dedicated instructor to his students. He has grown to be very proficient and has a high technical understanding of Jiu-Jitsu. Cris also is very open minded and continues to add to his skill set. This is not only a benefit to him but will contribute to the development of his students as well. Duluth is fortunate to have someone of his skill and an opportunity to train with him should not be missed.”

-Ishmael Bentley, 2nd degree Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Master Pedro Sauer


“It is tough to say in a few words what the past year at Apex has meant to me. I started at Apex at the recommendation of a friend. I was looking for a place where I could learn an art in an understanding environment. I found this, and so very much more. The transformation in the past year has been incredible. I am in the best shape of my life, more relaxed during the day, I sleep better, I am more confident, my brain feels more capable and active, and I have met a whole new Jiu Jitsu family.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is commonly referred to as “live action chess”, and for good reason! Apex is a place where both mind and body can get challenged in a fun, understanding, and safe environment. Being connected to Pedro Sauer, one of the greatest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructors in the world, is pretty exciting as well.”

-Megan Bugge


“In the Duluth-Superior area, there is only one choice for high-level Jiu Jitsu training: Apex Jiu Jitsu. Cris Johnson will help you take your ground game to the next level. Class sizes at Apex Jiu Jitsu are large enough to offer a variety of skill levels and sparring partners, but small enough to make it feel like private lessons. Beginner, intermediate, or advanced, Cris will help you improve your skills!
Apex Jiu Jitsu students are respectful, hard-working, and dedicated to learning. We leave the “ego” at the door. Come join us!”

-Matt Johnson


“I trained in the martial arts for several years before I took in interest in jiu-jitsu. Even though I had a background in Karate and Muay Thai, I realized that the ground fighting game was a completely different world. The truth of this became fully realized the first time I hit the mats. With every submission I found myself caught in, I found myself becoming more and more amazed at the power of jiu-jitsu. Every time I tapped out it became clearer to me that I had to learn this art. I started attending classes regularly and never stopped. I am now a BJJ blue belt, and a full blown jiu-jitsu addict. I love training, and will continue to train this art for the rest of my life. I have been to other gyms in the area as well as around the country and I am very impressed with the level of professionalism that I find at Apex. The gym is clean, the people have great attitudes and are great to work with, and the training is good technical jiu-jitsu training. I am proud to be a member of team Apex. I could say more but it’s almost time for class. See you on the mats!”

-Lucas Lundgren


“I had the privilege to have Cris begin coaching me six years ago. The technicality of his coaching style and attention to detail is on another level. He definitely has the tools to help anyone expand on their Jiu Jitsu.”

–Kai Mitchell

Testing Day at Apex Jiu Jitsu with Ishmael Bentley