THIS IS OUR STORY

THIS IS OUR HISTORY

Jeremy Owens, founder of Evolution Martial Arts Academy, first discovered Brazilian jiu jitsu while attending college in Hawaii. He met and trained under jiu jitsu black belt Renato “Charuto "Verissimo and alongside UFC champion BJ Penn, and ultimately developed a deep appreciation for the sport. After moving to Wilmington in 2008, Jeremy wanted to continuing practicing jiu jitsu but couldn’t find any facilities located in the southeastern North Carolina area. His love for the ocean drew him to Wrightsville Beach and Evolution Martial Arts Academy was born.

THIS IS OUR GYM

Evolution was acquired by Renato “Charuto” Verissimo in 2017, who is Jeremy’s main teacher and mentor from Hawaii. While Evolution’s main focus is teaching jiu jitsu to all age groups, striking classes are also available for children and adults. The gym is currently home to 7 Nova União Black Belt instructors, all of who are well-rounded individuals and are extremely passionate about teaching the art of Brazilian jiu jitsu. Evolution is committed to maintaining a friendly team environment that caters to every individual’s specific needs. As a premier gym located inside of the Wrightsville Beach community, Evolution seeks to connect ocean culture with the skill of martial arts.