BJJ    Boxing    Kickboxing    MMA

What We Do

The Grapplers Lair, better known as “The Lair” by it’s students, was the first of it’s kind as it brought the world of BJJ and Mixed Martial Arts to Central Texas back in 1999. Weather you’re looking to compete, get in shape, or just ready for something new and exciting, “The Lair” provides a professional, family friendly atmosphere, specializing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, MMA, and Self-Defense for children and adults.

Experienced Instructors

in BJJ, MMA, & more

With instruction from top notch trainers & professional athletes, you will learn in a safe and professional environment. 

Family Friendly

For children and adults

We offer classes for all ages and level of experience. Classes include BJJ, MMA, self defense for women, kids classes, and more.

Fitness & Self-Defense

for Competition & fun

No matter your skill level, we don't just train for competition. BJJ and MMA are great for fitness, self-defense, and for fun!

   This is a true gem of a BJJ/MMA school. 

I love this place! I knew after my first class this is where I wanted to train when I moved to this area. Headed by TJ Waldburger, UFC submission of the night award winner. Obviously, he is skilled to get submission of the night at the highest level in MMA, but he is also a very patient and knowledgeable instructor. He finds the best way to teach his students according to their learning style. My teamates are very tough, yet friendly in sharpening my skills and offering guidance. They also have kid's classes and women's self defense seminars.

This is a true gem of a BJJ/MMA school in Central Texas.

Juan Alexis Rodriguez

About us

Our mission is to empower our students by helping them develop and improve both physically and mentally through their progression in martial arts, leaving them confident in their self-defense as well as the ability to dominate in competition.

The Lair was a dream built from the ground up by founders,  John and Susane Moore, who have since passed the gym down to Head Instructor and mixed martial artist veteran, TJ Waldburger.

With almost 15 years experience, Professional Mixed Martial Artist and BJJ Black Belt, TJ Waldburger sets the bar for BJJ and Mixed Martial Arts throughout Central Texas. 

We offer a variety of programs including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for adults and children, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), private lessons, seminars, and our women's self defense called "Pretty Dangerous."

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We would love to have you join us at "The Lair" for a FREE trial week. Come try any program we offer with NO COMMITMENT to join!

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Find Us

We are located in the Temple Colonial Mall at 3111 S 31st Street.


Use the Cotton Patch Entrance and find us across from Bath & Body Works and Claire's.

We are so excited to make you a part of the family!

Grappler's Lair

3111 S 31st St Temple TX 76504

254 721-5650