Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the Fastest Growing Martial Art and Sport in the World.
It's the #1 Martial Art to Learn if You Want Fitness and the Best in Self Defense.
The popularity of jiu-jitsu has grown incredibly since Royce Gracie of Brazil, introduced the world to it back in 1993. Since then, every mixed martial artist has added jiu jitsu to their training regimen. For those of you who are not familiar with Royce Gracie, he is a member of the largest sporting family in the world. There are hundreds of Gracies who train in jiu-jitsu. Royce Gracie, at just 6' and 175 lbs., was not even the best in the family and he won the first 3 UFC tournaments by defeating over 10 other martial artists, all larger than himself and as large as 6'4 and 260 lbs. And he shocked the world doing it with only choke-holds and arm-lock techniques.
Jiu Jitsu is more than self defense. It has now become more of a lifestyle for the tens of thousands who practice the Japanese martial art via Brazil. Like yoga and surfing, there is a therapeutic element to jiu-jitsu. BJJ as it's commonly known as among practitioners, is a full-body workout. It doesn't require great flexibility but many will develop and learn how to use flexibility to counter an opponent who is stronger and more powerful. Power and strength are not necessary components if you have technique. Technique and knowing how to use leverage can overcome the attacks of one who is stronger and aggressive.
It's an incredible workout. One will use every muscle in the body, especially the core, hands, arms, back, legs, and even your mind. There is a lot of strategy involved in utilizing technique to overcome and defeat your opponent. Many call jiu jitsu a physical chess match. It's a chess match that favors one that is calm, patient, fit and well trained. It also helps if you can manage your ego, because you will be defeated by smaller adversaries. But it's worth it! What you will learn are skills that may save your life. You will learn how to fight and protect yourself without having to beat someone to a bloody pulp. The self confidence you will gain is empowering, and this is something you just can not buy at your local Porsche dealer. It's something that can not be taken away from you, as long as you practice.
We are committed to teaching you the best jiu jitsu techniques for self defense and sport. With over 20 years of experience each, professors Mark Hopkins and Martin Figueroa have trained with the best and have also competed at the highest levels. Their knowledge runs deep. Both have also trained in wrestling, judo, boxing and kickboxing.
The best way to learn more about jiu-jitsu is to come by the academy and try a free class. Adults and children 4 years-old and up are all welcome to try it out.
My bike racing days in early 1980s...Vince Silva at Oklahoma State, 1988.
Will getting his blue belt months before his 67th birthday.
2012 No Gi Worlds.
2015 World Masters....2015 No Gi Worlds.
2014 No Gi Worlds...with Master Carlos Valente and Junior Dos Santos.
Mark Hopkins, Mario Sperry, Eduardo Telles, Martin Figueroa.