Brazilian jiu-jitsu ; Portuguese: (BJJ; Portuguese: jiu-jitsu brasileiro) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. The objective is to control and submit an opponent using various techniques such as joint locks and chokeholds. BJJ incorporates elements from judo and wrestling and emphasizes leverage and technique over strength and power. BJJ training often involves live sparring (rolling) to practice techniques and test one's skills against a resisting opponent. It is a highly effective self-defense system and is widely used in mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers a number of physical, mental, and social benefits, including:
Competition is an integral part of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). With Master Joao and Master Fred both having world class competitive experience under their belt, you're learning from some of the world's best here in South Florida. (Pictured is Master Fred recent win at Fight2Win in Miami)
Everything we do, and how we do it, revolves around mutual teacher-student respect and providing a healthy and safe environment for our students, in which to learn. We encourage questions and expect our students to ask many of them.
Even though we spar against each other in class, we are NOT competitors; we are teammates. We are all here to help and look after one another, be safe, have fun, stay fit, and learn something new every time we train.
Born and raised in Brazil, Joao Moncaio started training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at the age of 12, under Master Elan Santiago, and was promoted to green belt at the age of 15. In 2002, Joao moved to the U.S with his family and began training with Grand Master Jorge Popovitch. He then went on to become an instructor at the Academy, as a blue belt, and eventually earned his black belt in 2007. After 10 years with the Popovitch family, Joao and Fred left Fort Lauderdale in 2012 to open their own gym in Boca Raton.
Fred Moncaio is a year 30 year old BJJ Blackbelt, who started training at age 16, under Master Pablo Popovitch, and earned his Black Belt at the age of 21. He is an accomplished amateur MMA fighter, with a record of 10-0 and as a Professional he has achieved a record of 6-3 with all wins via first round submission.
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