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Thursday, 20 April 2017 06:30

Sergio Silva Jiu-Jitsu Interview.

HHCF JIU JITSU TEAM PROFILE ON SERGIO SILVA

HHCF Jiu Jitsu Team Profile: Sergio Silva
By: Adisa Banjoko, HHCF Founder

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    Sergio Silva watching over his students on the BJJ path . For more info visit www.teamsilvabjj.com 

The Hip-Hop Chess Federation now has a jiu jitsu team. The goal of the team is to unite some of the best minds and souls in Jiu Jitsu to help humanitarian efforts and keep peace on the streets. Each month we hope to profile 2 members of the team. Sergio Silva is an amazing guy. He has raised a lot of money for disaster victims in Haiti, Pakistan and other parts of the world. This is his story 

AB: When did you start training jiu jitsu and why?

Sergio Silva: First I would like to say thank you for this opportunity to do this interview for HHCF
 I start practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in August of 1992 when some of my friends and brother start to practice BJJ with this guy name Jorge.The Jiu-Jitsu that he used to teach it used to be Half BJJ and half Japanese Jiu-Jitsu. It was in 1993 where I start practice the pure BJJ.An academy opened right next to my house(two block away).

I start practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu due of the violence in some parts of Brazil. I used to go watch soccer games and like everyone know Soccer in Brazil is HUGE. 95% of the time in the end of the game I used to watch or be very close to big fights. One day I watched this guy getting into a fight where he was actually the guy that started the fight but he had no idea how to fight. Coming back home with that scenario in my head kind of made me anxious. Get in a fight with no answers was something that made me very scared even to think about it. After few weeks I watch another scneario that made my head think very serious about enjoying a Martial Arts(BJJ) academy.

This group of guys tried to get in a fight with this rich kid. The rich kid did not wanted to fight at all, he had his girlfriend and was inside this building in a party. But this 3 guys were very serious to keep the provocation until the rich kid lost and went outside to see what this guys wanted it.
I was outside watching everything. The kid wants to talk with the big of all of them and asked him what was the problem.

The big guy did not wanted to talk much and start to push the rich kid. In fraction of seconds the rich kid put the big guy down and suddenly he was in the back choking the big guy telling him :
“THIS IS JIU-JITSU MY FRIEND YOU SHOULD HAVE TAUGHT TWICE BEFORE STARTING ALL THIS.”

The most impressive thing it was he did not throw one punch or kick he just used grappling techniques-In that point I was sold-the next thing I would have to do it would figure it out how to get the money to start practice since BJJ was very expensive.

AB: When did you decide to seriously go after your Black belt and for those seeking your level, what should they expect to endure?

SS: The idea to get my black belt came into my mind when I was a purple belt(1997).Back then we did not had that many black belts in my city-Curitiba. I was responsible for all the classes during the day and all the classes during the afternoon. One day a black belt in Hapkido came in the class to talk with a black belt.I told him that the black belt it will be in the academy at night. He replied if is ok to purple belt to teach in BJJ? He made a very weird face and left- After that day I knew that one day I would be a black belt.

If you do expect to get your black belt one day make sure to know that the journey start with several major sacrifices in your life. I went through injuries after injuries I had to stop going to University, gave up my dream of graduate in College, lost girlfriends(due of them not understanding my mat time space) and had trouble to keep jobs due of the flexibility of been traveling all the time for the tournaments.

AB: How much are chess and jiu jitsu connected in your opinion?

SS: In my opinion Chess and Jiu-Jitsu are connect due of the massive strategy game that you need to always make sure to improve. I learned to play chess when I was 8-10 years old. Back then all I knew was how to move the pieces nothing else. In BJJ my teammates where literally a nerds on the mats in how to build this perfect strategy. When start BJJ I did not even play Chess in first 8 months of BJJ training due of this crazy amount of time spent on the mats(Back then we did not had internet or videos to watch BJJ).

When I went to my first competition and lost one of my teammates was an engineer and one day he brought his chess set to the academy and start talking about strategy and how we all related through this Human Chess that is BJJ. My teacher at the time Evanri Gurgel told me to start play more Chess to improve my ground game(I taught What a Hell he is talking about it?). Back then most of my friends did not like it or did not know how to play Chess. So one day I was walking in a very busy street in Curitiba and I saw some old folks playing Chess(they looked like homeless). I approach one of them and asked them if I could play(underestimating this folks was one of my biggest mistake).
I start playing thinking that I would smash this old man. In the middle of the game he talked for the first time, until then I had no idea how is voice sound like it.
He said:“You move really fast making amazing mistakes and is all because of your speed of thinking”
He defeated me two times with no major problems at all…

In the end he told me again:
“Think more before make your moves young man…when you make a decision you can’t turn back and if you take your hands out of the piece that move is DONE”.

Playing Chess that day made a HUGE impact in my Jiu-Jitsu game,the next day I tried to move really slow in practice and people taught that I was sick or not serious. I was only a white belt trying to move like a blue or purple belt-
How Dare I was??? 

AB: You have hosted some historic events raising money for victims of natural disasters. Most notably Haitian earthquake relief as well as Pakistan flood victims. Tell me how those ideas together and how hard was it to organize so many schools that do battle to come together for a humanitarian cause?

SS: To tell you the truth organizing this events was kind of scary. I was in the U.S Open for the weekend and I went to get a cup of coffee.When I got there to get a cup of coffee I saw several people with the computer in the shop,I saw a young couple arguing about that the establishment did not had half and half for them put in their coffee ,people with the best cell phones. And here I was getting ready to fight the US Open with tons other of our BJJ community people spending cash to do something nice for ourselves but what are we were doing for somebody else?

Thousands of people were dead or dying and all we could think about it is how we could win this tournament. When I start thinking that way I realize that the value of the tournament went down and I did not even care as much about the result and all I could think about it was how we all could come together and make something special not for ourselves but for others…help people without have them to ask for help it was my main objective. I went around talking with ever single teachers and professors and telling what they think about this and all of them really sound very positive and supportive. It took me another week getting everyone in the same room and get the cash to help the victims. The feeling of doing something so special it was unreal.


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AB: Of all your matches what are your top three that taught you something about yourself?

SS: The first one it was back in 1993 when I was a white belt fighting open division.I lost my division and went to tried the Open just for fun.After winning two fight and end up getting in the finals fighting a guy that weights 260 lbs.I was fighting but I was listen to his coach where I stopped listen to my coach to listen what the other coach was telling him not me…

The other fight was in Porto Alegre I was fighting one of the best guy in that State,everyone was there but from my TEAM just me and 3 other guys.Ze Mario Sperry was his coach and for some odd reason I got intimidated for that and gave the guy way too much respect-I did an amazing fight and I wish I had that tape for that fight.I end up loosing by an advantage in the end, that time we did not had advantage and was most interpretation of the referee.

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The other one was in 2009 in the finals of the Pan American Championships where I taught the fight was already done but we still had 10 seconds to go…I end up loosing by the interpretation of the referee that told me in the end that I was way more tired then the guy-I taught the fight was over but it’s only over when is over.



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AB: What are the characteristics of being a good teacher? Also, what are the characteristics of being a good student?

SS: I believe that before talk we must be able to listen.When we are born that is the most effective thing that we have.Be able to listen then talk. Students as well teachers must be able to listen. Respect is one of the most important thing that a student in martial arts must have for the person that is bringing the acknowledge. If you were never able to get a triangle choke or to apply this amazing sweep and now after few months of training now you are able to pull all this sweet moves together there is one person besides yourself that you must take your hat off for it and that guy is your teacher. Loyalty to yourself and the people around you that is helping you to achieve that level- Remember jiu-jitsu is an individual sport but without the TEAM you will have nobody to practice.


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Discipline is the key of Success also if you are not focus and willing to learn it will be very difficult to see any progress here…A good teacher it will listen to you if you have a problem or an injury and will understand what need to be done in order for you to progress. A good student will always listen, respect and have a great amount of discipline involve in training that everyone on the mats will take him/her serious. And also don’t forget to laugh at your teacher’s jokes even if is kind of corny.

AB:  What are your favorite Hip Hop jams that motivate you on the mat?

SS: Yeah I like the old school hip hop where they used to talk about politics and right ideas. Public enemy has a good beat that I enjoy very much.Fight the Power is Tight…I like when the motivates me to move my body or to choke someone but having fun in the process.


AB: Any last words?
I would like to say thanks for Adisa for putting this interview together and believing in the power of BJJ and Chess. I also would like to give a quick shout out for my wife and son and all my Teammates without you guys life would be very sketchy.
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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 16:15

Team Silva Martial Arts Academy

Professor Sergio Silva started practcing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu back in 1992 when he was a brown belt in Judo.The passion of Martial Arts started for the first time when professor Silva was almost 4 years of age and he went to a judo practice in 
his uncle's academy in Curitiba,Parana-Brazil.
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Dojo Mokayko was lead by professor Si;va's uncle Edgar Barreto.Professor Barreto was a judo teacher and fighter who believed so much in the art of Judo.

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Sergio Silva in the young son of all 2 brothers that he has.His older brother Julio Cesar Linhares e Silva was the most dedicated junior judo athlete back then.Julio used to love to learn the art of fighting.


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Not just Judo but Kung fu and street fighting it was a necessity for Julio that used to ride the bus in the city and a lot of times encountering himself in danger situations.


On saturdays,Julio who was very young and has huge responsibilities.He had the key of the dojo and used to invite his friends from different Martial Arts to come share and learn together the mixing of Martial Arts(MMA).

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Back then professor Silva was just a fanatic for learning new things.Soccer was into his passion but before getting deep in soccer professor Silva learned few other Martial Arts.Capoeira,Kung Fu,Karate,Judo and even Sumo was some of the things that professor Silva learned in the early ages.


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He knew that consistency was something important not only in Judo and Martial Arts in general but overall you must know how important is the consistency in anything you put your life into it.

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In 1993 Sergio older brother Julio decided to give up his pre school Judo teaching and follow his dreams to be an architect.Given Sergio the opportunity to teach Judo to pre School kids in Brazil.

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As a brown belt in Judo Sergio Silva thought it was the chance of his life time.Teach the art of Judo as a job it would change Sergio's life once and for all.
Sergio used to have a very demanding Soccer schedule where practice was almost everyday.In the day that he wasn't practicing Soccer he was practicing Judo and martial arts with his brother.
One of the most beautiful teaching of Martial Arts on his life was the art of persistence in learning:
"When you think a move is hard to learn it means you did not tried enough times to learn that technique..."


start your practice today at our Alameda Martial Arts dojo in Alameda.
Classes are held everyday as early as 6am in the morning.
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 17:44

Team Silva BJJ Review


Danilo

"I came from Brazil to spend some time in California training jiu-jitsu. Since I arrived I'm training with Sergio and even knowing several academies from Brazil (birthplace of jiu-jitsu) I can say the TeamSilva BJJ is the one of the best places I already trained. The friendly atmosphere, the solids techniques taught and diversities in which you can test yourself, make it the perfect place for lovers of  martial arts, beginners or competitors. Tatame always very clean and perfect environment for practicing the martial art."




Luis Soltero

I could go on and on telling all the great things about this Academy so I will try to keep it short.  I have been a member, along with my two sons and my daughter, for over 4 years. At first I though this would be an awesome activity for my kids but when I started watching the training I thought "I can do this" the truth is I was nervous. I was still recovering from low back surgery so I wasn't sure this was a sport I would last more than a week.  Well I am still here and continue training and love the training!  When I met Sergio he made me feel welcome and suggested for me to give it a try, so I did.  Sergio is a world champion who has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for decades and he cares for his students making sure they learn everything 100%. Now with the new location they have more room, more classes, and more options such as Yoga and Capoeira.  Often times Sergio also offers kids programs for summer activities and Parents Night out!!!  Sergio isn't just a teacher he is an amazing professor and a great friend he opens the door and makes you feel part of his family.  Everyone who trains there learns to be humble and share their knowledge, with the ones who begin to learn I find myself doing that thanks to the foundation Sergio built in me and every person.  It is true what other people mentioned this place becomes your second family. 

BJJ has help me in many ways, to get strong and protect my body, to be humble, to learn a better way to be a better person with more confidence and respect for others. This type of martial arts is great for kids too and this Academy offers the people and the room to make kids feel comfortable and teaches them to gain confidence, learn respect and discipline.  

Be sure to check their website teamsilvabjj.com they have additional locations in other cities.  I have trained at one of the other locations and the people are humble and welcoming as well and great instructors who teach at either location different days of the week.

Thank you professor and friend Sergio Silva and thank you for providing a family oriented environment.  I am happy to be part of this family!
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Wednesday, 04 January 2017 17:07

Team Silva BJJ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Team Silva Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is convenient located in the heart of Alameda providing outstanding service to all residents of the Bay Area.
Our teacher professor Sergio Silva is the first BJJ Black Belt from Brazil to be teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu(BJJ) in the Island.


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Professor Sergio Silva is the former World Champion of Submission Wrestling and a multiple times National and International Champion of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts.


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To provide such an amazing Martial Arts program professor Sergio Silva study 3 years of Physical Education studying many different form of teaching and concepts.Professor Silva practice Soccer(Futsal) for over 14 years going to amauter level in Brazil and getting sponsorship to study in the best top level High School and college in Curitiba,PArana-Brazil.
Professor Silva slo study Judo,Capoeira and Mixed Martial Arts back in Brazil and also studied for several years the method of Warm Up Ginastica Natural.

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In 2007 professor Silva met his wife who was considered the Best Yoga teacher of Alameda 2015 and 2016.
With the love for his future wife came the love for Yoga where professor Silva started to practice in the daily basis.
Our main Martial Arts program is now focusing in Yoga,Agility and technique.
Professor Silva have been working with preschool kids and young adults since the year of 1992 back in Brazil in the pre-school-Terra Firme.
Professor Sergio Silva help and trained with  several professional MMA(Mixed Martial Arts)fighters for over 15 years.He helped Shogun Rua with his ground fighting training,Murillo Ninja,Wanderley Silva,Jose Landy Pele,BJ Penn,Ralph Gracie and many others.

Professor Sergio Silva worker with kids with mental disadvantage for over 3 years in the group call Seneca Center.

Sensei Silva slo has a Martial Arts school in Hayward,El Cerrito,Stockton,Spain and Curitiba.


Sign up now www.teamsilvabjj.com 

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Alameda Business Buzz: Fire and water
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Janice Worthen
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Yoga Alameda and Team Silva Brazilian Jiu Jitsu open in a new Park Street location next week. Photo by Janice Worthen.

After a long and frustrating renovation of the old A-1 Vacuum & Sewing location on Park Street, Sergio Silva of Team Silva Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and his wife, Rebecca Trissell of Yoga Alameda, are planning to open their his-and-hers studio Tuesday.

Yoga Alameda will be open on Saturday during Park Street’s customer appreciation event (more on that below) to sell passes for a month of unlimited yoga for $75. Both businesses will open officially on Tuesday.

The couple hoped to open their joint studio last weekend, but had to push their opening date forward due to another setback in a series of setbacks: The city told the couple they wouldn’t be able to provide a final inspection of the studio until Monday – or later (Trissell was able to call and get an earlier inspection). Meanwhile, Trissell said she and her husband have been losing money and business waiting for the city’s approval.

Although both knew that opening their own place would take time and money, neither Silva nor Trissell was prepared for just how much of both they’d have to spend. Trissell said the whole process was like having another baby; she and Silva have a 5-year-old son and an 11-month-old daughter.

Silva and Trissell have dreamed of having their own space for a long time. Silva, who has won martial arts tournaments and taught others who went on to be champions themselves, has been teaching Brazilian jiu jitsu since 1993. Trissell has practiced yoga since 1998 and has been teaching since 2007. The couple had been renting studio space on Lincoln Avenue, but they struggled to accommodate both businesses in that location: Trissell said she often had to have her yoga classes at random times to work around Silva’s martial arts classes.

Silva said they envisioned a place where martial arts and yoga, or “fire and water” as he put it, could exist together, but the reality has not met their vision just yet. With the renovation of the Park Street location behind them, Silva is excited that the couple’s vision is now closer to being realized.

Silva said the couple had to bring in an architect first who could provide a plan for the renovation, and Trissell said it took more than a month and a half to get all the necessary permits before work could even start; it took at least six weeks for the city to rezone the space because their businesses are not retail or restaurants, and it took another five weeks to get the building permits.
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Trissell said Park Street is Alameda’s little gem, and because it is an historic area, there were many things they had to do to preserve the space and bring it up to code in addition to building an ADA-approved bathroom. Silva said the wait for permits was so hard because it made it difficult to hold on to contractors who couldn’t or wouldn’t wait for the permits to come in. Silva and Trissell also didn’t negotiate a long enough rent deferral and have had to pay rent on their space without being able to use it.

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Trissell said their inability to provide an exact opening date has also been hard on customers; she has announced their opening on her business’s Facebook page only to have to apologize when they couldn’t honor the date. During the renovation, Silva’s and Trissell’s customers have had to travel to Silva’s Hayward studio or put their sessions on hold until the new location opened.

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City Planner Andrew Thomas said he felt the process went smoothly from the city’s end, though he acknowledged that people who are new to the planning and permitting process are often surprised by how complex it is. Thomas said business owners have many state and city codes to meet, and while it’s not easy to build in California, he said the city tries to move things along as quickly as possible because Alameda wants small businesses to open here.


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Since the studio wasn’t listed among the uses that are already permitted on Park Street, the process took a little longer than it may have for another type of business because the city is required to provide notice that a new use has been proposed and to obtain feedback from other business owners nearby.

The department is working to process a growing number of building permits without the staff it once employed; half the staff in the city’s planning department was laid off during the recession, in 2009, and the department is wholly funded by the revenue it takes in. Still, Thomas said the city has initiated a new program, “Alameda at Your Service,” intended to make the process run more smoothly for business owners.

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Silva said he understands that everything needs to be perfect because of the historic location they chose but that the wait time for permits and the costs of renovating a space on Park Street make it hard for new businesses to get on their feet. Trissell said she has a new respect for what businesses have gone through to be able to operate.

Both Silva and Trissell want the joint space to be family-centered, and Silva said the new location better accommodates this vision because there are so many things for kids to do on and around Park Street. Trissell said the couple will offer a “play date” for children while their parents practice yoga or martial arts. They’ll also offer classes for the whole family, which are hard to find anywhere else: Their offerings will include classes for toddlers in both martial arts and yoga, and Trissell provides yoga for pregnant women as a registered prenatal yoga teacher.

Trissell said that many people in the area have high-stress jobs, and her yoga classes and Silva's martial arts classes provide an opportunity for people to put things on pause and reconnect with their bodies.

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"This is a place where the community and families can come together and have fitness fun and activities. All age levels and abilities welcome," she said.

1502 Park Street. Yoga Alameda: http://www.yogaalameda.com/. Team Silva Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: http://www.teamsilvabjj.com/. Open from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 8:45 a.m. to noon on Sunday.
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We offer several type of Classes at our Alameda Martial Arts Team Silva Academy.Start your program today:

Toddler Samurai Classes
Kids Martial Arts with Life Skills
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Kids
Kids Competition Training
Teens Anti Bullying
Women Self-Defense
Adult Self Defense practice.
Adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Adult Competition training
Mixed Martial Arts
Combat Fitness Training.
Yoga Classes
Prenatal Yoga
Post Natal Yoga
Baby and Mommy Yoga Classes
Vinyasa Yoga
Family Yoga Classes.


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Wednesday, 17 February 2016 21:43

Adult Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

We teach a continuing curriculum of Brazilian Jiu­Jitsu(hyperlink to what is BJJ page) each day at our academies. Classes consist of functional fitness, warm up, stretching, technical instruction, positional sparring and free rolling. Each week a specific technical aspect of BJJ is taught on a rotating basis. The self defense aspect and application of each technique will be explained. You will learn and work through top game, the guard, open guard, escapes from side control, from mount etc. We practice the techniques in positional sparring and then, end the class with free rolling.
 
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New Students
 
For new students, we will show you how to do the basic warm ups and standard BJJ moves on an individual basis in your first few classes so you can fully participate in class as quickly as possible.

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You will not be free sparring until our instructors think you are ready and you will not be forced to spar before you believe you are ready. We do not use beginners as tackling dummies/canon fodder for our competition team. These rules keep injuries down and your attitude up.

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Once you start training on a regular basis you will gain muscle, lose fat and be more flexible. This will boost your confidence and put you on the path to maintaining your fitness. The upgrade to your functional fitness and flexibility after a few months of training will amaze you. You will be reacting faster, have more energy and be sleeping better than you can believe.

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Sign up online and we’ll get you set up with a class time and date.
 
If start to love BJJ, like many of us do, you can start competing in tournaments. We host our own Jiu­Jitsu By The Bay (Hyperlink to JJ by the Bay) tournaments 4 times a year in Alameda.
 
Experienced students new to Team Silva
 
Welcome to our academy! If you are coming back to BJJ after a layoff or are new to the area and are checking out schools with an eye towards finding a new place to train please contact Professor Silva by emailto arrange a phone assessment and he’ll recommend a class for you. Then come to class, pay the mat fee and see if we’re the place for you. We have a strong competition team and a friendly atmosphere. We’ll train you as hard as you want, if that’s what you want. Come experience tough, technical and comprehensive instruction from a native Brazilian.



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