1502 Park St. - Alameda

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New Students: $49.99 for 3 classes + fitness evaluation + FREE gi

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Girls only Workshop!

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 17:44

Team Silva BJJ Review


"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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Friday, 10 February 2017 03:42

Rice and Beans Workshop

 Rice and Beans Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Basic and Fundamentals!
 Professor Sergio Silva Basic and Fundamental Workshop February 25th at our Alameda Dojo.
 We will be going over basic and Fundamental in all basic positions:
-Basic Self-Defense techniques and concepts.
-Basic stand up techniques
-Basic Guard concepts and how to best defend yourself from your back.
-Basic Guard pass and concepts from that position.
-Basic Side Control Defense
-Basic Mount position escapes
Location-Alameda dojo
Cost:$35(Free Basic and Fundamental DVD for the first 10 people to register)

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Alameda Business Buzz: Fire and water
Team Silva Priorities

Janice Worthen
Yoga Alameda

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.

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.


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.

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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Tuesday, 04 October 2016 06:50

Alameda Women Self-Defense Workshop!

Women Self-Defense Workshop!

Women Self Defense Workshop

That's right Saturday October 15th we will be offering our Women Self-Defense Workshop from 3-5pm.

Please let your sisters and their friends,wives,Girlfriends,antis,friends of friends and all women that you know about our Women Self-Defense Workshop.-

This workshop could be the salvation of a lot of woman,the separation of been a victim to be able to restraint someone and protect love one's and yourself!

WE currently offer Combat Fitness/Kickboxing classes to all women from 6-7pm every Monday and Wednesdays- Please don't miss this opportunity to learn crucial Self-Defense Techniques that could help you save your life. Please share and bring all your friends and sisters!

Event Date October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm Registration Deadline October 16, 2016 6:00pm [Eastern Time] Venue 1502 PARK ST,ALAMEDA-CA-94501

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 23:44

What's Jiu Jitsu

Brazillian jiu-jitsu is a martial art derived from Japanese judo. Prior to the early 20th century there were many schools of jiu-jitsu in Japan each with different emphasis and philosophy.
This period, known as the Meiji restoration, was a time rapid change in Japan. The focus of the new government was for Japan to take its place in the world as a modern nation. Part of this modernization involved an effort by the Japanese government for Japan to participate in the modern Olympic movement and have its national sport – the grappling art jiu-jitsu – accepted as an Olympic sport. Under the auspices of Professor Jigaro Kano and his Kodokan organization the rules and techniques of jiu-jitsu gentle art), which he called judo(gentle way or path), were codified and taught throughout Japan and the world by his student emissaries and teachers. His students were forbidden from fighting or wrestling professionally. One of his premier students, Mitsuyo Maeda, in fact did fight and wrestle professionally throughout Europe, the United States, Cuba, Mexico and Brazil.
Maeda is said to have fought nearly 1000 no holds barred matches in his lifetime and was never defeated. He incorporated the techniques of his most difficult opponents into his style of jiu-jitsu. If you watch a high level Brazillian jiu-jitsu match today you will see Greco-Roman, freestyle and catch wrestling techniques integrated with modern judo and pre 20th century Japanese jiu-jitsu. 
Maeda settled in Brazil and taught his art there until his death in 1941. He taught the sons of his friend Gastão Gracie as well as other Brazillians. Carlos and Helio Gracie, the most famous sons of Gastao, were known for accepting the challenge of any type of fighter and defeating them. With their many progeny they practiced, taught and promoted their art throughout Brazil for the entirety of the 20th century.  This art came to be known as Gracie jiu-jitsu or Brazillian jiu-jitsu. The focus of Brazillian jiu-jitsu is on ground fighting. The effectiveness of this approach in one on one combat was shown to the world outside of Brazil in 1993 at UFC 1.
Helio Gracie’s son Royce at 185 lbs defeated all comers by submission using integrated arm and leg attacks against his much larger opponents. This is the hallmark of Brazillian jiu-jitsu; to submit the opponent using coordinated, leveraged arm and leg techniques without leaving permanent injury unless necessary.

You can also start your Martial Arts Journey learning the beauty of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and take for yourself and your family all the benefits that come with it.
You will learn Self-Defense,get in the best shape of your life and boost your confidence level in just in
few weeks of training.
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Get fit, have fun, and build valuable self-defense skills! Our complete fitness program features classes for all ages and skill levels including:

- martial arts techniques
- self defense-based total body conditioning
- yoga

Team members have access to all classes! We’ll help you customize a plan to meet your fitness goals.

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015 15:56

Women Self Defense

Team Silva Jiu-Jitsu is now offering a self defense/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu course for women only.

Women Self Defense Workshop

This course is designed for practical self defense, using full force, on live attackers.

We will instruct the students in the use of various, strikes, takedowns, joint locks and escapes from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. 
The emphasis of the course and ongoing instruction will be for the students to learn how to engage their legs into the fight as soon as possible. 
We stress this because using the legs in an integrated defense with the arms and head is the best way for a female defender to mitigate the upper body strength advantage of a male attacker.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is recognized throughout the world as one of the best methods of coordinated self defense against a larger, stronger opponent. 
Its methods provide the defender with the ability to manage the distance between attacker and defender so that strikes and holds on the defender are rendered less effective, this allows the defender to survive the initial attack and escape.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and other defensive methods used in this course are intimate close quarter combat. The practice of this type of live close combat training, trains the student in what it is like to go in and out of the “heightened fight or flight response” of a violent encounter and channel that fear into effective reactions using sound self defense techniques.
The practice of this type of combat over time enhances the students intuition and situational awareness which in turn allows the student to avoid areas, situations and encounters that predators count on for advantage.
The emphasis of this course will be on defending oneself against unarmed assault and acquaintance assault. We will not be teaching knife or gun “takeaways’ in a static slow motion fashion. Except for in very specific situations attempting to subdue an armed 
attacker is nearly suicidal and should be avoided at all costs. We will be using Gavin DeBeckers book The Gift of Fear as a reference for understanding different types of threats and the one situation when confronting an armed attacker is the best defense.

Classes are 2 hours Only six techniques should be used so that a lot of repetitive practice can be done.
Week 1
The buddy system
BJJ warm up shrimping, rolls etc.
Week One Techniques:
Technical stand up
Muay Thai clinch with full force knee strikes using three stations, two with big grappling dummies and one live with full krav maga protective gear.
BJJ rolling demo
Learn how to spot weapons found in the environment. Bottles, garbage cans etc.
Learn to notice where the typical Fire Alarm Pull Stations are located in buildings which you enter on a daily basis.
Week 2
BJJ warm up
Technical stand up
Muay Thai knee strikes
New techniques for this week:
Rickson Gracie toe lean and prayer position.
Closed guard with breaking posture and one sweep.
Positional sparring in the closed guard.

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015 15:55

About Us

Welcome to our academy. My name is Sergio Silva and I have been teaching Brazillian Jiu-jitsu in the Bay Area since 1999 when I emigrated to the United States.
At our academy we emphasize respect without submissiveness. I respect my students as the individuals that they are with a focus on their development as martial artists and people.
I am a 4th degree Black Belt in Brazillian Jiu-jitsu, 1st degree Black Belt in Judo and have participated and won Brazillian Jiu-jitsu tournaments at the black belt level, submission wrestling tournaments and MMA matches.

I am a former World Champion of submission wrestling and multiple times NAtional and International Champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts
I began my martial arts training at 4 years old with my uncle who was a judo Professor Edgar Barreto in my home town of Curitiba, Brazil. 
I began training in Brazillian Jiu-jitsu at age 13 at the Carlson Gracie Guardian Academy, also in Curitiba, Brazil
We moved to our current location on Park St with my wife Rebecca’s Yoga Alameda Studio in 2014.
Let me and my team of instructors show you how we can change your life.
We know that our instruction changes lives. We have seen it in ourselves and in our students.
If you want to get in great shape.
If you want to learn the most effective self-defense martial art in the world.

If you would like to boost your confidence in just few weeks of practice.
If you want to compete in a fantastic individual sport.
We know we can show you how. Will you join us?

Start your journey today with us!
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Tuesday, 12 May 2015 15:55

Alameda Teens Anti Bullying

Hi there,my name is Sergio Silva and I have been teaching Teens Anti-Bullying practice for over 20 years. I have done speech in several public schools. I was born in raised in South of America,Brazil.

One of the most important thing we emphasis in our program is the use of our verbal self-defense 101 and the building of individual confidence.


Here are some of the reasons that you should enroll your teenager at our Martial Arts Academy.

1-Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the World's most effective Martial Arts.
2-Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.
3-Bullies are everywhere,at school,at the park,local swimming pool and everywhere kids tent to play and have fun it will always be one kid that has some sort of natural advantage and he/she will take that advantage to be in superior stage no respecting anyone's boundaries or rules.Bullies always believe that they are invincible or they can get rid of any major arguments.
4-Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.
5-Build an unstoppable confidence in your child to always keep their head up with posture,speaking for themselves and give tools to them to not only defend themselves if they need to.
6-17% of American students report being bullied 2 to 3 times a month or more within a school semester. Take a stand in your community by hosting a Bullying Policy Makeover event customizing your school’s anti-bullying policy.
7-Keep your teenager in shape while learning the principles of our Life Skills 101 program:Focus,Discipline,Family,Confidence,Teamwork,Manners,Balance and much more.
8--1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4% of the time.
9-It's always amazes when our current Jiu-Jitsu teens come to us to let us know that someone have been pushing their buttons for over weeks and nobody does anything.We always tell our kids:"Make sure always let the bully know that you don't like what he/she did and kindly asked them to not ever do that again..."Then go tell the teacher.
10-Over 67% of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult help is infrequent and ineffective.We go back to the old story of the parent telling their child to go take the issue to the teacher. A lot of teachers let it pass just stating that they are kids and kids will do what kids do.
11--71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.That's a very high %!
12--90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.
13--1 in 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.
14-As boys age they are less and less likely to feel sympathy for victims of bullying. In fact they are more likely to add to the problem than solve it.
15-Physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school. Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant.
16-Give your teen a powerful tool that they will take for their life time.Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an amazing Martial Arts besides been one of the strongest sport growing in the World.It's always compare with Chess for the critical thinking about moves and the power of the decision making rule where you have a consequence with each move that you are applying. Engineers,software business tech people are usually very interested with the beauty of this amazing Martial Arts of BJJ. Facts About Bullying Bullying is being mean to another kid over and over again. Bullying often includes: -Teasing Talking about hurting someone -Spreading rumors -Leaving kids out on purpose -Attacking someone by hitting them or yelling at them -Bullying does not always happen in person. Cyber bullying is a type of bullying that happens online or through text messages or emails. It includes posting rumors on sites like Facebook, sharing embarrassing pictures or videos, and making fake profiles or websites.

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