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.
Our kids martial arts program is centered around Brazilian JiuJitsu. We teach how to end a fight without escalating violence and injury through the use of takedowns, reversals and submission joint locks.
The first technique we teach to beginning students is the Upa, which is an escape from the bully mount. What happens when someone has thrown your child to the ground? They are trained to do the Upa escape, using leverage and leg strength. This allows them to reverse the position and escape from someone larger and stronger. Through training in Brazilian JiuJitsu your child will become familiar and comfortable with the chaos of ground fighting.
Studies have shown that the overwhelming majority of street confrontations end up in grappling and going to the ground. A natural result of training to subdue without injuring is an increase in your child's respect for others and themselves. This builds tremendous confidence over time and affects many other areas of their lives as well.
Because the techniques are sometimes counterintuitive, your child must concentrate to learn them. Because they practice the techniques in live sparring, they must exert a tremendous amount of energy to apply them. Most parents report that getting their kids to bed after JiuJitsu is not a problem.
We can design a specific program for your child if they are being bullied. You can be confident that we are not simply training them to be violent without remorse, but showing them a way to defend themselves and their dignity.
Brazilian JiuJitsu is also a great competitive individual sport with tournaments held throughout the year here in the Bay Area. Participants are divided by age, weight and ability. Many of our students have “found their sport” in Brazilian JiuJitsu and compete regularly under the Team Silva/Check Mat banner here in California and around the USA.
Many experts recommend martial arts for children because a good program will teach both physical and mental skills. Our goal at Team Silva Martial Arts Academy is to teach your child how to appropriately defend themselves, get them into great physical shape, and teach them special life lessons. In addition to the physical skills required to learn effective self-defense, your child will learn how to use discipline, respect, self-control, teamwork, and more to excel in school as well as at home with you. They can take these lessons with them and use them for a lifetime! Our Children’s Martial Arts Program: Will get your child in great shape and improve his/her coordination Teaches how to resolve conflict peacefully Provides an outlet for extra energy Reinforces ideals of courtesy and respect Teaches an “I can do it” attitude Uses positive reinforcement to make classes fun! Sign up your child today at our Martial Arts/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program: www.teamsilvabjj.com