Brazilian jiu-jitsu, also called The Gentle Art, is a martial art, combat sport, and a self-defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Originated in Japan and later developed by Gracie Family from Brazil, BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground – most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments and mixed martial arts competition or as self-defense. Brazilian jiu-jitsu: it is not solely a martial art: it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way of life.Learn More
Classes for everyone (beginners and intermediate, kids, ladies). Existing BJJ Practitioners can bring their Gi and we offer free daily laundry of their Gi. No belt certification is offered.
Marcus Almeida, also known as “Buchecha” (or Bochecha), is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Rodrigo Cavaca and a member of the Checkmat BJJ academy, being widely regarded as the greatest grappler of his generation and arguably of all time in the sport of BJJ. His reputation is backed by his 6 IBJJF World Championship open weight titles, being the record holder of absolute gold medals at the ‘Mundial’ after breaking Roger Gracie‘s previous record (3) back in 2016.
Marcus will be spending a week here with us on vacation. No doubt he will stop by on the Red Mat to show us few of his favorite techniques.
We are looking forward to spend time with the Champ.
He started Martial Arts with Judo at the age of 7. At the age of 20, he started to train Jiu-Jitsu at the academy of Carlson Gracie Junior. He received his black belt in 1986. Currently holding a Coral Belt, one of the highest ranks in Jiu-Jitsu. He competed in many competitions including the first two mondials where he won bronze medals. He trained with legendary fighters such as Carlson, Rickson, Rilion, Royler, Rigan Machado, Jean Jacque Machado, Gordo, Teixera & Marcelo Behring. He is the first Coral Belt of Master Rilion Gracie, son of Grand Master Carlson Gracie.
Also an actor and a businessman he resides in the beautiful city of Rio De Janeiro.
Master Ricardo will be visiting us in Mid April. He will spend 8 days in Maldives where he will share not only classic Jiu-Jitsu techniques but also tales from the early days of the Gentle Art in Brazil and how to use Jiu-Jitsu in our daily life to remain fit and focused. He will be the highest rank Jiu-Jitsu athlete to set foot on the Red Mat.