Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting (Ne-Waza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie by master Mitsuyo Maeda. Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Helio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge onto their family.
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 (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense.Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.
Jonatas Gurgel, also known as “Tagarela” is one of the top Jiu Jitsu fighters in the famous American Top Team (ATT). With an amazing grappling record in which you can add up World Cup, Pan American and Brazilian National BJJ titles, “Tagarela”, (who is an instructor at the ATT academy) has also added an MMA curriculum which he develops in Jiu Jitsu’s off season.
- 2 x World Cup Champion (2004, 2005)
- 3x Pan American Champion (2002, 2004, 2005)
- 4x Brazilian National Champion (2002, 2003, 2005, 2007)
- World Bronze Medallist (2006, 2007, 2008)
- 5 – 0 mma record with 5 first round victories
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie >Andre Pederneiras > Joao Roque >Jonatas Gurgel
Stefane Dias, M.Ed. Strength & Conditioning Coach for the American Top Team professional fighters Stefane Dias is a Proud graduate of Parana State University in Brazil (UFPR), where he received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.
From 2002 to 2005 He studied in Russia and finished his master’s degree in Strength & Conditioning Preparation of Elite Athletes. Dias is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Exercise Physiology in the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport and Tourism of Moscow, and he was the first foreign student to receive “Honor of Achievement award for the best scientific research of the year 2005” in Exercise Physiology. Dias is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu from the Arena Academy in Brazil.