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Attention: Due to several incidents (see videos below), we are participating in a worldwide initiative to bring the most effective self defence techniques to women around the world.  A fairly large group of certified training centres who have been trained and prepared to share these...

"Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off." -Franklin D. Roosevelt Co-operation vs. Competition.  When you really think about it, to give your child the...

Red Belt Grand Master Pedro Valente Sr. has passed away to another step in his spiritual journey. From the Gracie Miami website: "In 1953, father and son went to the academy in downtown Rio and started learning Jiu-Jitsu. The late Dr. Syllo Valente was a naturalist and a...

Congratulations Keivan!  Two years of dedication, hard work, and attention to detail have allowed you to master the fundamentals and achieve the Blue Belt.  You are definitely more than prepared to face a bigger, stronger opponent in a real situation and survive, escape or end...