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The best time to start jiu jitsu is when you’re young, but it’s never too late to start something new. Our youngest student is 4 years old and our oldest student is a 70 year old, young man who started his journey with us at age 60. Come join us and try a FREE trial class. You won’t regret it, let the fun begin.

What is Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit. Due to the fact that control is generally easier on the ground than in a standing position, much of the technique of BJJ is centered around the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions from where the opponent can be rendered harmless.

To control and overcome greater size, strength and aggression with lesser size and strength is the keynote of the sport. This is done by utilizing superior leverage, grip and position upon your opponent. Students of the sport gain a deep understanding of the workings and limits of the human body.

This knowledge can be used to subdue and control an opponent with whatever level of severity the student chooses. The path to this knowledge is physically and mentally demanding. Students benefit from greatly increased physical fitness, problem-solving ability, self-knowledge of their body and mind and the many social benefits of working within a large group of like-minded fellow students as you learn and have fun together.

Many students first learn about BJJ through the great popularity of mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, where BJJ technique is very prominent. Indeed, the beginnings of the contemporary MMA competition were largely tied up with proving the combat-efficiency of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The practice of BJJ as a sport, however, is strongly separated from MMA. Daily classes do not feature kicking or punching. The focus is on safe grappling technique that can be done on a daily basis with no more fear of injury than any other contact sport.

Classes at the academy are taught six days a week. They feature a strength and endurance building warm-up, followed by demonstration and practice of techniques after which students engage in live grappling with other students of their own level. It is a truly demanding workout with a strongly cerebral aspect and a sense of purpose and skill that will truly capture your imagination. Come down to the academy. Come take a look at a class or better yet, take one of the introduction classes. We are confident that BJJ will become one of the most cherished and enjoyable aspects of your life. It will give you a confidence, knowledge and body-dexterity and fitness that few people will ever know.


Sandro Sampaio

Head Coach
Born and raised in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Sandro trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since the age of 5 with the famous Carlson Gracie Team in Copacabana. Sandro received his black belt from Paulo Filho in 2005 and most recently his 5th degree black belt from Master Carlson Gracie Jr. He has experience in MMA, BJJ and submission tournaments. Sandro’s specialties include self defense, grappling, MMA, personal and conditional training.

Brett Stephens

Brett Stephens is an Oklahoma State Trooper who is currently assigned to the U.S. Marshall Fugitive Task Force and OHP Tactical Team. He began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2007, and now specializes in law enforcement defensive tactics and firearms instruction. He has trained under Sandro Sampaio since 2017, and earned his purple belt in 2021. Brett enjoys training BJJ with his two children and wife.

Austin Head

Austin Head is a college student looking to become a High School teacher. He started his BJJ journey in 2019 and is currently a Purple belt under Professor Sandro Sampaio. Austin spends most of his time with his family and loves to go on long distance runs and read as well as hangout with his Jiu Jitsu family inside and outside of the academy.

Tank McCarrell

Tank McCarrell, a former Division I wrestler, began his Jiu-Jitsu journey in 2012 under Sandro Sampaio. Tank enjoys physical fitness, grappling and striking martial arts, and several hobbies that act as personal development activities and mental health upkeep. Tank is a psychotherapist by profession and loves spending time with his family and helping others.

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