One of the biggest names in Jiu-Jitsu, Joao Miyao is coming to Brea Jiu-Jitsu to give a seminar! The seminar will be held on June 6th at 6:00PM. This is the day after world championship finals, so if you are in town this works out perfectly! We are limiting to 35 people. The cost is $80.
In his yellow belt debut, Nolan Stuart took 1st pace at the most prestigious kids tournament in the world – the IBJJF Pan Kids. In his division were many athletes from top teams including competitors who had traveled from Brazil! In addition to being part of our kid’s Jiu Jitsu classes, kids competition team and adults classes, Nolan is part of our after school program. He gets a daily study session, music classes and science class. He plays mellophone and recently earned student of the month honors at Brea Junior High!
The least important thing Nolan has received at Brea Jiu-Jitsu is instruction on specific techniques. Vastly more important than technical instruction is a careful cultivation of a mentality which the pursuit of excellence is the norm and an atmosphere which fosters a love for the art. Nolan was one of our first students and he is reaping the reward of all of his hard work and dedication.
Most of our kids choose not to compete, but we have the infrastructure and environment where the kids can excel if they so desire!
We will be running a summer camp Monday-Friday from July 20th- July 31st from 1-4PM. We will be teaching music, chess and jiu-jitsu and it will be very beginner friendly on all 3 subjects. Instrument rental and gi rental included! Cost is $200. Message BreaJiuJitsu@gmail.com to register.
On Saturday, June 20th we are doing a special parent and child BJJ class at 10AM in place of the kids class! Adults, get your kids off the x box and working x guard!! Kids, get your parents off the sides and lets teach them side control!
Non members welcome! Free. Parents, email email@example.com to RSVP. It will be a No Gi class so wear workout attire!
Things have been mighty busy around Brea Jiu-Jitsu! In fact, to keep up with what’s going on, its best to follow our Facebook page. We update regularly and it is the best location to see whats going on inside the gym.
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Over the past few years we have formed a strong friendship with the athletes from team Cicero Costha. For those who may be unfamiliar with the team, they are consistently the top performing team by win percentage. Here are some statistics we gathered which includes all male competitors from major teams at all belts blue-black. It includes data from hundreds of matches.
Many Cicero athletes stay with us for months at a time, so it is not unusual to have many world champions of all belt levels on the mat. This includes during the regularly scheduled training sessions and outside of class informal training. Here is a video made by one of the athletes showcasing some of the training at the gym. In it you will find black belt world champion Paulo Miyao, black belt world medalist Tiago Barros, Purple belt world champions Thalison Soares and Wilson Moreira and more.
For several months, we have been the training location of Diego “Pato” Oliveira who won the 2017 Purple Belt World Championships (adult division). He completed his preparations at Brea Jiu-Jitsu and continues to train along with 3 other top Cicero athletes. Having them on the mats has been a real asset for our team and propelled our homegrown athletes to many tournament successes. Success is contagious.
Pato winning IBJJF Worlds
The friendship with Cicero Costha is by no means an accident. It is a result of our no politics policy, welcoming atmosphere and helping broke but dedicated athletes find some footing and friends in the US. The buzz among other top up and coming competitors has drawn many top athletes from other teams regularly to our mats.
Last Friday, we saw one of our friends Kaynan Duarte, 2017 IBJJF Purple Belt World Champion (now brown) drop in. Kaynan stayed with us for several weeks while facilitated a meeting with Atos HQ’s Andre Galvo. He regularly drops in and consider him part of our extended family. Kaynan qualified for the upcoming ADCC championships, so we did an impromptu no gi class to help.
Light Feather Purple World Champion (Cicero) vs Middle Heavy Purple World Champion (Atos)!
DJ making fun of Kaynans rather…strong…chin
Fabricio (American Nationals Champion), Kaynan, Conner (blue belt adult world champion), Dominique Bell (Purple Belt world champion) at Joe’s house (“Free food? Heck ya!”)
Kaynan’s story is not unique. We have helped many competitors gain some footing and provide some good training until they get settled. We love this, because we always have some top competitor in that nobody has yet heard about. Sometimes we never hear from them again, sometimes they regularly visit back, and sometimes they make us their home gym. In the white gi, we picked up a then unknown purple belt from LAX and found him a place to stay with us until he could settle in. Most of the time, the kids class just knew him as the guy who took a nap in the corner.
After the first training session with him, it was instantly clear to all how good he was. We sounded his name to anybody who would listen for several months. Of course, everybody knows him now. Not too terribly long after this photo was taken, Jonnatas Gracie won the weight and open weight world championship as a lightweight and became one of the biggest names in the sport. Check out FloGrapplings coverage of this impressive feat.
Is having top competitors from different teams on one mat a problem? The simple answer is no, its not. Everybody, regardless of team, are typically friends. Sometimes there is some light hearted banter when they roll which has them and onlookers laughing. Sometimes there is an intense roll, like when some top Irish competitors came in to what Cicero guys perceived as home territory, and there was some tense moments during the roll. All tension left after the roll was gone and they talked about the techniques they both used.
In other news, Coach Dan, who suffered from PCS (Post Concussion Syndrome) which kept him away from rolling for 3 years, is regularly rolling again. This is fantastic news, except should you find yourself on the receiving end of a knee on belly.
Come join us on the mats and see what our team is about!
Italo Moura (Cicero; No Gi Worlds Silver Purple) rolling with Roberto Jimenez (Alliance; Juvenile Blue World Champion)
Fabricio Machado (Checkmat; American National Champion Brown) looking good
Hiago George (Cicero; Worlds Medalist Black Belt) getting a roll in with Chris
Cole Franson (Tinguinha; No Gi Worlds Medalist Adult Brown) after training with Roberto Jimenez (Alliance; Juvenile World Champion)
Paulo and Joao Miyao with a group of elite competitors while in town for a tournament
Newly minted black belt world champion Nicholas Meregali (Alliance) dropped in while filming for JiuJitsu.net
Juan and purple belt rooster world champion “Little Miyao”
Johnif wins the purple belt division all by submission at NABJJF. He canceled his trip back to Brazil and trains with us every class!
“Little Miyao” Supporting the kids team with lots of “oss”
Thiago Barros (Cicero; Black Belt Adult Worlds Medalist) and Doug Kallin (Relson Gracie)
Jonas Andrade (Cicero; Purple Worlds Medalist) looking good with Italo Moura (Cicero: Purple No Gi Worlds Silver). These two were the first two Cicero athletes to stay with us for long periods.
This scene over at Khiem’s place isn’t exactly what you expect when you think of the famously stoic Miyao Brothers.
Sean Roberts (Ralph Gracie; Metamoris vet) and Dan showing some techniques in class
Nielton Mendes rocking our patch in Brazil!
CSW Black belt Bryan Clavecilla is a familiar face getting in his gi training 2-4 times a week.
Coach Dan is often asked by elite black belt Eliot Kelly to provide strategic cornering. This amazing shot of Dan cornering opposite Saulo Ribeiro catches the instant that Eliot secured victory against his brother – multiple time world champion and legend Xande Ribero.
Brea Jiu-Jitsu has formed a friendship with many top competitive black belts and provide solid training while they are in town. World Championship medalist (black belt adult) Tiago Barros and Relson Gracie black belt Douglas Kallin were in for our 7AM class today.
Read more about our welcoming and open philosophy towards guests and visitors here.
Today we held a no gi parent and child class in place of our regular kids class. It was great for the kids to drag their parents on the mat and put them through the “warm ups” and sparring! A good time was had by all.