Over 25 years of experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Mundials BJJ Black Belt World Champion, winner of the 1998 Mundials World Championships in the Black Belt Division, 5 times National Champion of Brazil.
Rafael as a champion,his philosophy!
"The practitioner of Jiu-Jitsu not need to be a competitor or just a trained athlete for competition. He/she must be faithful to the teaching he/she receives because then comes the soul of this art. We should just let the art be something good without pressure"
The Academy – START Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
First class martial art academy with World Champions staff, state-of-the art facilities with all the commodities of the modern world.
The children, our goal!!!
Developing future generation of champions. START a better future, one student at a time.
By joining START Academy you will become part of a bigger family formed by a select few people. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) has become the most in demand martial art because of its practicality in everyday life and usage in the MMA world.
Capoeira Kids Program
Capoeira is an afro-Brazilian form which blends dance; martial arts, and acrobatics into one beautiful art like no other. Our kids classes are designed to make kids not only learn the art but develop more ability, focus, creativity, and much more.
Cross Fighter Program
The program is designed based on functional movements, emphasizing good technique, posture, and performed at high intensity, with different workouts each session. The Cross Fighter functional training program is for everyone at any level.
Congratulations Sebastian Pena!! He was promoted to the gray belt! We are super proud of him and happy to have him STAR
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5 reasons to get your children to START BJJ
WHY START ACADEMY?
Many years of experience teaching the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu around the world makes Professor ‘Gordinho’ a specialist in dealing with people in the martial arts business.
His philosophy of teaching is based on creating a family style atmosphere where people can train in a friendly, clean and healthy environment, helping and developing together but always evolving and growing as a martial artist within individual skills and personal limits.
Great attitude, good energy and a lot of smiles are always following Professor Rafael ‘Gordinho’ wherever he goes to teach and in 2013 he opened his very own academy!