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Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone


I do not know of any form of exercise that is as exciting, fascinating, and fun as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Ever since my first Jiu-Jitsu class
several years ago, the expression “I don’t feel like working out” disappeared from my life. I always feel like going to Jiu-Jitsu class-at
least when it’s with Flavio Almeida.

From my experience training at or visiting many schools around the country, I can say confidently that Professor Flavio is a world-class
Jiu-Jitsu instructor. He loves and understands Jiu-Jitsu as few do. If you watch him teach for 5 minutes it will become obvious that Flavio has a truly deep knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu-not just of random techniques but of the basic principles of positioning and leverage that lie at the heart of
Jiu-Jitsu’s exciting movements and submission holds. Flavio is a careful teacher who expertly explains every detail of the techniques we learn, and watches us attentively to make sure we that execute the moves just right. And since the classes follow the systematically-structured, official Gracie Barra curriculum, we develop a complete knowledge of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu-unlike students at schools where the instructor just arbitrarily chooses a new move every day.

Professor Flavio is the ideal blend of professional Jiu-Jitsu fighter and Jiu-Jitsu instructor. He has the real-world knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu and
self-defense that can only come from continually competing (and winning) at the highest levels, but he never lets competition get in the way of his number one priority: teaching his students. He teaches every single class, whether the students are on their first day or on their fifth year of  Jiu-Jitsu. And as a teacher, Flavio is completely geared toward the individual needs and goals of each student. He is equally at home teaching an 8-year-old boy worried about bullies in school, a 35-year-old housewife who wants a fun way to get back in shape, or the competitive 20-something eager to win at high-level grappling competitions or even compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As a result, at Gracie Barra San Clemente he has created a super-friendly environment where people of all different ages, shapes, sizes, and goals are learning together, encouraging each other to succeed, and accomplishing their goals.

I encourage anyone who is remotely interested in learning what Jiu-Jitsu is like to come to our school and try it out for yourself. You’ll see that
it’s like your favorite food or favorite movie; you never know what you’re missing until you experience it.

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