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Ever wondered where Jiu Jitsu comes from?

Check out a really great article about the history of Jiu Jitsu. Learn a little more about this art that we practice..

this article is from www.jiu-jitsu.net

The Beginning

“Where did it all begin?”

I don’t think anyone can answer this question with certainty, but there are plenty of good hypotheses. Every culture has some form of hand to hand combat in its history. Combat without weapons usually appears in the form of wrestling and sometimes boxing. Looking at the history timeline, one good hypothesis is that the wrestling techniques of Jiu-Jitsu could very well have come from Ancient Greece. Olympic games were one of the Greek’s strongest traditions. It is most likely that along with Greek ideas, came one of its most popular sports, Pankration. Pankration was a sport that involved both boxing and wrestling techniques and became more popular to the Greeks than either of those sports individually.

Read more here…



Congratulations Professor Renan!

Professor Renan Vital just won double gold this weekend at the IBJJF Pro Jiu Jitsu Championships in Santa Cruz, CA!!! Congratulations Professor Renan! After winning the nationals just a month ago, Professor Renan is dominating again with double gold at the Professional Jiu Jitsu Championships!


Welcome back Professor Beto!

Professor Beto just got back from Brazil where he was visiting his family and also teaching at Morumbi Academy Sao Paulo. We’re really glad to have you back Professor Beto!!


Coach Joe Henle teaching MMA!

Long time Morumbi Academy student and team competitor, Coach Joe Henle has now started teaching MMA in Ventura! Coach Joe is a professional Mixed Martial Arts veteran as well as UFC Ultimate Fighter veteran, he is very experienced and excited for his new task of teaching MMA classes in Ventura. Coach Joe is also one of the very first Morumbi Academy students ever here in California and is now a brown belt. Welcome Coach Joe to the teaching staff, and see you on the mat in his classes!


Professor Beto in Brazil

Professor Beto has been teaching some great seminars in Brazil. We miss him a lot but he will be back soon teaching great classes here as well. He has been teaching at other Sao Paulo Ryan Gracie academies as well as at our Morumbi Academy Sao Paulo, Brazil. Looks like your visit has been great Professor! But we miss you here!


Ventura Academy closed this Saturday 8/22

Sorry the Ventura Academy will be closed for remodeling this weekend so there will be no classes Saturday, 8/22. See you Monday for regular classes!

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Amazing class with Professor Fabio in Port Hueneme!

Wednesday night Professor Fabio taught an incredible class on open guard concepts at Morumbi Academy Port Hueneme. The students loved the techniques and to get a chance to train so closely with Professor Fabio.


Happy Birthday Coach Steve!

Coach Steve is a Strength & Conditioning and DiniKettelbells coach at Morumbi Academy Ventura.

We want to wish you a happy birthday Coach Steve, from your Morumbi Academy family!


10 Reasons Why I Train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

What an interesting article from the Huffington Post by Peggy Nolan. Peggy talks about her Jiu Jitsu experience and the 10 reasons why she trains. Peggy is a real inspiration and we think you’ll enjoy the article..

My decade of 40 is nearing its end and it’s been a great ten years of learning and growing. I got divorced. I battled breast cancer. I married the love of my life. I became a certified yoga teacher. I achieved both my first degree and second degree black belts in Muay Thai Kickboxing. When I turned 49, I asked, “what’s next?” I decided to begin training in the gentle art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It took me a few years to reach this decision, step out of my comfort zone and to quit believing the excuses I told myself:

  • I’m too old
  • Rolling around on the floor with sweaty guys is not my idea of fun
  • I might get hurt
  • I’m too old
  • I’m afraid of falling

After two years of watching two of my Thai kickboxing sisters have fun practicing Jiu-Jitsu, I thought I’d give it a try. Right before Christmas vacation, I took a class just for the ladies. I LOVED it. And of course, I wondered why I created such a big stink in my mind. If I had started two years ago when my friends started, I may be a blue belt like they both are. But instead of beating myself up, I decided to simply start now.

In the beginning Jiu-Jitsu was the hardest physical thing I’d ever done. Forget all the burpees and squat thrusts in Muay Thai. Forget holding Goddess pose for minutes on end. I literally felt like I had been steam-rolled and flattened like a pancake every morning after each Jiu-Jitsu class. I could have easily played a walk-on role in The Walking Dead. I had the stiff zombie limp down without even trying.

I thought about quitting after my 4th or 5th class. “I’m too old to feel this way” was a common argument that ran through my brain. I’d push the thought aside and show up for my next class anyways.

Eight weeks into my Great Jiu-Jitsu experiment I received my first white stripe. I wasn’t expecting it and I felt like it was Christmas morning, Easter, and Halloween all rolled into one. Maybe, I thought, I could do this.

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Congratulations Morumbi Academy Team!

Everyone did great this weekend at the North American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu championships this weekend! Congratulations to everyone who competed and represented Morumbi Team!