Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Puerto Rico




Welcome to the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. One of the most practiced and recognized martial art since the 90’s. The exposure of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for many was impressive and incredible. Nowadays the art is practiced all around the world, academies and by professional MMA fighters. Our desire is that you, practitioner or beginner could benefit from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It doesn’t matter age or sex, this effective self-defense system will help you in any confrontation or situation. Come and be part of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Puerto Rico.

Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for you?

Of course is for you and anybody wanting to learn an effective self-defense system like BJJ. Imagine this; being attacked by a stronger and bigger person taking you to the ground, would you be able to manage, defend yourself and escape? If the answer is, I’m not sure, don’t know or absolutely no, this means that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for you. Did you know that 90% of the confrontations end up on the ground? Don’t analyze it and come over and experience another way to defend yourself correctly. Are you looking for competition? Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will also prepare you on this aspect and take you to another level of physical condition.

The Academy

Our 1,500 sq. facilities are located in San Juan, about 10 minutes from all hotel area. Our academy with air conditioning and Zebra Mats will make your training sessions a different experience. We have a spacious parking lot in a safe area. We invite you to come over and take a free class, no commitments. You decide if Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for you or not. You’ll be amazed how can you defend yourself against a bigger opponent.



Jiu-Jitsu is different from other arts. It doesn’t come from a single source or root, but has multiple roots and has traveled by many Asian countries until its final development in Japan. The development of techniques of Jiu-Jitsu back around 5,000 years.

The Buddhist monks from the north of India contributed in the beginning to develop the art of Jiu-Jitsu. The bandits constantly assaulted the monks during their long trips inside India. The Buddhist religion and the moral values did not allow the use of weapons; therefore, they were forced to develop a system of self-defense without weapons. These monks were men who had a perfect knowledge of the human body. Consequently, they applied laws of physics like leverage, momentum, balance, center of gravity, friction, transmission of weight and manipulation of the key points of the human anatomy in order to create a science of self-defense.

The Art from Japan

bandera-japonJuJutsu also known as Jiu-Jitsu literally means “the art of softness”, or “way of yielding” is a collective name of Japanese martial art styles consisting of grappling and striking techniques. Jujutsu evolved among the Samurai of feudal Japan as a method for dispatching an armed and armored opponent in situations where the use of weapons was impractical and unforbidden. Due to the difficulty of dispatching an armored opponent with striking techniques, the most efficient methods for neutralizing an enemy took the form of pins, joint locks and throws. These techniques were developed around the principle of using an attacker’s energy against him, rather than directly opposing it, and came to be known as Jujutsu.

There are many variations of the art, which leads to a diversity of approaches. Jujutsu schools may utilize all forms of grappling techniques to some degree (throwing, trapping, joint locking, holds, gouging, biting, disengagements, striking and kicking). In addition to Jujutsu, many schools taught the use of weapons.

Today, Jujutsu is still practiced both as it was hundreds years ago, but also in modified forms for sports practice. Derived sports form include the Olympic sport and martial arts of Judo, which was developed from several traditional styles of Jujutsu by Kano Jigoro in the late 19th century and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu which was in turn derived earlier version of Kodokan Judo.

Mitsuyo Maeda “Conde Koma”

CondeComaIn the early 1900s, a Japanese man named Mitsuyo Maeda moved to Brazil. The Japanese government was eager to form a colony in Brazil and Maeda was there to help the colony prosper. He became close friends with Gastao Gracie, the grandson of George Gracie. Gastão Gracie was a political figure in the state and used his influence to help Maeda and the Japanese colony. In addition to his political skills, Maeda happened to be a former Jujutsu champion and in return for Gastão’s help, Maeda offered to teach his son Carlos Gracie the art of Jujutsu.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is born

Bandera-BrasilThe Gracie style was created in Brazil in the early part of this century by Brazilian jiu-jitsu pioneer Carlos Gracie, who studied traditional Japanese Jujutsu as a teenager under the great Japanese champion, Mitsuyo Maeda.

Carlos Gracie Sr. - CroppedCarlos Gracie, who was interested in street self-defense, quickly modified the classical techniques he learned from Count Koma to meet the demands of real, “no rules” fighting in the streets of Brazil. The young Carlos Gracie then tested and refined his system through constant matches, open to all comers, constantly working to make it more effective. At one point, he even advertised in newspapers and on street corners for new opponents upon whom to practice and further refine his art. He fought anyone and everyone who was willing, regardless of size, weight or fighting style. Even though he was a mere 135 pounds, his style was so effective that Carlos Gracie was never defeated and became a legend in Brazil.

This tradition of open challenge is a part of the heritage of the Gracie style of jiu-jitsu. Carlos Gracie taught his style of jiu-jitsu to his four younger brothers (Oswaldo, Gastão, Jorge and Helio) and to his sons, and they in turn taught their brothers, sons, nephews and cousins. After Carlos retired from the ring, he managed the fight careers of his brothers and sons, continuing to challenge fighters of all styles throughout the world. This tradition of open challenge has been continued by his sons, grandsons, brothers, nephews, and students, who have consistently demonstrated the superiority of the Gracie style in real fights and minimum-rule matches in rings throughout the world.

Carlos Gracie had 21 children and his youngest brother Helio had 7 sons, creating a virtual dynasty of Gracie fighters and instructors who dominate the world of “no rules” fight contests today. In these events, Gracie representatives have consistently demonstrated, in open competition against title holders from other martial arts styles, that the Gracie style of jiu-jitsu is the most effective fighting art in the world today. No small wonder that the Gracie style of jiu-jitsu is the “hottest” item in martial arts today.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most practiced martial arts worldwide. It’s versatility has attracted many martial artists of different styles and for the non-practitioners who thought that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was impossible for them because of their physical condition. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has revolutionized the world of conventional martial arts and is here to stay!


Prof. Carlos Reyes is a second degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has been studying martial arts since the early age of 13 years old. His first experience was karate, earning a brown belt in the style of Moo-Duk-Won, a brown belt in Combat Hapkido and a black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do. He is the first puerto rican to achieve a black belt under Master Rilion Gracie.

Back in the 90’s, since the UFC debut, he understood that in order to be a complete martial artist it was necessary to learn how to defend himself in a standing and ground position. He integrates his Hapkido and TKD knowledge into BJJ, offering his students a well round self-defense class for all situations.


What We Offer



We at BJJPR believe that martial arts are created for a self-defense purpose and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is no different. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu wasn’t initially created for sports competition. This is why our main focus is the self-defense part of the art, preparing you for any kind of situation. A must for all women looking for personal security and peace.

Sports Jiu-Jitsu

Are you a competitive person? Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is perfect for you. We can prepare you for competition with hundreds of techniques, defenses and escapes. Sports Jiu-Jitsu is really a demanding activity and great for physical conditioning. Doesn’t matter how old you are or sex, Jiu-Jitsu was created for everybody. If you like challenge, you will love Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Kids Jiu-Jitsu

Jiu-Jitsu comes natural in kids. They like to play on the ground, jump and kindly wrestler with their friends and even parents. We have a great curriculum for kids from as little as 4 years old. Great discipline and exercise for their growth.

Private Lessons

Don’t have time because of busy schedule or job? We can help you obtain your Jiu-Jitsu goals. BJJPR can schedule a specific hour to teach you whatever topic you’d like regarding Jiu-Jitsu. Doesn’t matter if it’s for self-defense or sports, you have the opportunity to take a person to person class with a certified instructor. The knowledge you’ll receive in a private class will be two times more than a group class.


Interested in a BJJ seminar or workshop? Give us a call and we happily can schedule and make it happen. Our head instructor has successfully conducted seminars at corporate levels in Johnson & Johnson, Amgen Mfg and Syntex Pharmaceuticals. Also, he had shared his knowledge through different schools around the island.






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