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THE ACADEMY

Here at Liberdade BJJ you can expect world class jiu jitsu from Milton Bastos and Alex Barcelona.With a combined total of 9 World Champion titles, 4 Pan American titles and over 100 IBJJF Champion titles you have found the right place to call home. We value technique and finesse. We offer a wide range of classes for men, women and children. We focus on self defense, beginners and advanced levels of Jiu Jitsu. We pride ourselves in our commitment to excellence and want nothing more than to guide you to be the best version of yourself you can be.

BENEFITS OF JIU JITSU

-Gain confidence 

-Become stronger

-Teaches self and situational awareness

-Encourages a healthy lifestyle

-Learn discipline

-Surround yourself with positive people

-Builds humility

-Promotes better sleep 

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art focused on grappling and ground fighting with a foundation of self defense. It centers on the skill of controlling ones opponent through techniques that force them to submit. BJJ is known as the gentle art, allowing those who are smaller and often times considered "weaker" gain the advantage. Some of the submissions used are chokes and locks on the neck and arms. 

WHAT IS JIU JITSU

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IT'S MY FIRST CLASS

How do I  prepare for my first class? Here are some tips to ensure that you'll be ready to rock your first bjj class. Pick a beginners class that best fits your schedule and sign our waiver online. You'll be most comfortable in athletic wear and we'll provide a gi for your trial class. 

We start every beginners class with a bow and warm ups. Warm ups consist of a quick jog, and then line drills. Line drills help us build muscle memory for techniques like forward and backwards rolls, wrestling shots, sprawls and technical stand ups. After our water break we teach a technique based from self defense and students will practice with a partner. We build from the first technique and add on to the foundation, working now on a second technique. During the last portion of the class we will do positional sparring and continued work on drills.

Every class ends with a bow and we all shake hands.

WHY SHOULD KIDS TRAIN JIU JITSU

It's important for children to be active and live a healthy lifestyle from a young age. Jiu jitsu has endless benefits and opportunities. It physically teaches our children self defense, technical submissions, agility, hand and eye coordination along with mobility. Mentally, they learn respect, boundaries, and most importantly-hard work. As children progress they realize that BJJ is not as easy as it looks, and they will be challenged in this sport. It is up to them to push through the sometimes difficult moments; coming out in the end, with a better and well rounded outlook. The friendships that are built in jiu jitsu here at Liberdade BJJ are unlike any other. We pride ourselves in respect and integrity. Children benefit from learning a new sport, bettering themselves and gaining a community of friends that become family and mentors that can last a lifetime.

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BIGGER GOALS

COMPETITION AND BEYOND

As we progress in our jiu jitsu journey we sometimes find the desire to compete and test our skill against others that are not our teammates. At Liberdade Jiu Jitsu we can confidently prepare you for any competition. Milton and Alex have extensive knowledge and experience in competing and winning at the highest levels. Both are multiple World Champions from the International 

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Competitions are never required and are a personal goal usually made for individual growth. There are many benefits to competing. Some choose to compete to test their skill set. Some choose to step on the mats to break fears and barriers that have kept them back in the past. Whatever the reason is you've chosen to compete, we are here for you 

 

If you're new to our academy and have been training for awhile but looking for a fresh outlook on techniques, concepts and competition growth- you've found the right location with us. We hone in on fine details that will determine if a technique or concept is successful. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Let us help you accomplish the goals you've set out for yourself.

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JIU JITSU TESTIMONIALS

Why choose Liberdade BJJ?

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Michelle Ho

The trial class was interesting enough that i wanted to learn more about it. so i signed up for more lessons with the teacher. he seemed nice enough and didn't smell bad. i didn't know he was a BIG DEAL WORLD CHAMPION. 

never thought (and still can't believe) i would keep coming back for more. try it, WHY NOT!

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Martin Hogbörn

Best place you could ever imagine, great atmosphere and instructors for both kids and adults. We came to the Bay Area with three kids (who did not speak english at the time), here we felt at home from the start!

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Shawn Lawndreth

This gym is great, and Milton is extremely knowledgeable and technical. His attention to detail in the instruction is very useful, and he helps refine even the smallest portions of Jiu-Jitsu for all of his students and at any level belt. He's always got a smile on his face, and his enthusiasm and playfulness is contagious. The overall vibe in the gym is very relaxed, with no egos, and each training session is fun and full of laughter and lots of sweat. 

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