We pride ourselves on creating an environment that is fun, educational, safe, and empowering. It's a requirement that everybody leave their ego at the door. What we practice is a martial art and can be dangerous, if not downright lethal. However, if practiced correctly, it can be playful while still being intense and challenging.
We make it our mission for everybody who comes in, no matter what age or size, to find like-minded practitioners ready to take their self defense, physical fitness, and enjoyment of the art to the next level.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie & Luiz França by Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Satake.Carlos Gracie is known as the Founder and Creator of Modern Jiu Jitsu (Gracie Jiu Jitsu/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu). Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Hélio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge on to their extended family.
BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Sparring(commonly referred to as "rolling") and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.
Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of Judo was separated from older systems of Japanese ju-jitsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian jiu-jitsu: it is not solely a martial art, it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way of life.
Born in Rio de Janeiro Brazil Fabin grew up with a love for surfing and jiu-jitsu. His BJJ career started under the instruction of 3rd Degree Black Belt Gustavo "Guga" Machado (Gracie Barra). Profesor Machado eventually relocated to the United States to open his new academy and Fabin came under the tutelage of renowned Gracie Barra instructor Roberto “Roleta” Magalhaes.
In 2007, after receiving his black belt from Roleta, Fabin was invited to teach at a Gracie Barra school in the United States. As a Gracie Barra instructor, Fabin taught BJJ, Gi, and No Gi classes; training some of the area's top professional MMA fighters, including multiple UFC fighters.