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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is known as more than just a system of fighting. Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of judo was separated from older systems of Japanese jujutsu by an important difference that was passed on to BJJ: 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.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes getting an opponent to the ground in order to utilize ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and choke holds. The premise is that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are somewhat negated when grappling on the ground. A more precise way of describing this would be to say that on the ground, physical strength can be offset or enhanced by an experienced grappler who knows how to maximize force using mechanical strength instead of pure physical strength.

BJJ permits a wide variety of techniques to take the fight to the ground after taking a grip. While other combat sports, such as Judo and Wrestling almost always use a takedown to bring an opponent to the ground, in BJJ one option is to “pull guard.” This entails obtaining some grip on the opponent and then bringing the fight or match onto the mat by sitting straight down or by jumping and wrapping the legs around the opponent.

Once the opponent is on the ground, a number of maneuvers (and counter-maneuvers) are available to manipulate the opponent into a suitable position for the application of a submission technique. Achieving a dominant position on the ground is one of the hallmarks of the BJJ style, and includes effective use of the guard (a signature position of BJJ) position to defend oneself from bottom (using both submissions and sweeps, with sweeps leading to the possibility of dominant position or an opportunity to pass the guard), and passing the guard to dominate from top position with side control, mount, and back mount positions. This system of maneuvering and manipulation can be likened to a form of kinetic chess when utilized by two experienced practitioners. A submission hold is the equivalent of checkmate in the sport, reflecting a disadvantage which would be extremely difficult to overcome in a fight (such as a dislocated joint or unconsciousness).

We are proud to be the 1st South Texas Marcello C. Monteiro Brazilian Association Jiu Jitsu school.  Professor Marcello Monteiro is well known in Brazil as a teacher and coach for creating fighting strategies, teaching the most important tricks and details that speed up the learning process and facilitate the performance of each movement used by fighters.

“Monteirão”, as he is known among his friends, likes to state that, ” the difference between a champion and other athletes is associated with the details of each position”. Marcello Monteiro Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association School

He is the an author of the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu book ( Secret Positions ) , edited by Gracie Magazine, which teaches jiu-jitsu positions without gi. That magazine sold the Secret Positions No Gi Book (at the Gracie Shop) in Brazil for approximately five year from 1998-2003. He also took part in a film about De La Riva ‘s life and his created position, the De La Riva’s Hook, demonstrating some positions with De La Riva himself. He also participates in the film, along with Rickson Gracie, Carlson Gracie, Royler Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Zé Mário Sperry, Murilo Bustamante and Rodrigo Nogueira (MINOTAURO), telling about De La Riva’s life. That book is also currently being sold in Japan.

He is a certified and graduated technical teacher, registered at the “Federação de jiu-jitsu do estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil “, and has already prepared, trained and turned regular students into state, National and world champions.

Dominion MMA students with Professor Marcello C. Monteiro after a BJJ Seminar.

Dominion MMA students with Professor Marcello C. Monteiro after a BJJ Seminar.


Professor Marcello C. Monteiro and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Junior Dos Santos

Professor Marcello C. Monteiro and UFC Fighters Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Junior Dos Santos

Professor Marcello and Head Instructor Mr. Rodriguez at Dominion Mixed Martial Arts Academy

Professor Marcello and Head Instructor Mr. Rodriguez at Dominion Mixed Martial Arts Academy after conducting a BJJ Seminar.