Cleveland Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy is an authorized Renato Tavares affiliate. We are proud to represent Team Renato Tavares in competitions around the U.S.
We teach Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Hakko Denshin Ryu jujitsu and we have training for Mixed Martial Arts. Our instructor, Tommy Wales, is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Renato Tavares/ATT. He is also ranked as an instructor in Muay Thai Kickboxing. Our assistant instructor is a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, ranked by Helio “Soneca” Moreira. He has had a master’s rank in Hakko Denshin Ryu jujitsu since 1996.
We support a Brazilian jiu-jitsu/grappling competition team, a kickboxing team and mixed martial arts athletes. We have classes for children, women’s jiu-jitsu/self defense, cardio training and traditional Japanese jujitsu. At Cleveland MMA, you will have the opportunity to learn practical techniques from Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing. You will also have the opportunity to train with experience athletes, who can help hone your game and improve e your technique. Not only do we have the best facility, we also have the best athlete to help you train, get into shape and to prepare for competition
Our competition grappling/jiu-jitsu team has produced several Tennessee State Champions and our team competes on a regular basis at tournaments throughout the United States. Members in our jiu-jitsu program can earn legitimate rank in jiu-jitsu. However, unlike some “black belt” factories, we do not give away or sell rank, our ranks are earned. If you’re interested in preparing for MMA competition, we have the team to push you into shape and to help you get ready. Try a sparring session with our members to see how much further our members can push you compared to those in other local gyms.
“Gracie” jiu-jitsu is a method of self defense developed by the Gracie family in Brazil,” he said. “It originated when a Japanese judo/jiu-jitsu instructor made his way to Brazil after a series of no holds barred contests. He remained and taught his martial art to the Gracie family, who went on to add their own elements to Judo and Jiu-jitsu.
“It places a heavy emphasis on ground fight techniques, including arm bars, various chokes and is famous for the ‘guard position.’ It emphasizes technique and leverage over strength and brutal expertise and retains the original jiu-jitsu philosophy of controlling and subduing an opponent with humanitarian techniques rather than using dangerous striking skills that may permanently damage an opponent.”