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About Us

Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy located in Thousand Oaks, CA and offers kids and adults classes to everyone! 

This is an excellent opportunity for learners to study and master jiu-jitsu fundamentals. The program is open to all members and is focused on teaching them basic jiu-jitsu and self-defense techniques. In addition, parents are also welcome to take part in the program. They can learn from experienced trainers with skills in grappling and striking arts. The program offers firsthand training to all people. Thus encourages interested parents with little knowledge or skills in jiu-jitsu to enroll and discover their potential. Enrolling in our classes will develop learners’ knowledge and skills in basic jiu-jitsu positions. Learners are trained in self-defense skills to deal with situations and acquire polished details concerning every position.


introducing Jiu Jitsu

Introduces jiu-jitsu basics positions namely side control, stand-up, back control and mount control to learners in a friendly and exciting learning environment. Fundamentals of jiu-jitsu will be offered to learners to serve as a foundation for advanced classes. 

Through jiu-jitsu classes, learners will get an opportunity to expand their jiu-jitsu understanding to allow them to embrace advanced skills in self-defense. 

As learners progress, they will be allowed to specialize in jiu-jitsu games they prefer. Also, the program’s emphasis is to ensure learners acquire physical gains of jiu-jitsu techniques: stress reduction, weight control, blood pressure management, and lower cholesterol. Building a supportive and exciting society of local adults and guardians love investing in the wellbeing of their kids, families as well as themselves. Also, learners will participate more in learning boxing motions to explore and know the critical elements involved.

The Trainers

Rodrigo Carvalho

Professor Rodrigo Carvalho is a 5rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has been training for over twenty five years, starting at age 11 at Alliance Gym under Octavio Couto and Vinicius Compelo. Alliance’s (Akxe BJJ).
In 2002 Professor Rodrigo achieved black belt. His passion for teaching started years before - as a purple belt, when he became an instructor at the now renamed Fight For A Kid Jiu Jitsu.
In 2007 Professor Rodrigo brought Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to Slovenia and the surrounding countries of Croatia and Northern Italy.
After that, for the next 4 years he trained hundreds of students, until one day received a call with the opportunity of a lifetime. Bas Rutten had invited him to head the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy Thousand Oaks, CA.
Professor Rodrigo has held several Brazilian Jiu Jitsu titles: 3 time Brazilian State Champion and NAGA Black Belt Champion.
As the head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor at Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA, Professor Rodrigo continues to train children and adults of all ages. His goal of building confidence and strength in all of his students. Rodrigo's dying passion, commitment and love for a sport that has shaped him into the globally respected man he is today.

In addition, Professor Rodrigo Carvalho has another passion - "Fight for a kid social project".

Rodrigo is the president of the "Fight for a kid" foundation, that helps other charities in Brazil. With the aim of taking children and teenagers off the street, and creating opportunities with jiu jitsu.

Click here to visit "Fight for a kid social project" website.

Kameron Fardad

Born and raised in California, Kameron was Rodrigo’s first student to go from white to black belt under his tutelage. After discovering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in his teen years, his passion for the sport transformed his life, which now revolves around Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and mixed martial arts, along with his greatest passion: helping the youth through Fight for a Kid. Currently, Kameron is lead coach at "Fight for a Kid" Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Thousand Oaks, CA

João Gabriel Bastos and Arthur Teixeira.

One of the first to exchange for the fight for a kid Project.

A resident of the city of Rio de Janeiro, he has been training Jiu Jitsu since he was a child, passionate about the jiu jitsu of training and teaching children.

Jiu jitsu changed the lives of people like João and Arthur, giving them the opportunity to travel, get to know another culture and open doors to the future.

Supervised by Professor Rodrigo Carvalho.
Brazilian Champions

Pan American Champions

Champions in the USA. Owning several championships.

In addition, they are not only champions in jiu jitsu, but also in life!

Our Happy Students

… What an amazing gym with an exceptional group of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) instructors led by world renowned Professor Rodrigo Carvalho! They say there is no ego in Jiu-Jitsu and that is very clear here. Rodrigo has won many competitions, has trained winners and is well-respected around the world for his passion and expertise in BJJ…