Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Association (RJJA)
Saulo Ribeiro, later joined by Xande Ribeiro, founded the Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association in 1995. After emigrating from Brazil, the Ribeiro brothers lived and trained in Toledo, Ohio for five years before moving to San Diego, California to form the highly regarded, "University of Jiu-Jitsu." The Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association currently has over 20 academies spread throughout the world, and is home to over 2000 students and more than 40 black belts.
Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Affiliate Academies
Five Rings Jiu-Jitsu - Portland, OR - Tom Oberhue
JJ Performance Training Center - Pacifica, CA - John Janero
Oceanside Jiu Jitsu - Oceanside, CA - Nat Soli
University of Jiu-Jitsu - San Diego, CA - Saulo & Xande Ribeiro
Agoge Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - Coralville, IA - Jason Clark
Downriver - Southgate, MI - Brent Insco
Lovato's Jiu-Jitsu - Oklahoma City, OK - Rafael Lovato Sr. & Jr.
RJJA Ann Arbor - Ann Arbor, MI - Kris Majers
RJJA Dearborn - Dearborn, MI - Danny Agemy
RJJA Plymouth - Plymouth, MI - EJ Ledesma
South Bend - Mishawaka, IN - Ben Eaton
Toledo Jiu Jitsu - Toledo, OH - Chris Blanke
Triangle Club - Lima, OH - Jeremy Harris
Bushido Mixed Martial Arts - Portsmouth, VA - Alan Merullo
Hybrid Academy - Virginia beach, VA - Scott Oates
Maxercise Training Academy - Philadelphia, PA - John Disimone
Ribeiro JJ Hampton Road - Yorktown, VA - Ben Eaton
Rozzi Self Defense - New Caste, PA - John Rozzi
West Virginia Ribeiro JJ - Charleston, WV - Scott Layton
Toronto Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Jorge Britto & Josh Rapport
TMA Academy - Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada - Dean Hersche
Xande and Saulo Ribeiro
About Saulo Ribeiro & Alexandre (Xande) RibeiroRolker Gracie - Royler Gracie
Xande Ribeiro - Helio Gracie - Saulo Ribeiro
The Ribeiro Brothers Jiu-Jitsu organization is one of the most respected and accomplished Jiu-Jitsu associations in the world. Saulo and Alexandre (Xande) Ribeiro have direct training lineage to the Gracie family, inventors of modern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Saulo & Xande actively compete and coach top competitors in tournaments all around the world. This means that in our academy, students will learn the basic methods of the original masters as well as the freshest and most up to date Brazilian jiu-jitsu techniques available today.
Saulo Ribeiro began his training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992 under Royler Gracie, the son of Helio Gracie, at the legendary Gracie Humaitá gym. He received his black belt on November 27, 1995, which is faster than the typical rate that a person advances in BJJ. Saulo is one of the world's best competitors, combining both gi and no-gi in the last decade.
Saulo's Competition titles include (as a Black Belt only)
6 time Gold Medalist - World Jiu-Jitsu Championship: 1996, 97, 98, 99, 2000, and 2002
2 time ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship Champion: 2000, 2003
3 time Gold Medalist - Brazilian National Championships: 1995, 98 (x2)
4 time Gold Medalist - Pan-American BJJ Championship: 1998 (x2), 2007, 2007 (no-gi),
2 time Gold Medalist - Rio de Janeiro State BJJ Champion
2 time Arnold Schwarzenegger/Gracie World Submission Champion
No Holds Barred Superfight Champion - The Fightzone
Saulo's younger brother, Alexandre "Xande" (pronounced "Shawn-gee") Ribeiro, began his training in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil also under the instruction of Royler Gracie and Saulo at the Gracie Humaitá Academy.
Xande's Competition titles include (through all ranks):
* 8 time Gold Medalist - World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006 (x2), 2007, 2008 (x2)
* 6 time Gold Medalist - Pan-American BJJ Championship 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006
* 2 time Gold Medalist - World Cup BJJ Championship
* 2 time Gold Medalist - Brazilian National Championships: 2004 (x2)
* 3 time Gold Medalist - Grapplers Quest Championship
Both Saulo and Xande have conducted seminars throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In 2007 the Ribeiro brothers moved from Toledo, Ohio to San Diego, California to open the "University of Jiu-Jitsu". Saulo Ribeiro currently heads approximately 18 Training Associations throughout the United States. These Training Associations are led by instructors hand picked by Saulo to represent and teach his style of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to others. The Training Associations also often host seminars featuring either Saulo, Xande or their other Black Belt students.
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