Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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Why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves or another against a bigger, stronger, heavier 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.

MAMA Prides Itself on Bringing the Finest BJJ Instruction to Its Students

Mid-America’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program falls under the guidance of Rodrigo Vaghi. His instructors were Grandmaster Helio Gracie and his sons: Rickson, Royce, Royler and Rolker. After many years of training with the Gracie Family, Rodrigo has become a family friend and 5 stripe black belt instructor representing under Rickson Gracie.

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Helio Gracie

Rickson Gracie

Rodrigo Vaghi

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Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) is a revolutionary defensive tactics system based on Gracie Jiu-Jitsu that incorporates time-tested techniques into an easy-to-learn system designed to help officers humanely prevail against larger and stronger opponents.   

Coaches at MAMA have completed the Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) Instructor Certification Program (ICP) in-person via a 5-day Live Instructor Certification Program and qualified for Instructor Certification. 

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