why do we learn jiu jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is the gentle art that controls our aggressive side. We achieve this harmony through discipline, respect for ourselves, others and the artform itself. A balance of strategy and controlled aggression, BJJ teaches us to find calm within ourselves in any situation. We roll and persevere on the mats so that we might persevere in life.

In BJJ as in life, timing is everything. Knowing when to act and when to wait is critical for success. It’s this science and art of control in unison that allows students of BJJ to triumph in insurmountable situations. As a martial art, it incompasses familiar elements of physical and mental discipline. As a sport it allows us to feed our competitive nature. As a lifestyle it provides an opportunity to discover an equilibrium, bringing together exercise, social connection, a chance to confront internal conflicts and release ourselves from the ego.





Growing up surfing the beach breaks of Quebra mar in Rio De Janeiro, Antonio Lauro learned to roll with the inevitable punches that come with fierce localism. Self defence wasn’t a past time. It was a necessity. Through his connections with the Gracie family, he quickly learned their pure form of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Soon BJJ became as big a part of Antonio Lauro’s life as surfing, and he began to learn from Carlson Cracie’s protege Cassio Cardoso. He then trained under legends Rolker and Royler Gracie, sons of the Grand Master and founder of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Helio Gracie. Antonio Lauro is one of a very small group of people who have received their black belt directly from the Gracies. His love for teaching others the ways of authentic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has grown from the purest form of the gentle art.
With a lifetime of experience and a calm, disarming humbleness that conceals his impressive technical ability, Antonio Lauro connects with students of all ages and abilities in a very direct and human way. It is a unique style of instruction that both challenges and respects students, and encourages growth in all aspects of their lives.

There is no losing in Jiu Jitsu.
You either win, or you learn.
— Carlos Gracie, co-founder of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


Grandmaster Carlos Gracie's
12 Commandments

Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

Speak to everyone of happiness, health, and prosperity.

Give all your friends the feeling that they are valuable.

Look at things from a positive point of view and turn positivity into a reality of life.

Think only about the best, work only for the best, and always expect the best.

Be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are of your own.

Forget about past mistakes and concentrate your energy on the victories of tomorrow.

Always make those around you happy and keep a pleasant attitude to all those who address you.

Apply the largest amount of your time on self-improvement and no time in criticizing others.

Be too big to feel unrest, too noble to feel anger, too strong to feel fear, and too happy to tumble in adversity.

Hold a positive opinion of yourself and tell it to the world. Not through words of vanity, but through benevolence.

Believe strongly that the world is on your side, if you keep true to what is best within you.