Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in North Vancouver and Vancouver area
Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu at Champions in North Vancouver and vancouver area is much more than a martial art. It is a highly effective method of self-defense and fitness that builds a strong body, mind, and character. Jiu Jitsu is a grappling art (ground fighting) that gives you the power of leverage over a larger and stronger aggressor or bully.
Our curriculum was created and is monitored by 6 time World Champions Saulo & Xande Ribeiro.
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Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu in North Vancouver offers you...
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Men & Women - find out why people just like you are embracing Champions Jiu Jitsu as a fun, safe and healthy part of their lifestyle.
Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu at Champions in North Vancouver, we strive to help students get the most out of their training. For students with consistency and dedication, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu becomes a life-style and students can readily enjoy all the benefits of the Jiu-Jitsu or the "Gentle Art". With a convenient location at the foot of Lonsdale by the Lonsdale Quay, over 10,000sqft of premium matted floor space, and have been serving the community for over 25 years, Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu at Champions in North Vancouver is the premier Martial Arts school in the Greater Vancouver Area.
Vancouver Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a beautiful art and everyone is capable of learning it and enjoying its many benefits. Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu North Vancouver Programs reflect more than twenty (25) years of martial arts teaching experience and has succeeded in improving the quality of life, self-esteem, discipline and health of thousands of individuals in Canada and around the globe, as well as building some of amazing BJJ practitioners and instructors living around the world.
History of Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu
The Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association (RJJA) was founded in 1995 by the legendary, Saulo Ribeiro and is currently one of the most successful BJJ teams in the world. Saulo Ribeiro is considered to be one of the premier BJJ instructors in the world today and one of the greatest BJJ champions in history. Saulo is a 4th degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a six time World BJJ Champion, and two time ADCC Submission Grappling World Champion. Saulo is the only Jiu-Jitsu fighter in history to win world titles at five different weight divisions; a feat many believe will never be replicated. Saulo Ribeiro was born in July 1974, in Manaus, Brazil. He started training Jiu-Jitsu when he was 15 years old as a way to complement his Judo game with submissions. In December 1991, Saulo Ribeiro moved away from his hometown to pursue his academic career in Rio de Janeiro, and there began his training under Royler Gracie, at the legendary Gracie Humaita Academy. Royler Gracie would award Saulo his black belt in Jiu-Jitsu 4 years later on the 27th of November 1995, shortly after Saulo won the Brazilian Nationals Lightweight Title. In 2009, Saulo became an author of a best-selling book, with the release of the highly acclaimed "Jiu-Jitsu University".
Saulo has produced many champions under his leadership, but the one who stands out the most is his younger brother, Alexandre "Xande" Ribeiro. Xande Ribeiro is a 3rd degree Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu, a six time World Jiu-Jitsu Champion, and two time ADCC Submission Grappling World Champion. He is also one of only six men in the history of Jiu-Jitsu to win 2 Absolute division (open weight) titles. Alexandre Ribeiro was born in January 1981. He started training Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 10, in his hometown of Manaus, state of Amazonas, Brazil. He started learning Jiu-Jitsu at Academia Monteiro, under the Monteiro brothers, who were purple belts at the time, under legendary Royler Gracie. At that academy, he got the nickname "Xande", and is recognized around the world with this name. At the age of 18, he moved to Rio de Janeiro, and began training with the Gracie Humaita team. He received his black belt in March of 2001, from his brother, and Master Saulo Ribeiro.
Today, Saulo Ribeiro, alongside his brother Alexandre "Xande" Ribeiro, teach at the University of Jiu-Jitsu in San Diego, California, which they also founded. They also make time to visit each of the RJJA academies every year to teach and provide their mentorship.
North Vancouver Jiu Jitsu Schedule
- Monday Beginner: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
- Monday Advanced; 7:30 - 8:30 PM
- Wednesday Beginner: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
- Wednesday Advanced: 7:30 - 8:30 PM
- Saturday 1:00-2:00pm,open mat2:00-2:30pm
Saulo Ribeiro BJJ Instructor Giacomo Zanini
Giacomo was born in Brazil where he was first introduced to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1999. At thirteen he won his first state championship and came to win more state championships between the ages 13 and 17 including one adult blue belt title at only 17. In 2007, Giacomo moved to San Diego - CA, where he trained and learned at the "World Famous" University of Jiu Jitsu led by the 6 time world champion Saulo Ribeiro. Under the Ribeiro JJ flag, he won several international championships including absolute titles at New York Open, and Arizona Open, as well as the U.S Nationals 2010 (-194lb) title. Giacomo is the only athlete to win The Most Technical Fighter award from the Ribeiro Association 2 times. He also placed third place twice at World Jiu Jitsu Championship 2005 and World Jiu Jitsu No Gi 2008. As a MMA conditioning coach, he trained various professional world class athletes including, Kim Couture, Cris Cyborgue, Evangelista Cyborgue, Alexandre Ribeiro, and Fabricio Camoes. Giacomo is now established in Vancouver as the leader of Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Association in British Columbia.
- 2011 US National NO-GI Bronze Medalist - IBJJF
- 2011 New York Open Absolute Champion - IBJJF
- 2010 Pro Gear BJJ Open Absolute Champion – Pro Gear
- 2x Ribeiro Association Absolute Champion (2009,10`) RJJA
- 2010 US National Champion - IBJJF
- 2010 US National Absolute Bronze Medalist - IBJJF
- 2010 Arizona Open Absolute Champion - IBJJF
- 2008 World NO-GI Bronze Medalist – IBJJF
- 2008 European Championship Bronze Medalist – IBJJF
- 2007 US National Silver Medalist - IBJJF
- 5x Rio Grande do Sul (RS) State Champion (2003,04`,05`,06`,07`) - FGJJ
- 2006 World BJJ CUP Bronze Medalist - CBJJO
- 2006 Sao Paulo Open Absolute Champion - CBJJE
- 2005 Jiu-Jitsu World Championship Bronze Medalist - IBJJF