About Us

Thank you for your interest in Conejo Valley Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu part of the Ricardo “Rey” Diogo / Carlson Gracie Team. The academy classes are taught by 1st degree Black Belt instructor Emerson Vidor, Black Belt instructor Wilton Rezende, Brown Belt instructor Vincent Giordano, and Purple Belt instructor Ollie Barre. Our instructors have a combined 50+ years experience training and teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Self-Defense.

Our style of teaching comes directly from Carlson Gracie and you will gain from that knowledge in every class you attend with us. Our teachers will take the time to explain to you in detail every technique and its application each class. They will always encourage you to ask questions and will take as much time as needed to fully explain the techniques being presented. We focus on both the traditional “street” style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the more modern “sport” style, both of which are important to practice and are great for learning self-defense, self-confidence, and discipline. Every member of our academy is part of our established jiu-jitsu family and we strive to make our training environment as open and friendly to all men, women, and children.

We tailor each of our classes to fit the needs and progress of our students. We know that everyone learns and differently and we take the time to make sure that all of our students are making noticeable progress. We know that when starting or participating in any sport it is important to have options when it comes to training. We strive to offer you the greatest variety in class times, groups, and private training so that you can fit jiu-jitsu into your schedule. Our classes are packed with fun fitness exercises that are an incredible full body work-out and will get you in top physical shape and health fast – all without a gym membership. With each of our classes you will benefit both physically (lose weight, gain muscle, increase strength, speed, stamina, flexibility, and detoxify your body) and mentally (increase concentration, reduce stress and anxiety, get rid of excess energy, sleep better, increase self-confidence and discipline).

Little information about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Jiu-Jitsu which translates to “Gental Art” is widely renowned as the most effective Martial Art both for self-defense and for competitive fighting as seen in mixed martial arts (MMA), or the UFC. Jiu-Jitsu was the primary martial art studied and practiced by the Samurai in ancient Japan. Prior to the Samurai this martial art was used by the Monks in Tibet to fight off invaders. Since the Monks were forbidden from using weapons they had to devise other means of defending themselves by disarming and disabling attackers without killing them – Jiu-Jitsu was perfect for this. We invite you to come and train with the best and carry on this ancient martial art tradition and embrace the warrior spirit we all have burning inside us!

Serving the: West Valley, West Hills, Hidden Hills, Woodland Hills, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Oak Park, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Conejo Valley, and surrounding areas.