Carlsbad Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Fitness

Where The Takedown Is Just The Beginning!

With a Focus On High Quality Instruction, SDBJJ Is The Right Choice!  Simply Put, It’s The Safest And Most Trusted BJJ Academy In North County San Diego.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Carlsbad - Kids

KIDS PROGRAMS (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Kids in Carlsbad)

We focus on core values in our young students.  Your child will learn DISCIPLINE, RESPECT, AWARENESS, CONFIDENCE, and RESPONSIBILITY.  SDBJJ offers a world class kids Curriculum that concentrates on the following. 1. SDBJJ instructors will focus on why your child needs to know a specific technique and what they gain from understanding it. Also, what happens if they don’t understand the technique in a real life situation. 2. Besides physically understanding the technique, we feel it is important to understand it’s history and the traditional name that is associated with the technique. 3. Finally student’s are able to execute the technique in a “randori” or sparring session.  If you are looking for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Kids in Carlsbad you have come to the right place!  This is done in an extremely safe environment and is supervised by a certified SDBJJ instructor at all times. Start to make a change in your childs life!  Call today to start your complimentary class. 760-518-0901

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Carlsbad - Women

WOMEN’S PROGRAMS (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Women in Carlsbad)

We focus on the empowerment of women.  SDBJJ focus’s on a comprehensive approach to Women’s Self Defense, combining the most effective techniques from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo.  Our Female students will be versed in the following areas: 1. The SDBJJ curriculum is extremely valuable to women because it demonstrates that you do not have to be physically impossing or extremely strong to be successful. 2. We focus on the empowerment of women. 3. The strength to overcome physical and emotional adversities, and succeeding at all costs. 4. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu does not differentiate between male or female; what matters is that you understand the correct technique and can use it when necessary. If you are looking for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Women in Carlsbad you have come to the right place!  Start to make a change in your life!  Call today to start your complimentary class. 760-518-0901

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Carlsbad - Adult

ADULT PROGRAMS (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Carlsbad)

Professor Paulo Fernando focus’s on a comprehensive approach to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, combining the most effective techniques from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. SDBJJ students will be well rounded in the following areas: 1. The technical positions of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, not limited to the submission. SDBJJ students will learn techniques that allow them to subdue a much larger opponent. 2. The fight starts standing.  Having said that, You must find a way to get your opponent to the ground.  Professor Fernando includes high level Judo techniques in his curriculum. 3. Martial Arts is a great way to defend ones self. Are you able to defend yourself from an attack?  SDBJJ focus’s on techniques that can be used in a “real life” situation.  If you are looking for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Carlsbad you have come to the right place! Start to make a change in your life!  Call today to start your complimentary class. 760-518-0901

SDBJJ Culture & Program Details


Mixed Martial Arts, otherwise known as MMA, is one of the fastest and most exhilarating sports in the world as it allows full contact, either striking or grappling, between opponents of different martial arts backgrounds in almost any stance, posture, or position.  At the beginning of the early 20th-century, mixed martial arts tournaments were starting to become a popular event in places such as Europe, Japan, and the Pacific Rim.  In the 1920s, the Gracie Family utilized these vale tudo, or anything goes, style fights in Brazil to demonstrate the effectiveness of their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu against other forms.  Underneath the guidance of Rorion Gracie, these no rules bouts were brought to the United States in 1993, spawning the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the modern conception of the terminology MMA.  In fact, the television critic Howard Rosenberg coined the term “mixed martial arts” during his 1993 review of UFC 1.  However, after multiple injuries, supplementary rules calling for gloves, mouth guards, and weight classes were implemented to protect the fighters from excessive damage beyond the call of duty.  Moreover, the addition of these rules brought standardization to the sport, which allowed it to be accepted by a wider audience.  Today, MMA is a phenomenon generating a lucrative amount of money through grandiose UFC pay-per-view events, but it is also celebrated as a fantastic stress reliever, great cardiovascular workout, and a solid form of self-defense, even for the most novice of practitioners. If you are interested in MMA in Carlbad or Mixed Martial Arts in Carlsbad, please contact us today!


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sprouted out of the teachings of Kanō Jigorō, the father of Kodokan Judo, who sent his pupil, Mitsuyo Maeda to demonstrate the effectiveness of his style around the world.  In Brazil during the 1920s, the Gracie Family grasped Maeda’s Judo techniques, which espoused the triumph of smaller opponents over bigger ones, to formulate what is now known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Instead of standing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu focuses on utilizing leverage and proper technique on the ground to execute submissions through skillful joint-locks or chokeholds.  Traditionally, BJJ fighters adorn themselves with a gi, practice on a mat, and train through partnered sparring, also called “rolling.”  Due to its explosive success, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most practiced styles in the world, with people from all backgrounds exercising in it for self-defense, mixed martial arts events, and competitive grappling tournaments, which may require or not require the contender to wear a gi.  If you are interested in Carlsbad Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or BJJ in the Carlsbad area, please contact us today!

Carlsbad No-Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

Sometimes referred to as submission fighting or combat wrestling, No-Gi is a fast pace grappling sport targeting clinch and ground fighters, who specialize in submitting their opponent.  Therefore, a wide variety of fighting styles and techniques from around the world are applicable to these tournaments including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Catch Wrestling, Hayastan Freestyle Fighting, Judo, Malla-yuddha, Luta Lita Livre Esportiva, Pankration, Sambo, and Shootwrestling, among others.  As the name No-Gi suggests, fighters are expected to forgo the gi in favor of skin-tight, yet flexible, spandex or other sticky clothing, such as a rash guard, in order to compete without worrying about their clothes ripping off during the heat of battle.  If you are interested in NOGI in Carlsbad or No-Gi in the Carlsbad area, please contact us today!


After noticing the rigidity associated with many classical and traditional styles at the time, the pedagogical modern master Kanō Jigorō created Judo, otherwise known as Kodokan Judo, as a way to incorporate several techniques into one overarching style aimed at throwing the opponent to the ground, constricting them through grappling maneuvers, and performing joint-locks or chokeholds to induce submission.  While Judo practitioners, called judoka,  originally trained in striking techniques called Atemi-waza during pre-arranged forms called kata, Judo’s popularity propagated several other styles such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Sambo, which primarily focused upon ground grappling more than anything else.  Due to its emphasis on competition, Judo has become a global sensation as a modern mixed martial art, competitive combat sport, and a respected Olympic event.  If you are interested in Judo in Carlsbad, please contact us today!


As one of the oldest combat sports in history originating amongst the Ancient Minoans and Greeks, boxing is a time-tested sport and style, where each fighter wears padded gloves and agrees to only use their fists during the bout to deliver jabs, straights, hooks, and uppercuts to the face and body.  Differing from many martial arts, boxing occurs through a predetermined set of one to three minute rounds, which are supervised by a specialized referee, inside of a roped ring.  Due to the codification and standardization of the sport in 16th-century England, boxing disallows low blows, head butts, and fighters are expected to fight within their own weight class.  For this reason, the combatants are weighed prior to the fight to affirm they are within the right range, otherwise they are disqualified.  A boxing match can be won in a myriad of ways.  A referee can stop the fight if they deem the fighter incapable to go on or they can disqualify an opponent for one of the aforementioned penalties.  A pugilist on the other hand can win by scoring three knockdowns, known as a Technical Knockout or TKO, or landing a knockout, where the opponent is incapable of returning to their feet within 10 seconds, which are counted off by the referee.  If a coach notices his or her fighter is taking too much damage they can “throw in the towel,” or surrender the match.  Lastly, if the pugilists continue without falter until there are no more rounds, then three judges decide the winner by referring to their scorecards, where they previously assigned point values per fighter per round.  While other events such as UFC and MMA competitions have taken some of the spotlight from boxing, it continues to be one of the most renowned styles catering to spectators since the dawn of organized fighting’s creation.


Emerging from the classical muay martial arts, or “muay boran,” of Thailand used in actual warfare, Muay Thai is a full combat sport that utilizes standing clinch maneuvers and various strikes in the form of elbows, kicks with the shins and feet, knees, and punches to pummel the enemy.  In fact, it is known as “Science of Eight Limbs,” because Muay Thai specialists, or “nak muay,” use their entire bodies to deliver devastating blows with any appendage from any angle.  Unlike the traditional forms of muay martial arts, today Muay Thai competitions employ the use of gloves, and sometimes headgear, to lessen the impact of the lethal blows. However, due to its effectiveness, Muay Thai is frequently adopted by mixed martial artists, in order to diversify their standing style and embrace a deadly set of moves.  Since Muay Thai has such a rich history all across Southeast Asia, currently there are efforts to have it renamed to Sovannaphum boxing or SEA boxing to represent the countries of Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar, as well as Thailand.  If you are interested in Muay Thai in Carlsbad, please contact us today!

Let’s See What Some Of Our Students Have To Say

We love our SDBJJ Students Our Students Are Like Family! , and we are fully dedicated to helping them excel in Martial Arts. When you become an SDBJJ student, you are starting down a life altering, positive path. Start your Martial Arts journey today! Change your life for the better!

The instruction that my sons have received over the past two years has given them the confidence and the discipline to do even better off the mat. They have each received multiple academic awards and I know that is it directly related to their regular participation at SDBJJ. It is a very positive environment that encourages both individuality and teamwork. Paulo has the ability and experience to get any kid to do their best while enjoying their time on the mat! MORE
Carlo Navida, SDBJJ Parent
While there are few men with black belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, there are fewer men with black belts in Judo, and Brazililan Jiu Jitsu who are also champions in those disciplines. Even rarer still are those who can take that kind of experience and successfully translate it to teaching and managing a martial arts school. The twelve years I have spent training with Sensei Paulo have been so incredibly rewarding, and always challenging! MORE
Lon Sierra, SDBJJ Student & Parent
I have been training Jiu Jitsu and Judo with Paulo for nearly four years now and count him as one of my closest friends. His style of teaching with extreme attention to detail while enjoying a warm friendly atmosphere is perfect. We train hard in the traditions and basics as well as incorporating the newer developing aspects of the game. Paulo spends time in Brazil and continues to improve his abilities each year thus improving his students. Because of Paulo’s instruction and abilities, each time I compete I feel I have an advantage! MORE
John Fry, SDBJJ Student

Know Your Lineage – Know Your Roots!

THE ORIGIN OF JIU-JITSU “As to the origin and native land of Ju Jutsu, there are several opinions, but they are found to be mere assumptions based on narratives relating to the founding of certain schools, or some incidental records or illustrations found in the ancient manuscripts not only in Japan but in China, Persia, Germany, and Egypt. There is no record by which the origins of Ju Jutsu can be definitely established.” –Sensei G. Koizumi, Kodokan 7th Dan. READ MORE
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