Sports Academy is pleased to be teaming up with Gracie Barra to bring the Greater Conejo Valley – world class Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training for men, women and kids alike.

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Athletes will experience elite instruction from some of the best in the industry – Gabriel Arges and Romulo Barral – all while having access and exposure to Sports Academy’s state-of-the-art technology, training facilities, as well as mental acuitiy and recovery services. Sports Academy is thrilled with the opportunity to service the local and regional Jiu Jitsu community.

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was formed from Kodokan judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught by a number of individuals including Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Satake. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of judo through Carlos and Helio Gracie (who passed their knowledge on to their extended family) as well as other instructors who were students of Maeda, such as Luiz Franca.

BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend 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. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments and in self-defense situations. Sparring (commonly referred to as rolling) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.


Romulo Barral

Romulo Barral is one of the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters in the Medium Heavy weight division. Tipped as “The Number 1 BJJ fighter in the world” in 2007 by Gracie Mag, Romulo Barral maintained this high class black belt status in the years that followed with consistent medals at the top BJJ tournaments in the world reaching BJJ Heroes’ Top 10 Competitors of All Time ranking. Originally from Belo Horizonte in Brazil, Romulo Barral established his own successful jiu jitsu academy in the United States, proving that he was also a talented coach.

Gabriel Arges

Gabriel Arges is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Romulo Barral, competing for the Gracie Barra Academy. Arges made a name for himself not only in the lower belt divisions of the sport, but also in the black belt division, where he accomplished important titles within the IBJJF such as the World Jiu Jitsu Championship and European Open Jiu Jitsu Championship.