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The History of ATOS Jiu Jitsu

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Gui Mendes, Ramon Lemos, Rafael Mendes, Andre Galvao


Atos Jiu-Jitsu, founded in 2008 by Prof. Andre Galvao and his friend Prof. Ramon Lemos, has become one of the most recognized and respected names in the Jiu-jitsu industry.

As one of the smallest teams in the sport, Atos has influenced the way the world practices and defines modern jiu-jitsu. Atos Jiu-Jitsu is linked to the evolution of the 50/50 guard, leg drag, and berimbolo.

The original Atos team included names of Black Belt World Champions such as Prof. Andre Galvao and Prof. Ramon Lemos, Rafa and Gui Mendes, Bruno Frazatto, Guto Campos, Claudio Calasans, Gilbert Burns, Rodrigo Caporal, Ary Frias, and Davi Ramos.


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Celbebrating winning the team title at Worlds for the second consecutive year


Through their success, the Atos Jiu-Jitsu team has attracted talent from all over the world and has grown rapidly becoming one of the strongest teams in Jiu-Jitsu. While the team’s origins are based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the team’s headquarters has been based in San Diego, CA since 2010. Since then, the team has added many great names to its competition team roster, including, Michael Liera Jr., Michael Carbullido, Keenan Cornelius, JT Torres, and many more.


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JT Torres and Andre Galvao


There is a great sense of quality over quantity within the Atos team, which relates to our motto, “Together we are Stronger.” The Atos team is currently breeding a new crop of talented Jiu-Jitsu athletes who are successfully showcasing their skills not only in the world of sport Jiu-Jitsu, but also within the world of mixed martial arts. Many BJJ and MMA competitors seek Atos Jiu-Jitsu as their brand of BJJ because of the success the team has experienced at the highest levels of BJJ competition.

Those such as Anderson Silva, Carlos Diego, as well as Atos veterans such as Ary Frias, Davi Ramos, Bruno Frazatto and, Gilbert Burns Durinho have demonstrated great success in the most respected international Jiu-Jitsu competitions and are translating this well into the world of MMA.

Atos was founded by two friends who shared the same religious beliefs and an intense passion for Jiu-Jitsu. The word “Atos” is the Portuguese word for “acts,”, which specifically references “The Book of Acts” in the bible, based on the belief that “God can do amazing things through ordinary people, when He empowers them through His Spirit.” Today, the Atos jiu-jitsu association members and competitors continue to spread their innovative style of jiu-jitsu across the world.

You can currently find Atos affiliates in over 14 countries around the world.


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2x Team World Champions


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