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…but there are few teams with such a rich history as Atos Jiu-Jitsu.

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

As one of the best teams for Gi and No-Gi in the sport, Atos has influenced the way the world practices and defines modern Jiu-Jitsu. Atos Jiu-Jitsu can be directly linked to the evolution of the 50/50 guard, the Choi Bar, leg drag, berimbolo, and lapel guard.

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

Through their successes, 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 & Submission Grappling. Today our team is led by one of the greatest athletes of all time in our sport, Andre Galvao, a multi-time World Champion in the Gi and No-Gi as well as an ADCC & IBJJF Hall Of Fame Member,

While the team’s origins were based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the team’s headquarters is based in San Diego, CA since 2010. Since then, the team has added many great names to its competition team roster, including Prof Galvao’s Black Belt team of champions such as Lucas “Hulk’” Barbosa, JT Torres, Tye & Kade Ruotolo, Josh Hinger, Keenan Cornelius, Kaynan Duarte, Andy Murasaki, Michael Liera Jr., Michael Carbullido, Jonnatas Gracie, Ronaldo Junior, Joao “Bisnaga” Mendes, Gustavo Batista, Luiza Monteiro, Rafael & Emilly Vasconcelos and Daniel Sathler.

Atos Jiu-Jitsu’s first motto was “Together we are Stronger…”

And although our motto has changed over the last few years, Atos is still very much about building a community within the Jiu-Jitsu world. Our new motto is “Innovating Grappling, Transforming Lives” as we really believe that Jiu-Jitsu can be a transformative journey for everyone.

Our team remains one of the top-ranked BJJ/Grappling Teams world-wide since the very beginning. Every year, new World Champions are crowned from Atos. The Atos team is currently bringing up a new crop of talented Jiu-Jitsu athletes (colored belts, teens and kids) who are successfully showcasing their skills, not only in the world of sport Jiu-Jitsu, but also within the world of Mixed Martial Arts and submission grappling.

Many BJJ (Gi & No-Gi) and MMA competitors seek Atos Jiu-Jitsu as their home for BJJ/Grappling because of the success the team has experienced at the highest levels of competition.

Competitors such as Anderson Silva, Israel Adesanya, Rodrigo Minotauro, Carlos Diego, Cat Zingano, Cris Cyborg… In addition, Atos veterans such as Andre Galvao, Ary Frias, Davi Ramos , Bruno Frazatto and Gilbert Burns Durinho have demonstrated great success in the most respected international Jiu-Jitsu competitions which has translated 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.

Atos has the best kids program (starting at 3 years old) in the world nowadays, creating multi-time little champions – we’re dedicated to the future of our sport.

You can currently find Atos Jiu-jitsu Academies in over 20 countries worldwide.