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Ventura Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructors

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Sparta Academy
from 73 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel F.
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I have been working with JJ for about 1 year and 5 months. Great working environment... JJ has helped me lose so much weight and I’ve learned proper workout techniques in this journey. I maxed out at 240 pounds, but today I weight 205 and still Iosing. I would highly recommend sparta academy for anyone looking to pursue a healthy lifestyle. My martial arts has improved tremendously too. JJ is a good trainer on both cross training and martial arts. JJ teaches Brazilian jiu jitsu, Krav Maga, and Muay Thai for martial arts. JJ would encourage you to come to class as many times you can to see results and improvements. If you ever need to lose weight or learn martial arts, then JJ is the man!

  • 4 years in business
Lele N.
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I love the positive role models my son has gained since being a part of the Gracie Jiu Jitsu family. The instructors have a wonderful way of connecting with the kids and breaking down the teachings to their level. I'm glad my family has found this community.

Adrian Montemayor
from 5 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Ari S.
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Adrian embodies every definition of a martial artist. He is fluid and flexible with obstacles on and off the mats. He's warm and welcoming to anyone who flies the flag of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He treats all his students as serious grapplers whether it's their first day on the mats or their thousandth. He believes in family, community and he's a man I'm grateful to have called coach and honored to continue to call friend.

Rakota B.
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I have had the pleasure of knowing Ricardo Miller for several years now and I can say that he is one of the best instructor's in the sport today. He is always there for his students and he is one of the most dedicated coaches you will ever find. He is at all of the competitions and is also a well respected tournament referee. The Paragon academy is one of the most respected out there so I am giving this my full endorsement. If you have an interest in learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu then this is one of the best places to go!

  • 11 years in business
Jason F.
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James was very professional. I really like his attention to detail and his passion for Jiu Jitsu.


The American Kenpo Jiu Jitsu Academy opened in 1990, and for over two decades, we have been serving the community, helping hundreds of children, teenagers and adults to develop confidence, respect, focus, concentration, physical fitness, and other unique benefits of a martial arts education. As instructors, we make a commitment to our community: We do whatever it takes to help each student become successful, not only in the martial arts, but also "achieving their black belt and beyond" in every area of life. In their own words (Feedback from our students and their families): "I love that the instructor are great with the smaller kids while maintaining a healthy and reasonable level of discipline and respect in class. "I have see my 4 year old participate in class and practice at home, but watching him during testing was a source of great pride; to see him put his best foot forward in front of peers and older, much older than himself, was priceless. "American Kenpo Jiu Jitsu Academy has been a great outlet not just for burning energy or keeping busy, but to learn discipline outside the parent-child realm." Lynn S. - Kids Program "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers, Mohamad and Jose, for my daughter, Reiko's amazing transformation! This is a very significant, before-and-after story. I encourage all parents, who raised their child to be a responsible, productive and polite citizen in this world, to consider enrolling their child. "Our daughter is a kind and gentle spirit raised with morals, integrity and principles any parent would be proud of; unfortunately, her kindness and good nature made her an easy target for those individuals who were not raised with similar values. "After a few months of training at the academy, she acquired the confidence and strength to be able to stand up for herself, for what is right and even to stand up for others who were not able to defend themselves! "Armed not with weapons, but with the confidence that springs from self-respect, loyalty, discipline and honor, she now has the tools to better face the challenges of this world. "Any parent who wants to invest in his or her child's future should consider investing in martial arts. This is not a trendy gift, but rather, one that transcends and is life altering!" Respectfully, Mary and Andrew K. - Juniors Program "I can't thank Mohamed and Jose for all they have taught me over the past few months. I have come to realize that within me, I have the inner power to change myself for the better. "Mohamed's teachings and techniques help a student to learn about their inner strengths and weakness, while continuing to build confidence in the art of American kenpo and jujitsu. Jose was not only patient, but very knowledgeable in his skills as well, always willing to stick by my side until I got the technique perfected. "I look forward to hearing more success stories of the new students and recurring students who have found their own inner power because of the great teachings of the American Kenpo and Jujitsu Academy in Woodland Hills. "All my best to future students, Jose and Mohamed. Thank you for all you have taught me!" Sincerely, Leslie R. - Adults Program "American Kenpo Jiu Jitsu is a great martial art form, and I enjoy the constant challenge and learning. Everyone at the academy helps one another, and we really have a great group of instructors and students that evolved over the years. "It is the best! "The instructors are great, the knowledge and understanding of kenpo and jiu-jitsu, the process of learning, the exercise, challenge, friendships, and great teachers make this the only place for me to train." Norm K. - Adults Program


Our mission is to positively impact the lives of our students and community by empowering them with the martial art knowledge of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu which translates to “gentle art” can transform people’s lives by giving them the confidence to protect themselves or their loved ones in a real hand-to-hand self-defense scenario. We are dedicated to providing the highest level instruction, the most classes per week, and the most affordable pricing – with an emphasis on real life self-defense and sport competition. Through training, our students will grow and gain courage, strength, respect, discipline, and honor, while at the same time get physically fit, learn to defend themselves, and make great friends!


I teach 'lil tigers (4 to 8 years old), juniors (9 to 14 years old), and adults (15 years old and up). I have 33 years of experience, and a 9th degree black belt senior master in the art of American Kenpo Jiu Jitsu (stand up fighting of Ed Parker's American kenpo karate and Gracie Jiu Jitsu). I teach pure self-defense based on practicality.


We offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes, making it an easy sport to learn for anybody. The program involves learning the better parts of Judo, Greco-Roman wrestling, and submission wrestling for a complete feet to floor game. Our Kickboxing program is a great workout involving kicking targets, heavy bags, Thai pads, and focus gloves. We have professional kickboxing coaches who will teach you the perfect technique, and how to avoid injuries as well. The Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing mix are perfect for those interested in MMA training. Our Boxing program consists of learning all the sport's basics. Students are instructed how to utilize the speed bag, heavy bag, double end bag, as well as the footwork and conditioning needed for sparring in our competition-size boxing ring. Our classes for kids boost their confidence and develop their character, as well as busts bullying. Paragon Academy is proud to provide Santa Barbara with a mixed martial arts summer camp for the youth!


We offer Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, kettlebells, and kickboxing. We have classes available for kids, adults, men, and women. Students as young as 3 years old and as old as 70 are training with us and learning self-defense, building discipline and confidence in a fun, friendly and safe environment. We have two convenient locations in Ventura and Thousand Oaks. Come by for a free introductory class today!


Much more than a martial art, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a highly effective method of fitness and self-defense that builds a strong mind, body and character. Jiu Jitsu, a grappling art (ground fighting), provides you the power of leverage over a stronger and larger aggressor or bully.

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