At Gracie Morumbi Fabio Leopoldo we strive to help students get the most out of their training. For students with consistency and dedication, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu becomes a life-style and students can readily enjoy all the benefits of the Jiu-Jitsu or the “Gentle Art”. With two convenient locations in Ventura and Thousand Oaks Gracie Morumbi Fabio Leopoldo is the premier Martial Arts school in the Conejo Valley and Ventura county area.
Working from the assumption that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu must be embraced as a lifelong journey, Fabio Leopoldo has designed an effective learning plan or program of study that allows for students to naturally progress from the white belt to the black belt. Thus, classes and their respective curriculum at Gracie Morumbi are not isolated from one another, but elements of a larger structured learning plan called “Programs”.
Gracie Morumbi Programs are comprised of six (6) main elements:
- Curriculum: Set of coordinated techniques organized in the best possible way to facilitate the students’ learning process. All Gracie Morumbi Jiu jitsu programs consist of a 16 week curriculum;
- Pre-requisite: The minimum level a student must possess or have accomplished in order to enroll in a specific program;
- Class: The defined period of time during which the student learns the techniques that comprise the curricula using several different training methods or appropriate instructional techniques;
- Training Methods: Specific drills and training practices designed to convert the knowledge represented in the curricula and taught by the instructor into knowledge and skills, insuring that the student is able to apply their knowledge and techniques under real circumstances (or under authentic conditions);
- Minimum Attendance: minimum attendance required from the student so that he or she can progress and learn the various techniques and positions of the Gracie Morumbi Curriculum;
- Belt System: Hierarchical rank structure designed to represent students’ progress, according to their own potential. The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) ranking system is used for all Gracie Morumbi Jiu jitsu Programs.
All Gracie Morumbi Jiu jitsu students have the dream of becoming a black belt. However, this is not an easy goal and a lot of consistency and dedication is required. To fulfill the promise of facilitating students’ learning, Gracie Morumbi Programs are structured logically to keep students motivated to learn, practice and perform.
A typical Gracie Morumbi student starts with an introductory class, where he or she will learn the overall self-defense strategy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and afterwards enroll in the Gracie Morumbi Fundamentals Program. After four (4) months of training and learning all the techniques comprised in the Fundamentals curriculum, the student will be recommended to join the Gracie Morumbi Advanced Program. It is in the Gracie Morumbi Advanced Program where he or she will be exposed to all kinds of training dynamics, including BJJ for MMA(Mixed Martial Arts), No-Gi Jiu jitsu(Submission Grappling) and high level Brazilian Jiu jitsu Gi training, so that the student develops his or her own Jiu-Jitsu game, strategy and technique(s).
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a beautiful art and everyone is capable of learning it and enjoying its many benefits. Gracie Morumbi Programs reflect more than twenty (20) years of Professor Fabio Leopoldo's teaching experience and has succeeded in improving the quality of life, self-esteem, discipline and health of hundreds of individuals around California and Brazil, as well as building some of amazing BJJ practitioners and instructors living around the world.