• Benefits of
    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

“The Gentle Art”

The term “jiu-jitsu” is derived from the Japanese phrase “the gentle art”. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), also known as the gentle art, is a martial art that generally focuses on ground fighting and grappling with an opponent. When using proper technique, a smaller and weaker individual can defend against, and even possibly dominate, a larger and stronger opponent. By using balancing leverage and techniques such as joint locks and chokes, students of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu can gain self-confidence in their abilities to protect themselves.

  • Physical Conditioning

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training is more rigorous than many other martial arts due to the intensely physical nature of grappling, but because of this rigorousness, students vastly improve their physical conditioning. Each Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training session includes cardiovascular training, stretching, breathing techniques and resistance workouts. These sessions build students’ strength and endurance, and help increase their flexibility.


  • Self-Defense

    Self-defense is one of the many valuable benefits gained from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Students trained in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu learn how to avoid, evade, and escape from many types of physical confrontations. They also learn how to physically protect themselves and their loved ones when physical confrontations are unavoidable. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students are trained to use restraint and physical techniques as appropriate.

  • Mental Health

    Training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu directly leads to a significant increase in self-confidence, self-discipline and the ability to make decisive action. This occurs not only via training the sport, but also through skilled and empowering coaching and role modeling from such great teachers as Sammy Garcia.

  • Family time and bonding

    Practicing the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can foster and develop family unity and friendly competition among siblings. The Teixeira Garcia Jiu-Jitsu Academy helps grow a sense of pride in oneself because of the accomplishments students have. Parents develop pride in their children’s accomplishments while at the same time the children’s own self-worth grows with each lesson learned. 

  • Testimonials


“Just signed my kids up here. Tried several martial arts studios and this is the one they liked best. Very comfortable atmosphere, very reasonable rates. Looking forward to a long time here with all my children.” -John H., Covina, CA


“…even though everyone was exhausted and sweating profusely, they were all smiling, laughing, and obviously were enjoying the class.” -Greg H., Diamond Bar, CA


“After having been my third school of Jiu-Jitsu I have to say that I can confidently say that I wouldn't want to train anywhere else. Sammy is the most humble person I have ever met and is all about his students and making sure we understand the instruction. Besides being a world class Jiu-Jitsu competitor, Sammy is also one of the kindest people out there.” -Marco A., Hacienda Heights, CA


“Sammy is amazing! We are so happy our son is training with a highly respected Instructor! He is one of the BEST! He teaches respect and self-discipline…” -P H., Glendora, CA