Our Mission

Our goal is to teach high quality Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Grappling to our students, in a controlled, safe and clean environment. We want to help our students, independent age or gender, to increase self-esteem, get fit and improve their overall quality of life. Becoming a black belt shouldn’t be an objective but a consequence of dedication and hard work, which will result in a long and lasting healthy life style.

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Our History

Mario Sperry Jiu Jitsu System has been put to practice and evolved for over 25 years through his previous gyms, seminars, competitions and a life dedicated to martial arts. Over 10000 students learnt Jiu Jitsu through our method with 500 becoming black belts of whom many became Brazilian champions, world champions and MMA title holders, like Rodrigo Minotouro, Rogerio Minotauro, Ricardo Arona, Milton Vieira, Paulo Filho and Anderson Silva.

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Our Coaches

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Mario Sperry

Sensei Mario Sperry has been for many years an icon in the Jiu Jitsu community. He is a black belt under legendary Carlson Gracie where he was one of the main title holders of the glorious Carlson Gracie competition team. As a competitor Mario Sperry is a 3x Brazilian Champion, 3x World Champion and won many ADCC championships and super fights. He was also awarded in 2000 FIGHTER OF THE DECADE by NAGA (NORTH AMERICAN GRAPPLING ASSOCIATION). As a coach he was founder of Sul Jiu Jitsu and Brazilian Top Team (BTT) where he directly passed his technique to over 10000 students which 500 became black belts. Noting that BTT for many years was on of the top jiu Jitsu and MMA teams in the world. Currently Mario Sperry holds a 5th degree black belt in Jiu Jitsu and his also a black belt in traditional Japanese Judo.

Gilbert “Durinho” Burns

Gilbert Burns, commonly known in the Jiu Jitsu and grappling community by his nickname “Durinho”, is a 2nd degree black belt under the Nova Uniao team. At only 30 years of age he is already regarded as one of the top Jiu Jitsu and grappler of his generation. As black belt Gilbert won many titles despite his young age (World Champion 2011, World Pro Cup Champion 2010, World No-Gi Champion 2010, Brazilian National Champion 2009 CBJJE and a Brazilian National Champion 2010. In addition to teaching and competing in both Jiu Jitsu and grappling, Gilbert is currently part of the UFC with a MMA record of 11-2-0.

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Pedro Loffredi

Pedro is a Judo black belt under legendary Sensei George Mehdi, earning his degree 18 years ago. Throughout these many years Pedro had the opportunity to train with the Brazilian National team of Judo for over 2 years in the Projeto Futuro in Sao Paulo. While still in Rio de Janeiro (hometown) Pedro had the opportunity to teach kids and junior classes for many years on both Sensei Mehdi’s school as well as in the Vidigal Favela in a social work project led by Sensei Mauricio Sabatini, focusing on taking Judo to the impoverished. In addition to Judo Pedro worked for many years as a fixed income, currency and swap trader, working out of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York, London, Luxembourg and Miami, consequently giving him the opportunity to train Judo and Jiu Jitsu in some of the best gyms around the world. Pedro is currently a 4th degree black in Judo, black belt in Jiu Jitsu, holds an economics degree and master in finance both from Boston University.