GF TEAM Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Houston

Learn authentic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with world champion black-belt instructors from Grappling Fight Team of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Our Instructors

MARCUS “BOQUINHA” BELLO

BJJ World Champion / Judo Black Belt / GF Team Co-Founder

Marcus started practicing Judo when he was 6 years old, receiving his Judo black belt in 1992. Marcus began training BJJ with Master Julio Cesar in the early days of Gama Filho (the team that would become GFTeam), earning his black belt in 1998. Bello is famed for his exquisite top game with which he defeated many big names of the sport, including legends like Tererê and Marcelo Garcia. In 2016 Marcus was the black belt champion in his division at the IBJJF Masters World Championships.

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Wancler Oliveira

BJJ World Champion

Wancler Oliveira is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt from Sergipe, Brazil.  He is a second-degree black belt under Julio Cesar and Marcus Bello.  An active competitor, Wancler is a multiple time IBJJF World Champion (2014 and 2015), IBJJF Pan American Champion (2016 and 2017), second place World Nogi, European Champion, and four times Brazilian National Champion.

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Reed Shelger

Submission Grappling Instructor / BJJ Black Belt

Reed was a wrestling state champion in high school. He went on to wrestle in college at UC Davis, where Reed was coached by Lennie Zalesky, Mark Munoz, and Urijah Faber. After college, Reed transitioned from wrestling to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and submission grappling. Received his black belt in BJJ from Marcus Bello in 2016.

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Class Descriptions

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

BJJ emphasizes the use of technique and leverage to conquer brute force, often enabling smaller athletes to defeat bigger and stronger opponents. Because of this, BJJ is sometimes referred to as “arte suave” (the gentle art).

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Submission Grappling

Submission grappling, also known as “Nogi”, offers an adaption of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that is effective in Mixed Martial Arts competition. Our members are regular participants in tournaments in the Houston area.

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Judo

Judo is an Olympic sport that primarily focuses on techniques to bring your opponent to the mat using throws and trips. Judo techniques can also be adapted successfully for use in BJJ, wrestling, and Mixed Martial Arts.

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Youth BJJ & NOGI

Our kids’ classes are for students in the elementary school age range (6-11). Students 12 and above are welcome to participate in our general classes which are open to all ages 12 and above.

How to Choose the Right BJJ Academy For You!

Important considerations when selecting a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school!

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