JAO Martial Arts – Caio Terra BJJ in Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Martial Arts:  For over almost two decades, the team at JAO Martial Arts in Brooklyn, NY have dedicated themselves to improving the quality of life for their students. Through the teaching of martial arts, JAO Martial Arts instructors have been trained to be the most effective teachers, coaches, and role models possible.

Our students learn to confront and overcome their innermost fears and doubts. This increases self-confidence. They become better-prepared to meet life’s challenges with success and life’s disappointments with perseverance.

In addition to teaching martial arts for over 15 years, they has focused heavily on developing a strong character building curriculum. The focus on confidence building and character development has led to a strong relationship with Brooklyn Public schools, Day-cares, and other area businesses. Many see JAO Martial Arts as a valuable program for area families.

Over the years the team has also designed and taught countless seminars on topics including Martial Arts, Women’s Self Defense, Child Safety, Stranger Danger, Cardio/Fitness, Tournament and Performance skills, Self Defense, Ground Defense and Grappling. JAO Martial Arts instructors have taught literally thousands of students, hundreds of them to Black Belt level. Many of these Black Belts have even gone on to become instructors themselves.

JAO Martial Arts – Caio Terra BJJ in Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Martial Arts:  For over almost two decades, the team at JAO Martial Arts in Brooklyn, NY have dedicated themselves to improving the quality of life for their students. Through the teaching of martial arts, JAO Martial Arts instructors have been trained to be the most effective teachers, coaches, and role models possible.

Our students learn to confront and overcome their innermost fears and doubts. This increases self-confidence. They become better-prepared to meet life’s challenges with success and life’s disappointments with perseverance.

In addition to teaching martial arts for over 15 years, they has focused heavily on developing a strong character building curriculum. The focus on confidence building and character development has led to a strong relationship with Brooklyn Public schools, Day-cares, and other area businesses. Many see JAO Martial Arts as a valuable program for area families.

Over the years the team has also designed and taught countless seminars on topics including Martial Arts, Women’s Self Defense, Child Safety, Stranger Danger, Cardio/Fitness, Tournament and Performance skills, Self Defense, Ground Defense and Grappling. JAO Martial Arts instructors have taught literally thousands of students, hundreds of them to Black Belt level. Many of these Black Belts have even gone on to become instructors themselves.

Meet Master JAO!

Master Joel Burgos, JAO
5th Degree Black Belt – Owner

JAO began training martial arts in Brooklyn NY in 1985.  He started his training in Tae Kwon Do under Great Grandmaster Suh Chong Kang at the American Tae Kwon Do center and after several years of training earned the rank of Black belt.  Through his teen years he began teaching kids classes, and eventually became a full-time instructor to students of all ages.  He continued advancing in rank until reaching 3rd degree black belt, at which point he decided to begin competing nationally and internationally.

Within a few months of competing he was ranked top 5 in the world in his divisions, and under the tutelage of his new instructor Master Eric San Jose, would go on to me a multi-time world champion in Sport karate.  His attention to detail made him famous for his kicking ability and precise technique. He was one of the first “trickers” ever featured on the internet, and is considered by most to be one of the godfathers of modern day tricking.

He retired from Sport Karate in 2007, and shifted his focus to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu shortly thereafter.He was awarded the rank of 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2011 and continues his training in several styles of martial arts. He also holds black belts in Pa-kua, Shotokan, and has trained extensively in boxing and kickboxing.

A few years after receiving his Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu JAO began teaching under the guidance of his first instructor. In 2012 he met Professor Caio Terra and joined the Caio Terra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association (CTA).Professor Terra is an 11-time World Champion, world famous for his technical Jiu-Jitsu, which earned him his Black Belt in 3 years. Professor Terra took JAO under his wing and helped him refine his technique and the technique of all the BJJ students at the academy.  He awarded JAO his purple belt in 2014, and then his Brown belt in 2017.  The students all have the option to visit and train at any of the dozens of academies throughout the world, and the open-door policy at JAO MAA has people dropping in from all over the globe.

 JAO has trained thousands of students young and old, all shapes and sizes. His students have become state, national, and world champions competitors in every facet of martial arts competitions.  He continues running the everyday operations at the academy as well as being the head instructor.

Master Joel Burgos
5th Degree Black Belt – Owner

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The Brooklyn Martial Arts family. Offering programs in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

There are two convenient ways you can sign up for one of our awesome life changing programs! Sign up on our website or give us a call at 646-702-1506 if you have any questions.
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Join Our Family!


The Brooklyn Martial Arts family. Offering programs in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

There are two convenient ways you can sign up for one of our awesome life changing programs! Sign up on our website or give us a call at 646-702-1506 if you have any questions.
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