The Jiu Jitsu program at HardKnocks 365 will be spearheaded by none other than Sensei Mario Sperry and his team of trainers. It is an intense, yet fulfilling program that will make you well-versed in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Powerful yet elegant, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a blend of grappling and ground-fighting of which its core principal is based on the ideal that a smaller, “weaker” individual can take down an opponent of greater size.

Since BJJ is a martial art we give great emphasis on discipline, etiquete and rules, in a respectful, clean and safe environment. Consequently making it an ideal place for children and teenagers to workout.

Not only will you learn BJJ techniques from the best, but also get in shape, improve self-esteem and gradually become familiar to the many benefits of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lifestyle.

About Sensei Mario Sperry – Career, Accomplishments and Championships

Mário Sperry is a Brazilian heavyweight mixed martial artist. His specialty is Brazilian jiu-jitsu, grappling and ground fighting. He is also one of the founders of the Brazilian Top Team, where he trained fighters such as Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Antônio Rogério Nogueira, Ricardo Arona, and Paulo Filho, among others.

Mario Sperry was born on the 28th of September 1966, in Porto Alegre – Brazil, later moving to Rio de Janeiro. Like many other martial arts practitioners from his generation, Sperry’s first approach to grappling came through Judo, a sport he started with legendary George Medhi. Mario Sperry only started Jiu Jitsu when he was already a brown belt in the Japanese art of throwing. After this first approach to BJJ he became obsessed with the “gentle art”, making it his life style. This obsession led to a very fast rise to blue belt (one month) a belt received from the hands of Master Carlson Gracie the same person that would award him with the black belt years later. Mario Sperry also holds a degree in Economics

JIU JITSU

  • 1994 JIU JITSU BRAZILAIN HEAVY WEIGHT CHAMPION
  • 1994 JIU JITSU BRAZILAIN ABSOLUTE WEIGHT CHAMPION
  • 1995 JIU JITSU BRAZILAIN ABSOLUTE WEIGHT CHAMPION
  • 1996 JIU JITSU WORLD HEAVY WEIGHT CHAMPION
  • 1997 JIU JITSU WORLD SUPER HEAVY WEIGHT CHAMPION
  • 1997 JIU JITSU WORLD ABSOLUTE WEIGHT THIRD PLACE
  • 1998 JIU JITSU WORLD ABSOLUTE WEIGHT CHAMPION
  • 1999 JIU JITSU WORLD SUPER HEAVY WEIGHT SECOND PLACE
  • 1999 JIU JITSU WORLD ABSOLUTE WEIGHT THIRD PLACE

SUBMISSION WRESTLING:

  • 1998 ADCC 98KG DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION
  • 1998 ADCC ABSOLUTE DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION
  • 1999 ADCC SUPER FIGHT WORLD CHAMPION
  • 2000 ADCC SUPER FIGHT WORLD CHAMPION
  • 2000 AWARDED FIGHTER OF THE DECADE BY NAGA (NORTH
  • AMERICAN GRAPPLING ASSOCIATION)
  • 2001 ADCC SUPER FIGHT RUNNER UP
  • 2011 ADCC SUPER FIGHT CHAMPION
  • 2013 ADCC SUPER FIGHT CHAMPION
  • 2015 ADCC SUPER FIGHT RUNNER UP

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (MMA):

  • 1995 TITANIC DUEL CHAMPION (BRAZIL)
  • 1995 EXTREME FIGHT RUNNER UP (USA)
  • 1996 REALITY SUPER FIGHT CHAMPION (USA)
  • 1997 AUSTRALIAN CAGE COMBAT CHAMPION (AUSTRALIA)
  • 2000 COLOSSEUM SUPER FIGHT CHAMPION (JAPAN)
  • 2001 PRIDE FC 17 CHAMPION (JAPAN)
  • 2002 PRIDE FC 20 RUNNER UP (JAPAN)
  • 2002 UNIVERSAL FIGHTING ORGANIZATION -UFO- JAPAN. SUPER FIGHT CHAMPION (JAPAN)
  • 2002 PRIDE FC 22 CHAMPION (JAPAN)
  • 2003 PRIDE FC SHOKE WAVE RUNNER UP (JAPAN)
  • 2004 PRIDE BUSHIDO 2 CHAMPION (JAPAN)
  • 2005 PRIDE FC 29 CHAMPION (JAPAN)
  • 2006 PRIDE FC 31 CHAMPION (JAPAN)
  • 2007 CAGE RAGE 22 CHAMPION (ENGLAND)

Fees and Schedules

Fees:

  • $180 adults (first 50 students to sign up pay $150) per month
  • $120 children per month
  • $150 per month policemen, firemen, active military and black belts.

Class Schedule (1-hour sessions for Adults and 30 to 40 minutes for children):

Monday Wednesday and Friday (All classes with Gis)

  • 10:00am – Beginners and Intermediary
  • 11:00am – Advanced and Pro
  • 4:00pm – Children (3 to 5 year olds /Gi)
  • 5:00pm – Children (6 year old+)
  • 6:00pm – Beginners and Intermediary
  • 7:00pm – Intermediary and Advanced

Tuesday and Thursday (No Gis)

  • 10:00am – Beginners and Intermediary
  • 11:00am – Advanced and Pro
  • 4:00pm – Children (3 to 5 year olds /Gi)
  • 5:00pm – Children (6 year old up)
  • 6:00pm – Beginners and Intermediary
  • 7:00pm – Intermediary and Advanced

Saturday

  • 10:00 am -Intermediary and Advanced (Gi)
  • 11:00 am – Open Mat
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