Valente Brothers Jiu-Jitsu was designed to emulate the original Academia Gracie de Jiu-Jitsu that was inaugurated by Grand Masters Hélio and Carlos Gracie in 1952. The Academia Gracie occupied the 17th and 18th floor of a high-rise office building in one of the most prestigious avenues in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Dr. Pedro Valente Sr., who trained at the Academia Gracie, considers that, even after so many years, Grandmaster Hélio’s original school, which existed in the 1950’s and 1960’s, still epitomizes the most modern and efficient Jiu-Jitsu academy ever established. For that reason he encouraged his sons, the Valente brothers, to model their academy after the original epicenter of Jiu-Jitsu. When Grand Master Hélio visited Valente Brothers for the first time, he was amazed at how the school’s facility, teaching method, and atmosphere reminded him of his original academy. Consequently, he started referring to Valente Brothers Jiu-Jitsu as the Academia Gracie de Miami (Gracie Academy of Miami). This was one of the greatest honors and recognitions that we ever received.
Valente Brothers is a 6500sq. ft., full-service training ground, dedicated to providing the most efficient self-defense instruction in the world. Our academy features 4 separate training areas, one for large group classes, one for private and semi private training and two for one-on-one classes. Our training grounds are covered with a special, waterproof, hygienic and soft canvas material. The mats are thoroughly washed daily with hospital disinfectants. A comfortable reception lounge and separate locker, bathroom and shower facilities for men and women are also available for students.