Our Program


Downtown BJJ instructors believe that by showing these young people a different side of life, primarily that inspired by the ethos that so many of us enjoy in the United States, we will mitigate their chances of falling victim to the incredible challenges facing children being raised in the favelas. By bringing what they’ve learned home, we believe these children will influence their own friends and families created a ripple effect of much-needed goodwill.


  •  Candidates are to be between 12 and 17 years old
  •  Candidates must be enrolled in school with satisfactory grades (analysis of school history)
  • Candidates must be a committed BJJ student of Downtown BJJ or another similar BJJ driven initiative that we support


  • Daily classes of BJJ
  • English classes
  • BJJ Competition


  • Airfare
  • Residence for the program participants while in the U.S.
  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Competition Entry Fees
  • An incentive for the adolescent and his/her family (Some of these families literally can’t afford to let their children leave as the children themselves are sometimes a source of income for the family. If we can slightly incentives the program for participants, the family can justify letting the adolescent participate.)

By the time these children return, they will have a completely different outlook on life. They will inspire other children from their neighborhood, and in so doing will incite positive change and progress for this new generation. They will be better prepared for the job market, having not only trained intensively in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but also learning English and being exposed to the culture of other countries, thereby making them more valuable to any prospective employer.

The sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has experienced a boom internationally, and the sport is only growing. Just as soccer changed the lives of some of our greatest sports heroes who also came from humble beginnings, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu does the same. However, to facilitate this we need the infrastructure in place: instructors, a training facility, uniforms, even food, as many of these kids cannot afford to eat.

For the children, this opportunity comes at the cost of the competition. The discipline a person gets from competing is priceless. When someone gives everything they have on the mat, regardless of whether they win or lose, they leave knowing that they’ve done what 99% of others haven’t. They’ve given everything for the chance to be something greater. Therefore, our instructors will be of the highest caliber, assisting these children at every turn, standing beside them as they strive to become more than they could have ever imagined.

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