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The Richmond Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense Academy began at the beginning of 2002 in Richmond, Virginia, with the goal of providing top-notch, professional, realistic, and safe Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing training to the greater Richmond community.

Head instructor, Eric Burdo is a 3rd-degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and certified under Julio “Foca” Fernandez. Mr. Fernandez is a 6th-degree black belt under the late Grandmaster Carlson Gracie, Sr. During his ten years of active competition for the Carlson Gracie Competition Team, Mr. Fernandez went undefeated in over two hundred matches.

Mr. Fernandez has honored Eric with the opportunity to teach the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the Richmond area, under the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu United States Association (BJJUSA), of which Mr. Fernandez is president. The Richmond Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy is also an official school of the BJJ Revolution Team.

Richmond BJJ Academy has five top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts to train with – the most at any BJJ school in the Central Virginia area! We also have four experienced Muay Thai instructors to guide you on your journey!

Contact us today, and begin your training with the one of the best schools in the country!


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Julio 'Foca' Fernandez and Richmond BJJ Head Instructor, Eric Burdo