Our Jiu jitsu School is home to some of the most talented and experienced Jiu Jitsu practitioners in the region. Our team of instructors includes black belts with decades of experience, as well as up-and-coming stars in the Jiu-jitsu community. We offer a range of classes, from fundamental Jiu Jitsu to competition-focused training, and our students have the opportunity to learn from a variety of perspectives. Join our community and take your Jujitsu skills to the next level!
All our Professors and Instructors are IBJJF Certified and have gone through a thorough background check to ensure your safety and well being.
Michel Porfirio Pereira (Buiu), Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, began Judo at the age of 5. His family moved often and after a few years he was unable to continue Judo classes. In 1989, his family moved into a safer area and he found a Karate school that offered Martial Arts – Shoto Kan. His Karate Master, Paulo Goes, gave him an opportunity to teach beginners. With great success he eventually began giving students private lessons and quickly became friends with everyone in the area of Leblon, a neighborhood in Rio. In 1992, two of those friends, Francisco Albuquerque (Toco) Nova Geraçao Bjj and Rodrigo Medeiros, Bjj Revolution Team both who were Carlson Gracie students, invited him to learn a new martial art, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In 1994, now a Purple Belt at Nova Geraçao Jiu Jitsu, Buiu became a new instructor with a new mission to help new students become champions, He helped Thiago Asfora, Rafael Nogueira(Batata), Diego Asenjo, Bruno Nahom, Alexandre Pimentel (Pulga), among others to build up their respect as top competitors on the world stage.
In 1999, all of the hard work paid off as he became the 1st Black Belt from Nova Geraçao. He received invitations to teach in others cities and spent 3 months in Minas Gerais, teaching in Manhuacu, then at Santa Catarina for 6 months, also in Joinville, where he trained and developed champion Ricardo Toscano. But two of the greatest opportunities came from his hometown. Ricardo Liborio a Black Belt under Carlson Gracie, invite him to teach in his school in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. Liborio is a World Jiu Jitsu Champion who founded American Top Team, so their friendship started since he was a white belt. It gave him a chance to teach his techniques to all of their students and build a strong relationship as well.
The next great opportunity to come was when he began teaching Jiu Jitsu in the slums of Dona Marta in Botafogo. Some of his students were characters in the movie “City of God” and “City of Man”, Darlan Cunha and Douglas Silva. In 2001, he started the project Educating Children for the Future. The impoverished children would train Judo and Jiu Jitsu for free everyday (300 children). Gama Filho College paid for the children’s apparel and reimbursement for his time. The project suddenly stopped in 2004 when the government cut funding but he continued to teach due to his love of jiu jitsu and continued desire to help the children. He changed their young lives by taking them off the streets and away from the drug trafficking. Although he continued to teach, without the financial backing from the government, his financial situation became bleak and was forced to stop going to Dona Marta.
Two years later he finds himself in the US looking to share his Jiu Jitsu knowledge in the United States. His first stop was at the Spear Jiu Jitsu Academy in Germantown, Philadelphia in 2006 with his close friend and student a Jiu Jitsu World Champion Noah Spear. In June 2007, he moved to Miami Beach to change adolescent and adult lives teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with friendship, discipline, respect, education and peace, eventually, develop a similar project in South Florida. Some of the places he taught at were:
October 2007 ( 8 months) taught at Spirit In Motion. November 2007 (1 year) taught at American Top Team South Beach and finally in 2008 with the help of a few close friends, he opened his first official school, Carlson Gracie Miami. Today, Carlson Gracie Miami is one of the largest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in South Florida. As the head coach and team program director, he oversees the entire kids, teens and adult program until today. With diligent technical training, Carlson Gracie Miami has produced several World Champions competitors ranking from every belt color.
In 2021, Professor Buiu took the leap of faith to Colorado where he has opened his second school, Ghost Squad Castle Rock where he is determined to continue to instill the pure authentic art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to the Castle Rock community.
Professor Washington "Tom" Campos is born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began training Jiu Jitsu in 1993 and has been a black belt for 15 years. He has competed in many local and regional competitions in Brazil winning several championships. He has over 20 years of teaching experience including specific competition training and physical fitness conditioning prep. He is a black belt under Professor Eduardo ‘Brigadeiro’ Venâncio.
Raul Ribeiro, Born in Espirito Santos - Brazil, is a Brazilian certified IBJJF one degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with over 18 years of experience in the sport. He has passed through all the existing graduations in jiu-jitsu and has great experience in competitions. He competed for a long time in championships within his home country and became state and regional champion multiple times. He has more than 3 years of experience as a jiu-jitsu professor and started as a jiu-jitsu instructor at the age of 18 while he was a purple belt.
In 2023, he moved to Colorado and has been part of our team of instructors since then. Raul became a great asset to our team since he has the knowledge, principles, and posture that matches with the Ghost Squad family.
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Coach Rik Bienvenue is a Brown Belt under Professor Buiu. Rik began his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey late in life at 50 years old in 2015 at the suggestion of his daughter who is now a BJJ Black Belt herself. He has trained under a number of Carlson Gracie Black belts but has gained much of his BJJ and Coaching skills under Professor Buiu’s tutelage since joining the Miami Ghost Squad Team in early 2019.
“Some folks train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the competitions, some train for fitness and health, I train for my love of the sport and the friendships that come with training” - Rik