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What is SJJA?


SJJA is a world-class academy that teaches Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Jiu-jitsu is a non-striking form of martial art that uses levers, torsions, and pressure to take your opponent to the ground, control them when on the ground, and ultimately defeat them.

Modeled on the training and fitness regime of a professional BJJ athlete, SJJA fuses Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and self-defense with popular group functional fitness under the guidance of Bruno’s elite coaching methodology. With classes catering to all ages and fitness levels, SJJA students learn the world’s most effective martial art while enjoying a full-body workout in a supportive team environment.

Bruno Alves

Who we are?


A brief history of SJJA

SJJA was founded by Bruno Almeida Alves, a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt under Zé Radiola from the ZR Team. He has dedicated his life to competing at the highest level, winning multiple World Championships in the middleweight division including the European, Pan American, South American, and Mundial World Championships.

In 2011, Bruno moved to Sydney, Australia, with the vision of teaching the best Jiu-jitsu to as many people as possible. During this time Bruno had created the fastest growing martial arts school in Australia with BJJ gyms throughout Sydney and Melbourne including Crows Nest, Brookvale, Maroubra, Gladesville, Ku-Ring-Gai, and the Blue Mountains, Narrabeen, Pascoe Vale, and more on the way. Bruno’s own BJJ gym, SJJA HQ in Crows Nest, is now one of the biggest in the country. Bruno attributes his success on and off the mats to the values he learned over a lifetime of training and competing, and in 2017 he created a martial arts school with his winning mindset at its core.

He is now dedicated to teaching the next generation of World Champions and helping his students to achieve anything they set their minds to.


Our Symbol

At SJJA, We believe that just as pressure makes diamonds, facing challenges head-on can unlock unimaginable strength in our mind, body, and spirit.
The SJJA symbol comprises three arrows coming together to form a diamond. Each arrow faces inwards to represent the pressure that will unlock the untapped strength in our students.

Our Mission

We are committed to teaching our students excellence through the art of Jiu-Jitsu. We are confident that our students will achieve their goals on and off the mats, as we help them to build strength and resilience. At SJJA, we always strive to be a world-class team, competing around the world at the highest level. With the family-friendly environment, we foster at SSJA, we welcome and nurture anyone who wants to train Jiu-Jitsu regardless of their race or background.

Our Values

SJJA are proud of our inclusive family-friendly culture that welcomes students of all ages, fitness levels, and backgrounds, and nurtures them throughout their Jiu-jitsu journey. Whether you wish to lose weight, gain strength, gain confidence, learn self-defense, or prepare for competition, the supportive SJJA culture motivates students to exceed goals and constantly set new ones.
BJJ World Champion and successful entrepreneur Bruno Alves created SJJA with his winning mindset at its core so that his students can learn to think like a champion on and off the mats.


SJJA Values


The following values guide our activities at SJJA

Persevering through adversity

Taking chances and seizing opportunities

Facing fears and staying calm under pressure

Using your brain over brute force

Working hard and never giving up

Unlocking untapped strength in your mind, body, and spirit

Embracing a healthy lifestyle and sleeping well

SJJA Values

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