About BJJ Roots school


Ricardo Pires is a multiple-time Pan-American champion, Brazilian champion, Rio de Janeiro State champion and Abu Dhabi (ADCC) trials runner-up. Professor Ricardo has achieved success not only as a competitor but also as a coach having trained well-known UFC fighters such as Frank Mir, Heath Hearing and Phil Baroni among others. Ricardo has trained and taught at famous academies in the United States and Brazil.

Our Jiu-Jitsu Academy was developed to teach and promote the genuine art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Our school is for everyone that is looking to improve the overall quality of their lives. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not only a martial art but a way of life. You will make friends that last forever. You will learn how to solve problems with efficiency. You will learn how to pursue your dreams without quitting, and most importantly, you will learn with the support of a family, “Our Team!”

Our goal is to achieve excellence in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In addition to learning the most effective martial art and self-defense system in the world, our students will also learn the values of respect and discipline while improving their self-esteem.

Ricardo Pires

Director / Instructor
Ricardo Pires
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art with a strong emphasis on grappling and ground work. Whereas other martial arts rely heavily on speed and strength, BJJ relies on leverage and proper technique to gain superior position on the ground where strikes or submission holds such as chokes and joint locks can then be used (if necessary).
Yes, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant. As with any other sport or martial art accidents can and do happen. This is why safety is our number one concern! At 360 we take the necessary measures to provide a safe training environment for our members.
Yes, the resistance provided during training can improve reaction time, balance, core strength, and increase flexibility which can lead to reduced body fat and weight loss. The aerobic and anaerobic benefits provided during training can be more effective than doing regular exercise at the gym.
Absolutely not, we understand that not everyone plans to be a competitor. You will still receive the same high level instruction and attention needed to reach your own individual goals for Jiu-Jitsu. The majority in most BJJ schools are non-competitors, but many still take pride in coming out to support the competition team at local and regional tournaments.
We offer a variety of flexible payment options for your convenience. Our prices will vary according to which membership package fits your budget and discount eligibility (i.e. military, fireman, and law enforcement). Please feel free to stop by the academy or contact us to discuss a plan that will work best for you.
Students will begin by lining up to bow in before each class. There are times when we will do a light dynamic warm-up before class. However, oftentimes we will go straight in to “teaching”and students will warm-up as they practice techniques. After 50 minutes of class time we once again have everyone line-up to bow out, officially ending class. At this time students are welcome to leave or stick around to train at their own pace during “open roll”. This time gives students the opportunity to implement techniques they have been learning on a partner who is resisting and trying to counter with their own. This format allows you to move at your own speed, sharpen your skills, and get in a great workout!
The Gi is a uniform that is made of sturdy material designed to stand up to rigorous pulling. It provides grips that allow you to throw or control your opponent on the ground. NoGi focuses on BJJ without the benefit of grips or the Gi. Clothing such as shorts, yoga pants, rash guards or T-shirts are all acceptable (Gi bottoms may also be used).
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu come from the same source. In Brazil it is all simply referred to as “Jiu-Jitsu”. It was not until Jiu-Jitsu came to the United States from Brazil that people started referring to it as BJJ or GJJ. We teach Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ and GJJ) that covers both the traditional self defense aspects as well as the ever evolving contemporary aspects passed down through our lineage.
This is an old argument within the JJ community. It is similar to the argument over whether it is more effective to train with the Gi or without the Gi (NoGi). The weather will determine whether you have more or less clothing on. Therefore, you have to be prepared for both situations. We believe that training in Gi and NoGi helps your overall understanding of JJ. We apply this same philosophy to the argument over sport JJ vs street JJ. You will hear people tell you what you will and won’t use in a street fight. However, in the next breath they will say, “you never know what will happen in an attack or street fight”. This makes no sense. The bottom line is that you have to be able to adapt your JJ to the given situation. In the training room or competition, there are two practitioners countering each others moves and there are rules to keep people safe. Therefore, you have to draw on more of your JJ knowledge. However, in an attack or street situation you adapt your Jiu-Jitsu accordingly. It is different now because of your intent and the person will more than likely not be a JJ practitioner.

Roots BJJ

Our Jiu-Jitsu Academy was developed to teach and promote the genuine art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Our school is for everyone that is looking to improve the overall quality of their lives. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not only a martial art but a way of life.

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The roots of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Ricardo Pires in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida