A open and friendly training facility located in the heart of Ipanema, Brazilian Black Belt is headed up by two-time World champion and noted teacher Felipe Costa.
A renowned teacher who has travelled the world giving seminars, roosterweight Felipe Costa is known for his technical jiu-jitsu and methodical teaching style.
With excellent fluent English and a warm, welcoming attitude, Felipe’s classes are always attended by many visitors thanks to his international network of affiliated schools and open-door policy.
The gym is located on one of the principal streets in Ipanema close to a Metro station, many hotels and just two blocks from the beach.
A Typical Training Session
Classes are taught by either Felipe or one of the assistant instructors. Morning classes tend to focus on warm-ups, technique and rolling. Some of the evening classes will integrate self-defense techniques into the lesson.
After a light warm-up consisting of mobility, stretching and core work, the instructor will usually show one to two techniques. You will be given plenty of time to drill the position. The instructor will roam around the class ensuring everybody is practicing correctly.
Rolling is usually done in rounds of five minutes. The classes will feature students of all belt ranks, from white to black belt.
Felipe Costa’s teaching style means that plenty of emphasisis given to technical development, but all students are encouraged to build their own games. His philosophy is to combine good fundamentals with modern jiu-jitsu techniques, and – where applicable – sporting application.
His own competition experience means Costa is perfectly suited to working with those of a competitive nature, but the overall vibe at the gym is more casual – nobody is forced to compete, and there are many hobbyists to be found on the mat.
Felipe’s warm nature and natural teaching style makes training at Brazilian Black Belt an enjoyable experience. Some gyms have a hardcore vibe to them and can be unwelcoming for foreigners, but Felipe’s status as an in-demand teacher of jiu-jitsu arounds the world (plus his naturally easy-going personality) mean that everybody is welcomed onto the mat. His competition credentials speak for themsleves, and his years of experience means he has plenty to offer tose with an eye on tournament preparation.
Academy Fact File
Head instructor: Felipe Costa
Facilities: 1 large matted rooms, changing facilites for both sexes, shower, drinking fountain.
Av number of people per class: 15-20
Av number of black belts per class: 2-3
Speak English?: Yes
Suggested transport: Within walking distance of hotels and the main tourist areas, but also nearby to the Metro station Estação General Osorio.
MMA / no-gi: No
Other martial arts: Muay Thai
Years open: 2
Titles / champions / championships: Costa is a two-time IBJJF World black belt champion and European and Brazilian champion.
Rua Visconde de Pirajá 151/201,
Rio de Janeiro
Located on the main street of Rua Visconde de Piraja, the gym is entered by walking upstairs through the door just to the left of the restaurant ‘Aipo e Aipim’.