Gilroy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was founded in 2010 by Carlos “Wookie” Melo and John “Magoo” Villarruel on the belief that through Jiu Jitsu & Martial Arts we can make the world a better place.
In 2016 Magoo moved to Reno and Carlos Melo partnered with Morgan Chappell, who both saw Gilroy BJJ through the 2020 pandemic. The school was able survive the shutdown of many businesses & martial arts schools and Gilroy BJJ was able to re-open its doors once again in spring of 2021.
In early 2022 Morgan Chappell also moved to Nevada and Carlos Melo partnered with Anthony Rutherford. Carlos & Anthony make up the current leadership of Gilroy BJJ which looks to make the Academy the South County’s premier School for Self Defense, Law Enforcement training & Sport Jiu-Jitsu instruction.
At Gilroy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu we believe Jiu Jitsu is for EVERYONE! We offer a free, no obligation trial for South Santa Clara County residents. We hope to see you soon!