Academy

ABOUT OUR FACILITY

  • Approximately 1400 Square Feet of Mat Space
  • High Quality 2 inch thick Dollamur Mats
  • Large Display Video Monitor Round Timer
  • Spacious Changing Room with cushioned seating inside
  • Over 25 seats for Parents, Family & Friends to sit and spectate
  • Airdyne exercise bike for cardio conditioning
  • Lounge Area with Fully Stocked Vending Machine, Large Couch and Video Games for Kids to play while they wait for their parents to pick them up after class.
  • Large Variety of Gi’s & Belts available to loan for student who drop in from out of town or potential students participating in our free 3 day trial.

ABOUT OUR HEAD INSTRUCTOR CARLOS MELO

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF Masters World Champion (2013 Master 2)
  • IBJJF Masters World Champion (2017 Master 2)
  • IBJJF Masters World 3rd Place (2018 Master 3)
  • IBJJF American National Champion (2012 Adult)
  • IBJJF American National Champion (2013 Master 1)
  • IBJJF American Nationals 3rd Place (2011 Adult)
  • IBJJF World Champion (2009 brown)
  • IBJJF Pans Champion (2009 brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2008 brown)
  • IBJJF Pans Championship 2nd Place (2008 brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2007 purple)

Growing up Carlos Melo participated in various sports and developed a core identity as a competitive athlete. He attended San Jose State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. While at SJSU his athleticism and passion for competition paved the way for a successful collegiate rugby career. He captained the league’s All Star Team two years in a row and went on after graduation to play rugby at the club level. After college Carlos became a police officer, launching a long career in law enforcement.

At the age of 25, a fellow police officer introduced Carlos to BJJ. Originally interested in gaining skills for his role as a police officer, he quickly became hooked and began training & competing rigorously. Later, he circled back to his original intention to blend Jiu-Jitsu with his career and began teaching Jiu-Jitsu to police officers.  With his highly competitive spirit and his unshakable belief that he would become a World Champion he first achieved that goal in 2009 as a brown belt, competing in the adult division at the age of 32.

In 2010  he opened Gilroy BJJ forming a small team with just a handful of white belts and one blue belt to train with.  He built Gilroy’s competitive foundation, instilling in his students the power of belief that they themselves would become world champions with hard work and focus. In 2013 Gilroy BJJ took 6 competitors to the Senior World Championships and returned home with 5 senior world champions and 6 gold medals.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Francisco Mansor > Claudio Franca > Carlos Melo

WE ARE CTA GILROY

Gilroy BJJ is a Caio Terra Association Affiliate.  We are proud to be a part of the best team in Jiu-Jitsu, lead by 12 time world Champion Professor Caio Terra.  The Caio Terra Academy & Association Head Quarters is located in San Jose, California, 30 minutes north of the city of Gilroy & Gilroy Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Our Association with CTA provides our Students with special rates to drop in and attend classes at Caio Terra Association HQ, as well as special rates for CTA Online Courses.  As an Association member Gilroy BJJ Academy is often host to seminars featuring CTA Jiu-Jitsu Professional Athletes like Caio Terra, Yuri Simoes & Mason Fowler.

Caio Terra has been instructing students and producing world champions since 2004. In 2007, Caio moved to the United States where he taught and trained atCesar Gracie Academies. In 2011 he opened his own academy, the institute of martial arts, in San Jose. In 2014 the name was changed to the Caio Terra Academy. Caio has conducted over 400 seminars, in 2012 he felt it was time to bring his unique brand of jiu jitsu to the world and started the Caio Terra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association.

In 2014 he took it one step further and launched Caio Terra Online! His goal was to create more then just a resource for Jiu Jitsu practitioners, but a place where the people who subscribe will evolve into a community, devoid of politics, negativity and ego. After all we all play the same sport, and practice the same martial art!

The History of Gilroy BJJ

Gilroy BJJ was founded in 2010 by Carlos Wookie Melo and another student, who were able to build the foundation of the school as a fledgling club with a handful of students and lay the ground work for it to become the staple of South Santa Clara County California martial arts that it is known as today.

In 2016 Carlos Melo partnered with Morgan Chappell. Under the management of Carlos & Morgan Gilroy BJJ joined the Caio Terra Association in 2019, and the Academy made it through the 2020 pandemic.  Even though it’s doors were closed to the public 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 continue the rich tradition of maintaining the Academy as the South County’s premier School for Self Defense, Law Enforcement training & Sport Jiu-Jitsu instruction.

GILROY BJJ ACADEMY FREE 3 DAY TRIAL
Gilroy BJJ is one of Northern California's premier martial arts academies specializing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. We have programs for men, women & kids of all abilities and skill levels. We invite you to come check us out and see all we have to offer. We guarantee you & your family will have a safe, fun and full learning experience every time!
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