Finally…A Program That Will Teach You How to Defend Yourself, Get You in the Best Shape of Your Life, While Training the Most Efficient Martial Art in The World!!


We are Cleveland’s Top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, strategically located on both the east and west side of Cleveland.  Established in 2009, our goal was to take regular people and teach them the beautiful art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a safe, clean, and professional environment.

If you live in the suburbs or if you work downtown, you will find our Beachwood and Westlake locations convenient. Come see why over 200 people have made RPBJJ their home!!


What Martial Arts do we teach?

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)
  • No Gi Grappling
  • Judo
  • Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

Is Rio Pro right for me?

Our school is for everyone that is looking to improve the overall quality of their lives. We offer a diverse set of classes that fit everyone’s needs from professional fighters to stay-at-home moms. No previous experience? Haven’t stepped foot in a gym? No problem. We love beginners!!

You may be wondering, how is that possible?

Over our years of experience, we have developed a structured curriculum that fits individual goals by separating programs by experience levels. Whether you are a professional fighter or someone who has never even put on a gi or a glove, don’t be afraid, we have a program for you!

Every minute inside our classes is planned to perfection to guarantee you perform at your best and achieve your goals. From the warm up to the cool down, no minute is wasted as our world-class instructors push the pace of the class while still maintaining personal attention. Our
attention to detail, when combined with our welcoming and positive environment, has allowed us to create more than a school, we have created a family.

How Do I Start? 

Simply register for our 30 Day Free Trial at the top right corner of the page or give us a call at 216-765-4444. Once you have contacted us we will schedule you for your FREE private introductory class.

Carlos Gracie
Carlos Gracie

Carlos Gracie, Jr.
Carlos Gracie, Jr.

Jose "Ze" Dias
Jose “Ze” Dias

A Personal Message From Professor Ze:

I am Professor Jose Dias, head instructor of Rio Pro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. You have taken the time to find our website and see our testimonials. Now, please give me a few minutes to explain the opportunity that I am presenting to you. I give you my word that what we are offering will change your life forever, as it has for hundreds of people that have joined our school. I am a Black Belt under Master Carlos Gracie Jr., the founder of Gracie Barra. I have been raining Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra since I was 14 years old. I’m also a brown belt in Judo under the guidance of Olympic Medalist Flavio Canto.

Ze at Nationals
Ze at Nationals

I have had the privilege of training with the world’s top black belt competitors and I bring my experience and technique straight from the mats in Rio to the Cleveland area. Over the years, I have won several tournaments as a sponsored fighter in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, with the Rio de Janerio State Championship as my most recent accomplishment in 2011. My team of instructors and I are dedicated to giving you the most unique and authentic training experience in Cleveland. We provide you with excellence from the first time you step foot in one of our beautiful facilities to help you accomplish your goals.

Jose (“Ze”) Dias, Head Instructor



Spencer Fisher
Spencer Fisher

“I have trained at Rio Pro as a supplement to my MMA training. They have top notch instruction and the intense training I need as a UFC fighter. If you are in the Cleveland area, I definitely recommend stopping by and checking them out.”

Spencer Fisher (UFC Fighter)




Tom Ceculski
Tom Ceculski

“Rio Pro BJJ is a diamond in the rough in the stacked wrestling state of Ohio. My son has been training at Rio Pro BJJ since its opening. He already had two years under his belt before he met our new family. Over the last two years, they have taken my son Thomas’ grappling game to a whole new level, working with top fight instructors straight from the motherland of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Rio de Janerio, Brazil. After winning many state tournaments and the Grappler’s Quest U.S. Nationals, I can’t believe his game is still improving. It seems we’ve only scratched the surface in squeezing knowledge out of his Professor. They bring a steady supply of black belts in from World Renowned schools, such as Grace Barra in Rio de Janerio, as well as professional MMA fighters to make sure your game is evolving. These instructors also compete themselves, which help motive the students that they are not only teachers, but students of the game also. There is no other place we would rather be. Hands down the best BJJ/submission grappling school Ohio has to offer.”

Tom Ceculski

Bill Hawal
Bill Hawal

Not long ago I was convinced that my martial arts training had come to an end. Various knee, shoulder and elbow injuries while training for my second degree black belt in Hapkido, together with my age (58), had taken their toll. It didn’t take long for de-conditioning and unwanted weight to become a problem. Fortunately, Rio Pro BJJ came to my rescue with a newly opened Westlake location. While providing an incredible cardio workout, I found that Ju Jitsu is easier on the body, and offers less risk of injury than most other martial art forms. The camaraderie and high level of instruction provided by Prof. Ricardo and Prof. Ze has made the transition all the more enjoyable. Except for the unavoidable work related travel and necessary vacations, Rio Pro BJJ has become an important part of my stress relief and weekly routine. I only wish I had found them sooner. I can unequivocally attest that Rio Pro BJJ offers the highest quality Brazilian Ju Jitsu training available for athletes of all abilities and ages.

Bill Hawal

Finding the Right School…

Many people in the area have considered martial arts training, but few know where to begin. Here is a checklist of things you should look for in a reputable martial arts school.

1. Are the instructors qualified to teach?

Answer: This is very important! If the trainers are not experts in their art, then you could be entering into a dangerous situation. What rank do they have in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Where did they train? How have they been training? Have they ever competed in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Mixed Martial Arts? If these answers are unclear, it is best to look elsewhere

Check out our instructors bios to read about our highly qualified instructors!!!

2. Have they ever created any champions?

Answer: This may be a trick question, but it is a good one to ask. The key element is this: Have they ever taken a person off the street, with ZERO wrestling and ZERO martial arts experience and turned them into a champion competitor in national or world class events?

Rio Pro has produced Ohio Grappling Champions, Pan American Champions, National Champions, and Rio de Janerio State Champions.

3. What is the condition of the facilities?

Answer: The quality of training is not always determined by the structure that it is in, but, you want to know that you are training in a safe, healthy environment, don’t you? It also lets you know what kind of value the owners put in their gym. If they pocket all of the students’ membership fees while letting the gym fall apart, it only hurts the students.

Rio Pro is located in two premier suburbs of Cleveland (Beachwood and Westlake). The high-end and modern facilities are fully equipped with showers, changing rooms, restrooms, lounge areas, and offices. In addition, training areas are sanitized twice a day with a professional,  commercial cleaning company detailing the entire facility weekly.

4. What are you paying for?

Answer: This is an issue of cost vs. value, isn’t it? Nobody walks on to the lot of a Mercedes dealership and expects to pay Kia prices. The same goes for your martial arts training. You think you are getting a deal with a bargain price gym membership, only to find out that the guy who is teaching you is barely qualified and is really wasting your time, money, and potentially risking your safety!

At Rio Pro, you get what you pay for. High quality instruction, excellent customer service, great locations, dynamic training…and more!

5. Do they offer introductory programs for new students?

Answer: Many gyms just throw the new students into the mix from day one, with a “sink or swim” mentality. This is no way to teach a person with zero experience and it could cause undue injury. A basis in the foundational elements is needed for growth in any martial art.

When you start at Rio Pro, you will be going through a beginner friendly course. In this program, you will be learning from an organized curriculum that balances self-defense, takedowns and grappling. The classes are designed to work at a pace that beginner’s can absorb. The beginner’s class also takes into account that you may be totally out of shape – one of its principal designs is to get you into good shape and allow you to train harder at the next level.

Hopefully this gave you an idea of what to look for. Don’t waste your time! Change your life now! Benefit from our 30 day free trial!

Call now!  216–765–4444