Try one of Cleveland’s Top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Programs where no experience is necessary

Come get in shape, improve your mind, and have some fun!!

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 Rocky River locations convenient. Come see why over 200 people have made RPBJJ their home!

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.


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.

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.

Hear from our Members


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.”T

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.B


Classes at Rio Pro are a mixed with both men and women with also a separate program just for kids. We along with our students ensure that no matter who walks into our schools that they will be more than comfortable inside our programs.


You do not have to be in your 20’s to start training. The average age of our adult students is 30 with many students in their 40’s, 50’s, and even 60’s. Jiu Jitsu can be trained safely regardless of your starting point. We are very proud to have the ability to serve all ages that want to learn.


The large majority of student that start training at Rio Pro have absolutely no background in any martial arts whatsoever. All new students start off in a Fundamentals Program to learn the basics of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu concepts and techniques. Consider the Fundamentals Program similar to your first few days in school, the teachers have no expectations for you to already know math, history, language arts etc when you are just starting out….Similarly in our Fundamentals Program we expect most new students to no nothing about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Our Fundamentals program will cover beginner takedowns, submissions, escapes, concepts, etc to build a solid foundation of techniques.


Another common question , but you will be relieved to know that most new students are not in “jiu jitsu shape”. What we mean is all new students get winded and tired training BJJ. That is mainly because its something new for your body to get adjusted to and we can not expect someone who has never trained before to come in shape for this sport. As you begin you journey training you will start seeing major changes to your flexibility, agility, speed, strength, cardio and mental awareness.


That is completely up to you. Many of our students have busy careers, crazy schedules, kids and all other stresses that life can throw at you. So we don’t have any expectations when someone walks in our doors. Your training schedule is completely up to you. Although we have a large amount of classes through the weeks the majority of students come 2 to 3 times a week. Some weeks you might come 5 times and other weeks you may come only once and thats okay. We just try to recommend that you be consistent, whatever that may mean for your personal schedule.


Everyone!!! We have a very diverse group of students. Lawyers, doctors, pilots, plumbers, surgeons, police, FBI, teachers, bankers, students, etc. With the majority of students being working professionals, you can expect an inviting and welcoming atmosphere. We do not tolerate the typical tough guy. Everyone is here to have fun, get in shape, and learn something new.


Simply fill out the form on this page or give us a call at 216-765-4444. Our Program Director (Vlad) will reach out to you and schedule a Private Introductory Class. During that class Vlad will give you a  tour of the school, go over the programs, explain the schedule, as well as teach you sample class on the mat. It’s is an hour dedicated just for you and it gives you the ability to see what Rio Pro is all about, We can’t wait to hear from you!!

Call now!  216–765–4444