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 at the top corner of 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!!

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!!

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Spencer Fisher

UFC Fighter

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.

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Father of a Student

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.

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Rio Pro Member

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.

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Rachel Vovos

Rio Pro Member

My son and husband have been training at the Rocky River location for almost two years. We have the most knowledgeable and supportive instructors. Every individual who trains there seems to truly care about helping each other reach their potential.

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Marla Farkas-Newman

Rio Pro Member

My girls have been coming for almost 5 years, their progress has been amazing, seeing them go from scared kids to confident kids has been a real joy

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Tobiaus Taylor

Rio Pro Member

when i first started at Rio Pro my jiu jitsu sucked. Now my jiu jitsu doesn't suck anymore lol enough said...great instructors, fun rewarding atmosphere and all around good experience. wouldn't want to train in jiu jitsu anywhere else. i Definitely recommend this place for Everyone..

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John Sullivan

Rio Pro Member

Could not have found a better place to learn a great art, a great sport.....a really solid community of folks from all walks of life, all ages, male, female, old, young,.....and no one is where they don't belong. If one is going to make working out a part of life, this is THE way to go!

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Thompson John

Rio Pro Member

I've been training in BJJ for ten years and have trained at numerous gyms over that time. All the gyms were great gyms but Rio Pro is up there with the best of them. They are very new person friendly and maintain an environment where older guys don't have to worry about meatheads. The instruction follows modern adult learning principles where each technique builds off the previous one over a period of time so that a chain of techniques can be learned and implemented n the mats quickly. My favorite part of Rio Pro is that the white belt curriculum is self defense which is the foundation of BJJ.

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