2012 – ART OF JIU JITSU ACADEMY

February 04, 2016

IN 2007, GUI AND RAFAEL MENDES COMPETED IN THE WORLD JIU JITSU CHAMPIONSHIP AND WON IN THE PURPLE BELT DIVISION, AT THE AGES OF 18 AND 17 RESPECTIVELY. DURING THAT TIME THE BROTHERS MET RVCA FOUNDER PAT TENORE WHO TOOK THEM IN AS A FRIEND, MENTOR AND SPONSOR. EACH YEAR THE BROTHERS WOULD COME BACK TO THE USA AND WIN THE WORLDS IN EVERY BELT CATEGORY, WHICH LED TO PAT MAKING THIS PROMISE TO THEM: “IF YOU WIN THE WORLDS IN THE BLACK BELT, WE WILL OPEN AN ACADEMY AND SHARE YOUR TECHNIQUES WITH THE WORLD.” THE BROTHERS DID THEIR PART AND IN JULY OF 2012, THE ART OF JIU JITSU ACADEMY OPENED IN COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA.

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