The Academy

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy – Team Passos is located in the Northern Virginia area. We specialize in training both youth and adults in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Our world-class instruction incorporates physical conditioning and strategic understanding of techniques taught.

At our academy we are a true BJJ family. We are all training for the same reason: our love of the sport. A major aspect of our culture is to help each other succeed on and off the mat. We consistently provide personalized attention, support, and tailored instruction to each student.

Our mission is to bring world-class Jiu Jitsu instruction and coaching to our students and to provide the tools to reach their personal goals. We believe that many of the tools learned on the mat apply to life’s challenges off the mat.

Beyond self-defense, fitness, and a sport, Jiu Jitsu is an effective and transformational tool to improve values that include confidence, discipline, self-awareness, perseverance, and respect. The benefits of Jiu Jitsu transcend age, sex, class and physical ability.

Our number one goal is to partner with you to achieve your personal training goals, including self defense, fitness, confidence, weight loss, and world competitions. Benefit from world-renowned coach, Tony Passos personally teaching the classes as well as top guest seminars throughout the year. Tony Passos is among the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coaches in the world. Additionally, we are part of one the strongest teams in Jiu Jitsu today, Atos.


About Tony Passos

The Team Passos Academy is owned by head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor, Prof. Tony Passos. Prof. Tony moved from his hometown of Recife, Brazil to the US in 2004 where he began teaching Jiu Jitsu. Since then, he has made a name for himself in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community both locally and internationally. Prof. Tony is a third degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt who is exceptionally gifted at coaching and teaching. He personally teaches the academy’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes six days per week. When he is not teaching locally, Prof. Tony conducts seminars and coaches at prominent competitions nationally and internationally throughout the year.

My passion is to work with my students in helping them achieve their personal goals and to reach their fullest potential both on and off the mat; this is how I measure my success.”

Tony Passos, Owner/Head Instructor

Tony Passos

Josh Pike

Paul Robinson

Andrew Potocko

Megan Wood

Jason Montoya

Noel Marcelo

Dylan “Bear” Cordell

Jesse Harshbarger

Rob Gregory

Olivia Schauer

Jason Hardy


Experienced Mentor Coach

Benefit from personal attention and tailored instruction from Professor Tony Passos and our carefully vetted coaching team. They’ll share insights and strategies from over two decades of training, teaching, and coaching to guide you along your BJJ journey.

Goal Setting and Strategy

Our instructors take the time to meet each student and learn their individual training goals. We work with you to identify your goals, set metrics, and offer accountability for you to achieve results that will spur your personal development and strengthen your Jiu Jitsu.

Conceptual Teaching Methodology

Emphasizes concept over technique. Incorporating techniques with an understanding of body mechanics and principles of leverage and positioning. Techniques are thus tools to learn these mechanics of the body. By understanding how it works together with the technique, self defense skills are developed in a safe and effective manner.

Structured Curriculum and Programs

Curriculum is designed in cycles that vary between 6 to 8 weeks to allow students to better understand the positions being taught and how to apply the mechanics they learn with the technique for a particular position. All teaching follows a three-step system approach.

Professor Tony’s no-nonsense coaching and teaching is world-class.  He puts his heart and soul into coaching and anyone who trains with him will tell you it’s contagious. My own Jiu Jitsu has transcended through training with Team Passos. They have helped me become a better man, father, coach, BJJ practitioner and business owner.

Jeff Gordon – Black Belt /Owner, Infinite Fighting Concepts MMA

The coaches skillfully combine a high degree of technical knowledge with a fun atmosphere that allows the children to learn excellent BJJ. Tony and the other coaches carefully and patiently work with each student to ensure that they are learning proper technique while making safety a priority.

Mary McLean – Blue Belt, Mother of Three

I’ve been a student at Team Passos for 4 years and it has not only impacted me but also my whole family. My 3 kids and my wife now attend Jiu Jitsu.

Alain D – Blue Belt

The instruction is top-notch… Classes are a good mix of conditioning, technique drilling, and live sparring. I would recommend this gym to anybody regarding of experience level, size, or age. It is a very diverse gym and easy to feel comfortable with.

Michael F

Team Pasos is the preeminent jiu Jitsu academy in the DMV. All the coaches and staff are caring, knowledgeable and great at running the academy… Anyone eager to learn jiu Jitsu should absolutely consider joining. I guarantee you will benefit immensely from your experience at Team Pasos.
Muhammad A

Team Passos is such a great place to learn character. They exemplify discipline, consistency, dedication, and hard work that anybody and all ages need. A fun place to learn, and meet people while learning how to defend yourself. Cannot recommend it highly enough!
Jeremy C

At Team Passos they always treat us like family and sincerely care about each of their students. What I am most impressed about is their dedication to making you better. Team Passos Jiu Jitsu is an amazing place and community that I highly recommend to anyone from beginners to experienced!
Zeke C

My son has been training here for the past couple of months and the transformation in him is unbelievable. His confidence has skyrocketed. The professors are very talented and make it fun for the kids while still keeping them disciplined. I’m really happy with Team Passos.
Oscar A