Social Impact Through the 2021 Brazil Camp

Social Impact Through the 2021 Brazil Camp



During our Brazil Camp last Fall, we visited Professor Tony’s hometown of Recife where we enjoyed incredible beaches trips, trained at various academies in the city, tried new foods and made good friends. It was a trip of a lifetime and a true cultural exchange. 

A group of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu learners

On this trip we also had the privilege of meeting several DreamRoot local leaders who run three jiu jitsu social projects that serve some of the most impoverished populations in Brazil and visited the Arte Suave / DreamRoot Training Center in Paulista, Pernambuco.  

Preparing to meet the leaders, Team Passos students donated 150 donated jiu jitsu uniforms (gis) and 50 belts to distribute to their students in need.  Each U.S. camp participant brought an extra suitcase filled with the gis and took them to Brazil. 

 To-date, through Team Passos students and Onda BJJ, we have donated a total of 364 gis.  

For many Brazilian students, this was the first gi. To have their own uniform instills a sense of dignity and confidence which enhances learning and growth on the mat. To learn more about the impact of a uniform, check out this blog article 

A boy from the Sertão DreamRoot Training Center shared that the donated gi was actually the first piece of new clothing he has ever received. And many of the gis were delivered to an orphanage in Aldeia, Pernambuco run by DreamRoot local leader Jesse Hall. 


As you may imagine, there were many poignant moments during this trip. It was powerful to witness true bonds of friendship, respect and encouragement formed among students and leaders from the U.S. and Brazil. One young man explained that our presence gives them hope and energy to keep going.  

Thank you to all who have donated gis over the years. And a huge shout out to the camp participants who help transport all of the gis. Your contributions are changing lives and generations to come. 

We are also grateful for the local leaders who run jiu jitsu social initiatives in some tough locations around the world. Through their sacrifice and dedication of continually showing up, they are creating safe and supportive spaces for community members to experience: 

  • Healthy connections 
  • Predictable routines 
  • Activities and relationships that build self-esteem 
  • An alternative to going to the streets or isolating in an empty house 

 We are preparing for our next Brazil Camp that will take place in October 2022. If you are interested in joining, please contact us at 


More about DreamRoot Leadership Institute

DreamRoot Leadership Institute (DreamRoot) is a non-profit that was birthed at Team Passos Jiu Jitsu. It exists to reverse cycles of poverty in underserved communities where people dream of a life that is free of hunger, despair and suffering. They do this by strengthening local leaders and providing training, resources and networks to help launch local initiatives that transform their communities and lead to sustainable social and economic growth. 






2022 Jiu Jitsu Leadership Cohort

2022 Jiu Jitsu Leadership Cohort

2022 Jiu Jitsu Leadership Cohort


We have officially launched our Jiu Jitsu Leadership Cohort for Assistant Coaches at Team Passos HQ in partnership with DreamRoot Leadership Institute!

A group of people sitting on the floor forming a circle and discussing

This cohort provides a solid foundation for participants to learn how to facilitate world-class jiu jitsu programs and effectively lead others on and off the mat. In addition to equipping and multiplying coaches at Team Passos, this cohort is also a beta program for DreamRoot. They will soon offer the training program to underserved communities around the world (learn more here).

Over the next 4-months, participants will receive tailored instruction and hands-on experience in how to facilitate classes as an Assistant Coach while developing their leadership skills. Cohort participants also benefit from personal coaching sessions and additional resources throughout the program.

With the mission of the academy being to transform people’s lives through the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, one student at a time, so they can achieve more, our coaches carry a large leadership responsibility and influence for impacting positive change.

The goal of the cohort is to equip and empower others to fulfill their leadership calling. This program emphasizes the continued development of the participants’ leadership journey. This cohort is not about accumulating more information. Rather, we at Team Passos are seeking transformation in the way we act in our families, workplaces, schools and at the academy; where we further become the leader each of us are called to be. We measure transformation less on “doing” and rather on our perspective and thought processes, which then effects our decisions, actions, and behaviors.

We believe this Assistant Coaches’ training will have a tremendous impact on each program, student, and the academy as whole. We are always working to take your experience at Team Passos to the next level. Continually equipping and developing our coaches is just one way we ensure you gain world-class jiu jitsu instruction and training experience.

Be sure to give a shout out to the cohort participants assisting in class when you see them!

“Jiu Jitsu is just a tool. The academy is just a platform. Remember: it’s always about people” – Tony Passos

Narrowing the Performance Gap

Narrowing the Performance Gap

 Narrowing the Performance Gap  

Cheers to the first Monday of the year! Ringing in the New Year is a great opportunity to reflect, hit the reset button, and set an annual focus. We are not referring to a New Year’s resolution.  

And while we are a huge fan of goal setting, let’s view our goals from the angle of where we are today, where we want to be, and what it will take to get there; that’s what we call narrowing the performance gap.  

This begins with vision and is finished by a consistent execution of an intentionally crafted routine.   


We must become clear on where we are going in order to gauge progress, make course corrections and celebrate milestones along the journey, and to realize when we have arrived. Rather than focusing on what we want to do or have, it is important be clear on who we want to become. Who we are determines where we are headed.  

Knowing what kind of person you feel called to be and understanding your deeper purpose will guide your goals, and help you align your actions and decisions to your values and priorities. Without this vision, you will be directionless and inevitably waste our time, energy, and potential on seemingly “good” activities at best and become totally derailed at worse.  

Through this clarity of vision, you will be able to assess where you are now and how to narrow the performance gap to where you would like to be. The performance gap informs your goal setting.  

Check out our blog about setting goals in your BJJ training. 

Execute an intentional routine 

Once you’ve identified a goal or three, identify the strategy needed to make it a reality and build a routine that will set you up for achieving them. The key is having a deliberate approach, backed by a solid routine. A healthy and balanced routine provides the structure needed for each of us to develop and be our best. It is your daily, weekly, monthly, and even annual routine that facilitates you to achieve your desired goals and sustains your success. It provides a Lacking this will lead to frustration and unfulfilled potential.   

High performers stick to the basics. They develop, refine, and execute a fundamental routine that positions them for success. They then commit to walking out that routine with a level of focus and excellence. Instead of becoming bored with routine and monotony, and subsequently veering off course to chase the next fleeting idea, high performers commit to implementing an intentionally crafted routine to achieve their vision, periodically evaluating for opportunities to adjust and fine-tune.   

This is the same approach we take when drilling in class. Even after having learned a new technique, we rep it over and over. The reason for this goes beyond just developing the skill of applying the technique effectively during a roll. The more we repeat the same technique, the deeper we will understand the position. As the technique becomes second nature to us, we are then able refine it, explore various angles, and build upon it. This routine of repeating the same drills over and over deepens our understanding the position and ultimately the art of jiu jitsu. And this is what allows us to progress in our jiu jitsu journey.

Repping a well-crafted routine that is critical to our development and performance so that we can achieve our goals and dreams on and off the mats. Rather than wearing ourselves out by trying to control the outcome, focus on the process. Put into practice what you know to do and commit to consistently walking out your responsibility.  

As you build a routine around the person you want to become, pay attention to how you allot your time. Time is our most precious resource. How we invest, or waste, time reveals our priorities. Be intentional with your day by prioritizing your time in a way that builds foundational habits that lead you to becoming the person you feel called to and to live in your deeper purpose.  

Here are some practical tips that lead to higher performance:  

  • Designate specific days that you consistently train. If you miss a day, focus on getting back into the rhythm of your set training routine. 
  • Make healthy eating and getting adequate sleep non-negotiable. Manage your water intake to be able to perform your best on the mat (and in life). Fun fact, did you know that sleep is most directly tied to vitality?  
  • Know who and what empowers you to perform at your highest level and prioritize them.   
  • Embrace and honor your human limitations. Design a realistic schedule that keeps your bucket full. Creating rhythms of work, play, and rest. Commit to taking a day off once a week, make space to reflect and process, connect with your teammates, and do things just because you enjoy them.  

As we roll into this New Year, let’s focus on narrowing our performance gap between where we are today, and who we want to become. Let’s continue to stretch ourselves outside of our comfort zone and put into practice what we know to do. Start by clarifying your vision, setting goals, and building a routine; a routine where every piece of your day is designed to help you be your best and perform at your highest level. Then, check in with yourself regularly. Take time to reflect, process, and make any adjustments daily, quarterly, and annually.  

You will experience exponential grow as you execute a routine that builds upon your cumulated successes from the days and weeks before. Rather than a destination to arrive at or a task to perform, embrace the process, with all its joys, trials, and everything in between. We are here for you at the academy as we walk alongside you in this journey together.  

What is one thing you can start doing immediately that will get you further on the path of who you want to become? 

And, while we’re at it, choose one thing you should stop doing immediately that would help you perform at your best.    


Adult Virtual Class 6/2 – Putting It All Together

Adult Virtual Class 6/2 – Putting It All Together

Adult Virtual Class 6/2 – Putting It All Together

This week in class we studied a match from Professor Bruno Frazatto at the 2008 World Championship.  Professor Bruno is a world-class Jiu Jitsu player with a dynamic style. For this reason, his match is a great example of applying different strategies to efficiently control and submit his opponent.

Many of the strategies we studied in this match are directly relevant to the concepts and techniques we’ve been learning during our online classes. The GAP concept was clear to see as Prof. Bruno continually controlled the space between him and his opponent with his grips, angles, and positional control. Another concept we saw him applying was the idea of changing levels; from the bottom, he switched between controlling his opponent’s arms to controlling the legs, and from the top, he transitioned from standing to knees on the ground and vice versa to “change the rules” and force his opponent’s hand. We also saw great use of the half guard or “half-pass” position when Prof. Bruno swept his opponent and locked him down to maintain top control.

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