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. 






Partnership with DreamRoot Leadership Institute

Partnership with DreamRoot Leadership Institute

A logo of Dreamroot Leadership Institute

Partnership with DreamRoot Leadership Institute

We are super excited to be partnering with a new non-profit called DreamRoot Leadership Institute. DreamRoot serves to reverse the cycles of poverty by unleashing the potential of local leaders in under-resourced communities to solve local challenges and raise up others to do the same. The objective of this partnership is to expand the impact of our Jiu Jitsu outreach efforts which we have been implementing here in the U.S. and abroad in Brazil.

Our mission is to transform people’s lives through the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu — one student at a time — so that they can achieve more. We have a vision to see every person, regardless of their life’s circumstances, be given the opportunity to realize and achieve their dreams; where they are living out their fullest potential and all of society advances as a result.

Over the years, Team Passos has been involved in using Jiu Jitsu programs in the slums of Brazil and even here in Virginia as a way to reach children, youth, and adults to build life skills, mentor, and cast a higher vision for their lives. In addition to the regular gi donations, we have been training and mentoring several Jiu Jitsu Professors running BJJ initiatives in Brazil. With this new non-profit, we will be able to expand the reach and thus the impact.


These initiatives and the impact are the fruit of the collective action, heart and dreams of everyone here at Team Passos. Each of our students have been a huge part in bringing this to reality through your support and encouragement. I want to take this time to thank again everyone who has donated gis over the years. Here is a more thorough update about our gi drives.


What we’re working on in 2020:

  • In collaboration with DreamRoot, we will launch our first 6-month Jiu Jitsu Leader Incubator Cohort for several local leaders running programs in Northeast Brazil. These cohorts offer needed training, resources and a support network for leaders working in some challenging environments.
  • We are in the process of renovating one of the Jiu Jitsu academies we have been working with into a training center. The center offers additional programs like English, music, and entrepreneurial classes to students who would otherwise not have access to such programs.
  • In the near future we desire to roll out virtual leadership and entrepreneurial incubator cohorts for at-risk youth and underprivileged individuals.

I’d like to invite you to check out the DreamRoot website. If you would like to learn more about DreamRoot or would like to get involved, please let us know.

Warmest regards,


Professor Tony Passos
Gi Drive for Atos PE

Gi Drive for Atos PE

Here is a video of the Gi donation from our students in the US to the students at Atos Pernambuco in Brazil.

The month leading up to this seminar Team Passos students in the U.S .donated gis to surprise our bothers and sisters in Northeast Brazil. Our students donated a total of 62 gis, two belts, and two pairs of shoes. These were received with gratitude and tears. Thank you so everyone who participated in blessing some very special people.

And a huge shout out to our sponsor ONDA Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for donating several of their Recife Limited Edition kimonos. It’s amazing to see the love circle back around to the city that inspired this line.


Gi Drive For Brazil

Gi Drive For Brazil

Make a difference in people’s lives this summer by putting your old gis to good use. Donate your gis to our BJJ brothers & sisters in Recife, Brazil this summer. If you have any lying around, feel free to drop them off at the gym before June 24th.

Drop off at Team Passos HQ by June 24th and they will be hand-delivered to some special people by the first week of July.

This will be a huge blessing to a lot of people. Thanks to our sponsor ONDA Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for their generosity!

Training with Atos PE in Brazil

Training with Atos PE in Brazil

We are back in Brazil training with Atos Pernambuco and our partners with the Arte Suave social project. Professor Tony taught a seminar over the weekend and we enjoyed training during the week.  Check out the photo album of our training session here. It is always great to be with such an amazing group of people.

[Portuguese] Dia maravilhoso aqui no Atos PE. Sempre muito bom está ao lado de pessoas especiais. Muito motivado para o seminário no próximo sábado.



Impacting Lives Beyond The Mat

Here is the video we shared during our belt promotion. As part of the 2017 team vision, we will be partnering with our teammates of Atos Pernambuco to use Jiu Jitsu as an instrument to impact people’s lives beyond the mat. This video was an impromptu interview with Luiz Felipe during Professor Tony’s seminar last month. Here is describes the work he and his project is doing just outside of the city of Recife, and near where Professor Tony grew up.

Luis Felipe is committed to working with disadvantaged youth by providing locally and finaincially accessible Jiu Jitsu classes. We had the pleasure of meeting several of the kids and preteens in his program. Some of the most beautiful people you will ever meet, and also hungry to simply be given the opportunity to succeed…