Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and self-defense system
that can be used by anyone. Learn how to defend yourself
while getting into the best shape of your life.
BJJ techniques are practical moves, and countermoves,
that can teach a smaller or weaker opponent to defend themselves
against a larger or stronger opponent.
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Meet Professor Juan V. GuevAra
Professor Juan V. Guevara, a former professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter and combat sports veteran, has been training and teaching Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over 20 years.
A 3rd Degree Black Belt
Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is considered by many to be the best system of self defense in the world. He is a 3rd Degree Black Belt, awarded through Eddie Camden from Master Pedro Sauer, and now continues his studies of the art under the tutelage of world renowned instructor and legend Master Rigan Machado (8th Degree Coral Belt). Master Rigan Machado is regarded as one the most highly acclaimed Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors in the world.
In his accomplished career, Prof. Guevara has trained with some of the art's most revered instructors, including the art's co-creator himself Grandmaster Helio Gracie. Prof. Guevara has trained with many top-ranked instructors throughout his career, including the legendary Royce Gracie*, Royler Gracie†, Relson Gracie‡, and Rorion Gracie§, to name a few.
Top Instructor in Georgia
Prof. Guevara is considered one of the top Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors in the state of Georgia. He teaches many practitioners looking to learn how to defend themselves, as well as law enforcement and military personnel such as: Cobb County police, Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, Secret Service officers, and numerous security professionals. Some of his teachings have taken him overseas to share his expertise.
Founder of Juanaconda BJJ and Compound Fitness
Prof. Juan Guevara is the founder of Juanaconda BJJ, which was established in 2008. He's also the co-founder of Compound Fitness, where he is proud to be able to spread the “gentle” art, which he loves and continues to be passionate about.
* 1st UFC Champion and Hall of Famer, 6th Degree Black Belt
† Decorated 7th Degree Red/Black Belt grappler, three time Abu Dhabi Champion
‡ 9th Degree Red Belt, 22 time Brazilian champion
§ 9th Degree Red Belt, founder of the UFC
When I first started training I was a young dumb kid who just wanted to fight and smash people and didn't have much interest in really learning Jiu-Jitsu or probably learning anything if I'm being honest. Juan stuck with me through those years and helped me in any way I asked even though I'm sure I had to be one of the most frustrating students he ever had. Eventually I got a older and slightly less dumb and finally realized some of what Jiu-Jitsu was really about and Juan was still there to support me and help me along the path. Training with Juan has made me a better teacher and coach and a better man. Somewhere along the way we became more than just teacher and student and more than just friends, we became family.
Professor Juan has trained me for five years. Through injuries and plateaus, promotions and tournament medal podiums. He has influenced me in my physical fitness, personal discipline, and so many other areas of my life beyond Jiu-Jitsu, as well. He is an excellent teacher, responsible mentor, and wonderful friend.