Our Lineage


Helio Helio Gracie

The person credited for the development of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is Helio Gracie. The Gracie legacy continues through his family and his name is a mainstay in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world. One of the founders of our association is Saulo Ribeiro; who received his black belt from one of Helio’s sons, Royler.

At the heart of our association history is a story of two brothers from Brazil, Saulo and Xande Ribeiro. Both holding impressive titles; Saulo with 6 world titles, all in the Black Belt division and Xande boasts the highest percentage of submissions and two Absolute titles in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition world.

Saulo earned his Black Belt in 1995 from Royler Gracie, the son of legendary Helio Gracie. In 2001, Xande was awarded his black belt. In 1995, Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu was born. They came to Toledo, Ohio and from there, Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu in North America was born. Here they joined forces with Chris Blanke. Chris Blanke was awarded his black belt from Saulo and became the first Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu black belt in the United States. Chris Blanke is currently the regional director of the association in the Midwest.

Before Saulo and Xande Ribeiro moved to San Diego, Brent was their student and was taught directly by these two champions. In staying current with Ribeiro training techniques, Brent continues to advance his skills from Chris Blanke weekly. Brent is the only Brazilian Black belt in the Downriver area and won a bronze medal in the 2012 International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Master Senior World Championship. He also holds the decorated Silver star, awarded personally by Saulo for enduring the “Hell Test” to obtain his rank.

As a black belt selected by hand in a restricted Ribeiro Affiliation process, he is responsible for part of the Ribeiro legacy.


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