Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a hybrid form of Japanese judo and jiu-jitsu developed in Brazil by the Gracie family. BJJ emphasizes ground technique, ground control, submission holds, and chokeholds. This is an extremely effective form of grappling, and elements of BJJ can be seen in almost all MMA and UFC bouts. Wrestling is a combat sport involving takedowns, throws, clinch fighting, pins, and other grappling methods. This class is for all skill levels and is excellent for high school and collegiate wrestlers, MMA fighters, people wanting to compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or anyone interested in learning a new skill set.
Mr. Mezger is the head instructor and CEO of Mezger Martial Arts. He has been involved in martial arts (and the fields of health, fitness, physical performance) for over 30 years. He has worked with children, adults, athletes (both professional and amateur), civil and federal law enforcement agencies, and various Special Forces units of the United States military. He has trained six world champion athletes, eight national and numerous state and local champions.
Keiser Girao, born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, began martial arts at the age of 6 in judo. He received his purple belt in judo and a red belt in Tae Kwon Do. Unsatisfied with some of the limitations of the art and looking for something more complete, he took Hapkido (a Korean military martial art that involves ground, striking, and self-defense techniques). He received his black belt after six years of training through master Norberto Serrano. He was undefeated in 7 freestyle fights representing Hapkido. Promoted to purple belt under the Machado family in the beginning of ’98, Keiser traveled back to Brazil and trained there until 2003, when he received a job offer to run the world-famous Machados jiu-jitsu academy at Redondo Beach. Keiser got promoted to brown belt under the Machados. He had the privilege to train with all the brothers that live in California: Roger, Rigan, Jean Jacques, and John Machado. Running the Redondo Beach location, the first Machado Academy location in the US, he taught kids, teens, beginners, and advanced classes. In 2006, after completing his training program for three years, KJ was voted “Worst BJJ Black Belt” by readers of The Submission Underground magazine.
The name itself comes from three members. First on the list is Judo legend Yuriy Shumpert aka Coach Daigo Maeda – who coaches other UFC athletes like Conor McGregor and Mike Pyle! Second is Japanese mixed martial artist Atsushi Onita (aka Masato Koike). Third among those are two men not typically associated enough; one being legendary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor Gracie Barra founder Carlos Saiz’s son Toma Rodrigo
Place Mezger Martial Arts
Head CoachProfessor: Keiser Girão
Our Useful Features & Services
Gi and No Gi
One Free Class
Professors and Coaches
Guy Mezger, Audrey Wolfe and David Douglas
Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr > Carlos Gracie Jr > Rigan Machado > Keiser Girão