Learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from the best! Luiz Claudio and his brother Thiago Veiga are the BJJ instructors at Rothwell MMA.  They both learned under Rickson Gracie.  Rickson’s father, Helio Gracie, founded Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu- an adaptation on judo.  Gracie Jiu-Jitsu allows smaller and weaker practitioners to defend themselves against larger opponents using technique rather than pure strength.

Luiz and Thiago started their journey in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rickson over 20 years ago.  Falling in love with the gentle art, they started competing regularly and saw the poor results of knockoff Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction.  Luiz and Thiago decided to open their own academy to spread Rickson Gracie’s philosophies across the USA.  Luiz Claudio Combat Team (LCCT BJJ) was born.

Luiz, a fourth degree black belt, and Thiago, a third degree black belt, still train under Rickson to this day.  They constantly refine and invent new BJJ techniques.  Luiz is the mastermind behind the “Gogo Choke” that Ben Rothwell used to submit Matt Mitrione and Josh Barnett in the UFC.  LCCT also trains UFC fighters Juliana Pena and Yair Rodriguez, just to name a few.

Jiu-Jitsu belts at LCCT BJJ are not bought or given on a whim.  They are earned with a test on the fundamentals that are diligently broken down and taught.  MMA fighters that utilize LCCT techniques do not win matches because of luck.  They win because of the hard work, attention to detail and the years of developing a strong BJJ foundation.

LCCT is a family, a support system that thrives off of one another’s accomplishments. If you are looking for a home, then you are welcomed onto their mats. This is a growing family, with hundreds of people practicing LCCT BJJ techniques in 15 academies across the country.