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Welcome to Escondido's premiere Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy.

Pitbull Clube De Jitsu, Escondido is one of two branches of Pitbull here in San Diego County. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) classes are taught by Johann Carvalho and the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) classes are taught by James Cooper. Both instructors are avid competitors in BJJ and MMA. Signing up with one club gives you access to all Pitbull clubs across San Diego county and beyond. You will have the ability to train 7 days per week and 365 days per year.

Pitbull Clube De Jitsu has a great reputation in town, especially for high percentage of students who compete regularly. You do not have to compete if you join, that is completely up to you. You may always give it a try if you feel willing. Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructors have either repeatedly placed or won every major federation tournament: Pan American Gi and No Gi, World Championships, Grapplers Quest, American Nationals, Brazilian Nationals, New York International Open etc. You can be sure that you are learning from the best in the field.

How did Clube De Jiu-Jitsu Pitbull arrive in Escondido, CA?

Adilson "Bita" Lima, is the founder of Pitbull Clube De Jiu-Jitsu. One of Lima's black belts, Joao Cunha arrived in San Francisco, CA and began to teach at Marcos Nascimento's Pitbull Academy in Foster City, CA. After a few years, Joao Cunha moved south to San Diego and settled in Ocean Beach, CA. There Cunha opened up San Diego's first Pitbull academy. Cunha's academy is has since relocated to a larger facility in Point Loma.

Johann Carvalho arrived from Brazil around 2006 and shortly after another Pitbull academy was born in Escondido, CA. Johann Carvalho and James Cooper currently run the Escondido branch.

Adilson "Bita" Lima

Adilson Lima is the founder of Clube De Jiu jitsu Pitbull. He is very famous throughout Brazil for being among the first Gracie Jiu Jitsu fighters to test their skills in the cage. Lima and Renzo Gracie grew up together and trained under Carlos Gracie Jr., representing Gracie Barra. Lima has won the World Championships multiple times as well as the Pan American, Brazilian National and South American BJJ championship. His success in the cage was just as legendary, finishing his opponents decisively with nothing more than Jiu Jitsu.

Clube De Jiu Jitsu is not only an academy for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, it has a rich history of producing tough cage fighters. Taking from the teachings of Adilson Lima, the Pitbull schools are notorious for breeding physical toughness through hard training and conditioning.