Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. It teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage to apply joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. Unlike other martial arts that focus on strikes and/or kicks, jiu jitsu focuses on close-contact “grappling” holds and techniques, and the application of chokes and joint-manipulations. BJJ helps to develop increased strength and cardio, as well as promotes weight loss and improved muscle tone. More than just a workout, jiu jitsu is often referred to as “human chess” in that it exercises both the body and the mind.
Master Allan Góes, 7th Dan
8X World Champion, 7th degree Coral Belt, pioneer of the Mixed Martial Arts industry, UFC, Meca, Pride, IFL fighter and all around legend, Allan Góes was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and at the age of 16, became Carlson Gracie Senior’s star pupil and protégé. Having resided with the Grand Master for a few years, Allan’s technique and personality grew exponentially while simultaneously helping Gracie to create various innovative techniques and strategies which revolutionized Jiu-Jitsu. At the age of 18 Carlson Gracie awarded Góes with his Black Belt. At 19 years old, and after more than 200 Jiu-Jitsu fights with only one loss, his only recorded loss being to Fernando Gurgel as a brown belt, Góes moved to the United States to become a professional MMA Fighter. In 1995 he took on Frank Shamrock for his MMA debut. Allan Góes was also one of the very first representatives of Carlson Gracie and his teachings in the Northern hemisphere, paving the way to many other Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coaches that tagged along after him, including his own master, Carlson. In the early 2000’s, he joined the “Dissidents” of Carlson Gracie to form Brazilian Top Team (BTT) a team led by Ze Mario Sperry, Murilo Bustamante and “Bebeo” Duarte, all men who later left the Carlson Gracie team after an internal dispute. Allan was very involved in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) since the beginning of his arrival in the US having fought all over the planet, from Brazil to Japan taking on some of the biggest names in fighting such as Dan Henderson, Daniel Gracie, and Kazushi Sakuraba at some of the biggest events in the world such as Meca, Pride, the UFC and the IFL. When in the states, one of the Brazilians that helped Allan Góes establish himself was Joe Moreira, and the two cornered each other at more than one MMA event. Today, Master Góes is known as one of the most technical fighters in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has created his own system to teach it. Góes’ passion as a master teacher has allowed him to travel all over the world sharing his knowledge and experience through seminars, guest appearances, and speaking engagements.
The name “TUVA” is derived from the Tupian people, one of the largest groups of indigenous Brazilians that spoke the Tupi language before its colonization. The Tupians were tropical rain forest farmers, rivermen, and coastal navigators. Roughly translated, the Tuva are “pioneers.” Master Góes is known as one of the pioneers of Mixed Martial Arts that brought Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the US and his system for training is derived directly from Carlson Gracie Senior himself, combined with his 40+ years of experience as an athlete, competitor, and master teacher. Tuva Jiu-Jitsu is the premier Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy for all. Students at Tuva will be given the opportunity to accomplish their mental, fitness, self-defense, and competition goals. Tuva prides itself on providing a safe, friendly and encouraging environment that builds confidence, character and commitment. Tuva students have dignity, honor, discipline, mental and physical strength on and off the mat.
Partnered with Mercado Muay Thai and Fitness (MMT) to be the total mixed martial arts package, Tuva is a certified International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Safe Sport academy.