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.
TUVA Jiu-Jitsu and the name "TUVA"
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 rainforest 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 everyone. 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, and mental and physical strength on and off the mat.
Carlson Gracie Sr. was one of the most important members of his family and the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community. Besides being the main fighter of his generation, Carlson became an excellent trainer, forming armies that dominated the Jiu-Jitsu circuit for years and that in MMA had the same success. But Carlos Gracie's eldest son didn't just produce great fighters. His teachings have influenced practically the entire current generation of great coaches, who command the main MMA teams on the planet.
Allan Góes received his black belt from Carlson Gracie Sr., became an 8X Brazilian World Jiu-Jitsu Champion, and world renowned mixed martial artist. Protégé of Carlson Gracie, Allan helped create various innovative techniques and strategies which revolutionized Jiu-Jitsu and was one of the first representatives to bring the sport to the northern hemisphere.
Today, Allan Góes is known as one of the most technical fighters and has created his own system to teach Jiu-Jitsu where he passes on this legacy to his TUVA students.
Master Allan Góes, 7th Dan
Master Allan Góes is an 8X Brazilian World Jiu-Jitsu Champion, 7th degree Black Belt, pioneer of the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) industry, a former Pride, Meca, IFL, UFC fighter, and all around legend. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he became the star pupil and protégé of the Grand Master himself, Carlson Gracie Sr. at the age of 16, even residing in his home and helping him create various innovative techniques and strategies which revolutionized Jiu-Jitsu including the "Gracie Guard". By age 18, Góes was Gracie's 6th awarded blackbelt (along with contemporaries such as Mario Sperry and Murilo Bustamante) and at 19 years old, after more than 200 Jiu-Jitsu fights with only one loss, (to Fernando Gurgel as a brown belt) including numerous Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world championships as well as closed door Vale Tudo fights, he moved to the United States. He made his MMA “professional debut” in Pancrase against Frank Shamrock in 1995. He 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, Góes took 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 like Meca, Pride, the IFL and UFC. Joe Moreira helped Góes establish himself in the States and the two cornered each other at multiple MMA events. 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.