Hello, my name is Christopher Charalambous. I started training Jiu Jitsu at the age of 29 in Derbyshire, England. After training for a year, I felt what I learned was not complete and something was missing. After doing some thinking and research, I decided to travel to Miami to learn Jiu-Jitsu from the Valente Brothers. Training with them has changed my life, and opened my mind to the world of Jiu Jitsu and martial arts.
The Valente Brothers were taught by the late Helio Gracie making them the third generation of the Valente family who were taught under Helio Gracie. They are well known around the world and, are committed to teaching Helio Gracie’s modified version of the traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu (also known today as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu) strictly as Helio taught. This is purely self defence martial arts for any kind of scenario that requires you to defend yourself. Due to Helio’s frail physique he found that the moves he had learned were too difficult for him to execute. Helio dared to break from the traditional Japanese techniques and modified them to accommodate his weak body emphasising on the use of leverage and timing over speed and strength. Any moves he could not modify were abolished from his curriculum.
After practising Jiu Jitsu taught at Valente Brothers Miami, I learned the difference between Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is taught at most martial arts schools in England as a sport and not suitable for a street fight scenario. Also it’s important when learning Jiu-Jitsu to have a Moral code (7-5-3 code). With out this code to guide you, from what I understand you are not learning Jiu-Jitsu. After travelling to Miami a number of times, my instructor and friend Gui Valente persuaded me to open my own academy in England to teach Helio Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. My goals are the same as Helio Gracie and the Valente Brothers. To teach students how to defend themselves against a much larger and stronger aggressor.