Aurelia W.

We are very thankful that Vieira Academy Kids BJJ program was so highly recommended to us! As soon as we enrolled our children it was obvious we had picked the right Martial Arts program. Our kids are developing life skills that can’t be taught in a classroom! As an educator, I appreciate how much more focused, confident, and driven they are becoming - and these qualities are having a positive impact on their school work and social lives. 
Professor Vieira is a gifted teacher and sees the value of giving children the best that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has to offer (other programs that we looked into were led by blue belt students of the academy), and it means a lot to us to have our kids taught by a fourth-degree black belt with a degree in physical education. His knowledge and desire to share that knowledge shows in his attention to detail and the way he encourages each student’s growth both on and off the mats. He has developed a proven method of training and incorporates growth mindset and motivational messages in every class (I have learned so much by watching him teach the kids classes!). He takes a personal interest in his students and takes time to find out what is going on in their lives - our son and daughter both know that he is someone they can count on to be on their side and give solid advice. Professor Vieira also promotes a family atmosphere and the other children and parents at the dojo have become like a second family. We highly recommend Vieira Academy BJJ Kids in Manhattan, NYC without hesitation to anyone!

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"The most important investment in your children's lives, is to empower them with

confidence and the ability to live a healthy and safe lifestyle." - Thadeu Vieira




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Learn together with your child and be an effective assistant instructor under Prof. Vieira's directions. This class is pure joy and full of energy. The most bonding experience for parents and their children hands down!


An unique BJJ experience for families!

- Classes taught by a 4th degree black belt;

- B.S. in Physical Education; 

- Married and father of 4 children;

- 22 years experience in BJJ;

- Anti-bullying lessons;

- A master x disciple relationship with your child. Motivational life lessons individually and in group;

- Small group classes and/or private lessons;

- The only specialized BJJ Parent & Child BJJ class in Manhattan!

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Pre- K (4-5)

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Learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through ultra fun games with Prof. Vieira, directly. Great introduction to discipline, cooperation and more, while developing fine motor coordination skills.

Steve C.

For the past several weeks I have had the privilege of training with my step son at the Vieira Academy. It has been an immensely rewarding experience and has transformed our relationship beyond step father and step son. Even though we have lived together for several years. Rolling together For a few weeks has allowed us to connect at a much deeper level. Thank you Jiu Jitsu, thank you Professor Vieira.

The focus of our martial arts school in New York City is on physical fitness, character development and self defense, rather than fighting. Our overarching goal is in building our student’s self-esteem.

As soon as you become a martial arts student, you join a community that works together toward improved physical strength and stamina, better focus and concentration, greater self discipline, competency in self defense and, most importantly, increased self confidence.

For us at Vieira Martial Arts Academy, the practice of martial arts means respecting each other, encouraging and supporting each other and celebrating each other’s successes.

These values are especially important in working with children and families — the primary focus of our martial arts school in New York City.

We have martial arts programs for families.
For children, our emphasis is on character development and physical fitness.

With parents, our goal is to deliver all of the benefits of martial arts along with the greatest bonding experience you will ever have by training with your own child as a training partner.

Self defense is also emphasized, but it’s always tempered with the training on how to seek alternatives to conflict.

Each of our martial arts instructors is committed to teaching the physical skills while applying attitude-shaping exercises aimed at bringing out the best character and physical potential in each student.

We hope you become a NYC martial arts student at Vieira Martial Arts Academy.

We are conveniently located in the heart of Chelsea, New York City.



A First-Class BJJ Dojo for Families

Ricardo N.

I am a 3rd dan black belt in Judo with many years of experience as a competitor and teaching. In addition I am a Physician with specialty in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine with many years of experience in the field. With my credentials and experience in grappling martial arts and as an educator I was very demanding regarding Martial Art instruction for my son! My son and I were very fortunate in finding Professor Thadeu Vieira BJJ Academy and after observing and experiencing his teaching style and passion for what he does and the comprehensive and at the same time simple and safe way that he teaches the art of Brazilian Jujitsu I recognize greatness and the once in a lifetime opportunity to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from the best! It is without any reservation that I recommend Professor Thadeu Vieira to any kid or parent that wants to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!
Ricardo A. Nieves, MD




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Dive deeper into the vast amount of Self-Defense techniques developed in Brazil by the Gracie family in a safe and friendly environment. The class consists of a blend of BJJ oriented games with emphasis on technique and work-ethic.

Joseph G.

Not all BJJ kids programs are created equal. For many BJJ schools, the kids program is secondary to the adult program. It is no secret that many BJJ schools would rather not have a kids program. At Vieira BJJ, the kids program gets tremendous focus, as witness by Prof. Vieira's recent book on the subject of kids competing in BJJ. Kids need a special environment for BJJ given the combative one-on-one nature of the activity. BJJ for Kids NYC endeavors to provide such a place.