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. Vieira Martial Arts endeavors to provide such a place.


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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.


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

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 Martial Arts Academy without hesitation to anyone!

Listen to this informative radio interview with two adult students that also have their children studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Vieira Martial Arts Academy in Sarasota, FL. Listen to their own testimonial about all benefits from self-defense to personal confidence.

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Our goal is to deliver all of the benefits of martial arts, including improved muscle tone, increased cardiovascular fitness, lower stress levels, increased energy, and greater flexibility.


A unique Martial Arts  experience for the entire family!

- Classes led by a 4th degree black belt;

- B.S. in Physical Education; 

- 23 years experience in BJJ;

- Martial Arts classes for Adults;

RANKED #4 in FL and #9 in the USA

No contract. No testing fees.

No hidden fees!

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.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the fastest growing sport in the world right now. One of the main reasons is because people are realizing Jiu-Jitsu is not just about self-defense, it is also about self-transformation. Jiu-Jitsu engages the individual in a dynamic way benefiting the practitioner mentally, emotionally and physically regardless of age or fitness level.

Mentally - the learning centers of the brain are turned on, increasing circulation and flooding the brain with neurotrophic factors that decrease inflammation, promote brain cell growth and increase longevity.

Emotionally - you will overcome your fears as you train yourself to become more relaxed, calm and present in uncomfortable and unfamiliar situations.

Physically - you will literally turn back the biological clock. You will lose weight, become stronger, more flexible, more connected and more confident.
At Vieira Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy we truly believe that Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone and we are committed to creating an environment that allows you to experience a better version of yourself through the gentle art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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

We are conveniently located at the Sarasota Square Mall next to the playground.



A First-Class BJJ Dojo for Families