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by Robin Williams

"Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not.”


     I am very fortunate for having three healthy children. Many didn't have this luck and are facing difficult times fighting terrible diseases. In the bright side, there are people out there fighting the biggest fight of all. The fight that really matters: the fight against time. At my late 30's I chose to support these fighters: The children, their families, the doctors and staff at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

     Join me on this cause where you can be a true hero. I often ask my students: Would you rather be a champion or a hero? And I tell them they can be both at our academy. But HEROES save LIVES and the feeling that goes with it is simply SUBLIME.

Winning a medal makes one a champion, and it's a good feeling. But more importantly is to build character. Medals fade away in closets as the children grow up. While saving children lives is unequaled. When you join our academy you will go on this ride with me. Come on board!

  • Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened in 1962.
  • St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs we make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
  • St. Jude is where doctors often send their toughest cases because St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for some of the most aggressive childhood cancers. We are a top national referral center for children with tough-to-treat forms of cancer or who have not responded successfully to standard treatments.
  • We shared our research results in 775 articles published in peer-reviewed journals in 2012. That equals, on average, a new discovery shared every 11 hours.

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chief instructor

     Professor Thadeu Vieira is a native of Rio de Janeiro. He is a third degree black belt and graduated with his degree in Physical Education from the University of Volta Redonda (UNIFOA) in Rio de Janeiro State. He also attended Law school back in Brazil (UBM). Thadeu is married and lives in Sarasota since 2005.

     In 2002, Master Paulo Wesley Lopes (Student of Grand Master Francisco Mansor  ← Grand Master Helio Gracie) awarded Professor Vieira with his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Professor Vieira specializes in teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to kids, and he has several students that have been awarded gold medals in the Brazilian National, Florida State, Pan American and World Championships, in all ages.

     Under the leadership of Professor Vieira, the VBJJA is present in several locations providing cutting edge instruction to thousands of BJJ lovers through one of the most well structured instructor certification programs. The Vieira Jiu-Jitsu Team is known for having one of the most comprehensive technical syllabus available and for its unique companionship among instructors and students.