Youth Jiu Jitsu

Children 5-12 years old in our "AKA-Checkmat" Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program learn the art of grappling from 3rd degree black belt Leandro Vieira, co- founder of Checkmat. Leandro and his brothers started Checkmat in Brazil, moved to the US to join us at AKA and teach our extended family of youth, adults, amateurs and professionals, authentic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Checkmat is recognized as one of the top competition BJJ teams in the world. All are offered the opportunity to participate on the AKA-Checkmat BJJ competition team if the student wishes to compete.  Goals are set and children progress through a leveled, structured belt system recognized by the IBBJF.

AKA has one of the best well rounded Jiu Jitsu schools in the Bay Area.  Whether you want to learn how to defend yourself, add skills to your competitive repertoire or have fun while improving your level of fitness, AKA will help you reach your goals. The AKA Checkmat Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is designed to accommodate students of all ages and levels of experience, whether this is your first Jiu-Jitsu class or you are testing for your black belt.  For more information on Checkmat and the Vieira Brothers go to www.checkmatbjj.com

About BJJ: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a form wrestling in which the objective is to submit your opponent. Submission is either accomplished by choking, or hyper-extending your opponents joints. In BJJ tournaments, points are awarded to the fighter for advancing their position. In the event no submission is accomplished, the fighter with the most points at the end of the match wins. BJJ is often referred to as "Body Chess". Much like in a game of chess a player must always be aware of their pieces, their opponents pieces, and the possible moves that any piece may make, a BJJ fighter must be aware of their body parts & position, their opponents body parts & position, and the moves that either may make.

Concepts Taught
  • Submissions
  • Submission Defence
  • Takedowns
  • Takedown defense
  • General BJJ Techniques
  • Conditioning

Class Trainers

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Leandro Vieira

Leandro Vieira is AKA's head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor and a co-founder, leader and fighter for Checkmat BJJ. Leandro began training Jiu-Jitsu at the young age of 5 years... [More]
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Patrick Welsch

Event Hours(5)

  • Monday

    05:00 pm - 06:00 pm

    Coach Leandro Vieira
    Asst Coach Patrick Welsch

  • Tuesday

    05:00 pm - 06:00 pm

    Coach Leandro Vieira
    Asst Coach Patrick Welsch

  • Wednesday

    05:00 pm - 06:00 pm

    Coach Leandro Vieira
    Asst Coach Patrick Welsch

  • Thursday

    05:00 pm - 06:00 pm

    Coach Leandro Vieira
    Asst Coach Patrick Welsch

  • Friday

    05:00 pm - 06:00 pm

    Coach Patrick Welsch