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We are the premiere Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy in the Kendall/ South Miami area.  We believe that jiu jitsu is a lifestyle that transcends the sport and self-defense.  It improves the whole person – physically, mentally, and emotionally.  We offer classes for people of all ages and fitness levels in an environment that is safe, friendly, & supportive.

get in the best shape of your life

One of the most fun and intense full body workouts you can do, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu builds both aerobic and anaerobic conditioning while incinerating calories & fat.

develop confidence and peace of mind

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the few disciplines that measures success through live sparring on fully resisting opponents, so you know your skills work even under duress.

learn the most practical and effective martial art

The popularity of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu exploded when a skinny Brazilian dominated the first Ultimate Fighting Championships.  Today, it is a core skill of Mixed Martial Arts and known as the single most effective art for personal defense.

become part of a special community and family

Since you practice against resisting opponents, you can’t train alone.  You’ll develop a bond with an incredible group of like-minded, positive, and supportive teammates.

Getting Started is as Easy as 1-2-3

1. Get My Free Trial

Check us out, and the sport, for FREE.  Take 7 trial jiu jitsu (adults or kid) classes at no cost with no obligation.  We’ll provide everything you need.

2. Join the family

After completing your trial, select a membership option to become part of our jiu jitsu family.

3. Reach my potential

The benefits of jiu jitsu will help you reach your potential, both on the mats and off.


Try it for FREE (trial) and then get 50% off December if you decide to join. (Adult or Kids Jiu Jitsu)


Michelle Adams

Sensei Cardoso is one of the best and most dedicated in the whole Miami area.  The culture at Cardoso is very friendly but at the same time disciplined.  We come to train but at the same time to have a good time.  I have become close friends with all of my classmates, and I enjoy training there.

Carlos Espinosa

One of the greatest gyms in South Florida, with one of the most experienced coaches that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has to offer, Sensei Mike Cardoso. Always an amazing experience there, and I definitely suggest this gym to anyone new to jiu-jitsu or already seasoned practitioners.

Nick Zamparello

 If you really want to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a very positive environment then this is the place to be. The thing I like most is the style of education. In Mike’s gym it’s less about cramming moves and going to tournies and more about the journey and the self-discovery. So that’s what I mean about learning. Here you “really” learn how to grapple, how to scramble, how to move, how to submit, how to be a true sportsman.

Ken Delisi

It’s is the best martial arts school in the world, and I’m not exaggerating. My wife and I are so thankful that we put our children there. Mrs. Nadine and Sensei Mike Cardoso run a super professional top-notch organization. They are very family oriented. They stress discipline and respect, and it is evident they also have a great love for our children. Our Sensei, Mike, is super knowledgeable about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He eats, breathes, and dreams BJJ. I am beyond pleased with the skills and techniques my children have learned. Thank you for all you’ve done for Hannah and Kenny. We love u guys!

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Michael Cardoso named Florida State Representative to UMMAF

Congratulations to our leader, Michael Cardoso, for the distinguished recognition of becoming the Florida State Representative to the United States Mixed Martial Federation (UMMAF).  The UMMAF is the official governing body for MMA in the USA representing the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) and is the only governing body of MMA internationally acknowledged to develop MMA as an Olympic sport.

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3 Ways Cardoso Jiu Jitsu Will Help You Reach Your Potential

People often think of martial arts, and especially Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as a way to get in shape and learn self-defense, but it is so much more.  While you will certainly get in the absolute best shape of your life and learn how to defend yourself with the most practical and effective system on the planet, you will find some other changes happen as well.  These changes extend far beyond the mats and impact every area of your life, and they will help you reach your potential.

This blog post describes 3 ways that Cardoso Jiu Jitsu will help you reach your potential.

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Welcome to the new Cardoso Jiu Jitsu website!

Check out our new website!  We hope that this new home on the web better represents us – the collective “us” –  you as students, me, our kids’ team, all of our Cardoso Jiu Jitsu family. Read about our journey to create a site that reflects our culture and what makes us special. Check it out share it with your friends! Hope to hear from you or see you on the mats.

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