PLAYA VENAO BJJ

ROLL - SURF - EAT - SLEEP - REPEAT

The martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has had close ties with surfing since its inception in Brazil.  Many of the Gracie family (the family most associate with developing and spreading the art) are avid surfers and watermen.  When BJJ spread from Brazil and the beaches of Rio de Jinero it settled in locations like Hawaii and California for their proximity to the ocean and similar climate to Rio.  Many pro surfers also are passionate students of jiu jitsu such as:

-        KellySlater
-        JoelTudor
-        Freddy Patacchia
-        Gabriel Medina-        

And many more…

BJJ and surfing are mutually beneficial in that training BJJ makes your surfing better and surfing makes your BJJ better!  This is because both sports have very similar qualities on the athletic side such as balance, reactions, core strength, and endurance.  But it also is beneficial mentally for critical thinking and relaxing under pressure (good skill to have for wipe outs!). We hope to see you down here both in the waves and on the mats.  All of our Surf Camp Packages include open BJJ training as well as all the rest of our fitness facility and surf yoga classes.

CARLA BOYLE

BROWN BELT
WOMAN'S COACH
YEARS TRAINING: 7
Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Jr.  > Renzo Gracie > Amal Easton > Eliot Marshall > John Boyle

Carla, a recently promoted Brown Belt, has been training BJJ without stopping since 2013.  Since then she has competed in local tournaments in Panama and continues to spread her love for the art with an all-women’s class every Sunday.  All women of all levels of experience are welcome to join!

JOHN BOYLE

BLACK BLET
OWNER / HEAD PROFESSOR
YEARS TRAINING: 13
Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Jr.  > Renzo Gracie > Amal Easton / Eliot Marshall

John received his Black Belt from Eliot Marshal from Easton BJJ in 2016.  A native to the Jersey shore, John grew up with a passion for surfing and is grateful to be able to spread his love for both surfing and BJJ. When they are not training or surfing, he and his wife, Carla manage Beach Break Surf Camp.

NATHAN AICHELE

BROWN BELT
COACH
YEARS TRAINING: 12
Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Jr.  > Nelson Monteiro / Rafael Ramos

Nathan, originally from Encintias, CA trained 7 years at Gracie Barra Encinitas and received all belts from Prof. Nelson Monteiro / Rafel Ramos. He moved to Playa Venao in 2013 and helped bring BJJ to the little surf community, training with anyone he could find on borrowed mats. When Professor Boyle moved to Playa Venao in 2017 they worked together to expand and evolve the jiu jitsu academy into the amazing facility and community it is today.  When he's not surfing or doing business development, he instructs some of the adult classes throughout the week.

JOHN BOYLE

BLACK BLET
OWNER / HEAD PROFESSOR
YEARS TRAINING: 13
Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Jr.  > Renzo Gracie > Amal Easton / Eliot Marshall

John received his Black Belt from Eliot Marshal from Easton BJJ in 2016.  A native to the Jersey shore, John grew up with a passion for surfing and is grateful to be able to spread his love for both surfing and BJJ. When they are not training or surfing, he and his wife, Carla manage Beach Break Surf Camp.

NATHAN AICHELE

BROWN BELT
COACH
YEARS TRAINING: 12
Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Jr.  > Nelson Monteiro / Rafael Ramos

Nathan, originally from Encintias, CA trained 7 years at Gracie Barra Encinitas and received all belts from Prof. Nelson Monteiro / Rafel Ramos. He moved to Playa Venao in 2013 and helped bring BJJ to the little surf community, training with anyone he could find on borrowed mats. When Professor Boyle moved to Playa Venao in 2017 they worked together to expand and evolve the jiu jitsu academy into the amazing facility and community it is today.  When he's not surfing or doing business development, he instructs some of the adult classes throughout the week.

CARLA BOYLE

BROWN BELT
WOMAN'S COACH
YEARS TRAINING: 7
Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Jr.  > Renzo Gracie > Amal Easton > Eliot Marshall > John Boyle

Carla, a recently promoted Brown Belt, has been training BJJ without stopping since 2013.  Since then she has competed in local tournaments in Panama and continues to spread her love for the art with an all-women’s class every Sunday.  All women of all levels of experience are welcome to join!

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MONDAY
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WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
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9AM - 10AM
7AM - 8AM
11AM - 12PM
8AM - 9AM
9:30AM - 11AM
10AM - 11:30AM
GROUP FITNESS
MUAY THAI
MUAY THAI
GROUP FITNESS
Pilates
GROUP FITNESS
YOGA
GROUP FITNESS
YOGA
YOGA
GROUP FITNESS
GROUP FITNESS
yoga
YOGA
YOGA
YOGA
Pilates
Pilates
Yoga
Yoga
yoga
Yoga
2PM - 3pm
ADULT BJJ GI
KIDS BJJ (7-13YR)
KIDS BJJ (7-13YR)
BJJ OPEN MAT
Yoga
Yoga
ADULT BJJ GI
ADULT BJJ GI
KIDS BJJ (7-13YR)
KIDS BJJ (7-13YR)
KIDS BJJ (3-6 YR)
Surf Fitness Training
KIDS BJJ (3-6 YR)
1PM - 2PM
Yoga
Surf Fitness Training
5PM - 6PM
BJJ OPEN MAT
(NO GI)
BJJ OPEN MAT
(NO GI)
4PM - 5pm
KIDS BJJ (7-13YR)
BJJ OPEN MAT
ADULT BJJ NO GI
BJJ OPEN MAT
ADULT BJJ GI
3PM - 4pm
YOGA
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