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Ricardo Franjinha Miller teaches his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students at Paragon Academy

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is very well respected in the Jiu-Jitsu community. We are a part of a bigger school known as the Alliance team with origins in Rio and Sao Paulo Brazil. Paragon has been a monster in the tournament scene, winning many team titles and producing the best American Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in both gi and no-gi. 

Where will your Jiu-Jitsu journey take you?

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BJJ Fundamentals

Kickstarting your journey with a strong foundational understanding of the art, these classes include a brief warm up, skill-based technique drills, and light positional work. Under the guidance of instructors, students will begin live rolling with the goal of improving technique while having a blast.

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Two men practice Jiu-Jitsu, with one man in full guard

All-Levels Jiu-Jitsu

It's rare to see athletes of every level training together in a single practice room, but it is one of the coolest things about Jiu-Jitsu. White, blue, purple, brown, and black belts drill and roll with each other on weekdays during this early morning class.

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Two young men hand fight while training no-gi BJJ and wrestling at Goleta's MMA gym

No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu

Give your gi a chance to dry out;

enter the world of rashguards and underhooks. Our program covers

the nuances of no-gi takedowns, submissions, and other techniques that are highly applicable for self-defense and mixed martial arts.

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Kids watch as two coaches demonstrate BJJ techniques

Advanced Jiu-Jitsu

Here you'll gain an in-depth understanding of submission holds and positional control. This class breaks down the finer details of BJJ with live training exercises, attacks, defenses, and escapes. We work hard in this class, getting in good rolls within a supportive yet challenging environment.

Two men wrestle during Paragon's grappling classes


The process of getting the fight to the ground is often neglected in a sport where most of the action occurs on the ground. We teach Judo and wrestling on alternating Fridays. The best complement to your ground game is a strong takedown game. 

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Grapplers in gis train together in the California sunshine
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Meet Our Instructors
John Sandoval

In 2008, John was drinking about an 18 pack of beer and smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day. In need of change, he tried his first Jiu-Jitsu class and fell in love. He immediately quit drinking and smoking, and lost nearly 100 lbs.

Noticing the positive changes in everyone around him on the mats, John began volunteering his time to help newcomers. Now a black belt and owner of Paragon Goleta, John continues to share the art of Jiu-Jitsu with everyone brave enough to change their lives for the better.

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