Mendes Brothers

Guilherme and Rafael Mendes were born in Rio Claro, a city in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil and were introduced to Jiu-Jitsu by a family member when they were 12 and 11 years old.They picked up the sport very quickly and soon began to take a more serious approach with their training. This decision ultimately paid off as both brothers began to achieve tremendous success at the top competitions in Brazil.

Today “Rafa” and “Gui” are multiple time world champions at the black belt level and owners of the most unique training facility in the world, The Art of Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Costa Mesa, CA.They are consistently changing the game with their innovative techniques and staying ahead of the competition with their relentless work ethic. Dedicated, creative, and passionate, The Mendes Brothers are the epitome of true martial artists. ---> BELIEVE & ACHIEVE


Inside the Mind of Rafael Mendes

Go inside the mind of 6x world champion Rafael Mendes as he sits down with former UFC fighter Kenny Florian and discusses his most recent world title at the 2016 IBJJF World Championships. Rafael also talks about his competition mindset, his approach to jiu jitsu and what he feels sets him apart.

Video by Change for Balance.

Road to 6x | Rafael Mendes

Last year, Rafael Mendes won his fifth world title in the black belt division cementing himself as the most decorated featherweight in jiu jitsu history. The “Road to 6x” chronicles Rafael Mendes in the weeks leading up to the 2016 IBJJF World Championship where he aims to capture his 6th world title.
Video by Change for Balance.

Mendes Brothers Video Portrait by Brandon Jensen



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