Schuylkill County Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu LLC

About Us


Much like Judo was a refinement of the ancient Japanese Juijutsu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a refinement of Judo.  Having learned Judo from one of Kano's original students, Carlos Gracie and his younger brother Helio, opened their own school in Brazil in 1925.  Helio, much smaller and frailer than Carlos, was forced to alter the techniques that he learned by placing a greater emphasis on leverage and using an opponent's strength against him.  

While the genius of Dr. Kano and  his Judo was the revolutionary concept of daily competitive sparing against a resisting opponent, the Gracie's believed that Kano unnecessarily placed too many limitations on training.  For example, competitive Judo only allows submissions to the elbow joint along with strangleholds.  Pressure to the face is illegal.  Judo students only train in the gi.  Additionally, to make Judo a better spectator sport for the Olympics, the rules of Judo place a greater emphasis on aesthetically pleasing throws than on effective ground grappling.  The Gracies, believing these limitations weakened Judo as a martial art,  rejected them, and formed their own art, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  

Through the alteration of Judo techniques in order to allow a smaller, less athletic man to defeat a much larger opponent, and through their changes to the rule-set of competition to allow a fight to proceed naturally, the Gracies developed their own, independent martial art, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Rosendo Diaz is the team leader of the 3rd Generation Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team.  

He is a 2nd degree black belt under Royler Gracie and David Adiv.  Rosendo has an extensive training background in the martial arts with over 25 years experience.  He was the defensive tactics instructor for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department during the late 1990's.  Rosendo travels throughout the country and abroad teaching the 3rd Generation Jiu-Jitsu team curriculum.  




Jon is a lifetime martial artist who currently holds a Black Sash in Wing Chun Kung Fu and a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Jon’s competitive accomplishments include:

  • 2014 NAGA Philadelphia Men’s Gi Directors Purple Belt Heavyweight Silver Medalist.


Brian has studied Kempo, Iaido, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He currently holds purple belt in Kempo and a Brown Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Brian is the head kids class instructor.

Brian's competitive accomplishments include:
  • 2014 NAGA Philadelphia Men’s Gi Masters Blue Belt heavyweight Gold Medalist.
  • 2014 Harrisburg BJJ&J Spring Invitational Men’s Gi Blue Belt Heavyweight Gold Medalist.
  • 2014 NAGA Philadelphia Men’s Gi Masters Purple Belt Heavyweight Silver Medalist.
  • 2015 NAGA Philadelphia Men's Gi Masters Purple Belt Heavyweight Silver Medalist


Seth has studied both Kempo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He currently holds a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Seth is a competitor by nature and the Triangles' biggest proponent.


 He is currently a Purple Belt and is the most unorthodox Jiu Jitsu player in the gym; you never know what kind of crazy submission he is going to catch in with next.


He is currently a Purple Belt and a fierce competitor, beware of the kimura trap.


He is currently a Blue Belt and is the resident Viking.


He is currently a Blue Belt and is ready to wrestle anyone no matter what shape or size.