Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, “BJJ” for all Levels

Axke BJJ at Bas Rutten's EliteMMAGym

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is widely considered to be one of the most effective styles of martial arts in the world and is a key component in the modern world of MMA.

Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Known as the “gentle art,” Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) focuses on balance, leverage and body manipulation, giving smaller or weaker opponents an equal or greater chance against larger or stronger adversaries. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu attempts to achieve dominant control on the ground through leverage of the body and time-tested techniques. Submission holds are a core element of BJJ, and the world-renowned Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructors at Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA in southern California can help you master these techniques.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) became very popular in the United States after Royce Gracie used it in some of the early UFC matches to defeat much larger and stronger opponents. Today it is one of the most popular martial arts in America. BJJ is a great martial art because it allows an individual to successfully control a larger opponent without relying solely on strength and power. This grappling method is widely popular in professional MMA, like what is practiced in the UFC, and for self-defense techniques as well.

Professor RODRIGO CARVALHO - Head Instructor

Professor Rodrigo Carvalho is a 5rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has been training for over twenty five years, starting at age 11 at Alliance Gym under Octavio Couto and Vinicius Compelo. Alliance’s (Akxe BJJ).

In 2002 Professor Rodrigo achieved black belt, yet his passion for teaching started years before as a purple belt when he became an instructor at the now renamed Fight For A Kid Jiu Jitsu.

In 2007 Professor Rodrigo brought Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to Slovenia and the surrounding countries of Croatia and Northern Italy. For the next 4 years he trained hundreds of students until one day receiving a call with the opportunity of a lifetime. Bas Rutten had invited him to head the Jiu Jitsu program at his new gym in Thousand Oaks, California.

Professor Rodrigo has held several Brazilian Jiu Jitsu titles; 3 time Brazilian State Champion and NAGA Black Belt Champion.

As the head Jiu Jitsu instructor at Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA, Professor Rodrigo continues to train children and adults of all ages with the goal of building confidence and strength in all of his students.

His loyal following is a testament to his undying passion, commitment and love for a sport that has shaped him into the globally respected man he is today.

Professor Rodrigo Carvalho has another passion - "Fight for a kid social project". Visit for details.

Rodrigo is the president of the "Fight for a kid" foundation that helps other charities in Brazil, with the aim of taking children and teenagers off the street, and creating opportunities with jiu jitsu.

We offer both traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) “with Gi” as well as “no gi” Jiu Jitsu which is geared towards MMA. Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) program is suited for Men, Women and Children of all skill levels. If you’re looking for the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) instructors and classes in Los Angeles, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks and all of southern California, visit Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA Gym. Our BJJ instructors will ensure that you learn the skills necessary to complement your MMA training or general fitness!

Adult Jiu Jitsu Class

We offer both private and group Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.

Whether you’re just beginning or working on your way to master Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA will help you get to where you want to be. Our world-renowned instructors will guide you through the training process, teach you all the best grappling techniques, and will ensure your success. Don’t hesitate – visit Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA Gym in Westlake Village today! Our MMA facility caters to all of southern California cities, including Thousand Oaks, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Newbury Park, Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Ventura, Oxnard, Malibu, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley and Ventura County.


Monday - Friday 8am-8pm

Saturday 830am-12pm

Sunday Closed


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Phone: 805-496-4472