João Paulo Ferreira

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Born in Rio de Janeiro, Professor Joao Paulo de Fatima Alves Ferreira started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at 11 years old. He passed through all of his belt levels in 12 years, and was awarded his black belt under Alliance. Professor Joao Paulo has been competing his entire jiu jitsu career with the some of the most elite jiu jitsu athletes. After competing in the Brazilian UFC trials, Joao Paulo decided to move his training and teaching to America, where he met Rocky Marcantoni at Ground Control academy in Columbia, Maryland. Joao Paulo has a great passion for teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to his students. Whether his students are looking for fitness training, self defense, or to become the next world champions, he is there devoting all of his time and attention to them, on and off the mat. With the goal of having Ground Control become the place to train Jiu Jitsu in Maryland, Professor Ferriera takes much time and care into developing the lesson plans for beginner and advanced level students. While being a dedicated Professor, JP is also focused on actively competing at highest level of competition in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Pan Ams Champion
Brazilian National Champion
2x Abu Dhabi World Trials Champion
2x Brazilian Center West Champion
5x Goiânia State Champion
New York open Champion
2nd place World Cup Champion


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Two wins by submission and one by K.O

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