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Praia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Your Journey Starts Today –

An affiliate of the storied Checkmat Team, Praia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provides family-oriented, personalized BJJ instruction to the beachside communities of Costa Mesa.

Under the leadership of black belt Professor Thiago, students at Praia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will learn skills and values that are relevant both on and off the mat. Along with the physical growth from grappling, everyone who walks in the door can expect to walk away with increased self-confidence, a stronger sense of discipline, and a newfound respect for themselves and others.


While you may have many Jiu-Jitsu schools to choose from, we have no doubt that Praia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is in a league of its own. Don’t believe us? Here’s why:

  • Attention

    Jiu-jitsu training will help you develop a sharper sense of focus and ability to devote attention to what you're learning.
  • Courage

    An increased ability to defend yourself and others will have you leaving each class at Praia with a bigger sense of courage.
  • Discipline

    Discipline is key in life, both during jiu-jitsu training AND away from the mats.
  • Respect

    As you train at Praia Jiu-Jitsu, you’ll learn to respect your instructors, your peers, and yourself.
  • Commitment

    You won’t become a black belt overnight. Jiu-jitsu requires a significant level of commitment that pays off in dividends if you stick with it.
  • Loyalty

    BJJ training will instill a sense of loyalty to your instructors and peers as you develop a family-like bond.

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Praia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Professor Thiago Pierre believes that every individual who walks into Praia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is worth it – and he wants to teach them to believe the same thing about themselves. Thiago knows that not every student is alike, and approaches instruction accordingly. Unlike your average BJJ school, students at Praia can expect increased one-on-one attention and nuanced teaching that is molded to meet their needs. As a Checkmat affiliate, Praia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is proud to combine historic, world-renowned teaching methods with a welcoming environment for students in Costa Mesa and surrounding areas.


  • Thiago is the classiest guy you’ll ever meet as well as a seasoned competitor and great jiu jitsu instructor. Highly recommend checking this place out!!

    Alex T


  • Training at Praia BJJ is an honor. Coach Thiago Pierre is so kind and patient.

    Heather M


  • Coach Thiago and Coach Riley are exceptionally good in teaching discipline, respect, and awareness and they practice patience with the kids while providing professional training.

    Darla S


  • I am so blessed to now call Praia Jiu Jitsu/Checkmat Costa Mesa my new home. Thiago is such a top notch instructor.

    Jared P


  • I can't say enough great things about Praia, Thiago, and literally everyone that trains here. Always great freakin’ vibes.

    Fred C


  • The gym is well maintained and there is a welcoming atmosphere. I am always excited for class. If you are considering training in Jiu Jitsu, I recommend Praia!

    John S