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 ​Pura Vida BJJ & MMA was founded in 2010, and is operated by Jake Klipp and Zak Ottow. We have three training spaces, including an 1,880 sq ft matted grappling room, and a striking room with Thai bags, round bags, and a weight lifting and cardio area. Our gym has a restroom and locker room with lockers (bring your own locks). We are located at 4125 N Richards St. Milwaukee, WI.

We trace our lineage through BJJ 4th degree Black Belt Henry Matamoros, Pedro Sauer, and Rickson and Helio Gracie. We focus on a dynamic and flowing open guard system that was taught to us by Sensei Matamoros, and all of our technique is geared toward competition in MMA and pure self-defense. Our gym is a welcoming environment where students of any age and experience are always welcome to come in and train. Pura Vida BJJ & MMA has two main focuses. Our grappling program is a combination of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Folk-style Wrestling. Our striking incorporates concepts and techniques from Boxing, Kickboxing and Muay Thai. Our kid’s BJJ program doesn't just teach the sport of BJJ but we also spend time with the children working on their leadership skills, confidence, and self-control.


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