Welcome to Vieira Martial Arts Academy

At Sarasota Square Mall

We are an exclusive academy with the best students in town!

1 IBJJF 2019 Pan World Champion, 5 USA 2019 National Champions & 10 Florida 2018 State Champions!

No contract. No testing fees.
No hidden fees!

Martial Arts In Sarasota: A Way To A Better You

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the fastest growing sport in the world right now. One of the main reasons is because people are realizing Jiu-Jitsu is not just about self-defense, it is also about self-transformation. Jiu-Jitsu engages the individual in a dynamic way benefiting the practitioner mentally, emotionally and physically regardless of age or fitness level. Mentally - the learning centers of the brain are turned on, increasing circulation and flooding the brain with neurotrophic factors that decrease inflammation, promote brain cell growth and increase longevity. Emotionally - you will overcome your fears as you train yourself to become more relaxed, calm and present in uncomfortable and unfamiliar situations. Physically - you will literally turn back the biological clock. You will lose weight, become stronger, more flexible, more connected and more confident. 

At Vieira Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy we truly believe that Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone and we are committed to creating an environment that allows you to experience a better version of yourself through the gentle art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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Professor and Author

Professor Vieira has authored multiple books about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. One of the few published authors about BJJ in the world with a range of subjects that fits everyone's goals. Find his books at Barnes & Noble or Amazon.



Learn Self-Defense for ONE month for only $49. FREE T-shirt. Unlimited Classes for Kids and Adults. Valid for new students only. 


Dive deeper into the vast amount of Self-Defense techniques developed in Brazil by the Gracie family in a safe and friendly environment. 


Explore the full spectrum that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu offers in terms of mastering sophisticated techniques designed to overcome another expert in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) or any other martial arts style.



At Vieira Jiu-Jitsu we leverage our mastery of the Art of Jiu-Jitsu to partner with Fortune 2000, medium-sized, small, and non-profit organizations to create safe, high-impact teambuilding experiences that provide immediate and long-term improvements in fundamental team dynamics including communication, trust, accountability, innovation, engagement, and productivity.

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What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Learn about it in 90 seconds!

"It is the triumph of intelligence over brute force." 

- Rorion Gracie (UFC co-founder)

Vieira Youth Curriculum©

The only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in the world with an entire youth curriculum shaped as power cards with QR code video lesson on the back. Learn with Professor Vieira this incredible system that has changed the world of martial arts. Non-members of Vieira Martial Arts are welcome to purchase cards at our online store. We ship worldwide.



Holly M.

Best of Sarasota, no doubt in my mind! Professor is truly passionate about jiu jitsu, and shows it when he works with his students! He teaches self defense, and encourages each student to be successful. My kids love to go to class, and I think it is a testament to Professor Vieira's program and teaching ability!

Sal M.

My son has been attending this school for 5 years. His trainer, Professor Vieira, has been gifted to train people of all ages. It's amazing how he trains even young kids. He is very patient with them. Vieira is able to train in a way that people are able to digest his teachings.  I've watched him train my son and now my son is a Multi-State champion!

Steven H.

I enrolled my son four years ago at this academy. I am amazed at the 1 on 1 attention that Professor Vieira gives to each and every one of the children at the academy. He provides a combination of discipline with fun for the kids and my child can't wait to go to class! I also joined the school two years ago.

Matthew C.

Training at the Vieira Academy is an addiction. Great people, great program, great instructors and an excellent leader, professor Thadeu Vieira. My two sons and I are members. This academy offers a fun, safe, rewarding atmosphere for families. Both the youth and adult programs offer a complete system for learning and appreciating this art.

Joseph G.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a form of martial art that you can start when you are older and keep on training – but only if you choose the right school.  I started training at Vieira Academy at 48 years old, and 8.5 years later am still training. This is because the classes consistently emphasize technique, and because we train in a sensible and controlled manner. Knuckleheads are not tolerated. You will never see a higher rank mistreat a lower rank. The hardest part of training you will experience is: getting yourself to class. If you can muster the discipline to get to class and put in a reasonable effort, the learning happens automatically. You will leave tired and with a sense of accomplishment. Training BJJ is time well spent because you are investing in yourself.



Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Back in Brazil, Professor Vieira started learning Jiu-Jitsu in 1995. He competed in BJJ in all color belts and was also an assistant instructor at the dojo. In 2003, Master Paulo Lopes (Student of Grand Master Francisco Mansor and Grand Master Helio Gracie), awarded Professor Vieira with his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Professor Vieira is the 4th in the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu lineage, which makes his students next in this short lineage.


Becoming a Professor

Professor Vieira discovered very early his passion for teaching, therefore he enrolled at a local University and graduated with his degree in Physical Education from the University of Volta Redonda (UNIFOA) in Rio de Janeiro State in 2000. He also attended Law school in Brazil (UBM). Today, he is a 4th degree Black Belt. Professor Vieira is married with four children and lives in Sarasota since 2005. 


The Vieira Academy

Professor Vieira has taught Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil, France, Germany, England, Canada, Puerto Rico and over 15 States in the USA. His mission today is to empower every student with the same passion at the Dojo, for children and adults. His biggest joy is to take the youth team in tournaments nationwide. The Vieira Kids Competition Team have an incomparable success rate of victories, individually and as a team, in Sarasota and Manatee counties.



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We are located inside the Sarasota Square Mall next to the playground.

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Vieira Martial Arts Academy

8201 S. Tamiami Trail, #19, Sarasota, FL 34238, US


Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9pm

Friday & Saturday: For current members only

Sunday: Closed

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