Mendes brothers & GMA Art of Jiu-Jitsu Academy celebrate two-year anniversary

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Guilherme and Rafael Mendes. Photo:

Guilherme and Rafael Mendes. Photo: Owen Francis Photography

Two years ago Guilherme and Rafael Mendes solidified their place in the states by opening their own Jiu-Jitsu academy. After accomplishing multiple world titles each and still in their early twenties, the two prioritized their lives to gain a student base in the form of Art of Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Costa Mesa, CA.

On June 29 the team came together to celebrate this two-year anniversary at their white haven on E 17th Street.

Of the event and special day the brothers respond: “It was a great day for us, we are very happy for all the accomplishments in our lives, achieving the fourth World title and having so much success as professors is a blessing. We will keep spreading the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle and making more families discovery the magic of our amazing art.”

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The Art of Jiu-Jitsu student base. Photo: Owen Francis Photography

The Art of Jiu-Jitsu student base. Photo: Nick the Tooth

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