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Professor Jackson Fortunato

Jackson Fortunato Head Coach

Professor Jackson Fortunato began his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) journey in south Brazil in 1999. After years of training, he felt it was time to begin a new adventure, so after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education (UNESCO) he moved overseas to London, the UK with the objective to spread the love of BJJ while immersing himself in a different culture.

The plan was simple, he and two other BJJ black belts began a project (bjjschool.co.uk) where they learned and taught BJJ. Today it’s one of the most successful BJJ schools in the UK, with several locations, a large following, and one of the largest kids groups in the whole country. After eight years working to expand the art around all of Europe, Professor Jackson decided it was time to start a new chapter and offer his same approach to the art in Texas. He has spent the last five years teaching and learning the gentle art in Houston.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu “The Gentle Art”

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self-defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting.

Jiu-jitsu recognizes that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are suppressed when grappling on the ground. Brazilian jiu-jitsu emphasizes getting an opponent to the ground in order to use ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and chokeholds. On the ground, physical strength is not as effective as a grappler who knows how to maximize force using mechanical advantage.


For All Ages

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu came to international prominence in the martial arts community in the early 1990s, when Brazilian jiu-jitsu experts won the first, second, and fourth Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC 1,2 & 4) which at the time were single elimination martial arts tournaments. They won against much larger opponents who were practicing other styles, including Boxing, Shoot-fighting, Muay Tai, Karate, wrestling and Tae Kwon Do. It has since become one of the most growing sport in the world.

Master Biography

José Leão Teixeira, also known by his nickname: “Zé Beleza”, is an important figure in Jiu Jitsu’s history as he was the founder of the Escola de Jiu-Jitsu Leão Teixeira a prime BJJ academy in Rio de Janeiro which is renowned for its work with children with several locations spread around Rio de Janeiro. Leão Teixeira was also closely connected with the creation of Jiu-Jitsu’s most established governing body.  He is one of a few who holds the rank of black and red 7th-degree belt (coral belt) and he has dedicated his life to teach and empower people’s lives with the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Full Name: José Henrique Leao Teixeira Filho

Nickname: Zé Beleza, the nickname was given to Teixeira before he ever did jiu-jitsu. It started at the Arpoador beach, where José used to hang around as a kid; he had the habit of saying the expression “e aí, Beleza?” (Similar to “How’s it going?”, though it translates literally to “all beautiful?”), the phrase was cut to “Beleza” adding Zé which is short for José. As many of his childhood friends also trained jiu-jitsu the nickname was picked up on the mats also.

After the word spread about Teixeira’s great work with the children, an invitation was made to open jiu-jitsu classes in Gavea (a famous burg of Rio de Janeiro), thus starting the Gavea Jiu-Jitsu Academy (1992) with “Ze Beleza” coaching at the “Centro de Arte e Cultura”. The Gavea Jiu Jitsu gave a chance for Teixeira to open his jiu-jitsu school (Escola de Jiu-Jitsu Leão Teixeira). This BJJ school would become a reference for BJJ in Rio de Janeiro, especially amongst the youngsters.

José Henrique Leao Teixeira Filho
José Henrique Leao Teixeira Filho
Jackson Fortunato
Jackson Fortunato
Head Coach
Rafael Castillo
Rafael Castillo

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