We are a family owned Fitness and Martial Arts Studio with the purpose of promoting health and well-being to our community throughout our programs. We teach Physical Education Exercises (stretching, strengthening, cardiovascular, balance, agility, flexibility, coordination, etc.) and Martial arts (Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Judo, Self Defense and Kickboxing). We offer group and private classes to both children and adults.
Joao is the President and the Head Instructor of our Fitness and Martial Arts Program. He was born and raised in Salvador, Brazil. He started playing soccer at a very young age and at 11 years old he saw a Judo demonstration and loved it at first sight. Parallel to practicing Judo he also did Shotokan Karate, Surfing, Capoeira, Boxing, Kickboxing, Triathlon, Weight Lifting, etc. He had a passion for sports and went to school to become a Physical Education Teacher. After graduating from College he moved to Carlsbad, California in 1992 to pursue his Physical Fitness Career. While working as a Physical Trainer and Martial Arts Instructor at several Resorts and Health Clubs in San Diego he found a passion for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and after several years of practice and studying the art he decided to have his own Studio in Carlsbad to teach and share to the community all his knowledge, education and experience. Joao holds several Certifications on Fitness and Martial Arts Training Specialties. He also competes on Major IBJJF Jiu-jitsu Championships.
His biggest accomplishments are:
4 Time IBJJF World Master Jiu-jitsu Champion ( 2 with Gi and 2 No-Gi)
2 Time IBJJF American National Master Jiu-jitsu Champion
1 Time IBJJF Pan-Am Master Jiu-jitsu Champion.
Several Times Runner-Up at IBJJF World Master, American National and PAN-AM Jiu-jitsu championships
Joao currently lives in Carlsbad, California, with his wife and their two children.
"My goal is to guide my clients and students to a healthy and fit lifestyle through exercise and martial arts using my extensive education, knowledge and experience. I like to inspire respect, discipline, kindness, personal growth, self-confidence, etc. I measure my success on my students' success!" Joao Silva
Sensei Dan McCauley is our Judo Head Instructor. He holds the rank of Shodan (black belt). He is registered at the Kodokan in Tokyo, Japan. He is a retired Fire Department Captain/Paramedic and is currently working as an Ocean Lifeguard. He really enjoys serving the community.
He started his Judo training as a child in the 1960’s, in Carlsbad, California. He went on to pursue a variety of other sports throughout college before returning to judo at age 40. He trained for over ten years at the Sanshi Judo Club in Vista, CA where he earned his Shodan rank.
He now teaches judo techniques at JCS Fitness and Martial Arts/Ribeiro Jiu-jitsu Carlsbad, and at the Sanshi Judo Club. His highest priority is the safety of the student. He strives to provide a safe and controlled environment where the student feels comfortable and therefore can progress faster. His goal is to minimize risk and therefore injuries.
"Some students want to learn judo to compete while others just want to improve their fitness level. Judo is an excellent way to improve overall health and fitness while improving strength, flexibility and balance. Whatever your goal is, I would like to invite you to join us at JCS Fitness/Ribeiro Jiu-jitsu Carlabad and explore the world of Judo." Sensei Dan.