Marco Ruas MMA

ProfessorJuan Pablo Garcia and UFC legend and pioneer Marco Ruas at the Ruas Vale Tudo MMA instructor course in Costa Mesa. Marco Ruas is credited with bringing all aspects of martial arts to the fight game and to the UFC when he racked up a series of wins in the early days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Mixed Martial Arts. He is also a pioneer of Vale Tudo (Anything Goes) in Brazil before the UFC hit on U.S. soil. Marco Ruas is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Master Joe Moreira.

Talita Nogueira Jiu-Jitsu Seminar

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Seminar in Corona

Special seminar with Prof. Talita "Treta" Nogueira this Coming Friday, July 20th, at 6:00pm KIDS and & 7:00OM Adults!! Prof. Talita is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world black belt champion and a MMA fighter signed with Bellator MMA as well as being eyed by the UFC. She is a Brazilian super star in the world of Jiu Jitsu and MMA and we are very honored to have her stop by Pacific Top Team Jiu Jitsu in Corona to give a special Seminar.

Looking forward to See you there!


Juan Garcia

Learn from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu II Degree Black Belt Professor Juan Pablo Garcia! This gentlemen have over 20 years of experience, He helped develop BJJ in Latin America, has traveled for many years teaching classes and seminars, competing, and training all over the world in countries like Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Germany and throughout the USA.! Whether you are looking to learn self defense, lose weight, or compete in Martial Arts, Professor Garcia have the knowledge to help you achieve your goals. Be part of the evolution of Martial Arts in Corona and Inland Empire as you train in our cutting edge systems of martial arts!

Happy 3rd Anniversary PTT Corona

On Saturday, March 3, Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu celebrated its 3 year Anniversary!! 

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It was a fun filled day beginning with the kids belt promotions, followed by a couple fun hours playing with the kids and a bounce house inside the Academy!! 

Up next we had our Annual team picture and 3 FREE seminar hosted by Professor Boris Yee, Professor Erik Klinger and Jared Papazian. Special Thanks to all the Professor's for coming and sharing their knowledge with us!  

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Thank you Everyone who was able to make it and everyone who is part of our academy success! 
you all make this team very special and we feel blessed to have you all in it! Looking forward to many years to come!


Interested in Joining our team?  We start with kids classes at age 3!!! Contact us today to set your first FREE Trial Class!! 

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Jiu Jitsu-therapy for your soul!

To the outside eye, fighting may sound violent, Jiu Jitsu teaches you how to fight in a controlled manner but what most people don't realize is that the heart of jiu jitsu is not fighting other people, you are fighting against your own demons and trying to beat them. Doing jiujitsu opens the doors to a journey of introspection in which you end up realizing that you have a much greater strength than you think you have. Not only for women, who socially and consistently have been perceived as weaker beings, but on a general level as a society. Everyone has their own problems and, in one way or another, we have all have felt vulnerable or unable to meet the goals we set for ourselves. Through jiujitsu, one learns to channel all those mental and physical frustrations, and carries out along a path of constant learning and corporal and mental rediscovery.

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The body gradually becomes used to movements that were completely foreign and those trainings that seemed eternal and impossible to complete become more bearable and you begin to understand that you are able to do so much more that you thought you were. On top of it all you are learning and the enjoyment of acquiring knowledge makes them a constant feeling of joy.

Everything starts with setting small but important goals to be met daily or weekly, For example: train three times this week or train three times a week for three months; then make them happen. Little by little the mind becomes used to a more positive way of thinking and leaves behind blockages that led it to feel that it was or deserved failure.

Jiujitsu works as a therapy to demonstrate to the mind, through the body, how strong it is and how what could previously torment it today, through hard work and perseverance, becomes a new tool.


Interested in Training Jiu Jitsu? Take the first step today and schedule your first FREE Trial Class

(951) 662-0162


Spend Valentine's Day on the Mat with Us!

Enjoy a Date on the Mat with your Loved one!!! Bring your significant other or just a friend for this FREE Self Defense Workshop.

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                      No Gi Required, just comfortable workout clothes!!! 

Interested in more information for our programs? Contact us today at (951) 662-0162

Congrats Coach Felipe on your Well Deserved Promotion

Jiu Jitsu Promotion

Congrats Coach Felipe on your well deserved promotion! We are all very proud of you! 

Interested in starting your journey in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu??  Call us today to take advantage of our 30 day free trial!  

(951) 662-0162

3 Things you need to be successful in Your Jiu Jitsu Journey

There is a lot of things you need to be successful in your Jiu Jitsu Journey, but these 3 will set the tone for the rest!

1. Patience

The journey to reach a black belt is long-approximately 8-10 years. Throughout this journey you are going to have highs and lows, you are going to want to learn quicker than the pace you are moving at. You will be frustrated that you are progressing fast enough or feel like you are slow to move forward. Have patience and in the right time everything will fall into place perfectly for you on this fun and exciting journey!

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2. Let Go of the Fear of Loosing

The fun part of Jiu Jitsu is sparring. Its a chance to try all the techniques you learn in class. In the beginning I think everyone looks at each round as a super fight where you want to win no matter what. But if you are always looking at it as winning or loosing, you will never be able to evolve. You have to take chances to grow in Jiu Jitsu. If you are constantly afraid to loose, you will probably quit, because let’s face it everyone looses jiu jitsu, its part of the journey.  They say a Black Belt has tapped ore than anyone to get to that level. So embrace the loss and one day you will be on top

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3. Dedication

To be good a Jiu Jitsu you will have to be dedicated. 3 times a week is the minimum. The more dedicated you are the more reward you will receive from the mats. So even if you are not seeing the results, jus keep up the dedication. Always have drills you are working on. Invest and spend 10 minutes after each class doing your drills and you will reap the benefits.

Interested in Starting your Journey in Jiu Jitsu?  Call us to take advantage of our 30 Day FREE Trial Today

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Technique of the Week-Kimura

Check out this video with important details on how to finish the Kimora from Professor JP, Head Instructor at Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Corona!

Interested in starting your Jiu Jitsu Journey today?  Call us at (951) 662-0162 and ask about our 30 Day Free Trial!!! 

Am I meant to be a competitor?

There are 3 reasons people do Jiu Jitsu. Fitness, Self Defense or Competition. I don't think anyone starts Jiu Jitsu to be a competitor.  Most people usually start from an interest in the martial art, to learn self defense or just to do something fun and active. These are all great reasons to train Jiu Jitsu and most people that you find training are there for one of these reason. Don't let the pressure of feeling like you need to be a competitor affect your enjoyment of the sport. First and Foremost you should be having fun. But for most, once you begin to train, the idea of competition will cross your mind at some point most likely, so today I am going to talk about a question that almost everyone will ask themselves at some point, "Am I meant to be a competitor?"

Let me start by talking about my first experience competing. I had been training for about 9 months.  I spent the month before stressing about the outcome.  I often think back and wonder if the outcome that day had been different if I would have continued on. I had so much anxiety and really at that time could only think about the result of finishing at the top of the podium. That day I did win Gold, I felt accomplished for myself, but quickly realized that winning one Gold Medal was not what it was about. Winning a Gold Medal as a white belt didn't mean I was the best or that I didn't have more training, work and learning to do. It just meant that that day against those opponents I had done well.

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Since that first comp 3 years ago I have had many more competitions. Not all have had the same result of Gold. Many have, but many have resulted in no podium pictures.  The first time I didn't podium was last year and in a lot of ways it was a shock to my system. I lost in the quarter finals at IBJJF World Masters absolute division and was disappointed when I realized that was it. I was done. No more fights, no medal, no podium picture. I remember walking away that day upset. I was upset that I didn't make the podium and for my own personal goals began to think about why I was upset. I was upset because I felt I didn't have the mental focus I needed to be there that day. I didn't put the time and effort into my training to have the result I wanted.

Since that day last year I have had a roller coaster result on the comp circuit. Getting tapped more than once, not making the podium again, promoting to a new belt and have even tougher competitors. Overall,  I have continued to have more success than failures, but each time you don't have an outcome you want it is hard to see that perspective. What I have realized is that Winning is easy. Loosing is when real champions are made. Loosing is when you have to work up the courage to come back and fight harder. When you have to motivate yourself, drag yourself back to the gym to train harder, even more focused and put the work in.

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Everyone has the ability to be an awesome competitor, but.....they have to be willing to put the time and work in.  Don't expect to get a result of winning if you don't put the work in. Don't quit competing if you don't win either.  You have to grow into your role as a competitor. Most successful competitors don't start off wining. They have make long terms goals and stick to them.

I know a lot of people that train Jiu Jitsu but don't like to compete. More power to them. One for training, but also for acknowledging that they don't want to complete. However do not ever think that your lack of desire to compete should translate into not wanting to train Jiu Jitsu. Training is so valuable, it makes you build good character, it humbles you daily and really its the one place in life when you cannot fake who you are. The mats don't lie and have the ability to expose you like no other. They force you to be honest with yourself everyday.  They teach you not to quit even in the worst situations. Overtime Jiu Jitsu shows you that you are capable of so many things you never thought you were able to do and this will translate into every area of your life and give you confidence to be successful.

If you have the desire to compete, than you are a competitor. How to become a successful competitor is something that takes time, effort and patience. Don't stop competing because you think you aren't good at it just because you aren't getting the result you want. Go back to your Coaches or team mates and ask them what they are doing that you aren't. Be honest with yourself, are you are doing everything you should be doing to have the best performance. All too often in life, people have a mentality of "This is too hard. I don't like it right now so I'm gonna quit"  You have to  understand that life is hard and you aren't always going to like it. But quitting everything that you don't like for just 1 day or because it gets to challenging is not the answer. It shouldn't be an option.  Especially when training Jiu Jitsu, you have people that depend on you. Not only are you sacrificing your own growth but you are also sacrificing your teams training. If you start something, you should finish it. Don't give up half way through because it got to hard. Keep your word and finish what you started. Don't focus so much on the result. focus on what you need to do to get the result. The journey there is what is most important.

If I were to Answer the question, "Am I meant to be a competitor?"  I would hands down say YES. Not because I feel I am meant to win gold medals, but because I want to work hard, I want to know that even when I want to quit I am going to train myself to persist on. Because competing helps me to set goals, to keep goals and to have the focus I need to chase after those goals. I will not let the fear of failure dominate me. I will not quit when I am in the storm of failure, because I know the rainbow will come as long as I persist on. But if I quit while in the storm, then storm won and I will be stuck there, maybe not as a competitor in Jiu Jitsu but in something else that comes along in my life. Becoming a successful competitor is about learning the discipline to set and achieve goals and being able to do this in Jiu Jitsu will help you in every aspect of your life, whether you want to get straight A's in school, lose weight. or go after that job promotion. Set the goals, put the work in and the result will come.

So are you meant to be a competitor?  If you think you are, you are. If you think you aren't, you aren't. Believe in yourself, because you are most likely your worst enemy.

If the answer is Yes-Latch onto someone that has walked in those shoes. That has the expertise to help lead you down that road. Don't be afraid to ask for help or share your fears and discouragement with those that have walked this path already.

If your answer is No-Enjoy all that Jiu Jitsu has to offer with the fun, fitness, self defense and support of the team that it has to offer. You too are going to gain much of the same benefits of the competitor.