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Jiu Jitsu

Your Journey Begins here



“Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted.”
-Dr. Seuss-

MJN is proud to offer a valuable open door after school program for first grade students and up. Providing a safe, fun and inviting place for your children after school is paramount in keeping our kids on the right track. Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu after school program is geared towards impacting the students lives both inside the academy and out. Children should not simply be baby sat during an after school program, they need to keep busy, be productive and have FUN while doing so. Children will grow and develop strong social skills while making new life long friends along the way.


“We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.”

Jiu Jitsu has a plethora of benefits for people of all ages. However, for teens especially it helps develop strong self confidence and life balancing skills to help navigate through this tough world we now live in. Peer pressure and bullies surround our youth and teaching them to be leaders and not followers is imperative. For our teens being able to say “no” to someone that may be trying to steer them in the wrong direction is empowering and takes mental strength. Possessing these character traits could potentially be life saving as well.


MJN Journey BJJ is a Jiu Jitsu academy located in downtown St. Cloud, FL. For many, including our certified black belt professor Marcel Portilho, Jiu Jitsu becomes a way of life – because it is much more than just a martial art. Respect, loyalty, honesty, humility and perseverance are just a few of the many ritualistic character traits a Jiu Jitsu athlete embodies. Students of *all ages* benefit from improved physical fitness, increased problem-solving ability and a deeper self-knowledge of their body, mind and spirit. Not to mention the social advantages of working within a circle of like-minded students as you learn and have fun together. A competitive, confident yet humble spirit is ever present in a Jiu Jitsu student athlete. MJN Jiu Jitsu academy has a family style environment with a strong sense of brotherhood and camaraderie. You will gain friendships you never thought you would have, gym buddies that will keep you smiling and coming back no matter what challenges you may be facing in life. We also welcome and encourage visitors from all over to come and train with us while on business or vacation. Jiu Jitsu is a united community of welcoming, kind people, no matter where you are traveling from MJN Journey BJJ will be welcoming and treat you as a guest of honor.

For our younger members the benefits are endless! Parents enjoy watching their children exhibit enhanced behaviors learned through our character building lessons. While attending MJN Jiu Jitsu academy children will be encouraged to mind their manners, be respectful, be accountable for their actions, set goals and have the self confidence to go after those goals. As children become more knowledgeable in Jiu Jitsu their confidence tends to increase, and the encouragement of their professor and jiu jitsu family will spill into every aspect of their lives. We encourage families to join together and use jiu jitsu as bonding time. Families can watch each other train or train together if classes are at the same time. Another great fact about Jiu Jitsu is that unlike other sports it is not seasonal and classes run year round. MJN students of all ages will be able to compete in local and out of state tournaments. There is so much to gain from these tournaments, not to mention the fun and excitement.

Your most intense, challenging and empowering journey begins at MJN Journey Jiu Jitsu.


Our Mission at MJN Journey Jiu Jitsu is quite simple. We want to be your home away from home. A soft spot to land when you need that mental break from stress and life in general. A place to come and reach for that zen life and fitness balance we should all strive for. We want to bring Jiu Jitsu into our community, keep kids off the street and doing something beneficial after school and on weekends. We will bring the real culture of brazilian jiu jitsu to life in St. Cloud. Not everyone can or should teach this art form, it takes a special person that embodies the core and philosophy of the jiu jitsu lifestyle.

  • Humility

  • Integrity

  • Professionalism

  • Dedication

  • Respect


Our professor Marcel Portilho humbly holds all these qualities and much more. Professor Portilho is also background screen/checked, first aide certified and a registered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. Together our team will help guide you and hold your hand through a Jiu Jitsu journey of your very own. The brotherhood that is Jiu Jitsu stems world wide, breaks barriers, brings families together and evokes the best in those that truly want to do good. While we may all come from different places and different cultures, Jiu Jitsu will dissolve any barriers there may be.

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“A good professor teaches students how to fight, A great professor teaches students how to live.”






The Studio




915 Florida Avenue

Saint Cloud, FL 34769



12:00PM - 10:00PM


10:00AM - 1:00PM



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