Welcome to Armezzani BJJ

There is no one that loves BJJ and wants to make you better then Lou. He is one of the good guys in this world along with a solid arsenal of knowledge and technique to take to the next level. He is constantly learning and competing to improve himself which in turn will only help his students. Lou is on the cutting edge of BJJ staying up on all the latest techniques today. Do yourself a favor and go meet Lou. He will guide you in the right direction as well make you feel comfortable.

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Welcome to the Pittsburgh area's premier Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, the top place to train Gi, No-gi, and striking for MMA in the Pittsburgh region. Our elite instructors and highly-skilled students will take your grappling to a new level. Come train with Pro MMA fighter and active IBJJF adult black belt competitor Louis Armezzani. Located in downtown Monaca, PA, Armezzani BJJ is convenient to the Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh airport vicinities.

Lou Armezzani

Lou started training Jiu-Jitsu when he was 21 at the Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Scranton, PA. After two years he received his bue belt from Royce. Shortly after receiving his blue belt Lou began fighting MMA. After his first MMA fight he was signed to the LionHeart Fight Team where he was teammates with Phil Davis, Paul Bradley, and longtime friend Jimy Hettes. Lou’s fight career ended after a shoulder injury in his fifth professional MMA fight that required extensive reconstructive surgery. Throughout his journey in MMA, Lou had the privilege of training under many accomplished BJJ black belts such as Ricardo De la Riva, Tony Passos, Jeff Rockwell, Roberto “Cyborg”Abreu, and as of the past four years Jason Ratchford and Ailson “Jucao” Brites. In December of 2014 Lou received his black belt from Jason Ratchford and Ailson “Jucao” Brites.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art, combat sport system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught by a number of individuals including Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Satake. Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of judo through Carlos and Helio Gracie (who passed their knowledge on to their extended family) as well as other instructors who were students of Maeda, such as Luiz Franca. BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments. However it can be used in some self-defense situations and does serve its purpose. Sparring (commonly referred to as rolling) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system. Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of judo was separated from older systems of Japanese jujutsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian jiu-jitsu: it is not solely a martial art, but it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way of life.

Team Passos

Armezzani BJJ is proudly a part of Team Passos. Team Passos specializes in training both youth and adults in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with the mission to bring world-class Jiu Jitsu instruction and coaching to our students in order to make sure to give them the tools to reach their personal goals on the mat. Our instruction incorporates conditioning and strategic understanding of the techniques taught. Our number one goal is to partner with you to achieve your personal training goals, including self defense, fitness, confidence, weight loss, and world competitions. Benefit from world-renowned coach, Tony Passos personally teaching the classes side-by-side with vetted and knowledgeable team of instructors. Take advantage of the personalized and talented instruction from our BJJ family as well as top guest seminars throughout the year.

Tony Passos is one of the few Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts under Ricardo de la Riva. He shares this distinction with such greats as Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, Antonio Rogerio Noguei ...

Training Programs

Classes at Armezzani BJJ BJJ Academy are held in both Gi and No Gi. All classes begin with a short warm up and end with live drilling. Classes are offered for every level multiple times a week. View Class Schedule
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