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The World No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Association was created by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, Daniel Valverde. The aim of the association is to further the art of No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu worldwide and to provide the support and opportunities for clubs and individuals to advance their Jiu-Jitsu knowledge and skill.

Membership Benefits

Official Certification by Master Daniel Valverde | Official Training Curriculum | Annual Training Camp | Annual Tournament | Access to Master Daniel Valverde for Seminars and Private Training | Access to WNJJA Black Belts for Training Camps and Visiting Coaches | Instructional Videos | Wholesale Prices on Association Training Wear | Genuine Support and Affordability to Help You and Your Business Grow

Why No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu?

The answer is simple– No-Gi is the future. It’s the next evolutionary step of Jiu-Jitsu practice. No-Gi is more challenging, more practical and much more exciting to play.

Everyone knows that Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport in world today and that Jiu-Jitsu is a critical component in that sport. However, so many Mixed Martial Artists learn a traditional system of Jiu-Jitsu using the Gi and consequently are not learning the most efficient ground fighting principles and techniques for a sport that does not allow contestants to use a traditional uniform.

Many Mixed Martial Artists accept this fundamental problem out of necessity– in many cases, a Gi based Jiu-Jitsu system is the only type of reputable Jiu-Jitsu available to them and/or they want to pursue a certified rank and someday attain a Jiu-Jitsu black belt.

The World No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Association addresses this issue by providing both cutting-edge knowledge and training to our members and the opportunity to attain certified rank from one of the world’s most sought-after Jiu-Jitsu coaches– World Champion Daniel Valverde.

The philosophy of the World No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Association is straightforward– efficiency in training and technique and the utmost support for our members.

About Daniel Valverde

Daniel Valverde is the owner of MMA MASTERS in Miami Flordia, where he coaches some of the top fighters in the world today.

Daniel Valverde was born August 10th 1976 in Bahia, Brazil. Daniel is the son of Belmiro Valverde, a Judo black belt who actively competed well into his 60s. Belmiro began teaching Daniel the art of Judo from the age of 4 and saw him earn his black belt at age 19.

In 1991, Daniel began studying Jiu-Jitsu as a way to compliment his Judo. His gym, Academia Shiozawa, offered BJJ as part of their curriculum. Daniel’s first instructor was Mestre Serrinha. He studied under Serrinha until he was a purple belt, competing often. In 1996, as a purple belt, Valverde defeated a man in a Jiu-Jitsu super fight that would later become his good friend- Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira.

Oswaldo Alves came into Daniel’s life when he moved to Rio de Janeiro and began training with the legendary coach. Daniel earned his Brown Belt and Black Belt (2001) from Master Alves.

A few years later, Daniel traveled to America. After establishing himself as an elite competitor and World Champion, Daniel reconnected with his old friend, Rodrigo Nogueira, who by that time had become an MMA superstar. Rodrigo would later ask Daniel to be his Grappling Coach for Season 8 of the hit reality TV show, The Ultimate Fighter.

During the filming of the show, Daniel exchanged harsh words with one of the contestants– Jiu-Jitsu Champion Vinny Magalhaes. The rivalry was eventually settled through a Jiu-Jitsu super fight, where Daniel defeated Magalhaes despite giving up close to 30 lbs and having very little time to prepare.

Main Titles in Jiu-Jitsu:

Grapplers Quest UFC Expo Superfight Champion (2009 against Vinny Magalhaes); World No-Gi Champion (2007 masters absolute); 4x Bahia State Champion – Black Belt (2003 & 2004 weight and absolute); ADCC Reserve Fight Champion (2004 against Eduardo Jamelão); Budweiser Cup Champion (2004 No-Gi); Atlantic Cup Champion (2004 absolute); NAGA Superfight Champion (2004 against Enrico Cocco); Alfa-Barra Cup Champion (2000 Brown Belt); 2x Bahia Champion (1994 Blue Belt, 1996 Purple Belt); Gracie Cup Champion (1994 Blue Belt);

Judo Main Achievements:

10x Bahia State Champion (1991-2000); Brazilian University Champion (1997); New York Judo Open Champion (1998); Brazil vs Mexico Challenge Champion (1999); South American University Silver Medallist (1997); 3x Brazilian National Bronze Medallist (1992, 1997 & 1998)

Rank System

WNJJA adult ranks progress from Green Belt to Blue Belt to Purple Belt to Brown Belt to Black Belt. Individuals eligible for belt promotion must be 15 years or older.

Minimum required times to advance in rank are as follows:

Blue to Purple – 2 Years Purple to Brown – 1.5 years Brown to Black – 1 Year

It is up to each WNJJA Instructor to decide how long it takes for a student to be graded, as long as the minimum required times for each belt are followed. Brown Belt and Black Belt grades, however, can only be awarded by Mr. Daniel Valverde. A Brown Belt can award up to a Purple Belt, while a Purple Belt can only award a Blue Belt or Green Belt.

Daniel Valverde in Action