Gigante Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Costa Mesa, California, was founded in May 2008 by Professor Fabio “Gigante” Villela, Black Belt, offering instruction in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (gi and no-gi) for both adults and kids!
Professor Fabio Villela graduated by the hands of Carlos Gracie Jr. Professor Fabio trained under two other great Professors, Flavio Almeida and Marcio Feitosa, who are also responsible for what he has become today. In the BJJ world he is known as “Gigantinho” (Little Giant) due to his older brother “Gigante” (Giant), in whose footsteps he followed. He started training “Muay Thai” at the age of 10 and kept it for 7 years. Around 15 years old, his brother, “Gigante”, was placed second at the 1996 Pan-American Jiu Jitsu Championship. That was when “Gigantinho” felt motivated in learning the fascinating BJJ martial art, which he has continued practicing for the past 12 years. Professor Fabio is not just a Professor but also an active athlete competing in championships worldwide. His greatest honors so far accomplished, include World Champion No-Gi (2007), Pan-American Champion (2008), and twice National American Champion. He is also an official referee of the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation. While in Brazil, Fabio majored in Fitness and worked as a Personal Trainer for three years before coming to the US. As a Jiu Jitsu Professor he believes that this has helped him significantly, in helping his students accomplish better results.
Professor Fabio Villela’s mission is to present, to those who are interested in the BJJ world, how it can be valuable to their lives. BJJ is a discipline that maintains body, soul, and mind with complete health and harmony.