About us

GFTEAM London Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:
GFteam London offers classes in 2 Venues in London. We have classes in Wandsworth and in Battersea in London UK.
Started only in August 2011, Gfteam is one of the youngest BJJ teams in UK's vibrant BJJ scene however it is very quickly establishing itself in the competition circuits and in the BJJ circle as one of the most welcoming and friendly environments to learn and train BJJ.

GFTEAM London is headed by Instructor Pedro Garcia and supported by Head of Gfteam Europe Black Belt Gabriel Rainho who is not only a BJJ black belt but also a black belt in Judo.

Classes are open to all levels and age groups. Please see the Timetable page for more details.

GFTEAM is one of the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teams in the world, Under the leadership and tutelage of  Master Julio Cesar Pereira, Grappling Fight Team (GFT) formerly known as Universidade Gama Filho (UGF) GFTEAM has had great success in Brazil since the 1990’s, with the turn of the 2010’s decade, GFT was propelled to world wide success through a series of excellent results at an international level and the continuous production of high level fighters such as Denilson Pimenta, Rodolfo Vieira, Ricardo Evangelista, Italo Lins, Vinicius Marinho, Huanderson Pavão, Gabriel Rainho and many others.

History of GFTEAM:
GFteam started in 1996 and was formally known at Gama Filho Team (GFT) at Gama Filho University Taquara campus in the north of Rio de Janeiro. Under the encouragement of Pedro Gama Filho Paulo Jardim, teachers Julius Caesar and Alexander Marcus Bello Baraúna took the first steps for growth and expansion of jiu-jitsu at the University.

With the rapid growth and popularity of the Jiu Jitsu program, the space soon became too small relative to the growth of the team, UGF (University Gama Filho) Taquara moved to the UGF campus Pity that offered a better infrastructure. The Gama Filho Team soon expanded out of Rio de Janeiro to Sergipe, Aracaju capital with Professor Marcus Bello.

GFteam emphasized on the important role of the education of proper teachers and instructors and Pedro Gama Filho Paulo Jardim offered  an incredible amount of support to the team and its athletes, giving scholarships, and meeting needs as far as possible. This direction contributed greatly to the growth of the team in terms of both numbers and quality.

Through teachers Julius Caesar and Alexander Marcus Bello Baraúna, GFteam began training black belts officially accredited by the team and very soon after GFteam satrted to expand from Rio de Janeiro to other parts of  Brazil and abroad to the USA and UK.

With the professionalism of staff, teaching quality and training methodlogy, GFteam athletes soon broadened their the horizons not only in BJJ but GFteam  athletes also adopted Judo and  Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) into its curriculum and competition circles.

The need to change its name from Gama Filho Team to Grappling Fight Team came about because GFteam could not link the sport of MMA to an educational institution, and also with the loss and death of is its main supporter Professor Pedro Gama Filho, GFteam also lost the support and funding of the University.

The RE - Birth of Grappling Fight Team. (GFTEAM as we know today)

Currently, the team has more than 50 representatives throughout the Rio de Janeiro, Sergipe, Paraiba, Pernambuco, Australia ,United States and the United Kingdom with investments to grow even more.

GFTEAM headquarters is in the neighborhood Meier, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro, with a facilities to meet all of the athletes.


email us at gfteamlondon@yahoo.co.uk