Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

in Joplin

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A-Force founder Andre "Tim" Monteiro rolling with a fellow black belt during the 2021 A-Force Summer Camp in Wichita, KS

What is bjj?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and ground fighting and was formed from Kodakan judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals.

BJJ eventually came to be its own combat sport through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of judo and jujutsu through Carlos and Helio Gracie (who passed their knowledge on to their extended family) as well as other instructors who were students of Mitsuyo Maeda.

The greatest thing about BJJ is its focus on technique as opposed to size or physical strength, which allows people of all shapes and sizes to practice the sport.

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Self Defense
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Physical Fitness
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Weight Loss
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Mental Health
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Character Building
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Social Aspect
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It's for Everyone
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It's Fun!
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A-Force Missouri students and instructors rolling during Murder Thursday

kids class

Our kids class is geared towards kids 8–13, however exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.

The goal of our kids program is to teach kids the building blocks of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in a safe and fun environment while also helping to build:

  • Self discpline
  • Focus
  • Physical fitness



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No-Gi Sparring


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Photo of instructors Mike Pranker and Michael Wood being promoted to black belts


A-Force Missouri was started by the two owners and coaches, Michael Wood and Mike Pranker—often called "The Mikes."

The Mikes decided to start their own school when their home academy ended its jiu jitsu program. They wanted to keep training together and keep the team under the A-Force banner while sharing BJJ with Joplin.

Under the guidance of Professor Andre Monteiro as well as Professor Jake Fox (a black belt under Professor Monteiro and owner of Fox Fitness BJJ in Wichita, KS) the Mikes have created a great place to learn and train.

Photo of Michael Wood, an instructor at A-Force Missouri

Michael Wood

Founder, Black Belt

Mike Pranker

Founder, Black Belt
Portrait of Andre "Tim" Monteiro, the founder of the A-Force brand and instructor of The Mikes


A-Force Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association was created by Andre “Tim” Monteiro, a 4th degree black belt under Francisco “Toco” Albaquerque.

Since 2008, Andre “Tim” Monteiro has been traveling the world to spread jiu jitsu to everyone. “Tim” is also an avid competitor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has won competitions around the world. A-Force is a team with over 35 schools around the globe.

Professor Monteiro currently runs two gyms in New York, including the original A-Force Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy.

Our philosophy is to give a better quality of life to all BJJ practitioners, create a good environment for practicing and learning jiu jitsu, and help to create a good citizen for society.

Our goal is to give our affiliated schools all the tools they need to become a successful martial arts business, provide them a proven curriculum, and award rank to all the students with a certified diploma.

As a bonus, once you become a member of the A-Force family, you are more than welcome to train for FREE in our expansive network around the world.

first class is free!

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Exterior shot of A-Force Missouri's Brazilian jiu-jitsu gym in Webb City, Missouri

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