At Team Moreira - Los Osos, we teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a base for everything we do. BJJ is a great art for everyone for every reason. Doesn't matter if you are 3 years old or 65 years old or somewhere in between. BJJ is great for health, self defense, sport or just as a hobby. We put a strong emphasis on our group of students feeling like a family and strive for longevity over intensity- intelligence over aggression.
Head Instructor, 3rd Degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt
Rob has spent the majority of his life as a martial arts student. At the age of 8, his father would take him out in the back yard to teach him techniques from martial arts he had studied in Korea while serving with the US Air Force. Since this time, Rob's thirst for learning more and more about martial arts has not been quenched. Since 1981, he has studied Kenpo Karate, Aikijtsu, Chinese Goju, Tai Chi, Muay Thai, Boxing, Kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do Concepts, Progressive Fighting, Filipino Martial Arts, Combat Sambo, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
When he found Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1996, he knew that he had found an art to fully dedicate himself to. He has now studied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 23 years with the likes of Joe Moreira, Aaron Blake, Trent Lewis, Luis Heredia and Demi Barbito. He dedicates all of his current study time to developing his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Master Joe Moreira.
Rob was born and raised in Oxnard, CA but has lived on both coasts as he spent a considerable amount of time living back in the state of Maine, as well. He decided to run from the cold weather and has now been living in Los Osos since 2008. He was a videographer/photographer for GoWesty Camper Products here in Los Osos from 2008-2015 but now dedicates all his time to his family and teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has two amazing children and his wife, Jaime (who is also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor), who have helped him shape his vision for the studio.
Head Kids Instructor, Black Belt
Jim West is the head instructor for the kids classes and he is the assistant instructor for the adult jiu jitsu program at Team Moreira, Los Osos. Jim is a black belt under Rob Lewis and has been studying BJJ under Professor Lewis since 2008. Jim has lived on the central coast for over thirty years and has taught English at Cuesta College for nearly two decades. He enjoys the family-friendly environment at the studio and is proud of the fact that his wife and two kids share the mats with him on a regular basis.
Assistant Instructor, Brown Belt
Billy Wilson is a brown belt under Rob Lewis and has been training with Professor Lewis since 2010. Billy is an assistant instructor for the adult Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program and the no-gi class. He served for 23 years in the US Army and from 2006-2012 was the Army Combatives instructor, Level 3. He also shares the mats with his wife and two sons.
Assistant Instructor, Black Belt
Jaime Lewis is a black belt under Rob Lewis and has been studying BJJ under Professor Lewis since 2011. She is an assistant instructor for the kids and adult classes, teaches the Women's Fundamentals class, and is a Level 3 Ginastica Natural instructor. Jaime also serves as Business Manager at Team Moreira - Los Osos. Jaime is originally from Humboldt County but has lived on the central coast since 2007. Jaime brings great energy to the mats and is an active competitor.
Assistant Instructor, Purple Belt
Miguel Ortega is a purple belt under Rob Lewis and has been training with Professor Lewis since 2011. Miguel is an assistant instructor for the adult Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program and runs the Friday night fundamentals class. He shares the mats with his two brothers. Miguel has a bachelors degree in Child Development and loves to run in his spare time.
About Joe Moreira
Coral Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
3rd degree Black Belt in Judo
Ruas Vale Tudo Black Belt
Master Joe Moreira has over 40 years martial arts experience
Fought in UFC 8 and 14
Founder of United States Federation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Joe Moreira started his training in martial arts by his older brother’s influence when he was 6 years old through the fighting style of Judo. He began Jiu Jitsu 3 years later, training at the famous Gracie academy which at the time was shared by the brothers Carlson and Rolls Gracie, though his coaching was mainly done by Reyson Gracie and the legendary Fernando Guimaraes “Pinduka”. Though surrounded by greatness, Moreira did not settle at the academy and instead moved to Reylson’s gym, who was the nephew and student of grand master Helio Gracie.
He stayed at Reylson’s gym for well over a decade, competing in the scarce competitions available at the time, although he would receive his black belt from Francisco Mansor . He would also receive his black belt in Judo in 1986 and a scholarship to Japan where he trained extensively in Judo, competing in the Judo World Cup there and placing second.
In the early 90′s Joe Moreira decided to move to the United States. Moreira taught for about a year in a garage of a friend. At the time when Joe arrived in America, there were no tournaments. Joe decided to organize an event and thus emerged the very first Joe Moreira Cup. Joe was also responsible for the organization of the very first Jiu Jitsu Pan American. Then in 1996 came the opportunity to compete in the UFC. The famous UFC referee “Big” John McCarthy was a student of Joe and got him in contact with the UFC management, but before they signed him on, they asked him to make a test. The test was a closed doors no holds barred fight in an academy against Zane Frazier. Moreira agreed and fought Zane, sweeping him and mounting and submitting his larger opponent with an Americana bent arm lock. The UFC was impressed and signed him on. He went on to fight twice for the organization losing the first fight by decision against the gigantic Paul Varelans and winning his next fight against the russian Yuri Vaulin.
Today Joe Moreira lives his life teaching and giving seminars while continually developing his unique set of rules and principles that help define the Jiu Jitsu taught in the Team Moreira lineage.