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Athlas Training Team

Athlas Training Team

We are a family-oriented mixed martial arts academy where individuals of all ages can learn diverse Mixed Martial Arts disciplines and even pursue a career as professional athletes. Our classes cater to children as young as 3 years old and extend to adults. We offer a facility that provides activities for the entire family, promoting a healthy environment and nurturing a sense of community.”

Athlas Training Team offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, Cardio Kickboxing, Fitness, and MMA for adults and kids

The environment and harmony of Athlas Training Team bring a welcoming atmosphere, where beginners in the sport will have separate classes from the athletes. We offer Mixed Martial Arts for all levels and, together with you, we will help you achieve your goals, whether adopting Mixed Martial Arts as a lifestyle or profession. Today, we have teachers who were once students themselves as part of our team. Our programs are designed to improve self-confidence and social development for both kids and adults, as well as to form the next generation of MMA fighters that will compete at one of the many Mixed Martial Arts competitions around the world.

The head coach of the academy is Professor Junior Fernandes, who has been involved in the sport for over 31 years , He purchased Athlas Training Team in Fort Lauderdale in 2012 and founded Athlas Training Team in 2023. Professor Junior Fernandes, married to his wife Ana Fernandes, jointly manages Athlas Training Team with her. They have two athlete children who, together, have amassed numerous titles in the world of jiu-jitsu. Their children were raised within the academy and are already part of the staff. One of Athlas Training Team’s strong values is family and respect.

In the photo: Ana Fernandes (2 medals), Jorge Fernandes (Gold Medal), Ana Luiza Fernandes (Gold Medal) at the National Championship.


Junior Fernandes started training BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) under Master Ricardo Liborio when he was only 12 years of age. He received his black belt from Master Liborio in 2004. (Read more about Junior Fernandes here)

Antonio Ricardo Jardim Libório (born July 13, 1967) is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Grand Master Carlson Gracie.[1][2] He is the co-founder of Athlas Training Team (ATT) and Brazilian Top Team (BTT), the founder and CEO of Martial Arts Nation and the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Institute (IBJJI), and also a professor of BJJ at the University of Central Florida.[2]

  • Awarded Black Belt in 1993 under Master Carlson Gracie.
  • 1996 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion.
  • Voted Most Technical Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor in the World in 1996
  • 3x Brazilian National Champion
  • 2nd Abu Dhabi Submission Tournament 2000.
  • 3rd Abu Dhabi Submission Tournament 1999.
  • Co-Founder of the Brazilian Top Team
  • Voted NAGA Coach of the year in 2005.
  • Inducted into the NAGA Grappling Hall of Fame.
  • Trainer of multiple World Champions and MMA fighters
  • National Coach for USA Grappling
  • Awarded Red and Black Belt (7th degree) in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Inducted into the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009


Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has gained immense popularity over the years, and for good reason. It’s a dynamic and comprehensive combat sport that offers numerous benefits, not just for individuals but for entire families. At Athlas Training Team, we believe that MMA can be an incredible experience that brings families closer together while promoting health, discipline, and camaraderie. In this blog, we’ll explore why training MMA can be amazing for the family and how our facility is dedicated to providing MMA opportunities for everyone.

  1. Fitness and Health for All Ages: MMA training is an excellent way for family members of all ages to stay active and maintain their fitness levels. Our programs cater to children as young as 3 years old to adults, ensuring that everyone can participate in a fun and challenging workout.
  2. Building Discipline and Confidence: MMA instills discipline, self-control, and confidence in its practitioners. These are essential life skills that can benefit family members in all aspects of their lives, from school and work to personal relationships.
  3. Quality Family Time: Training together as a family can create unforgettable bonding experiences. MMA sessions provide an opportunity for parents, siblings, and children to share a common interest, work towards goals, and celebrate achievements together.
  4. Safety and Self-Defense: MMA training includes self-defense techniques that can be invaluable for personal safety. Teaching family members how to protect themselves and others is a responsible and empowering choice.
  5. Setting and Achieving Goals: MMA promotes goal-setting and perseverance. Family members can set individual and collective goals, whether it’s mastering a specific technique or competing in a tournament. Achieving these goals as a family can be incredibly fulfilling.
  6. A Sense of Community: Athlas Training Team is not just a gym; it’s a community of like-minded individuals and families. We foster an environment of support, friendship, and camaraderie that extends beyond the training mats.
  7. Professional Guidance and Role Models: Our team includes experienced instructors and athletes who serve as role models for family members looking to excel in MMA. We have a history of success in training athletes from various backgrounds.

MMA is more than just a sport; it’s a lifestyle that can positively impact the entire family. Athlas Training Team is dedicated to providing a welcoming and inclusive space for families to explore the world of mixed martial arts. Whether you’re interested in fitness, discipline, self-defense, or simply spending quality time together, MMA at Athlas Training Team offers it all. Join us and experience the incredible benefits of training MMA as a family.

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