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Sweat Nation in partnership with The Valente Brothers‘ mission is to raise the physical confidence and overall wellness of students of all ages by teaching a complete and efficient self-defense skill set within a safe, clean, positive, and respectful environment. We are committed to preserving the technical and philosophical roots of jūjutsu (jiu-jitsu) as imparted to us by Grandmasters Helio Gracie and Dr. Pedro Valente Sr.



Fighting Foundations™ is a 27 lesson program developed by the Valente brothers in 1999 under the direct supervision of Grandmasters Helio Gracie and Pedro Valente Sr. Fighting Foundations™ is the only group class curriculum that was reviewed and approved by Helio Gracie.

Fighting Foundations™ includes over 100 techniques that could literally save your life during a real street confrontation. This innovative teaching method is an adaptation by the Valente brothers of Grand Master Helio Gracie’s private class curriculum to be used in a group setting. Originally, Grandmaster Helio’s Self Defense system was only taught through private lessons. Group lessons were designed to prepare students for tournaments. At Valente Brothers we developed the FF program in order to allow students to learn Grand Master Helio’s system through group lessons. We are honored by the fact that many prominent academies have decided to follow our lead and create standardized curriculums for group class instruction.

Frequent practice is essential if efficiency is to be gained in the Fighting Foundations class. The key to learning jūjutsu (jiu-jitsu) is repetition. The ultimate goal is to condition your reflexes so that you can automatically react in a critical situation.

Maximum Effectiveness with Minimum Energy

Jūjutsu is the way to the most effective use of physical, mental, and spiritual strength. By teaching you attacks and defenses it refines your body, your mind, and your soul and helps you make the spiritual essence of jūjutsu a part of your very being. In this way you are able to perfect yourself and contribute something of value to the world.

The principle of maximum efficient-use of mind and body is the fundamental principle governing all the techniques of jūjutsu. This principal can also be applied to the improvement of the human body making it strong, healthy, and useful, and so constitute physical education. It can also be applied to the improvement of intellectual and moral power, and this case constitutes mental and moral education. It can be applied to the improvement of diet, clothing, housing, social interaction, and methods of business, therefore constituting a study in living. Jūjutsu, in its fuller sense, is a study and a method of training in mind, body, and spirit as well as in the regulation of life and affairs.

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