My name is Maykon Barradas and I am a first degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I introduced the program Combative Warrior Skills Training to SOCSOUTH in 2013. The training is focused on teaching soldiers the fundamental principles of combative training. Our mission is to educate soldiers how to protect themselves against threats without the use of firearms, provide a non-lethal response to situations in battlefield, and to instill the warrior instinct to provide the necessary aggression to meet the enemy. We develop these techniques with the instruction of Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, grappling, Muay Thai and boxing.
Barradas Jiu Jitsu is represented by SOCSOUTH in tournaments in grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Central and South Florida. We have been achieving outstanding results in all tournaments. In 2014 we won Second Place in adult’s division and Third Place in kid’s division during the biggest tournament of Newbreed in South Florida, where more than 30 teams competed.
I was introduced to Jiu Jitsu by my Grandfather, Orlando Santiago Barradas (in memoriam). He helped me develop the majority of skills I have today. He was responsible for introducing Jiu Jitsu to Brazil along with the Gracie family. My grandfather was also one of three pioneers of Olympic Fighting in Brazil in 1978.
Jiu Jitsu has been present in our family for generations. My grandfather was an 8th degree grand master red belt (in memoriam). I have 4 uncles who are black belts, my father is a brown belt, my mother is a purple belt, my brother is a black belt and my two sisters are blue belts. My uncle Ronaldo Barradas is responsible for teaching me jiu jitsu, grappling and wrestling techniques. Barradas Jiu Jitsu is represented in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by my uncle and brother.
I started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when I was 7 years old. I have competed for over 22 years winning hundreds of medals in boxing, muay thai, jiu jitsu, MMA, grappling and wrestling. I have competed over 300 times in my career. When I was 17 years old and a blue belt, I developed an infection on my hipbone. I went through two surgeries, stayed in the hospital for two months, walked with crutches for 7 months and went through physical therapy for two years. I remember the doctor once told me I could never practice jiu jitsu again. God gave me strength and health to start training again and I had the opportunity to win the most important medals in my jiu jitsu career.