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Luta Livre Classes in Winter Garden

VI Levels is a MMA & Fitness Center Located in Winter Garden, Florida. We offer several on-going programs with multiple weekly classes for Kids starting at the age of 3. Choose from 3 of our on-going programs, for kids 3-5 years old we have Mighty Mites, our most popular program Youth is for Kids typically between 5-9 and our Teen program which the youngest can be about 10 years old. We don't focus so much on age but more skill.

We also have our Adult Program with Weekly classes and our Women's Self Defense Program. Along with our on-going programs you have a variety of Semi-Private and Private Programs to choose from. These programs are tailored to your needs and taught by one of our World Class or Celeberty Trainers.

About Luta Livre Classes in Winter Garden

Luta Livre Brasileira (Brazilian freestyle fighting), or luta livre, is a martial arts and combat sport originally created by Euclydes Hatem in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1927. Luta livre is primarily a mixture of catch wrestling and judo that also utilizes chokes and striking using the hands, feet, knees, and elbows. Luta livre was once described as the combat sport for “children who couldn’t afford a gi,” emphasizing a connection to Brazilian jiu-jitsu.  

Hatem, also referred to as “Tatu,” went on to challenge many fighters in vale tudo competitions to pioneer luta livre. His most notable fight was against George Gracie, during which he won by way of a bent arm lock. This win against the Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend was an incredible accomplishment for Hatem and the art of luta livre, which also sparked a great life-long rivalry as the Gracie family claimed there was rule-breaking and cheating on Hatem’s part.

There are two styles of luta livre: Esportiva (sporting) and vale tudo (anything goes). Both styles are no-gi and only in esportiva competitions are grappling techniques the only techniques fighters can use to subdue their opponents. Vale tudo, on the other hand, includes all kinds of techniques such as clinching, striking, and kicking, although ground fighting and submissions are still the main elements. Today, luta livre has been somewhat reformed and is now typically referred to as either luta livre submission or luta livre esportiva to denote the style being trained and fought.

Unfortunately, luta livre fizzled out in popularity as there was a lack of central leadership in regards to putting effort into promoting it. Additionally. Brazilian jiu-jitsu continued to grow bigger and more popular, overshadowing luta livre indefinitely. As the Gracie family worked to spread awareness of their art, luta livre remained limited to Rio de Janeiro and Manaus, among a few other smaller areas in Brazil.

However, luta livre practitioners still responded to the vale tudo and UFC-style events cropping up in Brazil, the United States, and even Japan. There were many notable luta livre fighters, including Marco Ruas, Hugo Duarte, Pedro Otávio, Johil de Oliveira, and Eugenio Tadeu who exceeded in representing value tudo and luta livre, despite garnering mixed results in their competitions.

Many luta livre fighters moved on from their original camps to train jiu jitsu in hopes for more success in their fighting careers, which was a hard blow to luta livre as a whole. Also during this time, Brazilian jiu-jitsu developed a no-gi style of training, eliminating the primary difference between the two arts, which was another nail in the coffin for luta livre.

A lot of work has been done to preserve the art of luta livre in hopes of a resurgence. In 2017 the Confederação Brasileira de Luta Livre Esportiva (the Brazilian Confederation of Luta Livre Esportiva) was founded to officially organize and promote the sport, and since then, luta livre has become a niche combat sport in Europe — especially Germany. 

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On-Going Programs

We go the extra mile for the kids, but we don’t take forever to get there.

Within each program we offer a variety of classes, that meet multiple times per week. Each class within the program is designed to further advance everyone with our VI levels in mind.


Kids Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 3-5
This mighty fun class is great for improving developmental milestones. Our Mighty Might's are given a platform of coordination, following directions and patience all while teaching the foundation of Self Defense.


Kids Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 6-9
Our non-traditional, enhanced, Mixed Martial Arts and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program will give your child the mental and physical skills that will assist them in everyday life. All while increasing their enthusiasm and understanding of discipline.


Teen Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 10-14+
Our Teens Program is a continuation of our younger programs. Whether you are just joining us, or you have been with us from the beginning. Your teen will continue to develop skills designed to help them in the real world.


Adult Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 15+
Whether you've trained before or you're ready to start a new chapter in life. Our Adult Program is a wonderful place for people who want to learn Self-Defense, have fun, get in great shape, all while under the watchful eye of skilled instructors.

Women's Self Defense

Women's Self Defense Classes
Ages 6+
Our Women’s Self-Defense is a 5 Week Program that meets once a week for 90 minutes. This is Women's Self-Defense thats molded to everyday situations, that’s Simple, Practical, And Most of All — Reliable.


Free Week Trial
Seriously, A Free Week!
We are currently offering a FREE WEEK TRIAL for Mighty Mites, Youth, Teen and Adult Programs. Simply sign up & select the first class you or your child would like to attend, completly FREE. Once you arrive for your class, we will handle the rest.

Semi-Private & Private Programs

Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.

Our Semi-Private and Private programs offer individual and semi-individual classes that can meet multiple times per week. Helping you to form a habit that is life changing and healthy.


Fitness Classes
Ages 6 +
We offer Group and Private Classes to help get the results you desire. People who are looking for more personal attention, can hire one of our world-class coaches for Fitness & Cardio Training. Your challenge, become the best version of you!


Women's Self-Defense Classes
Ages 6 +
Women’s Self-Defense That’s Simple, Practical, And Most of All — Reliable. Our Women’s Self-Defense program is based on the effective and efficient techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Molded to everyday situations.


Striking MMA Classes
Ages 6 +
Striking revolves around learning how to use your knees, legs, and arms to protect yourself or someone you love. Bringing in a foundation of Muay Thai, you'll become more comfortable and confident with your body.


Campus Defense Classes
Ages 16 +
Whether you're sending your daughter or son off to college. Or you're a current college student, learning how to get yourself out of tricky situations is a life skill. Train with our Celebrity Trainers to learn how to maneuver through life.


Model Muggin Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn what to do, and what not do, in the unfortunate event of a mugging. Life sometimes throws us curve balls, be prepared when the time counts. Protect yourself and your loved ones with confidence and skills to last a lifetime.


Family Safe Classes
Entire Household
Having the family know what to do in a worst-case scenario provides a foundation for everyone to work from. Your family will build upon what to do and what not do in the event of real-life emergencies.


Handgun Protection Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn how to use and control your handgun effectively and safely. Learning how you can safely manipulate and control your weapon will boost your confidence and abilities for those unforeseen times.


Handgun Manipulation Classes
Ages 16 +
Learn Handgun Manipulation. When faced with an impossible decision, what do you do? Learning how to break down those seemingly impossible feats, gives you the strength and confidence in yourself to come out on top.


Tactical Jiu Jitsu Classes
Ages 16 +
Tactical Jiu-Jitsu™ (TJJ™) is a blend of martial arts, military, and law enforcement strategies. It is a street-ready program for anyone who is serious about self-defense and personal protection.


Sports Conditioning Classes
Ages 6 +
Our Sports Conditioning Program is geared towards the athlete who is looking to enhance their workout.


MMA Conditioning Classes
Ages 16 +
Our MMA Conditioning Program is geared towards the MMA athlete who is looking to enhance their workout, learn new skills and enhance specific areas of their Defense & Offense.


Home Invasion Classes
Ages 6 +
Geared towars the entire household to provide skills and the knowledge on how to handle a home invasion.


Anti-Bullying Classes
Ages 6 - 16
One of our most popular programs, our Anti-Bullying classes are for ages 6-16 and provide the foundation to give kids the skills on how to handle bullies in modern day situations.


Mix & Match Classes
Ages 6 +
Looking for something but you're not too sure what? Why not try a little bit of everything? Or a lot a bit of something? Find your passion and do a sampling of all our privates and/or semi-private classes.


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