Professor Gilmar Ferreira

Founder and owner of 4 Jitz Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy USA, is 3rd Degree Black Belt certified by IBJJF. Originally from Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Gilmar has dedicated a great part of his life to practicing and advancing the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). He has been training since 1998 and teaching since 2009. In 2011 Gilmar moved to America to share his knowledge and help others accomplish their goals. Professor Ferreira believes that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has the best training methods to help each individual reach their full potential, professionally and personally.

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4Jitz Mission

The mission of 4 Jitz Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy is to provide individuals with a comprehensive system of self-defense, physical fitness, mental discipline, personal development, and community; ultimately contributing to a healthier and more confident way of life.


Jiu-Jitsu is often practiced as a means of self-defense, emphasizing techniques that allow a smaller, weaker person to defend themselves against a larger and stronger opponent. The focus on leverage, joint locks, and chokeholds enables practitioners to neutralize threats without relying on striking or weapons.


Jiu-Jitsu provides a rigorous workout that improves cardiovascular health, muscular strength, flexibility, and endurance. Practitioners often find that regular training in Jiu-Jitsu leads to improved overall physical fitness.

Mental Discipline

Jiu-Jitsu promotes mental discipline, focus, and problem-solving skills. Practitioners learn to remain calm under pressure, think strategically, and adapt to changing circumstances, both on and off the mat.

Personal Development

Many practitioners find that Jiu-Jitsu fosters personal growth, self-confidence, and resilience. It encourages individuals to push past their perceived limits and develop a growth mindset.

Community & Camaraderie

Jiu-Jitsu often fosters a sense of community and camaraderie among practitioners. Training partners form strong friendships as they support each other's progress and growth, creating a sense of belonging and mutual respect.

Company Information



(850) 585-8702


3906 US Highway 98 W Unit: 38 - Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Hours Of Operation (Phones)


9 – 11am, 1 – 3:30pm, 8:30 – 9:30pm


9 – 11am, 1 – 3:30pm, 8:30 – 9:30pm


9 – 11am, 1 – 3:30pm, 8:30 – 9:30pm


9 – 11am, 1 – 3:30pm, 8:30 – 9:30pm


9 – 11am, 1 – 3:30pm, 8:30 – 9:30pm

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