Frequently Asked Questions

Who Benefits from BJJ?

A common misconception is that only aggressive, young males study BJJ. In truth, the Maguilla Self-Defense Training Course offers men, women and children the ability to DEFEND themselves.

  • Law Enforcement Personnel
  • Women (Rape Prevention/Self-Defense)
  • Children
  • Seniors
  • Business Executives to Store Clerks

ALL Law Enforcement Personnel

By the very nature of their profession, everyone in law enforcement – from security guards and plain clothes store detectives to the cop on the beat and, yes, even the “G-man” – faces an ever-present yet unpredictable need to be able to disarm and subdue individuals effectively (and, whenever possible, without injury). It’s not easy! But, it’s not just the drug-crazed or most wanted that require subduing. A disorderly drunk, an angry spouse or even a juvenile can be a major handful for a single officer. As a professional, you’ve been trained to bring situations under control. Unfortunately, pepper spray isn’t entirely reliable, and the popular technique called “swarming” often backfires, resulting in injury to the perpetrator and to officers involved.

The Roberto Marques Self-Defense Course adds a powerful, new technique to your arsenal. What you learn will give you greater control over otherwise uncontrollable individuals in close quarters. When mastered, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu offers several convincing benefits:

  • It’s a proven method for assessing and managing danger (the ability to immediately subdue allows you to devote your full attention to your surroundings and other potential threats)
  • Hands on grappling techniques are astonishingly effective at controlling disorderly or violent persons of any age, sex, or weight combination.
  • Competence in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a proven way to disarm assailants who may be better armed, or when you become disarmed. (It does happen!)
  • The additional self-confidence gained through study and practice virtually guarantees self-control in life-threatening situations.
  • Many violent offenders who walk the streets now know some form of potent hand-to-hand combat technique. You have a better chance of running into these individuals that into someone armed with a high-powered rifle! You need to know how to respond to this invisible threat.

Footnote: Roberto approached the supervisor of a federal law enforcement agency in 1998, with an offer to teach his department his BJJ self-defense techniques as a supplement to their existing training. He was rebuffed with a response that demonstrates just how misinformed many people are about Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

The agent replied, “We can’t utilize combat methods that harm people except in special circumstances.”

He refused to listen to Roberto’s explanation that employing BJJ is a perfect way NOT to hurt people, that it is not karate. That grappling and effective joint locking are far superior methods of controlling the uncontrollable, of gaining the upper hand almost instantaneously.

Roberto has taught his technique to military, state, police officers in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and to law enforcement personnel in the United States. All agree to its effectiveness.

Want to see Roberto in action? Come in for a free session. Uncover the inadequacies, if any, in your current training program. Or, contact him for a no-obligation presentation at your headquarters.

Be enlightened. Maintain control!

Rape and Car-jacking Prevention

Despite fluctuating year-to-year numbers, it’s quite likely that the violence plaguing our society will worsen before it gets better. At one time or another, anyone can be vulnerable to violent crime. Most often, predators seek out the weakest. Unfortunately, women are prime targets of sexual assault, robbery and spousal abuse.

The Roberto Marques Self-Defense Course teaches effective skills for extricating oneself from a dangerous encounter. Roberto firmly believes women should not “fight” with an attacker… only escape safely. The key to achieving this end is to learn specific techniques, including panic control and avoidance/awareness. Your personal safety and survival, and even that of your youngsters could come down to a question of preparedness.

The Marques’ system teaches you real techniques for the real world. It demands only that you make a serious commitment to learn a proven method of self-defense. The techniques do not require special strength, speed or coordination because they focus on intelligent use of self-control, balance and awareness. No amount of speed or strength can save those who panic and forget what to do.

These techniques are easy to learn and use. However, this should not suggest that Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is anything but serious business, meant to be practically employed defending yourself in danger situations. Regular practice of selected grappling techniques imbues confidence; practicing the awareness control techniques helps them become “second nature”.

The Marques system has proven highly successful in Brazil and in United States. Roberto Marques enjoys sharing the many success stories his female students have told after using these techniques in real life. He can only do that if you take advantage of his free visit offer. Why not visit? Roberto’s students come together to learn, grow in confidence and awareness, and have some fun.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for Children

Children are our most important resource and our greatest responsibility, and Roberto believes strongly that children benefit from BJJ training. You can’t always be there to protect them: not from the neighborhood bully, not on their way to or from school (or in school), not at camp, not from any of the potentially dangerous situations into which kids inevitably wander.

Using healthy challenges, BJJ instills in young minds and bodies positive characteristics you want them to have. BJJ is an investment in their future on so many levels. Skills learned will empower and protect them the rest of their lives. The confidence imparted allows their individual personalities to shine. BJJ teaches discipline and the benefit of hard work without the risks to developing bones and joints other forms of self-defense pose. They learn how to think fast on their feet, to improvise and avoid trouble whenever possible. Early exposure to BJJ is a great gift. Children as young as 4 and 5 years old are welcome. Call Roberto for details.


You read the news. You see the TV reports. You know crime and violence crosses all income and age spectrums. You’ve reached a point in your life when Volvo targets you with ads stressing “safety”; exercise gyms emphasize “flexibility” and alarm companies stress “security”.

And, you are listening.

However, a Volvo is only so safe when you’re strapped inside. Treadmills and stationary bikes are boring. Alarms can fail.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is real. It can protect you in dangerous situations, it far surpasses other exercise routines for increasing flexibility, and participation at Maguilla’s academy is never boring! When the alarm bells go off, whether they’re on a wall or in your head, you’ll know how to react calmly and instinctively. Take advantage of his free visit offer.

Keep your youth! Keep your health! Keep your nerve! Keep control!

Business Executives to Store Clerks

“There’s never a cop around when you need one.” This oft-used expression pretty much sums up the reason EVERY business owner and employee needs to be proficient in self-defense. Do you fit the profile of a potential victim?

  • Travel overseas or in unfamiliar parts of your own country?
  • Park in a multi-level garage or walk to and from a subway?
  • Visit vacant homes selling real estate?
  • Carry cash or valuable merchandise to and from banks and clients?
  • Work alone in a high-rise office, service mart or gas station?

You can only count on yourself in an emergency. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is the most effective way of legally protecting yourself. Find out what it can do for you and your employees. Maguilla offers self-defense courses for individuals and groups, at his training academy or, when possible, at your place of business. Contact Maguilla for details.

Why should I study Brazilian Jiu-jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is the martial art of the future. A unique and highly combative art form, BJJ uses leverage to disadvantage opponents. Independent of size and strength, both male and female students can be extremely effective defending themselves.

Popularized in “reality fighting tournaments”, BJJ consistently proves itself against other fighting arts. Although known for lethal grappling skills, BJJ maximizes the leverage principle by employing two other combat techniques…kicking and punching. You will learn how to position yourself to effectively choke and joint-lock opponents into submission. Unlike other martial arts, BJJ is active… participation is expected.

What benefits can I expect to derive from BJJ training?

By pursuing a typically rigorous practice schedule, BJJ students enjoy a wide variety of tangential benefits:

  • Self-control
  • Self-confidence
  • Weight loss
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased lean body mass
  • Cardiovascular conditioning
  • Positive attitude
  • Agility and motor coordination
  • Stress reduction
  • Fighting and self-defense skills

How often should I train?

Depending on one’s goals, effective BJJ can be learned in as few as 2 practice sessions per week. As in any sport, the more one practices, the faster one becomes proficient. The key, however, isn’t so much quantity as it is quality. Practicing bad technique will not achieve good results.

Why should I train under Roberto “Maguilla” Marques?

The three primary attractions to studying Maguilla-style Brazilian Jiu-jitsu are:

  • Maguilla’s focus is technique…students learn details so often overlooked at larger Jiu-jitsu academies.
  • Whether in a group or one-on-one, Maguilla teaches each class himself. This personalized approach guarantees both consistency and safety.
  • Maguilla has an open, honest philosophy of not limiting students. He encourages them to expand their horizons by exploring other forms of fighting. Maguilla himself practices Boxing, Greco-Roman Wrestling, and Thai Boxing.