GFTeam was founded in 1996 in Rio de Janeiro north area, by Júlio César, Marcus Bello and Alexandre Baraúna with incentive of masters Pedro Gama Filho and Paulo Jardim.

In the beginning GFTeam head quarters was in Taquara UGF campus and by the time as the team was getting bigger we moved to Piedade UGF campus, where we had a better structure and more space. During that period we had an immense support of masters Pedro Gama Filho and Paulo Jardim, who through Gama Filho University helped the GFTeam athletes with scholarships and all the support they could.

As masters Júlio César, Marcus Bello and Alexandre Baraúna began having accredited black belts formed by them, the team grew up a lot in Brazil and abroad. Less then two years after, GFTeam already had 250 schools worldwide and was been consolidated as one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teams in the world.


Our mission is to transform our student’s lives through martial arts, either physically or mentally. During the classes, we will work your physical with a variety of exercises, movements, and drills and at the same time working respect, discipline, self-confidence and focus. When the classes are finished we will carry all these values and qualities to our lives and share them with our friends and families.

We want to create a second family to all our students, this new family will be the GFTeam family.


Started Jiu-Jitsu in 1992, with 13 years old, in a Team named “Nova Geração Jiu-Jitsu”, one of the best Teams in Brazil in that period, under Master Francisco Albuquerque (Toco) and Carlson Gracie, where stayed until 2010, where was promoted to a Black Belt in 2001, this day having a 4th degree in his Black Belt and a lot of experience as a coach and as an athlete.

After, moved to GFTeam, under Master Júlio Cesar Pereira and Theodoro Canal, where obtained a lot of experience having training partners as Rodolfo Vieira, Vitor Honório, Patrick Gaudio, Theodoro Canal, Vinicius Marinho, Denilson Pimenta, Vitor Silvério and some others.


As a Competitor Rafael La Porta Achieved great results in different belts and divisions:

  • 3 Times National Champion;

  • 2 Times National Team Champion;

  • 3 Times Provincial Champion;

  • RIO BJJ Champion;

  • More than 40 Times IBJJF and others Federations medalist.

Back in time, in Brazil, Rafael La Porta studied Physical Education for 4 years and was Graduated as a Physical Trainer, did a Post Graduation in Exercise Physiology and worked as Personal and Physical Trainer for more than 10 years.