About Us

About Team Passos Jiu Jitsu

Team Passos is the premiere Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy in the Northern Virginia area. We specialize in training both youth and adults in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Our world-class instruction incorporates physical conditioning and strategic understanding of techniques taught.

At our academy we are a true BJJ family. We are all training for the same reason: our love of the sport. A major aspect of our culture is to help each other succeed on and off the mat. We consistently provide personalized attention, support, and tailored instruction to each student.

Our mission is to bring world-class Jiu Jitsu instruction and coaching to our students and to provide the tools to reach their personal goals. We believe that many of the tools learned on the mat apply to life’s challenges off the mat.

Beyond self-defense, fitness, and a sport, Jiu Jitsu is an effective and transformational tool to improve values that include confidence, discipline, self-awareness, perseverance, and respect. The benefits of Jiu Jitsu transcend age, sex, class and physical ability.

Our number one goal is to partner with you to achieve your personal training goals, including self defense, fitness, confidence, weight loss, and world competitions. Benefit from world-renowned coach, Tony Passos personally teaching the classes as well as top guest seminars throughout the year. Tony Passos is among the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coaches in the world. Additionally, we are part of one the strongest teams in Jiu Jitsu today, Atos.

About Tony Passos

The Team Passos Academy is owned by head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor, Prof. Tony Passos. Prof.Tony moved from his hometown of Recife, Brazil to the US in 2004 where he began teaching Jiu Jitsu. Since then, he has made a name for himself in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community both locally and internationally. Prof.Tony is a third degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt who is exceptionally gifted at coaching and teaching. He personally teaches the academy’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes six days per week. When he is not teaching locally, Prof.Tony conducts seminars and coaches at prominent competitions nationally and internationally throughout the year.

“My passion is to work with my students in helping them achieve their personal goals and to reach their fullest potential both on and off the mat; this is how I measure my success.”

– Tony Passos, Owner/Head Instructor

About Our Locations

Team Passos is headquartered in Sterling, Virginia with 5 affiliate academies along the U.S. east coast and in South Korea.

Our Sterling location is just minutes away from the Dulles Town Center and Dulles International Airport near Rebounderz off Sterling Blvd at:

22446 Davis Drive, Suite 153
Sterling, VA 20164

Our training space is completely renovated and equipped with everything you need to train at the highest level:

  • Nearly 4,000 sq feet facility
  • 1,250 sq feet of mat space
  • Men & Women’s changing rooms
  • Pro shop
  • Lounge/ Seating area

About Atos

Tony Passos represents Atos in the Northern Virginia area and coaches the team at competitions worldwide. Those who train with us are also a part of this champion team.

Atos Jiu-Jitsu was founded in 2008 by Prof. Andre Galvao and Prof.Ramon Lemos in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Since then it has become one the most recognized and respected names in the Jiu Jitsu community. Having evolved the 50/50 guard, leg drag, and berimbolo Atos has influenced the way the world practices and defines modern jiu-jitsu. Atos’ original team included names such as, Prof. Andre Galvao and Prof. Ramon Lemos, Rafa and Gui Mendes, Bruno Frazatto, Guto Campos, Claudio Calasans, Gilbert Burns, Rodrigo Caporal, Ary Frias, and Davi Ramos. Though one of the smallest teams in the world, through their success, ATOS Jiu-Jitsu has rapibly grown to become one of the strongest teams in Jiu-Jitsu. Currently headquartered in San Diego, CA since 2010, the team has added many great names to its competition team roster, including, Keenan Cornelius, Jt Torres, Michael Liera Jr., Michael Carbullido, and many more. Atos affiliates can now be found in over 14 countries around the world.

There is a great sense of quality over quantity within the Atos team, which is reflected in their motto: “Together we are Stronger.” The Atos team has athletes who are successfully showcasing their skills in not only in the world of sport Jiu-Jitsu, but also within the world of mixed martial arts. Competitors include Anderson Silva, Carlos Diego, as well as Atos veterans Ary Frias, Davi Ramos, Bruno Frazatto, and Gilbert Burns Durinho have demonstrated great success in MMA.

The word “Atos” is the Portuguese word for “acts”, which specifically references “The Book of Acts” in the Bible. Founders, Prof. Andre Galvao and Prof.Ramon Lemos shared the same religious beliefs and passion for Jiu-Jitsu. They believe that “God can do amazing things through ordinary people, when He empowers them through His Spirit.”