Welcome to the Union Team BJJ website!

Train with 9th Degree BJJ Black Belt, Grand Master Ricardo Murgel

Master Murgel receiving his 9th degree promotion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Porto Alegre, Brazil on September 1st, 2019. The Red Belt is the highest achievable rank in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and it represents a Grand Master. This is a true honor and an amazing lifelong achievement of dedication and fortitude.

Grand Master Murgel is the only 9th degree teaching in Georgia!

Martial Arts Alpharetta

At Union Team BJJ, we pride ourselves in teaching our students:

REAL Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that teaches our students self defense techniques for real world situations, AND;

Sport-Oriented Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that teaches our competitors how to become world champions in the ever-growing sport of BJJ.

The mission of Union Team BJJ is to teach serious, dedicated students the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Grand Master Ricardo Murgel, Ninth Degree BJJ Black Belt. Our Alpharetta, Georgia location is the world headquarters of the UNION TEAM BJJ Organization, which was founded on September 13th, 1985 by Master Murgel in Brazil. Master Murgel's Union Team organization also has Jiu Jitsu affiliates in the United States, Brazil, as well as several countries throughout Eastern Europe. The Union Team organization has remained united and strong for over 31 years. 

At Union Team BJJ, we offer a wide range of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes, including Kids BJJ (ages 8-12), Teen BJJ (ages 13-17), and Adults/Masters BJJ (Adults ages 18-29, and Masters 30+). Our training methods are unique and cover every level of Jiu Jitsu practitioner, from brand-new to highly advanced BJJ students, with specific instruction for each level. Mental strength, functional conditioning, character development, skills training, and REAL-WORLD self defense techniques form the core of every one of our classes.

Every Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class at Union Team BJJ is lead by Master Ricardo Murgel, one of the few Ninth Degree Black Belts in the world, certified by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF #28930). Master Murgel is also a Judo Black Belt under the Judo Brazilian Federation as of 1974 and he incorporates this experience into all of his classes. He is also the only 9th Degree BJJ Master in the United States who doubles as a certified member of the Peace Officers Standard Training Council (P.O.S.T) as a Defensive Tactics and Firearms Instructor. Master Murgel has over 50 years worth of experience in training elite forces all over the world, as well as successfully coaching BJJ and MMA students of all ages and sizes to become statewide, national, and even world champions, some of which are listed in Master Murgel's Q+A interview

When you train with us, you will be learning and practicing REAL BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU under one of the few REAL Masters of the sport! There is no substitute for knowledge and practical experience, and we live by our motto,  "A TRUE WARRIOR IS KNOWN BY THE STRENGTH OF HIS CHARACTER."

Click here to view copies of Master Ricardo Murgel's credentials.

"A True Warrior is Known by the Strength of his Character"

-Master Ricardo Murgel