Every program at the Baek Academy is customized with YOUR goals in mind. Whether you need to learn self-defense, exercise to lose weight and keep your energy level up, strength your mental focus, become more disciplined and calm through the philosophy of martial-arts, or just feel better; professor Baek, will take you by the hand and help you move forward right away.
"To strengthen body, mind and spirit through the highest level of instruction in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu; as a vehicle for individual development building a solid sense of family, integrity, tolerance, respect, appreciation and overall betterment of our community”
The Baek Academy is the first martial art school in the Burbank / Universal City / North-Hollywood area to offer BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU in its authentic form and in a comprehensive way, since 2008. And it is an accredited John MACHADO JIU-JITSU school. Master John MACHADO and his 4 older brothers (Jean Jacques, Rigan, Carlos and Roger) are world-class masters and co-pioneers of this art in the United States of America. They have been teaching in California and Texas since 1989. The MACHADO BROTHERS greatly contributed for the introduction and growth of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the U.S. by forming hundreds of black belts that went on to open schools all across the country. One of these black belts is Professor BAEK who started his studies in Brazil and continued with Master John MACHADO since his arrival to the United States. The MACHADO brothers have also taught several Hollywood celebrities and well-known figures of the martial arts world such as action actors Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee’s protégé Dan Inosanto.
History of the Martial Art
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is an extraordinarily efficient self-defense and grappling system, a martial-art and sport, developed in Brazil as a variation of the Japanese Jujutsu; that first came to Brazil in the beginning of the 20th century when Master Mitsuyo Maeda (Count Koma), a japanese emigrant settled down in the city of Belem (in the north region of Brazil) and started to teach the art to then young Grand-Master CARLOS GRACIE (uncle of the MACHADO BROTHERS ) and his brothers. With time, the GRACIE FAMILY started to modify the movements and eventually originated the Brazilian Way. Nowadays, BJJ is particularly popular due to the fact that this style is the precursor of the most recent martial arts revolution called Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The MMA Era started in 1993 when BJJ fighters created the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) and later the K-1, in Japan.