Martial Arts Charlotte NC

Our School is located in the back of Club Fitness on South Tryon. We have been in operation since June of 2011 with Professor Fernando Loor Vera at the helm with a close working relationship with World Champion Black Belt Gilbert Burns. We offer classes for all levels of BJJ participants. From the beginner who is looking to learn fundamentals of one of the best forms of self-defense, to the ultimate BJJ competitor. Our aim is to produce champions on and off the mat with a foundation, in hard work, respect and a close affiliation to our BJJ family. Please contact us with any questions.

Charlotte Martial Arts

Martial Arts Charlotte NC

+ About Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Over four centuries ago in northern India, Buddhist monks were busy going about the dangerous work of trying to spread the word of ‘Buddha’ in a world that wasn’t always kind to roaming peoples. In order to defend themselves from attacks that happened along the way, they developed a form of grappling that allowed them to subdue opponents without killing them. Eventually this style of fighting made its way to Japan where it was improved upon and called jujutsu or jiu jitsu. Judo is a derivative of jiu- jitsu. The Japanese sought to hide jujutsu and its derivatives from the western world, but nothing lasts forever. In 1914, Kodokan Judo master Mitsuyo Maeda (1878-1941) came to stay at the household of Brazil’s Gastao Gracie. Gracie helped Maeda with business in the area and in appreciation of this, Maeda taught Gastao’s eldest son, Carlos, the art of judo. In turn, Carlos taught the other children in the family what he knew, including the smallest and youngest of his brothers, Helio. Helio often felt at a disadvantage when practicing with his brothers because many of the moves in judo favored the stronger and larger fighter. Thus, he developed an offshoot of Maeda’s teachings that favored leverage over brute strength and refined the formula for fighting from one’s back on the ground. Today the art that Helio refined is called Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

+ Characteristics of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an art based in ground fighting. Along with this, it teaches takedowns, takedown defense, ground control, and especially submissions. Submissions refer to holds that either cut off an opponent’s air supply (chokes) or look to take advantage of a joint (such as armbars). Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters tend to feel very comfortable fighting from a position called the guard, if need be. The guard position– in essence, wrapping one’s legs around an opponent to limit their movement– is what allows them to fight from their backs so effectively, and is also something that separates their art from most other grappling styles.

+ Basic Goals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters look to take their opponents to the ground. When on top they generally hope to escape their opponents’ guard and move to either side control (positioned across an opponents’ chest) or the mount position (sitting over their ribs or chest). From there, depending on the situation, they may choose to continually strike their opponent or set up a submission hold. When on their backs, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters are very dangerous. From the guard various submission holds can be employed. They may also seek to turn their opponent over in an attempt to reverse their fortunes.

+ Jiu-Jitsu Philosophy

The practice of Jiu-Jitsu transcends the execution of chokes, joint locks, immobilizations, throws, and strikes. A true understanding of the Jiu-Jitsu philosophy prepares men, women, and children for life, showing them paths to a healthier life and the most efficient use of physical, mental, and spiritual strength.

“Eating well is Jiu-Jitsu; taking care of your body is Jiu-Jitsu; saying no to cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs is Jiu-Jitsu, and keeping a close bond with relatives and friends is Jiu-Jitsu. Grand Masters Carlos and Hélio Gracie propagated this way of life for almost a century.”

Maximum Effectiveness with Minimum Energy.  Jiu-Jitsu is the way to the most effective use of physical, mental, and spiritual strength. By teaching you attacks and defenses it refines your body, your mind, and your soul and helps you make the spiritual essence of Jiu-Jitsu a part of your very being. In this way you are able to perfect yourself and contribute something of value to the world. The principle of maximum efficient-use of mind and body is the fundamental principle governing all the techniques of Jiu-Jitsu. This principal can also be applied to the improvement of the human body making it strong, healthy, and useful, and so constitute physical education. It can also be applied to the improvement of intellectual and moral power, and this case constitutes mental and moral education. It can be applied to the improvement of diet, clothing, housing, social interaction, and methods of business, therefore constituting a study in living.

Jiu-Jitsu, in its fuller sense, is a study and a method of training in mind, body, and spirit as well as in the regulation of life and affairs. Jiu-Jitsu expresses the philosophy of yielding to an opponent’s force rather than trying to oppose force with force. Manipulating an opponent’s attack by using his force and direction allows a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner to control the balance of their opponent and hence prevent the opponent from resisting the counter attack. The philosophy of Jiu-Jitsu describes the states of mind that a warrior should be able to adopt in combat to facilitate victory. These include an all-encompassing awareness, zanshin (literally “remaining spirit”), in which the practitioner is ready for anything at any time; the spontaneity of mushin (literally “no mind”) which allows immediate action without conscious thought; and a state of composure or imperturbability known as fudoshin (literally “immovable mind”).


Top level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction, with a world class Black-belt. Excellent and relaxed atmosphere, with a level of instruction that is tailored to fit all from ; kids classes to people just wanting to get into shape to competitors .
H Khokhan
Great place to train. Instruction is top notch and very detailed. Professor Fernando Vera is a highly active competitor but welcomes anyone with any training goals. Effective warm-ups, great time management, intense sparring and just an overall fantastic energy on the mats.
Anthony Militello
I train there with my two sons and all of us enjoy our time on the mat and the experience of being part of the community. Fernando is a talented and committed instructor who cares deeply about the progress and well-being of all his students. As an accomplished black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he knows what he is talking about, but he also has the teaching skills to communicate lessons to his students.
Gary Ritter
Awesome place to train!,I moved to NC 3 months ago & started from day 1 with FLVBJJ! - Professor Fernando Loor Vera has a very sharp game & awesome instruction. Each class is packed with new drills & positions. FLVBJJ Oss!
Tyler Kaufman
Not only is FLVBJJ a great place to learn for people just starting out in Jiu-Jitsu; it is great for people who have had some level of training and are looking to get their BJJ to the next level. Fernando offers instruction for beginners as well as people looking to compete at high levels of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I've had experiences at others schools before and Fernando's detailed instruction as his intensity for competition driven students has brought out the best in my performance. I am definitely happy I made the move to Fernando Loor Vera Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Ahmed El-Sayed

Charlotte Martial Arts Academy



Fernando Loor Vera is a Black Belt under Gilbert “Durinho” Burns. He has had the honor to train with some of the best fighters alive today: Roberto Traven, Gilbert “Durinho” Burns, Roan Jucao Carneiro, Compidro Medeiros, Robert Drysdale, Rafael & Guilherme Mendes, Andre Galvao, Claudio Calasans, Davi Ramos, and Bruno Frazatto.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Andre Pederneiras > Ramon Lemos > Gilbert Burns>Fernando Loor Vera


  • 2014 Atlanta International Open (IBBJ)
    CHAMPION – Black Belt
  • 2013 Miami Open (IBBJ)
    Silver Medalist – Black Belt
  • 2013 Las Vegas Open (IBJJ)
    Silver Medalist – Black Belt
  • 2013 New York Open (IBJJ)
    Silver Medalist – Black Belt
  • 2012 Pan Ams (IBJJ)
    Silver Medalist
  • 2011 Miami Open (IBJJ)
    Silver Medalist – Brown Belt
  • 2011 Chicago International Open (IBJJ)
    CHAMPION – Brown Belt
  • 2010 World Jiu Jitsu No-Gi Championship
    Silver Medalist – Brown Belt
  • 2010 Pan Jiu Jitsu No-Gi Championship
    Bronze Medalist – Brown Belt
  • 2010 Pan Jiu Jitsu No-Gi Championship
    BRONZE – Brown Belt Feather Weight Division
  • 2010 Houston International Open
    CHAMPION – Brown Belt
  • 2010 Houston International Open “ABSSOLUTE Brown Belt”-Bronze Medalist
  • 2009 Pan Jiu Jitsu No-Gi Championship
    Bronze medalist – Brown Belt Master Feather Weight Division
  • 2009 NAGA Carolina CHAMPION – Adult Advance Gi Brown Belt Division
  • 2009 World Jiu Jitsu Championship
  • 2009 New York International Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship
    Silver Medalist – Brown Belt Division
  • 2009 PAN Jiu Jitsu Championship
  • 2009 Bud World Cup
    CHAMPION – Brown Belt Division
  • 2009 Bud World Cup
    CHAMPION – No-Gi Lightweight Advance
  • 2008 World Jiu Jitsu Championship
  • 2008 NAGA Atlanta
    CHAMPION – Advance Division
  • 2008 NAGA Atlanta
    CHAMPION – Expert Division
  • 2008 NAGA Atlanta
    SILVER – Expert Division
  • 2007 NAGA Atlanta
    CHAMPION – Expert Division
  • 2007 NAGA Atlanta
    BRONZE – Expert Division
  • 2007 South East Grappling Classic
    CHAMPION – Advance Division
  • 2007 South East Grappling Classic
    SILVER – Advance Division
  • 2007 Chaos In The Cage
    CHAMPION – 2 Times
  • 2006 Budweiser National Cup
    CHAMPION – Advance Division
  • 2006 Budweiser National Cup
    SILVER – Advance Division
  • 2005 Bud World Cup
    Silver Medalist – Intermediate


Gilbert Burns, also known in the Jiu Jitsu community as “Durinho” is one of the Top BJJ lightweights in the World having won some of the most prestigious tournaments in the world. The former Atos Team standout came to the limelight of Jiu Jitsu in 2009 after he reached the final of the Mundials, but his great moment came in June 2011 wen he defeated favorite Kron Gracie for the World BJJ title.

Gilbert Burns in Detail

Full Name: Gilbert Alexander Burns
Nickname: Durinho means hard in Portuguese, although at this point it is not established the reason behind the nickname
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Andre Pederneiras > Ramon Lemos > Gilbert Burns
Main Achievements in BJJ:

  • World Champion (2011)
  • World Pro Cup Champion (2010);
  • World No-Gi Champion (2010);
  • Brazilian National Champion (2009 CBJJE);
  • Brazilian National Champion (2010);
  • Naga Open Weight Champion (2009);
  • Lutador Grappling Champion (2010);
  • 3x World Silver Medallist (2009 – Black Belt, 2007 & 2006 Brown Belt);
  • European Bronze Medallist (2009);
  • Brazilian Nationals Silver Medallist (2007 – Brown Belt)

Position/Technique: Attack the back.
Weight Class (BJJ): Peso Leve (Lightweight), 75kg – 167lbs

Gilbert Burns Biography

Gilbert Burns was born on the 20th of July 1986 in a town called Fonseca in Niteroi – State of Rio de Janeiro. He started training the the Academia Associacao Oriente in Niteroi, an affiliate of Nova Uniao’s Welton Ribeiro, and stayed with Nova Uniao until the World Championships in 2007 (in which Gilbert placed 2nd). In the second semester of 2007 he moved to Rio Claro to be part of Ramon Lemos ’s Team there, first fighting under the Brasa Academy and with Atos after it was formed by Lemos and André Galvão. In 2009 Durinho put his name on the map as a Silver Medallist in the Black Belt Division at the sport’s greatest competition, the World Championships. After the “Mundial” he travelled to Asia to teach in Singapore, Philippines and Hong Kong, going to the United States shortly after.


With the start of 2010, Gilbert began his best period at the time, reaching to the Semi Finals of the European in January (allowing his team mate to go on to the finals), after that an amazing run at the World Pro Cup Trials in Rio de Janeiro winning against Celso Venicius  who was a heavy favourite (and had only lost 3x in his black belt career). The two met again at the Semi-Finals of the main event in Abu Dhabi with the Niteroi wonder boy going on to the final, winning the gold medal and the 8000 dollars prize money against Claudio Mattos. He went on to win the Brazilian Nationals in May that year. On October 2011 Gilbert Durinho officially left the Atos team, the reason given was that Durinho had been helping MMA fighter Vitor Belfort prepare for his upcoming fights, Belfort was a direct rival of UFC champion Anderson Silva. Silva was a student of Durinho’s coach Ramon Lemos and due to the conflict of interest, Gilbert felt it was best to leave the team in good terms.

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“Creating a better you through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu”

Fernando Loor Vera


CLASSES | options and information about our programs and classes



This class is for WHITE BELTS ONLY and is taught wearing a gi.  The gi is the traditional uniform of a Jiu Jitsu student. The curriculum of the beginner class consists of fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that anyone is capable of learning and participating in. There will be some level of street self-defense that will be taught in this class as well. Program is the first level for adults (over the age of 16) beginning their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training. Students will learn the fundamentals of BJJ and basic techniques. Class structure is formed around a warm-up, a lesson in technique and partner training to practice the technique from the lesson. For anyone first beginning in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, this class is mandatory and you may only participate in the Advanced classes when Professor Vera deems you ready.

Intermediate / Advance


Our Advanced Jiu Jitsu classes explore a broader range of techniques and positions while still enforcing at its core the basics of BJJ. In addition to teaching more complex grappling, throwing, clinching and submission techniques, these classes are more intense and designed for serious competitors. Professor Vera will teach you a methodical approach to gaining control of an opponent, transitioning to a dominant position and work to apply either a choke or a submission via joint manipulation. You will learn ways to overcome larger and stronger opponents using technique and leverage that are essential in competitive fighting and self-defense. This class is by invitation only.



Classes in No Gi are very similar in nature to standard Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, although students do not wear gis. This lack of gi increases the amount of speed and athleticism required, and it also limits the sweeping and submission options of the competitors.

No gi training focuses on self defense techniques as opposed to competition techniques, allowing the student to be comfortable in their training and knowledge in a non-competition environment




Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is aimed at kids 6-14 years old and integrates physical education and self-defense technique with conditioning and skill-building games aimed at improving coordination, motor skills, agility and flexibility. Our program helps young students develop important character traits and values, including:

  • Excelling in Academics & Athletics      • Confidence
  • Goal Setting                                        • Discipline
  • Leadership Qualities                           • Courage
  • Responsibility

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Our students are empowered to perform at a higher level. Not just on the mat, but academically and socially. The classes are challenging but also a lot of fun, and that is what keeps our students returning and excelling.


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Adress: 11108 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28273
Phone: 704-512-9397