Since 2008, we have been providing quality Jiu Jitsu instruction to the public and also helping martial arts schools to improve their management systems and business development success.
To provide the best support possible to Jiu Jitsu students, instructors, and school owners looking to better themselves, their community, and the world they live in.
What We've Achieved
- Assisted in developing more than 20 martial arts schools throughout the world through management resources, instructor courses and more.
- Developed hundreds of Jiu Jitsu students in dozens of countries including international champions and world renowned instructors.
- World recognized Brazilian Jiu Jitsu programs for children ages 2 to 14.
- Parent resource videos for parents looking to improve their child's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu experience.
- Built & managed successful martial arts schools from the ground up, within the U.S. and abroad.
- Direct connection to the founders of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu through Master Joe Moreira (8th degree coral belt) and Grandmaster Francisco Mansor (9th degree red belt), under the late Grandmaster Helio Gracie.
- Developed and certified dozens of instructors internationally through our certification courses Level 1 through 4.
- Trained international Law Enforcement in special tactics for use in hand to hand combat.
PROFESSOR ERIK KLINGER
Professor Erik Klinger, one of the founders of Level Up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Worldwide, began his martial arts training over 35 years ago at age seven. His first experience with martial arts was sitting on his mothers lap and crying through an entire class without even joining until the very end. Once he had gained enough courage to participate he fell in love with the art and has never stopped training since.
Since then Professor Erik has had an extensive Martial Arts experience, gaining black belts in five different disciplines including a second degree black belt and Professor teaching certificate in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Master Joe Moreira (8th degree coral belt) and Grandmaster Francisco Mansor (9th degree red belt).
early teaching experience
After reaching the age of 16 , Erik became a professional Karate teacher in Palo Alto, California teaching the children of Professors on Stanford University campus. This was Professor Erik’s first experience as a professional martial arts teacher. Earning wages and doing what he now found to be his passion; martial arts and teaching. Later at age 18 he moved to Chico, California where he ran a successful martial arts school, teaching Karate under his master to kids and adults and competing and training around the world. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Asian Studies form Chico State, University Professor Erik fulfilled his childhood dream by moving to Okinawa, Japan.
Erik stayed in Okinawa for three years teaching, training, and competing in the Amateur Pancrase MMA circuit. He also helped to re-introduce Karate to the Junior High School P.E. system in Okinawa. The introduction was a huge success and to this day due to the efforts of several teachers including Professor Erik Klinger, Physical Education in Okinawa Junior High Schools now includes the traditional art of Karate. Creating a successful Karate and Mixed Martial Arts club for Junior High school kids at a local school, Erik was on a mission to spread system-style martial arts teaching around the world.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
While in Japan, Erik explored other Martial Arts. He began training at a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) gym with professional and amateur fighters from the Japanese Panacrase organization. Being amazed with the efficiency of ground fighting techniques, he decided to dedicate himself to the study of Submission Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts. He enjoyed the training so much he began to fight in the different levels of the Pancrase MMA amateur circuit. While training and beginning to enjoy the MMA so much he started a Mixed Martial Arts club for the Junior High School students in the village he had originally taught Karate to. After 3 years of teaching training and fighting in Japan, Erik moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil to continue his Martial Arts training by studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU
After moving to Brazil, Erik started training with the Ryan Gracie Team, under top heavyweight world champion, Fabio Leopoldo where after years of training, he became the first American Black Belt from from under the champ. After teaching, training and competing in Brazil, Erik moved back to California where he is originally from and helped to grow four successful Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools in Ventura County. Some where big academies housing MMA, Fitness, and Kickboxing classes at the same time as Jiu Jitsu for kids and adults. During this time he became a co-owner and manager of the original academy he used to train at under the Ryan Gracie Team in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He would fly back to give instructor courses, staff training courses, and management courses to help build the student body and success of the school. He eventually helped build the school within one year from 80 students to over 250 students. At one point of co-owning the five schools(four in California and one in Brazil) Professor Erik Klinger had an active student count of over 1000 students.
LEVEL UP TODAY
Today, Professor Erik Klinger runs two thriving Level Up Jiu Jitsu schools in Los Angeles, California with almost 200 students in a little over two years and Level Up affiliates in several countries around the world. He is also the president and founder of the International Jiu Jitsu Education Fund www.i-jef.org , which helps children around the world to train in the gentle art at absolutely no cost and provides uniforms and support for their coaches and academies. Professor Erik is also a private business coach to many world renowned Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school owners and world champions.
The purpose of the Level Up University Online, founded in 2018 is to provide quality online content to martial arts school owners, instructors, and students looking to improve their knowledge and skills within their respective Jiu Jitsu interests and goals. The Level Up University space is designed to house all of the important concepts, tools, advice, and paths leading towards excellence many of the most important areas of Jiu Jitsu study. There is an extensive resource library for parents of children training in Jiu Jitsu, beginner adults Jiu Jitsu students, intermediate level Jiu Jitsu enthusiasts, advanced students, Jiu Jitsu competitors, and more. There is even an extensive Women's Self Defense course section dedicated exclusively towards women.
If you are a beginner student you will find excellent technical videos and documents to help you through your first few years of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu study. Our Beginner's Blueprint is provides a path to successfully getting through the early stages of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu including the white belt stripe rank requirements and a step by step how to explanation on each phase of the belt. Once you arrive at blue belt you'll be ready for the advanced section which will take you further into your Jiu Jitsu journey.
If you are an avid competitor you will find many of the most cutting edge techniques and positions from some of our international competitors and up and coming Brazilian competitive stars from the various tournament circuits around the world. Our "Competitor's Corner" will help you with those sticky points including meal planning, nutrition, drills, sports psychology, and more. We also house hundreds of technical advice from Jiu Jitsu champions on positions that really work during competitions to get the win.
In the Professor's Points section you will find details from top black belts from around the world. These details and insights will help you bring your technique and knowledge to the next level quickly and with ease. Fast forward to years in the future where you would have discovered these secrets but without going through the agony of discovery on your own. Flip through the videos with ease and watch your Jiu Jitsu prowess grow.
LEVEL UP INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT
Our mission is to instill passion and caring in others through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and martial arts teaching. Through this we have set up various projects around the world starting with Guatemala and Brazil where we help to hire professional Jiu Jitsu instructors who teach underprivileged children confidence, discipline and self defense skills under the Level Up system and philosophy. This can be seen through our core statement of purpose;
“Through great teaching, and great service, we can see great change in the world.”
Currently we have three Level Up affiliate academies in Sao Paulo, Brazil and two affiliate projects in Guatemala and the international Level Up family is growing every day.
LEVEL UP NONPROFIT WORK
Level up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu International has been spreading it's non for profit mission throughout the world by establishing sister schools in impoverished communities and through sponsorship of under priveledged children training at our headquarters in West Los Angeles. Level Up also supports the work of the International Jiu Jitsu Education Fund (IJEF) and other organizations such as PATH (People Assisting The Homeless), and the Youth Justice Coalition L.A., in order to promote better communities and to give back to children and families in need.
Some of our current sister schools around the world include, Level Up Guatemala City, Level Up Xela Quetzaltenango, Level Up Sao Paulo Brazil, Level Up Mairinque Brazil, and Level Up Aluminio Brazil. The children training at these schools train for free and are sponsored by the support of both Level Up Social Outreach Program. The children currently training in Guatemala and Brazil live in very difficult situations and have very little activities available outside of their Jiu Jitsu training. Through the effort of the Level Up Social Outreach Program, and other organizations such as the International Jiu Jitsu Education Fund and other corporate and private sponsors, the children their are provided with a full time professional Jiu Jitsu coach, Jiu Jitsu uniforms, mats and even facility to train in.