The Teacher

Rodrigo is a certified Yoga teacher (Yoga alliance) and martial artist, holding a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (1. Degree), which he has been teaching since 2010. Read more


The Dojo – Our Training Grounds

The Sport- and Fitness-Studio Koryo was founded in 1988 and is one of the most successful sports clubs in Berlin. The classically furnished gym offers 2 floors with over 700 sqm with all the necessary equipment and possibilities for effective training. 

BJJ Berlin Neukölln

Our Team

Checkmat is an international academy, comprised of not only a competition team, but more importantly a multi-cultural family of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) practitioners. Founded in 2008 by the Vieira brothers, Checkmat is now represented in 16 countries worldwide. The Teams' headquarters are situated in Signal Hill-Long Beach, California (USA), and is a regular host to 'The Mundials', the BJJ world championships.

The community continues to grow,  since 2017 CheckMat has expanded to two additional Dojos, one in Berlin-Neukölln (in partnership with Koryo Gym) and the other in the neighbouring city Potsdam (in partnership with Fuchsbau MMA).

At Checkmat you will experience exceptional practical and hands-on instruction on the training mats which has been proven over and over again in the competition field. Checkmat men, woman and youth have all excelled in and have brought home numerous medals from some of the most prestigious tournaments in the sport, including the World Championships, the Brazilian National Championships, and the Abu Dabi Combat Club (ADCC) Submission Wrestling World. Its success can be lead back to the continuous and steady leadership and support from the Vieira brothers.

At Checkmat we consider both the art and the science of BJJ to be of importance by emphasising the technical expertise and inventions whilst simultaneously placing value on the dynamic expression and individuality of each practitioner.

On our mats everyone is treated as an equal with the same kindness, interest and passion, whether you are a world champion, a sheikh, a prince, a police officer, a nurse, a student, a preschooler, or a newcomer on his or her first day. Why? Because at Checkmat we do not count our accomplishments by the number of medals, or competitions won. We place our values and focus on inspiring our members to become healthy and positive individuals, and to pass these values on to create a healthy and positive community.

Together we are stronger. Together we are better. Together we are Checkmat!