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Master Francisco Mansor Jiu Jitsu

Master Francisco Mansor (sometimes mentioned as Mansur) is a jiu jitsu red belt (9th degree) who was awarded his instructor’s degree by the late Master Helio Gracie (one of only 6 men outside the Gracie family to receive the rank by Helio), being also regarded as one of the most respected men in the sport/martial art. Francisco Mansor founded the Kioto academy in 1965, one of the most traditional Brazilian jiu jitsu schools in the world, a team strongly linked with the self defense aspect of BJJ. Master Mansor and his academy are known for having one of the biggest jiu jitsu academies for youngsters in Rio de Janeiro. 

Grand Master Fransisco Mansor

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1940
Nov 01

The Beginning

Franciso Mansor was born in 1940 in the Minas Gerais state / Brazil. In his teens Francisco Mansor moved to Rio de Janeiro, chasing one of his younger dreams, become an air force cadet. Mansor was 15 years old and already a martial arts student in a judo academy (ACM) when he start jiu jitsu classes with the legendary Helio Gracie.

1957
Jan 30

No Holds Barred

By the age of 17, Master Mansor was ready for his first Vale Tudo fight (No Holds Barred). Though the nerves kept him awake for most of the night previous to the event, he managed to keep his composure inside the ring on fight day and finished his opponent in 17 seconds. Master Mansor fought 39 times in No Holds Barred rules, winning every bout, except one that was a tie, remaining undefeated until the end of his fighting career.

1965
Dec 11

Kioto Begins

The Kioto academy, opened in 1965, when Mansor was 25 years old, was the first one to teach kids. Mansor had particular success working with youngsters, forming several great fighters with his kids program, and with his outstanding knowledge of grappling fundamentals as well as on the self defence aspect of BJJ, his class quickly became one of the most sought out places for childrens sporting activities in Rio de Janeiro.

1967
May 01

Helio Gracie

Master Francisco Mansor was a very important important part of the first jiu jitsu federation in Rio de Janeiro FJJ-RJ and with Helio Gracie (1st FJJ president) was responsible for organize the original rules, including belts system.

1999
Mar 19

Grand Master Comes To The USA

With a very strict & systematic written curriculum, the KIOTO BJJ schools focuses on the basic techniques taught by Grand Master Helio Gracie and developed by Grand Master Francisco Mansor’s. He departure from Brazil in 1999 to teach BJJ in the United States and is often regarded as one of the most traditional jiu jitsu schools in the world

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Milton Regis

Milton Regis is a certified Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Great Master Francisco Mansur, being also one of the top Kioto Academy instructors, leading KIOTO BJJ affiliations academy in US. the Sayville, NY, branch of the organization. An accomplished black belt with champion titles at the World Master, Pan American (Gi and No gi) as well as the North American Grappling, Brazilian National Championships and States Champion, Milton Regis was also the co-creator and promoter of the Long Island PRIDE, which is a BJJ competition that has been successfully running since 2007.

Grand Master Mansor awarded all of Milton Regis’ belts, except his brown belt awarded from professor Alexandre Bosco. In this time Milton was a resident in Natal – RN (Northeast of Brazil).

Professor Milton Regis

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1973
Oct 10

Milton Starts His Training At 9

Milton Regis de Almeida was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, precisely at 3:20am on the 7th of February 1964. Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, when he was 9 years old he was taken to the Kioto Jiu Jitsu Academy, the top children’s jiu jitsu academy in Rio. He was white belt when he became state champion for the first time. Grand Master Mansor awarded all of Milton Regis’ belts.

1997
Apr 20

Lieutenant In The Brazilian Army

Serving as a lieutenant, for 9 years in the brazilian Army, due to his Jiu Jitsu background, Milton was select to be part of the Judo Army Team. In 1997 Regis got promoted to a black belt right after he won the Brazilian National Championship.

2001
Nov 30

The Move To Boston

In 2001 Milton decided to follow in his masters footsteps and move to the United States. He went to Boston for 2 years before moving to the New York area where he re-united with his long time master and open his own academy.

2007
Nov 30

The Beginning of Pride

In 2007, Milton Regis also started the PRIDE BJJ Championship. The Tournament is a reference in the area, with several world champions and high level fighters competing and attracting competitors from different US states.

Kioto BJJ South Shore founders Professors Milton & Melissa Regis were live on 103.9 FM radio talking about why they started training jiu-jitsu, why they started Kioto and the benefits of training in jiu-jitsu no matter where you are in life. Listen below!