picture of Rafael Mendes

Rafael Mendes, often called "Rafa", is the co-founder of the Art of Jiu-Jitsu academy in Costa Mesa, California. Mendes is a multiple-time world champion known for his technical innovations and near-untouchable competition record at the black belt ranks.

The New Guard: Tainan Dalpra

The New Guard: Tainan Dalpra

May 24, 2023

The documentary reveals Tainan Dalpra as a young athlete with big dreams and chronicles his journey as he navigates the grueling IBJJF circuit over the course of his lifetime. 

Through super-human effort and more than a bit of grit, Tainan Dalpra was able to establish himself as the two-time IBJJF black belt middleweight World Champion.