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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.


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Jessa Khan Promoted To Black Belt!

Oct 8, 2020

Jessa Khan has earned her black belt from Gui and Rafa Mendes. Formerly the #1 Rosterweight and #4 P4P ranked brown belt, Khan is certain to shake up the ranks at the elite level. 

Jessa's promotion makes her the first-ever black belt from the AOJ kids program AND the first woman to reach the black belt level