Move to train, train to move.

Shadow Jiu-Jitsu is all about functional movement patterns for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


Why Shadow Jiu-Jitsu?


If you train Jiu-Jitsu & want to improve as fast as possible and to stay injury-free...
Then the quality of your movement in training (and competition) is paramount. Because, if you don't learn to move well – in a way that suits your Jiu-Jitsu, that is both efficient and safe – then you'll be lagging behind. And you'll get injured faster.

Which is exactly why we, Rafael Lovato Jr. and Cameron Shayne, created the Shadow Jiu-Jitsu course.

Shadow Jiu-Jitsu is a movement and conditioning practice for all types of BJJ practitioners who are seeking the highest level of agility, mobility, stamina, and strength on the mats.
It'll equip you with movement drills and movement patterns that will enrich your understanding and performance on the mats, as well as boost your Jiu-Jitsu skills and longevity.

It is a comprehensive course that has everything you need to form your own movement practice and to sharpen your BJJ .
Make sure to click on the button below to read more on why Shadow Jiu-Jitsu is tailored-made for you.

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Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Story 



Rafael Lovato was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, though he moved to Oklahoma City when he was 8 years of age. Rafael’s father was an incredible Martial Artist which made young Rafael’s contact with combat sports inevitable. Still as a child, Lovato Jr. got involved with boxing (his first true love by his own admission) and later with Jeet Kwon Do. When Rafael was 13, he started his tuition in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through his father who was taking classes in Dallas from Carlos Machado. Lovato Sr. would travel to the Texan city once a week to have private classes with Machado and then practice what he learned with his son.

When Rafael got to brown belt, he was already considered one of the toughest American competitors in the BJJ scene, and a hot prospect for the future. Lovato’s relationship with Saulo Ribeiro started around that time when Rafael was 19 years of age. It was 2003 and Rafael had reached the final of the Arnold Invitational against Saulo Ribeiro, the two fought and at the end of the fight, Saulo invited Rafael to come and train with him in Brazil. Rafael accepted the invitation and later that year he visited Ribeiro. There the relationship between the two turned into a friendship and Lovato saw the potential of having a coach like Saulo beside him.

At the beginning of 2004, Rafael Lovato was invited to help Marc Laimon prepare for his fight with Ryron Gracie. The two spent 3 months as roommates in that training camp, creating a strong friendship that still stands today. After that camp, Rafael received his black belt in Jiu-Jitsu in August 2004, just after his 21st birthday. In 2005, Rafael moved for good to the Ribeiro brothers academy (Saulo and Alexandre) and made the most out of the new coaching, reaching the podium of most major tournaments he set foot on. In 2007 he achieved the greatest glory of them all, winning the World Championship.

In 2013, Lovato Jr. won the Brazilian National Championship in the open weight division, being the first non-Brazilian man to win the coveted trophy. Other important landmarks in his combat sports career were him becoming the 3rd American citizen to win the IBJJF World Championship in the black belt division (2007) and his first major title in a mixed martial arts promotion in 2019 with Bellator (middleweight title).

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Cameron Shayne's Story 



Cameron Shayne is the founder & director of Budokon, and is considered the father of the Mixed Movement Arts culture.

Cameron pioneered the phrase and concept of Budokon Mixed Movement Arts by combining the combat arts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts together with Yoga, Crawling Patterns, Mobility, Calisthenics, and Cognitive Studies into a single black belt system known as Budokon (BU warrior, DO way, KON spirit).

Based in Los Angeles, CA, during the 90's, at the time the mecca for yoga in the Western world, Cameron established himself as one of the pioneering voices and transmitters of contemporary yoga, martial arts and the movement culture. Known as a teacher of teachers, he is responsible for the creation the Budokon Yoga style, the Budokon Mobility style, the Budokon Mixed Movement Arts Black Belt System, Budokon University, BDK Academy, and for his provocative writings and podcast influencing the contemporary movement scene.

His radically honest and transparent style of teaching through critical self analysis has established him as a guiding voice for modern yoga, martial arts and the movement culture world wide.

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