Featured Academy September: Sandro Batata Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Every month JiuJitsuSweep.com features an up and coming academy based on academy size, instructor lineage, or competition achievements.

This month we feature Sandro Batata  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu .

Sandro Batata BJJ is owned and operated  by 3rd degree black belt Sandro ” Batata ” Santiago and has 2 California locations, located at ;

2330 Mission St

Santa Cruz , CA , 95060



2360 S Bascom Ave.

Campbell, CA , 95008



Sandro ” Batata ” Santiago was the first black belt ranked under the King Of The Half Guard, Roberto ” Gordo ” Correa  from the world renowned Gracie Barra in Rio de Janeiro and has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for well over 19 years. Participating in the largest and most well respected Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition organizations , Sandro ” Batata ” Santiago leaves nothing to the imagination, if anyone has had the pleasure of witnessing Batata compete, with his aggressive style of Jiu Jitsu , no other reaction can best describe Batatas style  besides amazement.

Throughout his years of competing, Sandro Batata has racked up many wins including;

2 x Brazilian National Champion (1995 , 1998)

3 x State Champion – Rio de Janeiro – ( 1997 , 1998 , 1999)

2 x USA vs Brazil Challenge Champion ( 2003 , 2004)

3 x Pan American Champion (1998 , 2001 , 2003)

3rd Place World Championship ( 1999 )

Super Fight Champion at United Gracie Tournament (S.F)

Super Fight Champion at Grapplers Quest (Las Vegas).

For those who don’t speak or understand Portuguese, his nickname as a child was Batata or ” Potato ”  , and years later it stuck with him. Later in life it would be his calling card , his fingerprint for success in the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and now the name Batata is synonymous with clean techniques and an aggressive style of grappling leading to medals and championships the world over.

With his wrestling training at Stanford University under the guidance of Coach Chris Horpel, Sandro Batata BJJ has the complete grappling program to best suit your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu game. As head instructor and owner , Sandro Batata BJJ is quickly becoming a sought after Jiu Jitsu academy and coach in the Santa Cruz and San Jose area.

Assistant to Sandro Santiago , coach Julio Echeverria also a black belt , sporting an impressive competition record in his own right,  assists in teaching fundamentals and advanced techniques to students of the academy.

Julio’s achievements include;

1 x Brazilian Team Champion

1 x Copa Alfa Barra Champion

3rd Place 4th American Cup

5th Place Brazilian National Championship

5th Place World Championship

Participating and competing in all major tournaments in Brazil and The United States including the IBJJF Worlds Championships, the Pan Ams , Brazilian Nationals, Brazilian Team Nationals and other competitions and has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 14 years alongside Roberto ” Gordo ” Correa in Brazil, Julio Echeverria carries years of techniques and experience from some of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coaches and practitioners Brazil has to offer.

Listen to Sandro Batata on The Fightworks Podcast talk about learning to find a legitimate Jiu Jitsu school among  other topics and be on the lookout for Sandro and his students competing at various upcoming competitions.

For the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction in Santa Cruz and Campbell California visit Sandro Batata BJJ  or visit www.batatabjj.com