“Success is when opportunity and preparedness meet”


Lotus Club Miami (LCM) is the newest primary location to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts here in South Miami.  LCM Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts was established January 2, 2011 by head instructor  Arvin “Ace’’ Panlasigui.  Coach Ace is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Tony Smith (Lotus Club Seattle) and Giva Santana (Lotus Club California). Ace has 14 years of experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and over 20 years of experience in martial artsRead More…

Lotus Club Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) was developed after Mitsuyo Maeda brought judo to Brazil in 1914. Maeda agreed to teach the art to Carlos Gracie, son of his friend, Businessman and politician Gastão Gracie. After Carlos learned the art from Maeda, he passed his knowledge to his brothers Oswaldo, Gastão Jr., George, and Hélio. At the time, judo was still often commonly referred to as Kano “Jiu-Jitsu” (from its founder Kano Jigoro), which explains why this derivative of judo is called Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu rather than Brazilian Judo. Its emphasis gradually shifted towards ground grappling.

Carlos Gracie established the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1925. At the time, Carlos and his brothers were teaching Japanese Jiu-Jitsu  Read More…

Head Coach of Lotus Club Miami: Arvin “Ace” Panlasigui

Born in NY, Arvin “Ace” Panlasigui quickly became involved in martial arts. At age 12 he earned his 2nd degree black belt in Tung Soo Do. At age 13, his family moved to Seattle, WA where he participated in tennis, wrestling and Judo. In 1993, the first UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) aired on TV. Ace immediately saw the value in Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) but there were no schools in WA at the time. In 1998, Ace was referred by a friend to check out a Jiu-Jitsu class with Marcello Alonso (Black Belt under Carlson Gracie). Unfortunately that school changed locations the very next day.

Later that year, he was contacted and invited to attend a BJJ seminar with (at the time) 8th degree black belt and UFC veteran Joe “The Gorilla” Moeira and (at the time) Lotus Club black belt Juliano Prado. Joe Moeira is now a Red Belt in BJJ and Juliano is now a 4th degree Black Belt. After over a year of training, at age 20, Ace competed in one of the first No Holds Barred events in WA. This competition was called “The rumble in the valley” which took place in Aug 1999, held at the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation. The term Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) did not exist at the time, the Brazilians referred to it as No Holds Barred (NHB) or Vale Tudo. With Carlson Gracie and Carlson Gracie Jr. in attendance, Ace dominated a much larger opponent in 7 min by arm bar. With that victory along with other fellow team mates, Lotus Club Jiu-Jitsu was growing in the Seattle area. After 3 years, head coach Juliano Prado, made a decision to move back to California. Read More…