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Getting to Know Christian Bello: The Driving Force Behind Phenom BJJ in San Fernando Valley



Great ideas are the cornerstone of progress, and behind every single one of them stands an exceptional mind. Christian Bello, the visionary founder of Phenom BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) Academy, is a testament to this truth.


With a longstanding passion for martial arts and an unshakable commitment to instilling discipline and personal growth in others, Christian has transformed Phenom BJJ into an institution where his students discover the extent of their potential. But Phenom isn’t just a martial arts academy – it’s a tightly-knit community built on respect, self-confidence, and unwavering support for each other.


In this article, we’ll delve into the academy’s founder and head instructor, Christian Bello, and investigate how Phenom BJJ has transcended the concept of a training center, becoming a platform for individuals to unlock and become their best selves!


Who is Christian Bello?

Christian Bello is the founder and head instructor at the renowned Phenom BJJ in the San Fernando Valley. As a skilled 3rd degree black belt, Bello brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the sport, much of which was gained from training under the legendary Romulo Barral of Gracie Barra, a 5-time BJJ world champion.


Bello also saw great success in his grappling career, with many international gold medals and achievements adding to his credentials. However, he has since switched his focus to passing his BJJ knowledge onto eager students.


Christian Bello’s teaching methods are thoughtful and adaptive, modifying his style to cater to each learner’s abilities and goals. He leads by example, embodying the academy’s core values of self-confidence, discipline, respect, and team spirit


The head instructor’s humility and unending patience foster an open, thriving environment at the academy where, regardless of age and background, all are welcome. And, despite his background, Bello prefers to let his students’ growth and accomplishments take the spotlight.

In other words, cultivating the next generation of BJJ practitioners in a safe and welcoming place is Bello’s greatest passion. His commitment to generously sharing all he has learned shines through in every class at Phenom BJJ, making him a great instructor.


Phenom BJJ Academy: What is it all about?

Located in the San Fernando Valley, Phenom BJJ Academy is one of the leading martial arts academies in the Los Angeles area. Founded in 2012 by accomplished black belt Christian Bello, Phenom BJJ was born from the vision to create a welcoming environment where practitioners could go on journeys of self-improvement at their own pace


The academy quickly consolidated itself as a destination for individuals looking to learn the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It became more than just a place for a good workout to get in shape, transcending into a place where like-minded individuals nurture a sense of community that strives for mental fortitude and personal growth.


Phenom BJJ takes immense pride in fostering a family-friendly atmosphere where people of all ages and backgrounds, no matter how diverse, are not just welcomed but embraced. 


For the youngest warriors, age-specific classes cater to different age groups: Phenom offers the “Little Sieto” classes for kids aged 4 to 7, where the fundamentals are taught in a fun and engaging way. Then, they progress to “Phenom BJJ”, which further enhances the skills, discipline, and resilience of kids over 7, teaching them valuable skills that will serve them well throughout their lives.


For teenagers, there is the “Teen Class – All Levels”, where pupils of different skill levels and ages gather to practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. As they face unique challenges during adolescence, Phenom BJJ’s instructors combine the physicality of the grappling art with the mental resilience required during these years.


For adults, Phenom’s variety of classes is even broader! They offer fundamental classes, which are tailor-made for beginners taking their first steps into the world of Jiu-Jitsu, advanced classes, specifically created for those who have mastered the fundamentals and are looking to take their skills to the next level, as well as an inclusive “All Levels” approach, where novices, experts, and everything in between train and evolve together as one.


And in response to the growing demand and to further foster inclusivity, Phenom BJJ introduced a new class exclusively for women. This class provides a supportive and empowering environment for women to hone their skills in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Participants of all skill levels have been taking advantage of this unique opportunity to train together, share experiences, and build confidence in their abilities. The class has quickly become a vibrant community within the academy, fostering camaraderie and solidarity among women in the martial arts community. By offering this specialized class, Phenom BJJ continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing diverse and inclusive training opportunities for all.


Additionally, the academy embraces diversity within the community. Some people prefer to grapple while wearing the traditional kimono (gi) while others prefer a more dynamic approach without it, called no-gi, and Phenom offers classes for both BJJ variants.


The academy firmly believes that the right training environment can make all the difference in one’s martial arts journey. This is why Phenom BJJ has spared no effort in creating a spacious and well-equipped facility that caters to the diverse needs of its students, ensuring they’re always immersed in a comfortable and motivating atmosphere.


However, no educational place can function without dedicated instructors! Christian Bello and other instructors are fully committed to helping each student reach their full potential. With their extensive knowledge, years of experience, and utmost patience, Phenom’s instructors offer personalized guidance, mentorship, and coaching to every member of their academy.


Schedule your free trial at Phenom BJJ!

Phenom BJJ stands as one of the best martial arts schools in the San Fernando Valley. As the academy’s head instructor, Bello is fully committed to fostering a supportive and empowering community for people of all ages and backgrounds.


Did we mention that practicing BJJ brings extensive and lifelong benefits, like increased focus, discipline, and mental acuity? We invite you to reap all those boons and experience the transformative power of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by scheduling a free trial at Phenom BJJ.


Join our tightly-knit community today and embark on a journey to a healthier, more confident, and empowered you!




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