First time attending a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class?
Read this first.

No one ever forgets what it felt like to be a new white belt in a room full of strangers. The experience of walking into an academy can be very intimidating, but have no fear! Jiu-Jitsu practitioners are extremely easygoing and welcoming!

On your first day of class, you will be greeted with a smile and a loaner uniform (“Gi”). We will then walk you through a warm up that consists of stretches and drills designed to introduce you to Jiu-Jitsu movements. You will then learn fundamental techniques for controlling and immobilizing an opponent, protecting yourself from strikes and submissions, escaping bad positions, as well as launching your own attacks! Towards the end of this session, there will be supervised sparring. Sparring is usually done from the specific position we worked on that day.

Sparring does not happen on the first day; this is to give you an opportunity to see that even though students are engaged in grappling combat, they are still competing in a friendly way. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is, at its core, a team sport! We push each other to become the best that we can be.

First Day Checklist:

  • Shower before training and make sure your nails are trimmed. This is because hygiene is very important to us and those around us. Nails should be trimmed to ensure the safety of those that you are grappling with.
  • Wear comfortable, athletic clothing. Gym shorts, t-shirts, and compression clothing are all appropriate to wear underneath the Gi (uniform) and for No Gi training (Tuesdays).
  • Bring flip-flops or slides to wear OFF the mat. This is important in helping us maintain hygiene standards and keep a safe and clean environment for everyone.
  • Bring a change of clothes to wear home after practice. Jiu-Jitsu is a workout, and you will sweat.
  • Bring a water bottle. We do supply water and cups, if you need it.
  • Be prepared to have the best time of your life!

Frequently Asked Questions

“What does SAS stand for?”

In 2009 Professor Carlos Pinto  broke away from long-time team Nova Uniao. After leaving Nova Uniao, he, along with Coach Guilherme Santos, formed SAS Team.

“What does the logo mean?”

The SAS Team logo is a Phoenix, a mystical bird that rose from the flames as a winner, having beaten all of life’s challenges and overcoming hard times. The Phoenix is a symbol of rebirth from the ashes of the past and represents the victory of life over death, thus immortality.

“How far-reaching is SAS’s influence?”

There are 120 SAS Team Academies in the world, unified in our traditions and proudly wearing the Phoenix. As a student here you can visit any one of them and be greeted with hospitality. We also have Summer Training camps in Fortaleza, Brazil that you can attend to get the full SAS Team experience.

SAS Philadelphia Instructors

Anton Gotsmanov

Black Belt

I came to the United States from Russia in 2000, and started my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey in November of 2007, as a college student looking for a new hobby. Since that day, Jiu-Jitsu has become my biggest passion. I actively compete at all levels and in August of 2017 I achieved the rank of Black Belt under Francisco Daniel Tavares, on the podium of Master Worlds IBJJF Championship.

Over the years, I have had the privilege of helping many people become better athletes and better fighters. By sharing my extensive knowledge of holistic nutrition, I am also able to help others achieve their optimal health and body composition. I thoroughly enjoy teaching adults and children, and seeing my students’ progress and success has fueled my fire, leading me here: starting my own academy. I eat, sleep and breathe Jiu-Jitsu, and want to share this dedication with my students full-time.

I particularly enjoy breaking down techniques and how they apply to different body types and styles. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced practitioner, I can take you to the next level through private one-on-one lessons or group sessions. No matter what, you can always expect the same consistent, positive energy and attention from me!

Notable Achievements


2019 FUJI NY State Champion
2019 NY IBJJF Spring Open – 2nd
2018 Pride BJJ Champion
2018 NY IBJJF Fall Open – 2nd


NY IBJJF Summer Open Champion
NY IBJJF Spring Open Champion
IBJJF Masters Worlds – 3rd
NY IBJJF Summer Open Absolute Division – 3rd


Purple – 2013 NJBJJF Spring Open Absolute Champion
Blue – 2011 NAGA Wildwood Champion

The Team

The SAS Team promotes the philosophy of Professor Sá and honors the legacy of the family that pioneered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Northeast Brazil. The team’s main objective is to educate its members on the etiquette and ethics expected in the practice of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, while remaining on the cutting edge of technical ability, as well as setting guidelines for basic curriculum and belt advancement of affiliate schools.

By following this long-standing tradition, we can provide each student with an authentic experience that we were given. You will see other SAS Black Belts and members at team training sessions, seminars, and random classes. We support each other as well as each other’s students!

The SAS Family

Anton Gotsmanov

Anton joined SAS Team in 2007 when he started training Jiu-Jitsu under Francisco Daniel Tavares.

Professor Daniel Tavares

Daniel is a 4th Degree Black Belt from Fortaleza, Brazil. He has been practicing, teaching, and competing for the past 22 years. In addition to earning countless Black Belt titles, Daniel became a Masters World Champion in IBJJF 2018. Daniel was promoted to Black Belt by Master Francisco Sá in 2005.

Master Francisco Sa

Master Sa originally started training under Takeo Iano and achieved a very elite Red Belt status in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He was a Black Belt for 54 years and passed away in 2013 leaving the legacy to his oldest son, Professor Carlos Pinto Sá “Sazinho”.

Professor Carlos Pinto Sa “Sazinho”

Sazinho was born in Fortaleza and currently holds 7th Degree Black Belt rank. He formed the SAS Team in 2009. His brother Guybson Sá is a very accomplished Black Belt who lives in South Carolina.

“Daniel is a true inspiration for me and has been my mentor and big brother for the last 11 years. It has been an honor to train and travel with him and other SAS Black Belts in tournaments across the United States.”
- Anton Gotsmanov, student

Our Sponsors

As athletes always striving for better performance and recovery, we have been very fortunate to have the following companies helping out my journey. Together we grow stronger!