My name is Ademar De Araujo Jr., and I am also known as Junior Barui, which is my childhood nickname. I am 34 years old, married, and have three beautiful daughters.
I was born in Goiania, Goias, Brazil and became involved in sports at a fairly young age. I played soccer until I was 13 years old, that was until I found martial arts. I started practicing Capoeira and Taekwondo and made martial arts a huge part of my life. At the age of 16, I moved to the United States with my parents and have been living in the San Francisco Bay Area ever since. In 2005, when I was 21, I had the honor to be introduced to Jiu Jitsu and this martial art changed my life in many ways, including making me a better person and good role model for my children. Over the past 13 years, I have competed in many tournaments to test myself and improve my techniques and skills.
Here are some of my competition records in recent years:
- 2011 Bronze Medalist at U.S. Open Championship
- 2012 Bronze Medalist at American Cup Championship
- 2015 Silver Medalist at U.S. Open Championship
- 2016 Champion at U.S. Open Championship
- 2018 Champion at American Cup Championship
- 2018 Silver Medalist at American Cup Championship, Open Division
With this knowledge and passion that I have for jiu jitsu I would like to pass this on to my students and training partners. Based on discipline and respect, I became a Jiu-Jitsu assistant when I was still a blue belt. Now, I am a certified IBJJF Black Belt, #75149 and have been teaching Jiu Jitsu for the past three years. I am very excited about the opportunity to share my knowledge with you on the mats at the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy in Redwood City, California.