Prodigy Jiu Jitsu Academy was founded in 2017 as a collaborative effort between multiple time champion Karen Antunes and her world champion husband, Mayko Araujo. At Prodigy Jiu Jitsu, our goal is to spread the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lifestyle and make a positive impact in the Phoenix community.

The vision for the academy was to offer world class instruction in traditional Jiu Jitsu and building discipline, self defense techniques and a healthy lifestyle.

Meet our Instructors

Mayko Araujo

Mayko’s interest in combat sports started as a child at the age of 9 in which he began practicing Karate, and found interest in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2001. A graduate in Physical Education, Mayko has been teaching Jiu Jitsu since 2007, and excels with his years of experience teaching kids and adults.

Mayko is a seasoned BJJ Athlete who has won medals from the World Championship and Pan American and National. Originally from Brazilia, Brazil, Mayko received his black belt in 2011 under Leo Vieira and currently holds a 2nd Degree blackbelt under the Checkmat affiliation. Mayko moved to the USA with his wife, Karen Antunes in 2014 to improve their Jiu Jitsu careers. Today they have an one more member in the family, their daughter Alice.


  • 2017 IBJJF No Gi Worlds Champion
  • 2016 IBJJF Chicago Spring Open Champion
  • 2016 IBJJF Houston Open Champion
  • 2016 IBJJF Chicago Summer Open Championship Runner-up
  • 2016 IBJJF Chicago Open No-Gi Championship 3rd Place
  • 2016 USJJF/IBJJF American Nationals Championship 3rd Place
  • 2016/2015 IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship 3rd Place
  • 2016/2014 IBJJF Dallas Open Championship 3rd Place
  • 2015 IBJJF San Francisco Open Championship 3rd Place
  • 2012 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place
  • 2012 IBJJF South Brazil Championship Runner-up


Karen Antunes

Karen Antunes is one of the top athletes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s female lightweight class. In 2014 she earned her black belt under the instruction of Master Leo Vierira. Born in Brasilia, Brazil, Karen met her husband Mayko, and began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu the same year. Karen’s performance at the prestigious Five Super League tournament on August 2015 put her on the map of mainstream of BJJ, and is considered one of the top grappling competitors of her generation.

Karen is a five time world champion who supports all classes by her husband’s side and has a special love for teaching the kids and women’s only program.


  • 2016 Pan American Championship 2nd Place (Black)
  • 2015 Five Super League Tournament 2nd Place (Black)
  • 2015 IBJJF World No Gi Champion (Black, 2013 brown, 2012 purple)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2014 brown, 2013 purple)
  • 2014 Pan American Champion (Brown)
  • 2014 IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place
  • 2014 Pan American Championship 3rd Place (Absolute Brown)
  • 2013 European Champion (Brown)
  • 2013 European Champion (Brown)
  • 2012 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (Absolute Purple)
  • 2012IBJJF World Championship (Purple)

Karen Antunes BJJ Prodigy Checkmat

Our Programs

Join the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lifestyle and see how this martial art will change your life.


Our kids classes are designed to offer a fun and safe environment. Brazlian Jiu Jitsu aims to teach respect, discipline and a healthy lifestyle.

  • Kids Class I – Ages 4-7
  • Kids Class II – Ages 8-15

Our adults class are open to the complete beginner and to the advanced competitor. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is designed for men and women of all shapes and sizes

  • Beginner Gi & No Gi
  • All Levels Gi & No Gi
Women’s Only

Our Women’s Only classes are designed to offer a comfortable training environment in which women can learn the most effective form of self defense. Join us to build confidence, learn effective techniques and to get in great shape.

  • Women’s Only Gi

Schedule your Free Class

Still not sure if Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is for you? Contact us to schedule your free class. We will introduce you to our Instructors, our Facility and get you in a class and motivated for more.