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 Shark BJJ

Team Shark, Daniel Pinheiro BJJ is located in Castle Hills, San Antonio, Texas.  We are a family oriented IBJJF registered, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and martial arts gym.  We have classes for kids, adults, and even one on one private lessons.  Led by gym owner Daniel Pinheiro, we strive to ensure that our students have a challenging and respectful environment to train.  Love, loyalty, respect, and honor serve as our core beliefs.  We are an inclusive facility and want to extend an opportunity for any one curious about the sport to come by and try a class. BJJ is a sport that transcends age and physical ability.  If you have a desire to learn we will match that with our desire to teach.  All we ask is that you come in work out clothing and are ready to sweat.  Call us today to set up your free class.



Daniel Pinheiro is a world champion and owner of Team Shark BJJ in San Antonio Texas.  At the age of 11, Daniel began training Jiu-Jitsu in his home town of Manaus/Amazonas Brazil. He excelled at the sport and found his calling in teaching and competition.  Daniel has since gone on to win numerous titles, open his own gym, and even has gone professional as an MMA fighter.  By staying true to his core beliefs (Loyalty, honor, respect, and love) Daniels career and gym has flourished.

QA With Daniel

What made you get into BJJ?

When I was younger in Brazil there were a lot of fights in the streets.  Usually, the older kids would get the better of us.  My grandma decided that I should learn self-defense.  We were lucky because at the end of her street was a police department.  The sergeant their taught Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and I started training when I was 11.

What has 27 years in the sport taught you?


Jiu-Jitsu saved my life.  We came from a rough environment, there were only 2 choices.  You either study or become somebody, or you get in trouble.  We did the first option, and also made sure that Jiu-jitsu was part of our daily routine as a plan b. 

What is your philosophy?

My dad taught me that hard work is more valued more than money. I was raised on those principles and that is how my gym is now.  We combine this with our core beliefs of loyalty, honor, respect, and love to ensure that our gym is inclusive and everyone feels like family.

Some Accomplishments

5th Degree BJJ Black Belt

2010 3rd Place IBJJF European Championship 

2010 3rd Place IBJJF European Championship Open Division

2011 3rd Place UAE Abu Dhabi Trials

2014 and 2015 SJJIF World Champion in Gi and No Gi

2016 IBJJF Las Vegas Open Champion 

2016 2nd Place IBJFF Pan Am Championship 

2016/2017 NAGA World Champion

2017 IBJJF World No Gi 3rd Place

2017 IBJJF American National Champion

2017 IBJJF Austin Open Champion

2017 IBJJF Dallas Open Champion

2017 Texas Submission Hunter 8 Title Holder (155 lb)

2018 IBJJF World No Gi 3th Place

2018 IBJJ Pan No Gi 3th Place

2018 3rd Place IBJJF No Gi World Championship Ultra Heavy Division

2019 3rd Place Pan IBJJ Championship

2019 Dallas Springs IBJJF Champion

2019 3rd Place Dallas Springs IBJJF Absolute Division

Multiple times IBJJ in 2020

Multiple times NAGA Champion

Professional MMA Record 4-1

Amateur Record 3-0

Check out our video page or YouTube channel to see Daniel in action!

  • Team Shark BJJ YouTube