Welcome to Lovato Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts! Lovato's has been in business for over 25 years, providing the residents of Oklahoma City with world-class martial arts instruction.

Started by Rafael Lovato Sr., the school began as an accredited Jeet Kune Do (JKD) school, focusing on Boxing, Thai Boxing, and Filipino Martial Arts, under former Bruce Lee student, Richard Bustillo. Rafael Lovato Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps and is now the full-time owner and operator of Lovato's, as well as being a world-class competitor, instructor, and coach.

Lovato’s was inspired by a love of the martial arts, particularly BJJ, and the desire to bring fitness, self-defense and valuable life skills into your life. Whether you’re 4 or 44, it’s not easy living in this crazy world these days, as we all face a lot of stress and pressure.

Learning martial arts and practicing modern self-defense techniques does AMAZING things for your bodymind, and spirit. It gets your body in incredible shape, strengthens and empowers your mind and gives you the necessary tools to take full advantage of your unique gifts – no matter what age you are.

Our awesome instructors are excited to help you on your journey to martial arts and life success with every kick, punch and grappling technique you learn! Not only will every class challenge you, you’ll also have A LOT of FUN!

Our top-notch classes are designed to teach you how to do all this and more…

  • Use your whole body to your advantage. No matter what age, shape or size you are, you'll learn effective self-defense techniques to overcome any opponent, anywhere.
  • Express your inner giant as you learn powerful grappling and practical defense drills, while gaining focusstrength, and confidence from the cardio circuits.
  • Become more aware of other people and your surroundings and spot sticky situations so you can walk away before something bad happens. You’ll also know exactly what to do, should you need to defend yourself.

So, what’s it like here?

Well, it’s as easy as 1-2-3 to remember because we’re focused on:

1) You and your FAMILY

2) Your top FITNESS

3) Your self-defense and workout FUN.

Where else can you get so many positive, empowering things without spending a fortune?

Answer: Nowhere.

Are you new to BJJ, MMA or nervous about starting? We LOVE beginners and there’s nothing to worry about at all! Our caring instructors are highly-trained and experienced and will make sure that not only will you feel safe, you’ll be safe. Your goals are our goals and we’ll help you accomplish them on your terms and at your pace.

Before you know it, your goals will become accomplishments… your imagination and ideas will increase… and your dreams will come true. All because of the exceptional martial arts training you’ll get at Lovato’s.

We can’t wait to train with you, watch you excel on the mats and experience success in ALL parts of your life!

Meet Rafael Lovato
Owner at Lovato's School of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts in Oklahoma City, OK
4th Degree Black Belt

Rafael Lovato was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in June of 1983. Following the influence of his father, Rafael began studying martial arts when he first started walking.

Rafael’s path began by studying Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Concepts, Escrima, Boxing, and Thai Boxing under his father and Richard Bustillo. Rafael was very competitive, and he soon held titles in Escrima and was well on his way to a promising boxing career.

At the early of age of 13, Rafael found his passion when his father introduced him to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). After early competition success, Rafael made a serious commitment to BJJ at the age of 15.

In August of 2004, shortly after turning 21, Rafael became the youngest American at that time to receive a black belt in BJJ. In receiving his black belt, Rafael also accomplished another feat, as he and his father became the first American father and son black belts.

Rafael has continued to make history in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, becoming the most decorated American BJJ competitor today. In 2007, Rafael achieved the incredible feat of winning the four most prestigious BJJ events all in a row.

He became the first American to win the Brazilian National Championships (Brasileiro) at the Black Belt level and the 2nd American, after BJ Penn, to win the World Championships as a Black Belt.

These accomplishments earned Rafael the prestigious BJJ Competitor of the Year Award for 2007. Additionally, Rafael is one of only a few Americans to ever be featured on the cover of the famous GRACIEMAG.

In 2009, Rafael was honored for his accomplishments when he was inducted into the prestigious Grapplers Quest Hall of Fame.

Rafael is currently The Bellator’s Middleweight MMA division Champion.

Click on a program to get started today!

How to Get Started

Come join our Oklahoma City OK, facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, and Muay Thai . Choose a program that most interests you and take the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (405) 466-5255 if you have any further questions. We hope to speak with you soon!