Located in Arlington, VA, Kogaion Academy prides itself as an exceptional martial arts academy. Our curriculum has something for everyone, regardless of experience, age or gender. Here, we focus on the art and sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo. We ensure that our students grow stronger and faster while developing acute self-defense skills in a safe and fun environment.
The meaning of “Kogaion” and our logo
Kogaion (pronounced koh-gai-ahn) is an ancient Romanian term for sacred mountain. It was the spiritual center for the Tracian people, although its exact location still remains a mystery today.
The academy’s logo colors represent the blue of the sky and oceans of our planet in perpetual motion, while yellow alludes to light and energy. The dracon, a mythical creature with wolf head and snake body, was the standard insignia of Dacian troops. The root of the word "dracon" means "to watch" or "to guard with a sharp eye".
The spiral and yin yang are motifs found in ancient Cucuteni and Chinese ceramics. They represent continuous movement, creativity, and evolution, which are also grounding philosophies of Kogaion Academy. The motto of the academy is "running with the wolves." Legend has it that Dacian warriors could turn into wolves, while some say that wolves were among them in the battlefield.
VICTOR VASILE CIOCOIU
1ST DEGREE BJJ BLACK BELT | JUDO BLACK BELT | SANDA BLACK BELT
Victor is the founder of Kogaion Academy. He is an accomplished martial arts competitor who has medalled in multiple national and international competitions in the past 30 years. He is also an experienced instructor who has taught for more than 20 years. He specializes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo, and sanda.
As an instructor, Victor distinguishes himself with an innovative style of teaching, attention to technical detail, and focused care for students' progress. As a doctor in physical therapy, Victor has designed the curriculum to give particular consideration for students' safety during training. His motto in training is "We don't train intensely hard, we train intensely smart."
His lineage is the following: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Jorge Pereira > Leo Dalla > Victor Ciocoiu
KIds & Teens Assistant Coach
BJJ BLUE BELT
Beatrice is a passionate Brazilian jiu-jitsu practioner and active in the BJJ competition circuit. She has medalled multiple times at IBJJF tournaments, including gold at the D.C. Open and bronze at the most recent Seattle Open. As an instructor, she works to bring the best out of students so that they can improve technically, mentally, emotionally, and athletically.
We are proud of our students who understand that training allows them to grow and learn in not only self-defense, but also respect and community. We encourage a friendly environment where we care for the safety of everyone. The group is comprised of students and professionals, men and women, of varying ages and all walks of life who enjoy personal development through martial arts.