Instructors

We are proud to say that all of our instructors are Brazilians and had the chance to learn straight from the source with more than 10 years of experience each.

PROFESSOR LUCAS ROCHA

Professor Lucas Rocha is a Black Belt of the prestigious ZR TEAM PERNAMBUCO in Recife, Brazil. He began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when he was 12, under the tutelage of his uncle and Professor Ze Radiola ( ZR TEAM founder), who trained under Master Carlos Gracie Jr. Professor Lucas is an active competitor defending the ZR TEAM name and traditions with many accomplishments. A few of Professor Lucas’ achievements include:cropped-lucas-rocha_0024.jpg

  • 4x World Champion
  • 3x Pan American Champion
  • 2x European Champion
  • World No Gi Champion
  • 2x Pan American No Gi Champion
  • 2x Brazilian Nationals Champion
  • American Nationals Champion

 


PROFESSOR DIEGO RAMALHO

Professor Diego came to change the environment of our academy. Starting training BJJ with 11 years of age Professor Diego has a lot of experience either competing and teaching.fullsizeoutput_8a

By having the second location opened, ZR Pasadena. Professor Diego and Professor Lucas share the classes on both of the locations. Having the students getting different concepts of each technique where they can get what works best for each one of them. Some of Professor Diego’s accomplishments as an athlete include:

  • 2x Third Place at World Championship
  • 2x European Champion
  • 7x South American Champion
  • 9x Brazilian Nationals Champion

 


COACH GABRIEL SOUSA

With 10 years experience of training, Coach Gabriel is another Brazilian phenomenon that came to support our academy and lead the kids program.
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A few of Coach Gabriel’s achievements include:

  • 2016 IBJJF World Champion
  • 2018 World Pro Champion
  • 2x Brazilian National Champion
  • 4x American National Champion Gi and NoGi
  • Vice European Champion
  • Third Place at Abu Dhabi World Pro
  • Austin International Champion Gi and NoGi
  • Las Vegas International Champion
  • San Diego International Champion