INSTRUCTORS


 
 
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Michael Cusi

Head Instructor. 2nd Degree Black Belt.

Professor Michael Cusi proudly earned his black belt in 2009 from Roy Harris, one of the first 12 Americans to be promoted to the rank of black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu known as "The Dirty Dozen".

Professor Mike actively continues his training by keeping an open mind to new technique and passionately passes his knowledge down to his students. He has won titles as a black belt at IBJJF Master Worlds, Pan Ams, and Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. Sponsored by Moya Brand.

Favorite Submission: Kimura

 
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Jaime Reynoso

Professor. Black Belt.

Professor Jaime Reynoso started training Jiu Jitsu in 2003 with the notable Roy Harris. He also has a degree in Kinesiology with an emphaisis in nutrition, fitness, and health from SDSU. 

Professor Jaime started training Jiu Jitsu for a dynamic form of exercise and self-defense. His style is always hunting for submissions and baiting his opponents to make a mistake. 

Favorite Submission: Guillotine Chokes & Telephone Arm Bars

 
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Johnny Tama

Professor. Black Belt.

Professor Johnny Tama started training Jiu Jitsu in 2009. He was awarded his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt in December 2016 under Juan Miguel Iturralde of the Alliance Academy in Ecuador. Being also one of the first Ecuadorian athletes to break through as a high end competitor in this sport/martial art.

Tama earned this reputation while grappling in the lower belt divisions, having conquered medals at the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation Pan American Championship (gi & no-gi) and World Championships (gi & no-gi) in both the purple and brown belt categories. As a black belt he has conquered various prestigious tournaments against high level practitioners throughout the world. Check out his BJJ Heroes Bio.

Favorite submission: “Tama Lock”

 
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Jim P

Coach. Brown Belt.

Jim began grappling in January 2000 via the study of Judo, then expanded to the study of submission grappling, Freestyle/Greco/Folkstyle Wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Jim is a Brown Belt and an Apprentice Instructor of Grappling, Filipino Martial Arts, & JKD under Roy Harris. A conceptual practitioner that focuses is to make everyone a better student in the art of martial arts.

Favorite Submissions: Pressure, Wrist Locks, Bent Armlocks, Leg Locks

 
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Paulete Celebrado

Head Kids Coach. Purple Belt. 

Coach Paulete has been training Jiu Jitsu since 2013. An active competitor and an avid supporter of women empowerment in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, she can be found at many Jiu Jitsu events and tournaments throughout the community. 

Being a female and usually the smallest person on the mat she relies mainly on leverage and redirection. She has won titles in IBJJF Worlds, American Nationals, IBJJF Opens, Abu Dhabi Grand Slams and various local tournaments. Her most recent was 2019 Pan American Championships winning gold in her division.

Favorite Submission: Arm bars and Bow & Arrow Choke


“If you want to be a lion, you must train with lions”
— Carlson Gracie