Instructors

Filipe Barbosa
Owner & Head Instructor
2nd Degree Black Belt – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

I’ve been involved with martial arts since my childhood. I started with Judo in Recife, Brazil, where I was born, and loved it! I learned this beautiful art of Judo with Professor Nagai, a legendary instructor and great inspirational leader! After that, I tried many different forms of martial arts… and found Karate: Kyokushin Oyama style, the most full contact form of Karate! I continued trying to find the perfect martial art, realizing there were many different styles and cultures to choose from. One day I watched the best Kyokushin brown belt from my gym get dominated and choked out by a man called “Coelho” (Rabbit). This man was a fighter; using a martial art with a very different approach that was unknown – to me at least!! JIU-JITSU!!! Intrigued, I finally began my training in what most consider the most effective and exciting form of self defense; known today as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu! I initiated this training in Manaus, Brazil (The capitol of the Amazonas state) training with the Monteiro Brothers, under Royler Gracie. It immediately became my love and my passion! At that time I attended many international tournaments and seminars. This brought me to America where I started training Jiu-Jitsu with Luiz Claudio and Thiago Veiga. I’ve accomplished many goals as purple belt, brown belt, black belt, instructor, father and friend; with hopes of giving back to YOU by helping you achieve your goals through hard work and dedication.

Cristiano Ribeiro
Instructor & Owner of Cristiano Ribeiro Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
4th Degree Black Belt – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Professor Riberio is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor and Professional competitor from Manaus, Brazil. Royler Gracie presented him with his Black Belt at the age of 17. He continues to compete around the country and instructs regularly scheduled classes and privately.

Gonzalo Ponce
Instructor
Purple Belt – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu