Quick background info on myself:
- I’m a no-gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Ricardo “Hellraiser” Teixeira and co-founder, along with my brother David, of our own system of martial arts called the Freestyle Fighting System.
- I have over nineteen years of experience in mixed martial arts, having trained in wrestling, kickboxing, and BJJ.
- I wrestled under Coach Tirso Valls who was a Division I wrestler out of Lock Haven University and Kickboxed for years under Coach Eric “El Tigre” Castanos who was a three-time kickboxing world champion and trainer to boxing world champion Jermain Taylor.
- I have traveled to Thailand and Cuba to train extensively in kickboxing and boxing respectively. In Thailand, I completed a one month Advanced Muay Thai Instructor Training Program at Tiger Muay Thai – the largest kickboxing camp in Thailand. In Cuba, I trained under Olympic Boxing Coach Carlos Miranda.
- I’m one of the owners of the Freestyle Fighting Academy (FFA) along with my brother and wife.
- I opened up FFA in 2001 – it is south Florida’s oldest MMA gym.
- FFA has two locations, in Miami and Weston, with over 1,000 students.
- As of 2014, I have coached over three hundred fights, with a record of 245-91-5 (over 70% win rate).
- I have coached fighters to fight on Bodogfight, EliteXC, Strikeforce, WEC, and the UFC.
- I’ve had former students appear in four different seasons of the The Ultimate Fighter (Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres, Charles McCarthy, Marlon Sims, and Kimbo Slice).
- My team has sent four athletes to the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club), which is the Olympics of submission grappling (David Avellan, Rima Avellan, Enrico Cocco, and myself).
- My brother is a five time ADCC veteran and placed 3rd in the World in ADCC 2009 Barcelona under 87kgs.
- My brother and I have produced five black belts in our system (Enrico Cocco, Leonor Cocco, Mike Bernhard, Jorge Masvidal, and John Mangual).
- I have an amateur MMA record of 7-1 and a pro record of 2-0-1. I have wrestled and grappled two to three hundred matches.
- I have won numerous grappling titles, including two national titles, with my biggest win being a shut out in the ADCC Trials, where I got the opportunity to represent the USA at the 2005 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships at 77kgs. My brother and I have defeated many big name black belts and world champions.
- I have coached Jason Soares (FFA Brown Belt) to win the 2011 FILA Submission Wrestling World Championships at 65kg in Serbia. Jason Soares is FFA’s first World Champion grappler.
- I am one of the head speakers for the MMA Millionaires Consulting Group – speaking in front of thousands of MMA gym owners every year. The group is headed by my business mentor, Master Lloyd Irvin.
- I am married to my beautiful wife Rima and have three children: Amira, Marcos, and Lloyd.
Ok… so if you didn’t know me, now you do! That was a quick snap shot of some of my accomplishments and credentials.
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