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MEET OUR TEAM
HEAD INSTRUCTOR
jayson patino

Jayson is committed to helping every student improve their lives, both inside the academy, and in life. As a competitor, he learned that self-discipline, work ethic, and smart goal setting can help you achieve anything you want in life. As an instructor and father, he has learned that patience, creativity, and attention to detail can help other’s reach their full potential. Jayson has a passion for self-improvement and helping others reach their goals. Through his years of experience and research, Jayson has written several programs on the proper ways to diet, improving mental strength, setting and achieving goals, how to cope with adversity, overcoming and learning from failure, training for competition, and how to achieve overall happiness.

 

Jayson’s martial arts journey started in Taekwondo at four years old. He started wrestling in high school and continued at the University of Central Florida where he was a 2x All American (helping UCF win 2 National Championships) while earning a degree in Social Science Education. He began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the UCF Jiu-Jitsu club in 2004 and later transitioned into fighting professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Jayson trained MMA and Muay Thai Kickboxing for over ten years. Later he shifted his focus to competing in the IBJJF, ADCC, FILA, & UWW World Championships in his quest to be a World Champion.

In 2009 he won the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) North American Trials and competed at the ADCC World Championships, which are considered the Olympics of grappling. In the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation) World Championships he medaled in every belt rank he competed at. Then, in 2014 he achieved a life goal by winning the FILA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Jayson has also coached several times in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships) in different cities throughout the world. He is currently a 3rd degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Liborio.

His accomplishments include:

    • US Grappling World Team Trials Champion 2017
    • FILA No-Gi Submission World Champion 2014
    • IBJJF No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu World Championships Bronze medalist- Black Belt 2014
    • US Grappling World Team Trials Champion 2014
    • FILA Grappling World Championship No-Gi Bronze Medalist 2013
    • FILA Grappling World Championship Gi Bronze Medalist 2013
    • IBJJF No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu World Championships Silver Medalist- Brown belt 2012
    • IBJJF No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu World Championships Bronze Medalist- Purple belt 2009
    • Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) North American Trials Champion 2009
    • Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Veteran 2009
    • US Grappling World Team Trials Gi Champion 2013
    • US Grappling World Team Trials No-Gi Champion 2013
    • 4x Naga No-Gi Expert Champion 2005-2012
    • 4x Naga Gi Champion 2005-2012
    • 2x Copa America Gi Champion
    • 2x Copa America No-Gi Expert Champion
    • America’s Cup Jiu-Jitsu Champion 2005
    • 2x NCWA Wrestling All American 2004-2005
    • 2x NCWA Wrestling Conference Champion
    • Florida Wrestling State Championships Runner-up 2001
    • Florida Wrestling State Championships 5th Place 2000
    • 2x District Champion and Regional Champion 2000-2001
Chief instructor
marcio pimentel

Marcio Pimentel is a world class instructor that has coached Olympic athletes and UFC Champions. Marcio has dedicated his life, first, as a Judo and Jiu-Jitsu athlete and currently as an instructor of the martial arts and high level conditioning coach. He began training Judo when he was 7 years old and Jiu-Jitsu around the age of 20 at Carlson Gracie Academy. He earned his Black Belt in Judo in 1987 and is a 4th degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Murilo Bustamante.

He graduated with a degree in Physical Education, specializing in training, strength planning and conditioning. The combination of martial arts knowledge and higher levels of education have allowed Master Pimentel to help young students improve their lives both on and off the mat.

Some of the world renowned athletes Marcio has trained include:

Ricardo Libório (IBJJF & ADCC), Murilo Bustamante (UFC Champion), Flávio Canto (Olympic athlete Atlanta 1996 and Athens 2004), Leo Leite (Olympic athlete & Bellator), Erika Miranda (Olympic athlete London 2012 and Rio 2016) Kyra Gracie (BJJ World Champion and ADCC), Pedro Rizzo (UFC), Marcio “Pé de Pano” Cruz (UFC), as well as many others.

Accomplishments:

  • Most technical athlete award of the Brazilian Championship
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion
  • 10x State Judo Champion
  • 8x Brazilian Judo champion
  • Silver Medal South American Judo Championship
  • Silver Medal Warsaw Judo World Cup
head striking instructor
kai Calaway 

Kai started training in 2016.  Kai is a Professional Fighter.

Accomplishments:

  • Professional fighter Karate Combat League
  • Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion (Combat Night)
  •  Middleweight Kickboxing Champion (Mo Muscle)
  •  Welterweight Muay Thai Champion (Leleo Code)
  • Undefeated Light Heavyweight Kickboxing (Combat Night)
  • 8-0 Amateur Kickboxing Champion
  • 2-0 Mixed Martial Arts Undefeated amateur
  • Florida State MMA record: 4 second knockout (Head kick)
  • Black belt in Muay Thai
  • Black belt American Karate
  • Black belt Kempo
  • Black belt Tang Soo Do
  • Certified Jeet Kune Do MMA instructor
assistant instructor
JUSTIN COBB

Justin Cobb attended the University of Central Florida (UCF) where he studied Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. Justin returned to UCF as a professor to Pre-Medical and Pre-Physical Therapy students while also working for Cirque Du Soleil and Sports Specific Training and Rehabilitation. During his tenure, Justin has earned numerous postgraduate certifications including Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Neuro Emotional Techniques (N.E.T). He is now a co-founder and president of New Dimensions Wellness in Orlando, Florida.

  •  Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
assistant instructor
JENESSA SIMMONDS

Jenessa “Nessa” Soto started training in 2014.  She is currently a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Accomplishments:

  • Bachelor of Science in Sports and Exercise Science, Fall 2017
  • 2x Newbreed Gold Medalist
  • 2x Newbreed Silver Medalist
  • 2x Newbreed Bronze Medalist
  • 1x Naga Gold medalist
  • 1x Naga Silver Medalist
chief instructor
brandon pureza

Brandon “Maui” Pureza started training in 2020.  He is currently a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Accomplishments:

  • 4 years varsity wrestling 3rd at senior districts
  • 2 years boxing under Pinklon Thomas
  • 2 1/2 years Jiu jitsu -Silver and Gold medals in Naga and LeLeo code
assistant instructor
Richard “Val” Valladolid
  •  Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
assistant instructor
daniel munoz
  •  Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
assistant instructor
Gabe noles

Gabe started training in 2019.  He was also a Law Enforcement Officer for 3 years.

  •  Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
assistant instructor
MARC Vasquez

Marc started training in 2022.  He served in the US Army for 4 years.

  •  Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Jayson Patino
Team
Marcio Pimentel
Nessa
Jenessa Soto
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Kai Calaway
Brandon Pureza
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