Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Fighting, the Brain and Human Potential
ACS #145 Reinaldo Novoa - TACFIT TIMER
Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Sensei “Robbie” has been on the Mats since he was 5 years old.
He founded Muga Mushin Judo School with the aim of firstly preserving the essence of judo while still affording judoka the option to aspire to their Olympic dreams. One of his Coaches brought him to a TACFIT Certification over 10 years and his passion for programming led him into creating our TACFIT Timer App which is used by so many of us all around the world every single day. He likes to live his life by two principles.
"Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort" and "Mutual Welfare and Benefit."
ACS #144 Irakli Mgeladze - Georgian Jiu-Jitsu
Prof Irakli was born and raised in Georgia a country in the Caucasus Mountain region at the intersection of Europe and Asia. He shares his story of moving to the US and finding Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Prof Irakli is the fastest student I’ve promoted to Black Belt and have always been impressed by his techniques he’s developed and he has taught me a lot. Those that know him, know he’s a man of few words so it was a big pleasure to sit down with him and share some his story.
ACS #142 Sean Patrick Flanery - BORN A CHAMPION
Sean Patrick Flanery is an American actor, producer, author and martial artist. He is known for his main role in the Boondock Saints and just released his film Born a Champion which is a 2021 American martial arts drama. It stars Flanery, Dennis Quaid and Katrina Bowden. The film also features mixed martial arts fighter Edson Barboza, with appearances by Renzo Gracie and Mickey Gall. I watched Born a Champion with my family and was really moved by the accuracy of the movie and capturing this era of time of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Vale Tudo/Mixed Martial Arts.
ACS #141 Jason Hunt - MERAKI BJJ
Jason is the owner and operator of Meraki BJJ in Santa Monica, California. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo Black Belt. Originally from Texas, he shares his story how ended up living the Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle and lessons he’s learned training with the best from around the World. I first met him when we opened our first Legacy Gym in Encino back in 2009, so it was great catching up with him after all these years.
ACS #140 Tim Valdez - LEGACY
Tim is one of my long time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students and Black Belts. He is the oldest of 7 brothers and sisters. He’s been teaching martial arts to kids for over 15 years and runs his after school program in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It’s been an honor to see him grow up over the years.
ACS #139 Pete “The Greek” Letsos - WRISTLOCK THE WORLD
Letsos is a 3X Pan Am medalist, as well as a 3X Gracie World Champion.
Letsos began training in Jiu Jitsu in high school at the Carlson Gracie Academy in downtown Chicago, and won several matches in the Jiu Jitsu World Championships as a purple belt. In 2002 after several years training with the Carlson Gracie academy in Chicago.
The 3 week journey that Letsos intended to have ended up being prolonged and before he knew it, 4 years had passed in which Letsos trained amongst some of the best competitors of the 1990’s and 2000’s, including the famous Gracie Barra team with whom he trained and competed for. Pete The Greek’s guard passing game was well respected, this allowed him a spot at the Gracie Barra Team, at the Brazilian National Teams tournament when he was a purple belt (2002). He then lived and train Jiu Jitsu in Brazil for four years, spending many hours on the mat with Osvaldo Alves and Carlson Gracie.
Letsos has trained alongside many of the world's best Jiu Jitsu fighters and mixed martial artists, such as Fredson Paixao, André Galvão, Tony DeSouza, and Miguel Torres. He is friends with Eddie Bravo, Kenny Florian, Jeff Glover, and BJ Penn. Letsos lived and trained with Penn at his mixed martial arts academy in Hilo, Hawaii, where he eventually suffered a devastating injury to his neck while surfing.
Since then, Letsos' emphasis has been on training students in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at his gym, Rio Jiu Jitsu Academy, in Chicago's Irving Park neighborhood and traveling and giving Seninars around the World.
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