HISTORY OF BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU
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Professor Dimitri’s training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu started at the age of 18 (in 1997) at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance. There he studied under Grand Master Helio Gracie, Royce & Rorion Gracie & Caique Elias. After seeing the world championships on a video he decided that he wanted to become a champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and felt that the Machado Brothers may be able to help him more to achieve this goal. In 1999, Professor Dimitrios started training under Roger Machado. He was very impressed with Roger’s style of Jiu-Jitsu and began training very consistently becoming one of Roger’s most dedicated students. Professor Dimitrios received his purple belt under Roger Machado.
He began training In his garage and more with Rogers brother Rigan Machado, once Roger moved his academy to a location that was too far to follow. In 2004 Professor Dimitrios also started training with Pan-American champion Paulo Guillobel at a Machado affiliate academy near his home. He received his brown belt from Paulo Guillobel with both Roger and Rigans blessing. In 2005 Paulo received an opportunity to expand his academy and also began teaching at a location that was too far to follow. Professor Dimitrios then returned to the Machado Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance where he has been ever since. He received his black belt from Jiu-Jitsu master Rigan Machado in early 2007 and currently holds the rank of 3rd degree BJJ black belt.
Most recently Professor Dimitrios Mavraganis won the 2015 NABJJ Los Angeles International Tournament taking home the gold medal in the black belt open class. He also won the 2015 NAGA San Diego tournament, taking home the championship belts in both the Gi & No-Gi divisions. Also, In 2013 Professor Dimitrios won the SJJF World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships at the Black Belt level. During his Jiu-Jitsu career he has also won multiple State, National, and Pan American titles as well as many other Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu titles. He has conducted BJJ seminars all over the USA and Europe and takes a special liking to teaching arrest and control seminars for the US Marshal’s, FBI, and Correctional Officers at the federal prison of Terminal Island, in Long Beach, CA. Professor Dimitrios has also appeared in Tapout Magazine numerous from 2009-2012 to demonstrate his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques.
ADULT CLASS INSTRUCTOR
Before training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Coach Frank Gomez wrestled in Collegiate, Freestyle, and Greco Roman Wrestling. He has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with DMBJJ since 2004. And has recently received his Battling Ropes (Level 1) certification and his NASM Personal Trainer Certification. He has competed and won numerous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competitions including the Gracie World Championships. Recently Frank won the 2016 NABJJ Los Angeles international tournament and then recieved his Black Belt from Professor Dimitrios in the DMBJJ/Rigan Machado team. Coach Frank is the lead instructor for the DMBJJ Tuesday morning class where he mixes all of his experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, and sports training to provide students with the ultimate training experience!
DMBJJ LEAD INSTRUCTOR
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ADULT CLASS INSTRUCTOR
Coach Kiko bio coming soon...
KIDS CLASS LEAD INSTRUCTOR
In 2002, Suzanne began her journey in Martial Arts with Kenpo Karate. In 2003, she started training Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and was hooked. She loved the challenge of MMA. As her interest in self-defense and teaching grew, she began to train with the idea of someday opening her own school to teach self -defense to women and children.
In 2010, she started her journey in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). BJJ became her favorite Martial Art. After many years assisting Professor Dimitrios with the kids classes, Coach Suzanne is now one of our lead instructors for the DMBJJ Kids Programs.
FTP CLASS INSTRUCTOR
Scott began his martial arts training in San Francisco in 2002 with Aikido, eventually obtaining his black belt in 2008. Around 2006, at the suggestion of a friend, he attended a BJJ class and immediately signed up at the end of the class. Job transfers allowed him to visit and learn from a variety of schools in the Bay Area and overseas before arriving at DMBJJ in July of 2014. Scott currently holds the rank of 1st degree purple belt and is an active member of the competition team.
Scott is currently working with the DMBJJ Adult FTP class.
Coach Edwin bio coming soon...