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.
Frank Gomez
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!

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Dimitrios Mavraganis
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Nea Vanda Ouk
ADULT ESSENTIALS CLASS INSTRUCTOR
Coach "Nea" began his training at DM Jiu-Jitsu in 2013. A veteran of the US Navy, he wanted to find an activity to challenge his mind as well as his body. Jiu-Jitsu was perfect!

Coach Nea has trained consistently 5 days a week since the beginning and has developed an effective submission based style to his Jiu-Jitsu. He is one of the few students who started taking notes from DAY ONE of his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey. He posts these notes and video techniques on his DMBJJ approved instagram page called "Ouks_Choke_Notes". Coach Nea teaches our Tuesday night DMBJJ Essentials Class!
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Craig Wellander
ADULT ESSENTIALS CLASS INSTRUCTOR
Coach Craig was introduced to the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at a very young age (8). He trained mainly (No-Gi) Submission Grappling at first, but also learned striking and wrestling as well.

After many years of training, he took a break, but shortly after, missed the art very much. He then decided to make a return and find an academy where he could specifically focus on his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission Grappling rather than mixing it with other arts. This search brought him to DMBJJ. Since joining the team coach Craig has won numerous BJJ Tournament titles and continues to compete at a very high level!  He has earned multiple sponsorship's from his performances and looks to become the next DMBJJ World Champion. Coach Craig regularly teaches the DMBJJ Thursday night Essentials Class!