Steven Placido

Steven Placido is a 2nd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt under world champion professor Sergio Silva. He established himself as a determined competitor with several medals in notable tournaments. He started learning martial arts as a kid growing up in San Leandro, and Oakland CA. After getting into altercations with other kids for bullying him […]


Manuel Reyes

Like many, I remember my first exposure to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu while watching the Ultimate Fighting Championship. At UFC 1, I saw a man from Brazil beating guys twice his size and began to ask myself two questions, “How is this even possible?” But more importantly, “What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?” It wasn’t until I enlisted [...]

Don Franks

As a Bruce Lee fan, Don was inspired by martial arts at a very young age. He started martial arts at the age of 5 in Dublin, CA. During his childhood Don practiced in Tae Kwon Do, Kajukenbo, Kung Fu, and Karate. After many years of training in these arts, Don fell in love with [...]