THE INSTRUCTORS

Learn from World Champions (20+ World Titles)

The depth of knowledge amassed by our instructors will be a great advantage to anyone who desires to learn the art of jiu jitsu. Jiu jitsu is a fun, safe and practical martial art that offers a full body workout while teaching highly effective self-defense skills that are applicable in a variety of real world situations.

  • André Galvão Atos Jiu-Jitsu HQ Co-Founder & Head Professor

    “I personally know many [people] that start training jiu-jitsu as a hobby and it changes their life for the better – better endurance, better flexibility. Life can be stressful and jiu-jitsu can help you regain balance.” – Professor André Galvão, on the benefits of jiu-jitsu.

  • Angelica Galvão Head Women's Only Professor

    “On the mats we are all the same, regardless of your social position, skin color, faith and beliefs. We may not speak the same language, but we can easily communicate with one another thanks to this beautiful art.” – Professor Angelica Galvão, on connecting via jiu-jitsu.

  • Josh Hinger Kids 8-13 Class Professor & No-Gi Professor

    “I started jiu-jitsu on July 2, 2003 and never stopped training. I had one hiatus in 2008, when I was a blue-belt, where I was in the peace corps. Not doing jiu-jitsu for two-years, made me realize  that I love jiu-jitsu.” – Professor Josh Hinger, on when his jiu-jitsu journey started.

  • Michael Liera Jr. Basic & Fundamentals Class Professor & Prof. Galvão Assistant

     “The number one thing I miss about San Diego is my home, my jiu-jitsu academy. I enjoy doing jiu-jitsu elsewhere; however, there is nowhere like home. Atos is my happy place.” – Michael Liera Jr. on traveling to teach seminars.

     

     

  • Lucas Barbosa Basic & Fundamentals Class Professor

    “I love jiu-jitsu because it is simple. Training makes you better, there is no other way. It is about determination and not second-guessing yourself. Jiu-jitsu will help build your confidence.” – Professor Lucas Barbosa, shared after a morning class.

     

     

  • Dominique Bell Basic & Fundamentals Class Professor & Prof. Galvão assistant

    “Teaching is like a puzzle, and when I figure out the best way to communicate a technique to a student it’s satisfying, and I feel like I solved the puzzle.” – Professor Bell, on cracking the teaching puzzle.

  • Michael Perez No-Gi (All Belts) & Kids 8-13 Class Professor

    “This is a very special moment for me. I have been training since 2008, earning a black belt was always my goal end goal. Everyone contributed to this result, I have trained with each and every one of you, you made me better and vice-versa. We progress together.” – Professor Michael Perez, on the journey to earning a black belt.

  • Nisar Loynab Kids 5-8 Class Professor and Kid's Competition Class

    “I got started when I was 16 years old, I was getting into some trouble in and out of school. My father wanted to offer me something [more beneficial] to occupy my time. Jiu-jitsu was what we found.” – Professor Nisar, on how he got started in jiu-jistu.

  • Mike Carbullido Kids 5-8 Program Professor & Prof. Galvão Assistant

    “I’m very happy to have helped our team, [Atos], win various titles throughout the years. Teaching the kids is the passion I’m devoting myself to. I can’t wait for this coming new year. I cherish watching their development on and off the mats.” – Professor Carbullido, on teaching the kid’s program.

  • Adam Bradley Basic & Fundamentals Class Coach (mornings)

    Jiu-jitsu is an art that allows me to show my personality. A painter will paint, a dancer will dance and I do jiu-jitsu. It allows me to express myself.” – Coach Bradley, on the art form of jiu-jitsu.

     

  • Ricky Briceno Kid’s 3-5 Class Coach & Kids 5-8 Class Assistant Coach

    “It was actually by accident. I was hooked from day one. I find the mental game and strategy element intriguing. I love to challenge myself mentally and physically.” – Coach Ricky, on his introduction to jiu-jitsu.

     

     

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