Instructors

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Jacob "Sapao" Pinson

Head BJJ Instructor / Black Belt

Head Kids Boxing Coach

 

Coach Sapao has been training jiujitsu for over 12 years and has trained under some of the best practitioners and coaches in the sport. He began training with his longtime friends and black belts Cleber Luciano, Dan McCowan and Anthony Mantanona of Coachella Valley Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. Coach Sapao moved to New York and joined world renowned jiu-jitsu team ALLIANCE-NYC, where he trained under head coach Fabio Clemente, Babs Olosumokan and legendary jiu-jitsu practitioner Lucas Lepri. After his time with team Alliance NYC, coach Sapao moved back to California where he has continued he’s training with team Alliance Los Angeles since its inception, under the tutelage of one of the greatest practitioners of all time, Rubens “COBRINHA” Charles Maciel.

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David "Cruz" Cruz

Adult BJJ Instructor/ Brown Belt

Life long athlete of all conventional sports: baseball, basketball, soccer, football, hockey...David stopped everything after finding jiu-jutsu in 2010 and haven’t skipped a beat, nor plans to. David enjoys all things outdoors, fishing, hiking, camping, and backpacking. David loves that jiu-jitsu can be for everyone. David enjoys teaching/coaching jiu-jitsu as much as possible

Favorite technique : Kimura shoulder lock.

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Monique Saverino

Kids BJJ Instructor/ Blue Belt

 

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Joe Azios Jr. 

Kids BJJ Instructor/ White Belt

My name is Joe Azios Jr. I've been helping coach the kids and training for 4 months. My wife and I will be celebrating 25 years together this year, we have a 23 year old daughter and a 12 year old son. I love racing and hockey, and I look forward to embarking on this jiu-jitsu journey with my son Dario