Instructors

Jacob "Sapao" Pinson

Head BJJ Instructor / Black Belt

 

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 Cleber Luciano black belts 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.

David "Cruz" Cruz

Adult BJJ Instructor/ Brown Belt

Life long athlete of all conventional sports: baseball, basketball, soccer, football, hockey. Stopped everything after finding jiu-jutsu in 2010, and haven’t skipped a beat, nor plan to. Enjoy all things outdoors, fishing, hiking, camping, and backpacking. Favorite part of jiu-jitsu is that it can be for everyone. Enjoy teaching/coaching jiu-jitsu as much as i can. Favorite technique : Kimura shoulder lock.

Gustavo Quiroz

Kids BJJ Instructor/ Blue Belt

 

A father of a 2-year-old daughter and dedicated student to the Martial Arts world. Gus has been involved with martial arts for over 20 years in a variety of ways; however, for the past 8 year Gus has been a participant of jiu-jitsu. When the Cobrinha San Bernardino program open its doors it instantly became his second home.  Gus currently holds a blue belt and coaches the kids’ program. Gus Is passionate about Coaching which not only provides a way to give back to the community, but allows Gus to pass jiu-jitsu on to his daughter.  

Monique Saverino

Kids BJJ Instructor/ Blue Belt

 

Scott Emmett

Kids BJJ Instructor/ White Belt

 

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

 

Josh

Kids BJJ Instructor/ Blue Belt

Josh brings about 4 years of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu experience to our gym. He served in the United States Marine Corps for 5 years and is currently a graduate student at Cal State San Bernardino. He is also a husband and a father. His perseverance, passion, and dedication to the gentle art has allowed him to grow as a student. Josh currently holds a blue belt and loves passing on his knowledge to his daughter and the students.