Instructors 2


Mario “Esfiha” Queiroga – Owner / Head BJJ Instructor


Mario Esfiha - 4th degree BJJ Black Belt
BJJ Black Belt 4th Degree
Professor since 2007
3x BJJ World Champion
BJJ practitioner since 1988
Abu Dhabi World Championship ADCC Veteran
Judo Brown Belt
US Modern Army Combatives Level 3 Instructor
Member of Brasa Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team


Nelson Blair – Adult BJJ Instructor


Nelson Blair - Austin BJJ Black BeltBJJ Black Belt under Mario Esfiha
Began BJJ in 1998
Green Belt in Judo under Jerry Smith.
JKD phase 1 Instructor under Paul Vaulnak.
Experience In Thai Boxing, Kick Boxing and Karate
Naga (Dallas) 1st place 2008 at 155lbs
Over 3 yrs Experience BJJ Kids Instructor


Travis Joyner – Adult BJJ Instructor


Travis Joyner - BJJ Black BeltBJJ Black Belt under Mario Esfiha
• Yonkyu in Judo (USJA)
• Trained in BJJ since 2003. Travis began his BJJ training under Rudy Vasquez and Ernesto Peralez. He has had the opportunity to learn and study BJJ under several black belts including Dave Phillips, Rolles Gracie Jr., Igor Gracie, and now trains under Ze Mario Esfiha. Travis has also studied western boxing and Muay Thai for several years under Rudy Vasquez and has had to opportunity to train with several top Mixed Martial arts fighters and trainers. Travis has been competing since 2004, and has competed in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission wrestling, No-Gi grappling, Freestyle Sambo and Mixed Martial Arts.


 Arjun Ghosh – Judo Instructor


Arjun started Judo in 2002 with Bob Perez at the Texas A&M Judo team. After winning multiple medals at the local, state, regional and national levels, Arjun received his black belt in 2007. He graduated from college and moved to Houston where he trained at Diamondback Judo for the brief time he lived there, then moved to San Antonio where he trained at Alamo Judo. He then moved to Austin where he noticed a lack of competitive judo, and opened a new club, Kokoro Judo, where we now supervise judo clubs at Kokoro, the University of Texas, Ridgeview Middle school, and the Judo club at Mario Esfiha BJJ in Austin Tx.


Douglas Curttright – Adult BJJ Instructor


Douglas Curttright• BJJ Brown Belt Under Mario Esfiha
• Judo Orange Belt

 

 


Alex Henley – Kids BJJ Instructor


Alex Henley - Kids BJJ Instructor• BJJ Blue Belt under Mario Esfiha (since starting BJJ in 2010)
• Competed/Medaled in several BJJ tournaments around Texas

Alex really feels drawn to teaching what he’s learned so far and visiting other schools. As well as visiting schools around Texas, Alex has trained in Italy, Spain, France and England. 

Along with being a teacher of the kids program, Alex is also a father in the kids program. His son Grayson has been training at Mario’s since 2010 and is the most senior student in the kids program.


William Ward – Kids BJJ Instructor


William Ward - Kids BJJ Instructor• BJJ Blue Belt under Mario Esfiha
• Trained submission wrestling from 2009-2010 at Rulon Gardner’s gym in Logan, Utah
• Trained with the gi since October 2010 under Mario Esfiha
• Fascination with pro wrestling & MMA as a kid led him to discover the gentle art of BJJ as an adult
• Competed in grappling competitions all over Utah and Texas, gi and no gi. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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