Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro Head Instructor

Vitor Ribeiro is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) specialist and mixed martial artist (MMA). He holds a professional MMA record of 20 wins and 2 losses.

Widely regarded as one of the most gifted grapplers of all time, the Nova Uniao product earned his black belt while still a teenager and went to on to win the CBJJ Mundials (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship) four times, once as a purple belt in 1996 and three times as a black belt in three consecutive years (1999, 2000, and 2001). He competed in the ADCC World Championship, the most prestigious no gi grappling competition in the world in 2000 and 2003.

"Shaolin" is considered one of the best lightweights in MMA. He has fought several organizations all over the world, including Shooto Japan, Shooto Hawaii, Rumble on the Rock (Hawaii), Cage Rage (England), and K-1 HERO'S (Japan). He has held the Shooto welterweight (154 lb) title, as well as the Cage Rage World lightweight championship. FIGHT magazine recently named Shaolin as one of the fighters they'd like to see on the Brazilian team if MMA ever makes it into the Oympic Games.

He made his comeback in competition in BJJ in 2012, winning the IBJJF's first Worlds Masters Championships, winning the World Jiu Jitsu Expo Superfight match in 2014, and winning the Polaris Pro 2 fight in 2015. He continues to improve his knowledge and technique, ever the hungry black belt, and started refereeing in MMA in 2013, and continuing his education in Helio Gracie's original intent for BJJ as Self Defense with the Valente Brothers in 2015.

With his academy, Modern Martial Arts, Shaolin's focus now turns to sharing his vast knowledge with his students and building their skills through a solid Jiu Jitsu foundation. He is on the mat every single day, rolling and training with his students.

Jen Sung Program Director

Jen was born into a Martial Arts family, both her parents being Black Belts, and has been training since she could walk. She is a 2nd degree Black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a BJJ brown belt. Jen is the Program Director and kid's instructor at VSBJJA. Her favorite part of the day is getting on the mats with the kids and watching their dedication, perseverance, and love for the Martial Arts grow into Black Belt excellence.

Marcos "Loro" Galvao Instructor

Loro is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Nova Uniao founder André Pederneiras. He is a Grapplers Quest Pro Division Champion, a five time Brazilian National Champion and a two time World Champion. He has fought in the WEC, Shooto, Ring of Combat, and is the current Bellator Champion. He has a great passion for teaching the sport of MMA to others, and encourages his students to never give up on their dreams, whatever they are.

Alex Ecklin Instructor

Alex has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since September of 2006. He currently holds the rank of Black Belt. A well-rounded martial artist, Alex has trained in several other arts and also holds the rank of green belt in Judo. He believes that BJJ is not only great for getting in shape but that it also builds confidence and develops a strong character that will help in other aspects of life. He enjoys cooking, fashion, reading and watching classic movies. Alex still actively competes and his favorite positions are the kimura and sweeps from half guard.

Jesse Leach Instructor

Jesse participated in a number of sports from a young age, encouraged by his father who was a pro athlete. His first martial arts was Tae Kwon Do, and he was then introduced to wrestling in middle school. From there, he discovered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and received his BJJ black belt in 2010. Jesse continues to compete in jiu jitsu as well as other martial arts. Off the mats, he's also a musician and enjoys creative projects and cooking.