BLACK FLAG JIU JITSU CLUB INSTRUCTORS
PROFESSOR GILBERT OLIVAS, LEAD INSTRUCTOR
1ST DEGREE BJJ BLACK BELT
IBJJF/USBJJF/SJJIF CERTIFIED BLACK BELT
SCIENTIFIC WRESTLING CERTIFIED CATCH WRESTLER
JUDO BLACK BELT
S.A.W. BROWN BELT (WSWF)
Gilbert began his pursuit in martial arts and combat sports in early 2008. He began training under the instruction of women's MMA pioneer Michelle "Grapple Girl" Farrow. Under the tutelage of Michelle and her then husband Dusty, Gilbert trained in Mixed Martial Arts and climbed the Jiu-Jitsu ranks up to purple belt. During that time he also became an assistant instructor, assistant corner-man, kids competition team coach, and strength and conditioning coach. In 2011 Gilbert began training under Professor Israel Juarez, a 2nd degree Black Belt under Professor Marcelo Carvalho of GF Team, and was awarded his brown belt by Professor Israel in 2012 and black belt by both Professor Israel and Professor Marcelo Carvalho in 2014. Gilbert now continues his progression in BJJ under the guidance of the Professor Nicolas Gregoriades, founder and leader of The Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood, where he received his 1st degree black belt in BJJ, January 2018. Gilbert is also a student of the famed Catch As Catch Can Wrestling system. While with Snake Pit USA Gilbert was certified as a Journeyman 1, Journeyman 2, & Ripper 1 Catch Wrestler. He is currently a member of both Scientific Wrestling & Old School Grappling Catch Wrestling Association. Under Scientific Wrestling he is a certified Catch Wrestler, awarded by Coach Jake Shannon. With Old School Grappling, Gilbert is listed as an Affiliate Coach and shares his knowledge of Catch Wrestling with members of Black Flag, under the tutelage of Coach John Potenza. He also holds the rank of Black Belt (Shodan) in Judo under Sensei Sadiq Daniels & Sensei Michelle Bishop. Most recently Gilbert was awarded the rank of Brown Belt in Submission Arts Wrestling (SAW) by the World Submission Wrestling Federation, which is headquartered in Japan. Gilbert has competed in BJJ & Submission Grappling tournaments, Mixed Martial Arts, and Judo. Gilbert's educational background includes certificates in Fitness Training, Massage Therapy, and a degree in Business Management.
lineage: Jigoro Kano>Mitsuyo Maeda>Carlos Gracie Sr.>Carlos Gracie Jr.>Roger Gracie>Nic Gregoriades>Gilbert Olivas
PROFESSOR CARLOS ROJAS
BLACK BELT INSTRUCTOR
IBJJF/USBJJF/SJJIF CERTIFIED BLACK BELT
Carlos began his journey in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1998 at the Gracie Academy in Torrance. In 2000 he joined the military and began a 10 year special operations career in which that took him around the world providing him an opportunity to train with and learn from multiple high level grapplers. Carlos has had the opportunity to learn from grapplers such as Royce Gracie, Rorion Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Rumina Sato, Carlson Gracie Sr, Walid Ismael, Paulo Fernando, Andrew Eidson, Dean Lister, Jimmy Sanchez, Mike Mrkulic, Elias Gallegos, Eduardo de Lima, Xande and Saulo Ribero. Carlos is currently a black belt under Professor Nic Gregoriades of the Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood. Carlos also holds Black Belts in Judo, Taekwondo(4thDan), and Hapkido. He is also trained in Muay Thai, MMA, MCMAP, and SOCP. Carlos’ currently serves as the Chief Tactical Medicine Instructor and Senior CQB Instructor at Special Operations Training Services (www.SpecOpsTS.com). He is also a certified Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant and Project Manager.
lineage: Jigoro Kano>Mitsuyo Maeda>Carlos Gracie Sr.>Carlos Gracie Jr.>Roger Gracie>Nic Gregoriades>Carlos Rojas
Sean Broussard, MMA/Striking Instructor
(Retired, available for private lessons only)
Sean has an extensive amount of experience in multiple disciplines that includes licenses, certifications and accolades. While serving in the U.S. Army he earned and completed the Modern Army Combatives Program, Level 3 Basic Combat Instructor Certification under The United States Army Combatives Schoolhouse (Prof. Matt Larsen). He functioned as a Mixed Martial Arts Trainer to U.S. Soldiers stationed in South Korea. During that time, he had the privilege to be the liaison with Korean Top Team under MMA Coach Dongjin Ha. Sean is also a Kru under the legendary Muay Thai Ajarn Paul Metayo. Sean has earned his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt under Professor Jon Siracusano from the Urban Survival Academy/Gracie Humaita. Sean’s experience is not limited to, as he has trained with Sensei Gary Vincent of Bushido Kickboxing, USA Boxing Coach Chuck Scovone of Sun World Athletic Club, USA Boxing Coach Elena Reid of Reid’s Family Fitness & Boxing, and Kung-Fu/Wushu Sifu Chuck Perry IV – of American Kung-Fu Academy.
Emilio "2.0" Castro, Kids Jiu-Jitsu Instructor
Brittany Richards, Kids Jiu-Jitsu Instructor