Carlos Alberto - Founder & Head Instructor
Standing at 5'5" and only weighing 140 lbs., Carlos Alberto was the victim of bullying through much of his adolescence. Finally, in February 2000, at the age of 19, while completing his undergraduate studies [Bachelor's of Science in business], he began to train Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, also known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, under the Gracie family at the renown Gracie Academy in Torrance, CA.
After a brief stay at the Gracie Academy, Carlos became aware of an academy that was a bit closer to his home and immediately made the switch. That team ended up being no other than the infamous Carlson Gracie Team.
In 2006, after a brief stay in Brazil, Carlos, along with his brother Horacio, began to study the art of boxing. They immediately fell in love with it and from 2006 through 2011 they dedicated 100% of their time and efforts to that sport: Horacio as the fighter and Carlos, along with Ian Franklin [father of U.S. Olympian Malcom Franklin] as coach.
Today, Carlos focuses more on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and leaves the Boxing instructing to Horacio.
"You can beat 90 to 95 percent of the competition simply by working hard".
Horacio Cortez - Head Boxing Instructor
At the young age of 21, Horacio is already a nine-year veteran of the sport of Boxing. Having started at 12 years old, he immediately fell in love with "The Sweet Science" and never looked back. Along with his brother Carlos, Horacio began studying boxing in 2006 and fought at the amateur level until 2011. Today he manages his time between his undergraduate studies [Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science] and teaching boxing. His goal is to become a Physical Therapist and continue to teach the sport of boxing to everyone who wants to learn.
"The hardest part of the fight is training in the gym. The easy part is getting in the ring".
Joey Garcia - Muay Thai Instructor
With over 9 years of Muay Thai training under Joe Davidson, Joey is not only an exemplary instructor but also the 2014 SoCal Battle of the Badges 150 champion.
Rather than focusing solely on the kickboxing aspect, Joey's deep love and respect for Muay Thai allows him to teach his students the amazing culture associated with the sport and lifestyle.
"Mindset is everything -- what you think, you become".
Robert Acosta - Boxing Instructor
Robert began his journey into boxing as a kid in the late 1970s. Having been trained under 1988 U.S. Olympian coach Lauro "Larry" Ramirez, Robert is a seasoned veteran with decades of experience.
"Everything comes down to courage, dedication, and discipline".
Adam Duarte - Assistant Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor
Adam has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for a little under 3 years. When he first started training under Carlos Alberto's MMA, Adam was 240lbs. Now, through his own mental strength, determination, and positive attitude, Adam weighs an incredible 160lbs. Those same attributes are what make Adam an essential part of the Academy. His goal is to become a Black Belt and spread the art of Jiu-Jitsu to all.
"Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard".
Juan De La Cruz - Assistant Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor
Juan has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for a little under 3 years and wrestled for 2 years. Being a member of the U.S. Army, his biggest asset is his mental strength, along with his attention to detail. His goal is to earn a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and begin his journey into the world of Mixed Martial Arts.
"Punish the body for the mind's failures. Once the body fails, the mind is forgiven. By constantly pushing beyond your comfort zone, you'll be limitless".