Meet The Coaches
Carlos Alberto - Owner & founder
Professor Carlos Alberto began his martial arts journey at the age of 19 under the Gracie family at the renown Gracie Academy in Torrance, CA. Being the victim of much bullying throughout his childhood, Carlos felt the need to learn how to defend himself and, thus, looked into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Already aware of Royce Gracie’s successful run at the UFC, utilizing nothing but Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to defeat much larger opponents, Carlos felt Jiu-Jitsu was the right martial art for him. Immediately upon participating in his first class, it was love at first try. Carlos immediately fell in love with the art and quickly realized this was his calling.
After a brief stay at the Gracie Academy, Carlos became aware of an academy that was much closer to his home and quickly made the transition... that team ended up being no other than the infamous Carlson Gracie Team. Since the transition, Carlos has been with the same professor, New Breed Academy’s owner & founder, John Ramirez.
Amongst being a Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Carlos Alberto has been studying and practicing the art of boxing since 2006. He learned his foundation and fundamentals from the very respected Ian Franklin. Being raised in an era where Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, and Oscar De La Hoya reigned supreme, Carlos has always had a fascination and deep connection with boxing. After enrolling himself in a boxing academy to compliment his grappling skills, he quickly realized that he already loved boxing and wanted to continue to train it, along with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
In 2013, after much studying and planning, Carlos Alberto opened his academy, Carlos Alberto’s MMA & Fitness Center… the rest, as they say, is history!
Coach Horacio - Boxing instructor
Coach Horacio began his boxing career in 2006 at the age of 12 years old. He was trained by the very respected Ian Franklin and competed at the amateur lever for many years before dedicating himself to being a coach. Today, along with his brother Carlos Alberto, he runs the boxing competition team and looks forward to creating multiple world champions.
Coach Juan - Muay Thai & MMA instructor
Coach Juan began his martial arts journey at the age of 14 when he enrolled himself in the wrestling team while in high school. Fast forward to 2012, Juan found Professor Carlos Alberto and has been training under him ever since. Juan is one of the most “well-rounded” coaches in the academy, having trained in Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Muay-Thai, & MMA. He now focuses his efforts on teaching the Muay Thai program and running the MMA team.
Coach Adilene - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor & event coordinator
Coach Adilene, better known as Coach Adi, began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Carlos Alberto in late 2014. She is now one of the lead Jiu-Jitsu instructors, along with being our event coordinator. She is 100% responsible for making our academy fun!
Coach Nick - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu intructor & chef
Coach Nick began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Carlos Alberto in late 2015. Quickly after enrolling him, it was clear to Professor Carlos that Nick was going to be a good addition to the team. Coach Nick's sincere and caring approach compelled Professor Carlos to eventually add him to the coaching staff. Aside from being a good coach, Nick is also a chef who runs Raja Meal Preparation Co. @RajaMealPrep He is known for saying, “all fitness journeys begin with good eating habits.”
Coach Angel - Assistant coach
Coach Angel began training at Carlos Alberto’s MMA at the tender age of 11 years old. He started in the kids’ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program and slowly added the boxing, and then the MMA program. Under the guidance of all the coaches, Angel is one of the most “well-rounded” coaches and fighters we have. He competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA competitions.
As can already be seen, all of the coaching staff at Carlos Alberto’s MMA is “home-grown,” meaning, they are all developed here. We prefer it this way, so we know the values and principles each coach has. We take our Mission Statement very seriously and expect every coach adhere to it… and we do!
To help our students understand and utilize their God-given potential in order to achieve a successful and meaningful life in whatever endeavor they may choose.