Head Instructor – Prof. Art Alvarado – Certified 3rd Degree Black Belt
Prof. Art Alvarado has over 19 years of combined experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling. He started his martial arts training when he wrestled for Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe Springs, California. He began training at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, California in September 1994 after he witnessed Royce Gracie submit Kimo Leopoldo in UFC 3 with an armlock. The Gracie Academy was owned by Rorion Gracie the creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. There he had the privilege of training with Rorion, Royce, Relson, Rolker, Robin, and Grandmaster Helio Gracie. It was also there that he met and trained with Master Caique Elias. Grandmaster Helio Gracie considered Master Caique the most technical student outside of his sons! Shortly after receiving his blue belt Prof. Art entered into the Instructor Program. On top of his regular training, he had to attend separate classes on how to be an instructor. On many occasions Prof. Art had to teach practice classes in front of Royce, Rorion, Grandmaster Helio and the other instructors! The idea is that just because you’re a tough fighter/competitor doesn’t make you a good instructor. By being in the instructor program you had to know all aspects of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Sport, Self-Defense, and Vale-Tudo (No-Rules)! Prof. Art moved to Houston in the summer of 2000 and is now the official representative for Team Caique. He is eager and ready to teach anyone who is sincere in learning the art that changed his life: Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
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