Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Meet the Coaches
Professor Vagner Santana
Santana started out practicing capoeira, but in 1996 when a friend introduced him to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he fell in love. His BJJ training began in Sao Paolo under Roberto Lage (Vice-President of the Sao Paolo state federation and 7th degree black belt in BJJ) and led him to receiving his BJJ black belt under Prof Jucão in 2011.
Santana is an IBJJF referee and holds the following professional titles:
Professor Bibiana Dios Tan
Bibiana is a 4-time ADCC Superfight Champion and 3-time IBJJF World Champion with over 16 years of experience. She earned her BJJ black belt under Mário Sperry. Bibiana has certifications with the IBJJF, USBJJF, NABJJF, Confederate CBJJ, and Federated FGJJ. She's also an IBJJF referee and holds the following professional titles:
Professor Lucas Pimenta
Lucas is from Salvador de Bahia, Brazil and started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at 13 years old. After studying BJJ for 9 years, he became a black belt in 2009 under Marcio Bittencourt (a Carlson Gracie background). He moved to the USA in 2010 and became a referee member of IBJJF (now one of the top 5 referees on the East Coast). He holds the following professional titles & certifications:
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"I came to Modern Martial Arts a year ago. Being a 2nd degree black belt in Judo, and having “rolled” with many BJJ practitioners, I had a idea of what to expect. I was expecting a contest of egos and big time grinding. What I got was grinding, but without the egos… I was welcomed and respected by all. This is no accident. Santana, the head instructor instills an atmosphere of mutual benefit and respect in all his students."