Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

in NYC

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:

  • Pan Am No Gi Champion - 1st Place
  • American Nationals - 2nd Place (no gi), 3rd Place (gi)
  • NY Pro Champion - 1st Place
  • NY International Open Champion - 1st Place
  • Boston International Open Champion - 1st Place
  • Copa Bandeirantes Champion - 1st Place
  • Long Island Price - 3rd Place

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:

  • Pan American Championship - 2nd Place (Light Feather)
  • NY Spring Open NOGI Championship - 1st Place (Open Weight & Feather)
  • Pan American Championship NOGI - 1st Place (Feather), 3rd Place (Open Weight)
  • World Championship NOGI - 3rd Place (Light Weight)
  • Boston Open Championship - 1st Place (Light & Open Weight)
  • World Championship - 3rd Place (Light Weight)
  • Southern Brazilian Championship - 1st Place (Light Weight)
  • Brazilian National NOGI - 2nd Place (Light Weight)
  • Abu Dhabi Pro Trial Championship - 2nd Place (Light Weight)
  • Abu Dhabi Pro Trial Manaus Championship - 3rd Place (Light Weight)
  • South American Championship - 1st Place (Light Weight)

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:

  • Brazilian State Champion
  • Português Champion (multiple times)
  • European Champion
  • Bellator Veteran
  • Legacy Veteran
  • Winner of the best KO of NJ in 2012
  • Kickboxing pro fighter
  • IBJJF certified 
  • USBJJF certified 
  • Rickson Gracie Self Defense Certified 

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Christopher Maksymowicz

New York, NY

"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."

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