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Sensei Mario Sperry (5th degree black belt) has been involved with martial arts for over 45 years, receiving his black belt in Jiu Jitsu from the legendary Carlson Gracie. As part of Carlson Gracie’s competition team he was an accomplished athlete both in local and international competitions. He is regarded as one of the main titleholders of this historic team, which included many famous athletes like Ricardo Liborio, Murilo Bustamante, Victor Belfort, Amauri Bitetti and others.

He opened his first Jiu Jitsu school, Sul Jiu Jitsu, back in 1994 with his long time partner and friend, Sensei Walter Mattos, a six degree Jiu Jitsu black belt, under Grand Master Sergio Penha. Along with Sensei Walter Mattos, Mario has currently 12 Sul Jiu Jitsu affiliates in Brazil. Sensei Mario has already worked with more than 15,000 students and formed over 500 black belts. Many of them, have become World Jiu Jitsu Champions and have opened gyms all over the world.

In 2000, Mario Sperry founded Brazilian Top Team (BTT), a Jiu jitsu and MMA academy. In less than two years, specialized media, had already considered BTT one of the best MMA teams in the world. BTT has formed many champions worldwide, including Rodrigo “Minotauro”Nogueira, Ricardo Arona and Paulo Filho.

Over the years Mario has fought in the best shows of the world, in almost all continents: North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Oceania. He is a 3x Jiu Jitsu World Champion, 3x Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion and is the athlete with the most appearances on ADCC, which is considered to be the Olympics of Grappling. On ADCC, Mario has 6 titles, with his last Super Fight in the tournament occurring in 2015. His MMA record is 17-4-0.

Mario also worked for six months as Head Couch of the Blackzilians, in 2012 (one of the biggest MMAs teams in the world, from 2011 to 2016).
In November 2012, he received The Florida’s Best MMA Coach of the year Award. He was also awarded in 2000 FIGHTER OF THE DECADE by NAGA (NORTH AMERICAN GRAPPLING ASSOCIATION).

Mario Sperry is also known worldwide for his instructional DVDs. His six DVD series are considered to be the best of the industry.
In 1993, Mario received a bachelor degree in Economics, from UERJ – Rio de Janeiro State University.

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Mario Sperry

Sensei Mario Sperry has been for many years an icon in the Jiu Jitsu community. He is a black belt under legendary Carlson Gracie where he was one of the main title holders of the glorious Carlson Gracie competition team. As a competitor Mario Sperry is a 3x Brazilian Champion, 3x World Champion and won many ADCC championships and super fights.

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Gilbert “Durinho” Burns

Gilbert Burns, commonly known in the Jiu Jitsu and grappling community by his nickname “Durinho”, is a 2nd degree black belt under the Nova Uniao team. At only 30 years of age he is already regarded as one of the top Jiu Jitsu and grappler of his generation. As black belt Gilbert won many titles despite his young age

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Pedro Loffredi

Pedro is a Judo black belt under legendary Sensei George Mehdi, earning his degree 18 years ago. Throughout these many years Pedro had the opportunity to train with the Brazilian National team of Judo for over 2 years in the Projeto Futuro in Sao Paulo. While still in Rio de Janeiro (hometown) Pedro had the opportunity to teach kids and junior classes…

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