Our Coaches

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Mario Sperry

Sensei Mario Sperry is an icon of the Jiu Jitsu community.  He is a black belt under legendary Carlson Gracie where he was one of the main titleholders of the glorious Carlson Gracie competition team. He is a 3x Brazilian Champion, 3x World Champion and has won many ADCC championships and super fights.   He was also awarded in 2000 FIGHTER OF THE DECADE by NAGA (NORTH AMERICAN GRAPPLING ASSOCIATION).  As a coach he founded Sul Jiu Jitsu and Brazilian Top Team (BTT) where he directly passed his technique to over 15,000 students of which 500 became black belts. BTT for many years was one of the top Jiu Jitsu and MMA teams in the world.  Currently Mario Sperry holds a 6th degree black belt in Jiu Jitsu and is also a black belt in traditional Japanese Judo. Sensei Sperry still competes and recently won the 2018 IBJJ World Master Jiu Jitsu Championship on the super heavy weight division and coaches high profile MMA athletes such as Luke Rockhold, Rashad Evans, Alister Overeem among others. He is also an enterpreneur and holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics. He currently lives in Miami with his wife and daughter.

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Pedro Loffredi

Pedro is a Judo black belt under legendary Sensei George Mehdi (first non Japanese authorized to teach Judo in Japan), earning his degree in 1999 and never stopped practicing and teaching  his passion.  Throughout the 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 chance to teach kids and junior classes at Sensei Mehdi’s school as well as in the Vidigal Favela, as part of a social work project led by Sensei Mauricio Sabatini. A project focused on taking Judo to the impoverished.  In addition to Judo, Pedro worked for 20 years as a fixed income, currency and swap trader, based out of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York, London, Luxembourg and Miami, consequently allowing him the opportunity to train Judo and Jiu Jitsu in some of the best gyms around the world.  Pedro is currently a 3rd degree black in Judo and a black belt in Jiu Jitsu since 2009.  Pedro also holds an economics degree and master’s degree in finance both from Boston University.