Abdel Zekhnini- Lead Instructor

Abdel is a talented Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and an active competitor at high levels of the sport. He has a modern style and is expert in technical open guards and precision passing. He is a skilled instructor for beginners and children and also can help improve the skills of advanced Jiu Jitsu athletes. Pure Grappling is proud to have Abdel leading our team!




Mark Simmerman – Instructor

Mark started grappling 14 years ago at age 38. From his first class, he fell in love with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and submission grappling and has been training, competing and teaching ever since. Mark is a brown belt that provides easy to understand instruction with special attention to the small details that can make big differences. Mark has a special interest in teaching athletes who are older, need to lose weight, or who have a chronic injury or disability. He also loves to train hard with the younger competitive athletes. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has kept Mark fit and flexible all these years and can do the same for you!


Bryant Browning – Assistant Instructor

Bryant is a purple belt who has been training for more than five years. Bryant believes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a great outlet for individuals to learn self-defense, develop personal fitness, and test themselves through competition. As an instructor Bryant works to make sure his students understand the basics, with a focus on leverage and technique. Once an athlete has developed a solid foundation, Bryant encourages his students to experiment with different techniques and styles that suit their physical abilities and interests. Bryant also instructs the Pure Grappling Kids Classes where he emphasizes safety and fun, as well as social and physical development.

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