Ryan Cheng- Lead Instructor
Ryan has been training and teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for more than a decade. He is a passionate competitor and often participates in international tournaments. Ryan won a Gold medal in the North America Open in 2014, and Gold (2016) and Silver (2018) Medals in the Asian Championship. As a fighter of smaller body size, Ryan knows how to apply techniques to counter the weight and power of larger opponents. Ryan has been teaching and sharing BJJ knowledge since his days as a blue belt. He is also a yoga practitioner and tries to incorporate his understanding of yoga into his BJJ training and teaching. Ryan’s teaching emphasizes body mechanics, injury prevention, strategies and tactics of Jiu Jitsu, and the precise application of technique. His approach to teaching gives students an accelerated, deeper and more comprehensive understanding of this complex grappling sport. Ryan earned his black belt under Japanese Master Makoto Aramaki.
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!
Neroli believes yoga is a perfect complement to Jiu Jitsu. She has practiced yoga for years under the guidance of yoga master Samrat Dasgupta, and completed RYT200 and RYT300 yoga teacher training with him. Neroli strongly believes it is important to prioritize injury prevention instead of just reacting when physical signs like pain and stiffness are present. Yoga increases the flexibility of the body, improves coordination, and helps us to execute movements in a more healthy and efficient way. Apart from the physical benefits, the practice of purposeful breathing and awareness of body and mental status contribute to improved performance in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It is a journey of continuous learning and is an integral part of both yoga and Jiu Jitsu practice. Neroli started teaching yoga in the BJJ community in 2015. She teaches different styles of yoga, including Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga and is currently a Jiu Jitsu purple belt.
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.