Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Uprise MMA Uprise MMA 1 Video


  • Gustavo Gasperin — Professor Gustavo Gasperin is a Head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Instructor, Bachelor of Physical Education and Certified Personal Trainer. Gustavo has had the opportunity to train under many different martial art styles, including Muay Thai, Karate, Judo and Capoeira. By 1997 he joined the world-famous Carlson Gracie Team and decided to focus on BJJ as his primary martial art. Gustavo is a native of Curitiba (Brazil), home of the Chute Boxe Academy and moved to the U.S. in 2005. Gustavo is a Black Belt under the tutelage of Fabricio Werdum and Lucas Pires and has competed and placed in multiple world championships from 2008 – 2013.
  • Pete Panos — Pete began on a life long journey into the world of martial arts and to the opening of Way of the Warrior Training in 2008 and eventually UPRISE MMA. Pete has competed overseas and statewide in both Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. American Boxing under Trainer Mick Waran, Long Fist under Sifu Orhun Kirimetci, Hung Gar and Chinese Boxing under Sifu Buck Sam Kong, Muay Thai under Kru Nokweed and Sensei Mark Parra, Jiu Jitsu instruction under Gustavo Gasperin since 2009;
  • Marciano Reconnu — He is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and teaches the No Gi Jiu Jitsu class. Training under Eric “Red” Schafer - Marciano has been practicing Jiu Jitsu since 2008. He has also trained Muay Thai and wrestling, and has placed in numerous grappling tournaments throughout the mid-western United States. He’s been teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2010; and likes to maintain a relaxed, fun environment and places an emphasis on the “little details” in technique, with a lot of live rolling;
  • Erin McFarland — Yoga & Womens BJJ instructor. Erin has been teaching, coaching and instructing for over 15 years. Finding balance in her workouts has pushed Erin to explore diverse types of training, such as yoga, jiu jitsu, breath work, and functional movement. Some of the specific certifications Erin holds are in fitness training, bodywork/massage therapy, yoga, yoga for kids, as well as having extensive coursework in various other areas.

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