Tony Passos is one of the few Brazilian JiuJitsu black belts under Ricardo de la Riva. He shares this distinction with such greats as Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Moacir “Boca” Oliveira. He is currently an IBJJF certified third degree black belt. Tony started training JiuJitsu at 18 years old in Recife, Brazil and began teaching in 2002. He has trained with and learned from world champions such as Andre Galvao, Guto Campos, Claudio Calasans, and many others. Tony has won and medaled in many prestigious competitions. While his love for competition is strong, Tony’s true passion lies in teaching and coaching. He has dedicated himself to these two arts since early in his career, focusing on the development of his students on and off the mat.
Bob began training Brazilian JiuJitsu in 2004 when he discovered he needed to better his conditioning. He quickly became hooked on the sport and began training anywhere from seven to nine times a week. In 2018, Bob received his Black Belt from Professor Tony Passos, and is a registered Brazilian Jiujitsu Black Belt with the IBJJF. It was at this point that he began teaching Brazilian JiuJitsu. Bob is co-owner of Winchester JiuJitsu, LLC and an Occupational Therapist M.S. OTR/L who specializes in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. His favorite aspect of teaching is helping people, especially children, accomplish their goals. He is married with four children and five dogs.
Jeff has been training Brazilian JiuJitsu since 2008. He began his journey as he was approaching 40 and had a strong desire to get back in shape. He felt JiuJitsu would offer him a competitive outlet that mirrored his high school wrestling days. He soon discovered that not only did JiuJitsu challenge him physically; it proved to be a great mental challenge and the perfect pressure valve to relieve stress. In June 2018, he received his Black Belt from Professor Tony Passos and is a registered Brazilian Jiujitsu Black Belt with the IBJJF. He has taught the BJJ Fundamentals class since 2013 and has over five years experience coaching various youth sports including football and lacrosse. Jeff is a co-owner of Winchester Jiu Jitsu, LLC, as well as being President of Buettner Tire Distributors. He is a former member of the Winchester City Council. When he’s not training JiuJitsu, he enjoys fishing and traveling to exotic locations. Jeff is married and has three children.
Coach Nathan started Brazilian JiuJitsu in 2007 and earned his Black Belt in Brazilian JiuJitsu in 2015, and his 1st stripe on his Black Belt in 2018. Coach Nathan is a US Army Veteran and today is the Lead Instructor for the Fundamental Brazilian JiuJitsu classes, where his extensive wrestling pedigree can shine. He is married to a wonderful wife who also participates in Brazilian JiuJitsu, and loves helping students reach their goals.
Coach Tom began training Brazilizn JiuJitsu in 2010 after a friend convinced him to try it out. He became immediately hooked and has been training consistently since that time. In 2012, he received his Blue Belt. In 2015, while pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree, he decided to volunteer as an instructor to spend more quality time with his son and enhance his own JiuJitsu skills. In 2015, Coach Tom received his Purple Belt. Today, he is the Youth Curriculum Instructor and enjoys helping our young students grow and develop.
Megan started her JiuJitsu journey in November 2012, while living abroad in China, as a way to seek camaraderie in a foreign land. She quickly developed a passion for the sport and competed in multiple tournaments in women’s and men’s divisions. In October 2013, Megan received her blue belt and started coaching regularly. As co-owner of the gym, she also helped it develop from a club into a successful business. After moving home to America, Megan began training at Winchester Jiu Jitsu in 2016. Megan received her Brown Belt in 2019 and teaches the gym’s and Intermediate JiuJitsu program.
CJ started training Brazilian Jiujitsu in 2008 after watching UFC pay previews and being fascinated with what he was watching. After some thought, tried his first class in early 2009. After a few years of college, CJ returned to Winchester and continued to train, receiving his Blue Belt in 2015. CJ has continued to train and assist in teaching fundamental classes, and was promoted to Purple Belt in early 2018. He continues to assist in teaching in between project management career, photography business, and raising twins with his wonderful wife Devon.
Don Snider is one of our assistant youth instructors. Don is a veteran and is passionate about helping youth learn Brazilian Jiujitsu. Don resides in Winchester with his wife Debra and this three daughters, who all train as well.
Steve had grown up with an interest in combat sports. In 2005, he decided to turn that interest into action and began training boxing. This opened to door of discovery to Mixed Martial Arts and he has been training ever since. In 2006, Steve made the decision to take his skills into the octagon and had his first amateur fight that same year. After several years as an amateur MMA fighter, Steve decided to dedicate himself to teaching and has been an instructor at MMA Institute since 2010. He received his Black Belt in Combat Core Systems of MMA in 2013 and his purple belt in Brazilian JiuJitsu in 2012. Steve is a firm believer in the positive impact Mixed Martial Arts can have on both children and adults.
Livvy has been training Brazilian JiuJitsu since August 2016. She wanted to find an activity that would provide physical conditioning and build self confidence, while being challenging and fun. She started competing ten months into her training. She frequently competes locally and won gold at the 2018 Kids Worlds as well as 2017 IBJJF Atlanta Kids Open and silver at 2018 IBJJF Pan Kids in California. Livvy enjoys competing, but her heart is in the gym training, coaching, and being a role model to others. She also enjoys being outdoors as well as spending time with her friends and family.
dIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Amanda started training Brazilian JiuJitsu in 2012 while accompanying her husband on his overseas tour of duty. As a military spouse, she found the traditional activities the military provided were just not for her. So she convinced her husband’s Sergeant Major to allow her to participate in the Army Combatives Program. She found the whole experience invigorating and empowering and found a place to train regularly. When she relocated back to the states, her love of jiuJitsu came with her. She trains daily and is the academy Director of Operations.
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