Cassio Werneck

Professor Cassio began his life as a martial artist at 11 years old, practicing Capoeira for 4 years. He would make the switch to grappling in 1991, moving to a Judo club where he was coached by sensei Miura. Cassio was exposed to more of the self-defense aspect of  jiu-jitsu through Professor Sardella, a member of the…

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Darren Figgins

Coach Darren started practicing Taekwondo in Montana in 1983. The part-time hobby eventually became a full-time pursuit. His obsession with martial arts would eventually lead to the decision to change career paths, and after short stints teaching in Korea and Montana, he opted to try his hand at teaching martial arts professionally. In 1995 he relocated to Roseville, CA…

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Julian Flowers

Under construction. The low-down is coming soon BJJ Lineage: Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Fabrício Martins > Ricardo Reis > Cassio Werneck > Julian Flowers

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Sean McCandless

Professor Sean’s journey with martial arts began in 1996 when he was introduced to Kenpo Karate by a friend at Kovar’s Karate Center. Shortly thereafter, Sean had the opportunity to practice BJJ with the legendary Nino Schembri, who came from Brazil and taught briefly at Kovar’s. At that time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu had just begun to take…

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