MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU 7TH DEGREE RED AND BLACK BELT
Master Rilion Gracie is the youngest son of the Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr. (the founder of Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the creator of MMA). He has been involved in his father’s tradition since he was born. He has grown up in the world of mats, healthy living, improved life skills and philosophic concepts of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU 5TH DEGREE BLACK BELT
Partner and Lead Professor
Professor Romulo Reis is a 5th Degree Black Belt who started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Master Rilion Gracie in 1992. At that time, he was part of the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Team in south Brazil (Florianópolis/SC) and, since then, he has dedicated his life to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, receiving his Black Belt in 2000. With more than 25 years of teaching experience, he has coached many champions in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and he has ministered several seminars in Brazil, USA, Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Japan. Also graduated 25 Black Belts during his career so far, and won several national and international titles such as 3-times South Brazilian Champion, 2-times Pan-American Champion, 1-time South American Champion and 2-times Champion in Japan.
Romulo owned a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Brazil for 13 years teaching kids & adults and also competing before he moved to the US in 2010, when he was assigned a Professor at Rilion Gracie Academy in Miami, FL. After a few years, he was given the challenge to run the Houston, TX location for Master Rilion Gracie and moved to the city in 2013. While in the Houston Area, he also participated in the opening of the Missouri City, TX location as a partner and Lead Professor in 2015 and continues to achieve great success in the area.
BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU 2ND DEGREE BLACK BELT
BRAZILIAN KARATE 3RD DEGREE BLACK BELT
Professor Marcelo was first introduced to martial arts when he was 6 years old, practicing Brazilian Karate. Marcelo always had a connection with the mentality and the values that this sport has to offer.He started training jiu jitsu when he was 14 in his hometown of Florianópolis, Brazil. He trained under Prof. Alexandre Reis & RGA flag where he trained until he received his black belt. Always loyal to his team and Professor, Marcelo started to help at the gym by teaching classes. He fell in love with jiu jitsu and while continuing to train other martial arts like karate, muay thai, and boxing, his true passion is jiu-jítsu. In 2017 Marcelo came to the United States to practice and enhance his techniques with Prof. Romulo Reis. Since then he has become an important partner at Rilion Gracie Academy in Missouri City, Texas and Galveston, Texas.
BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU BROWN BELT
SELF DEFENSE, ADULTS INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED, KIDS CLASS INSTRUCTOR
Tate was first introduced to Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu while seeking his own personal fitness goals, but soon fell in love with the “gentle art” and is now eager to share his genuine passion with everyone. Tate has 10 years of experience training in all areas of Jiu-Jitsu that include Grappling, Throws, Striking & Clinching and standing Self-defense (including weapons) that prepares you for common street attacks.
BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU BLUE BELT
FUNDAMENTALS, KIDS CLASS, & SELF DEFENSE INSTRUCTOR
Craig began his martial arts journey in 1992 and has studied Karate, Aikido, Shaolin Kung Fu, Wing Chun, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In 2014, Craig centered his focus on Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and began teaching kids classes. He joined Professor Romulo at Rilion Gracie Missouri City in 2016 as a student. He went on to teach Fitness and Self Defense classes combining his previous training while building a core in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.