Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro

Vitor Ribeiro is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) specialist and mixed martial artist (MMA). He holds a professional MMA record of 20 wins and 2 losses.

Widely regarded as one of the most gifted grapplers of all time, the Nova Uniao product earned his black belt while still a teenager and went to on to win the CBJJ Mundials (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship) four times, once as a purple belt in 1996 and three times as a black belt in three consecutive years (1999, 2000, and 2001). He competed in the ADCC World Championship, the most prestigious no gi grappling competition in the world in 2000 and 2003.

"Shaolin" is considered one of the best lightweights in MMA. He has fought several organizations all over the world, including Shooto Japan, Shooto Hawaii, Rumble on the Rock (Hawaii), Cage Rage (England), and K-1 HERO'S (Japan). He has held the Shooto welterweight (154 lb) title, as well as the Cage Rage World lightweight championship. FIGHT magazine recently named Shaolin as one of the fighters they'd like to see on the Brazilian team if MMA ever makes it into the Oympic Games.

With his academy, Modern Martial Arts, Shaolin's focus now turns to sharing his vast knowledge with his students and building their skills through a solid Jiu Jitsu foundation. He is on the mat every single day, rolling and training with his students.

Jen Sung Program Director

Jen was born into a Martial Arts family, both her parents being Black Belts, and has been training since she could walk. She is a 2nd degree Black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a BJJ purple belt. Jen is the Program Director and kid's instructor at VSBJJA. Her favorite part of the day is getting on the mats with the kids and watching their dedication, perseverance, and love for the Martial Arts grow into Black Belt excellence.

Marcos "Loro" Galvao Instructor

Loro is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Nova Uniao founder André Pederneiras. He is a Grapplers Quest Pro Division Champion, a five time Brazilian National Champion and a two time World Champion. He has fought in the WEC, Shooto, Ring of Combat, and is currently in contract with Bellator Fighting Championship. He has a great passion for teaching the sport of MMA to others, and encourages his students to never give up on their dreams, whatever they are.

Alex Ecklin Instructor

Alex has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since September of 2006. He currently holds the rank of Brown Belt. A well-rounded martial artist, Alex has trained in several other arts and also holds the rank of green belt in Judo. He believes that BJJ is not only great for getting in shape but that it also builds confidence and develops a strong character that will help in other aspects of life. He enjoys cooking, fashion, reading and watching classic movies. Alex is still actively competing and his favorite positions are the kimura and sweeps from half guard.

Van Allen Flores Instructor

Van began his training with Shaolin in 2008 and currently holds the rank of Brown Belt. He loves to teach and share techniques with his students. He takes joy in watching them improve not only in BJJ, but life in general. He also enjoys competing in BJJ tournaments and has won several tournaments in his young career. He believes that through perseverance, you can achieve and attain anything! He credits his positive mentality and outlook on life to his instructors Shoalin and Marcos Loro, as well as his training partners and friends! OSS!

I have trained at many schools throughout the US and have had some excellent instructors, but Shaolin has certainly been the greatest instructor I have trained with. His passion and dedication to you and your success is top notch.
- Kipp Sorensen

Professor Shaolin's passion for Jiu Jitsu, and the level of care he gives to every student, from white to black, is unsurpassed. He takes the time to build your game from the ground up, even if he has to tear it down first. So much so that he transformed me, a top playing Judo guy, into a sweep crazy guard player. If you want an instructor to show you a couple of random submissions then walk off the mat while you roll, Shaolin is not for you. If you want someone to REALLY teach you what Jiu Jitsu is about, come to VSBJJ.
- Julio Rivera

It's one thing to be a black belt. Quite another to be a living legend. But what good is all that if you can't teach? Thankfully, teaching is Shaolin's greatest gift. He cares deeply about the art of BJJ, the curriculum and the well-being of his students. Case-in-point: En route to Japan to fight Shinya Aoki, Shaolin took time from his travels to reach out to me, one of his many students, to ask about a recent (and minor) injury. Who else does that?
- Tim Griggs

I walked into VSBJJA at 297lbs with a pre diabetic condition, fatty liver symptoms, simply put I was overweight. When I first started working out, I was always out of breath in the first 15 minutes. Heart was pounding in my ears. It was insanely difficult, but it was worth it. I knew each time I came to class, I would be making myself better in some way. The environment at the school fostered brotherhood and confidence. After 10 months I lost 50lbs and now I disappear in my clothes. Do yourself a favor and join us!
- Arlande J.

Coming to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Vitor Shaolin is one of the best decisions I've ever made. Within my first three months, I dropped almost 30 pounds and started feeling much better overall. Running for a bus no longer left me out of breath, and I could chase my son around the park for hours. Now, 9 months after starting, I'm down from 195 to 160, and I can see my abs for the first time since college. As a side effect, I found my lifestyle becoming healthier in general, even my posture has improved. That's not too bad for a 43-year-old software engineer.

BJJ is so interesting and challenging on so many levels that it was easy to stick to it. Shaolin is a great teacher, he's very involved in all the classes and there's a good balance between learning and practicing. Also, the people I've met there are really great - it is more like a family than a gym or a school. I highly recommend coming here if you are at all interested in BJJ, or just getting healthier.
- Matt Van Horn