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.
He made his comeback in competition in BJJ in 2012, winning the IBJJF's first Worlds Masters Championships, winning the World Jiu Jitsu Expo Superfight match in 2014, and winning the Polaris Pro 2 fight in 2015. He continues to improve his knowledge and technique, ever the hungry black belt, and started refereeing in MMA in 2013, and continuing his education in Helio Gracie's original intent for BJJ as Self Defense with the Valente Brothers in 2015.
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 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 black 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.
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 the current Bellator Champion. 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.
Krystle started working at Modern Martial Arts in 2016 and joined the VSBJJA team this past Fall. She is new to the Martial Arts community but enjoys learning about sports and is currently beginning her Martial Arts journey in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. She hopes to gain and develop technique along with learning more about the respected ideologies of the Arts.
Freddy started in the Martial Arts with Shotokan Karate at 14 years old, earning his Black Belt at 18, and continued to train in various other arts like Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing, MMA/Wrestling, and Judo. He was teaching kids Karate full-time, developing the curriculum, as well as leading the adult kickboxing program. At 24, he was awarded his 2nd degree black belt in Shotokan Karate. He came to train with Shaolin as a blue belt in BJJ. He received his purple belt under Shaolin and has been training under him for nearly 4 years. He tries to do his best to use everything Shaolin teaches, on and off the mats. His aspiration is to one day run his own academy and help others through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.