Eduardo Barboza - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Eduardo is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Master Júlio César Pereira and a representative of GF Team. He was born and raised in Belford Roxo, Brazil where his father introduced him to Jiu-Jitsu at age 14 to help with his chronic bronchitis and interact with other teens.

He is one of the top rooster weights of his generation. Eduardo Barboza has medaled in important tournaments such as the IBJJF World Championship and Pan American Championship, as well as, the Rio International Open. He quickly gained notoriety in Jiu-Jitsu’s international circuit. His career was put on hold in April 2016 due to a severe hand injury (ligament tear), which required surgery. There were serious doubts if he would return and compete. However, Eduardo persevered and obtained his black belt on September 21, 2016. Since then, he has competed and since medaled in various tournaments.

Eduardo has recently relocated to Connecticut, USA to teach Jiu-Jitsu at Evolution BJJ and The Cruvinel Brothers Academy. We are excited to have him in Connecticut. He is humble on and off the mat and is always eager to help his students improve.


John Timperanza - Combat Kickboxing

John joined the United States Marine Corp. where he received tactical combat training while serving in various countries throughout Central America and Europe. He is affiliated with the NYPD, Bridgeport Police Boxing Team, K1 Kickboxing and the United States Boxing Coalition (CT Division). In addition to John's impressive résumé, he is also an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and is trained in Hapkido. John stresses the practical realities of combat and efficient conflict resolution. John combines years of real world combat training with experience gained from competing in boxing and kickboxing. He is known for his no-nonsense and intense training methods.


Sid Kelly - Judo

Sid Kelly began Judo in 1957 in London, England. His early instructor was the renowned technician Kenshiro Abe, 8th Dan. He represented Great Britain on nine occasions and was the head instructor of the Renrukan Judo Club with three of its members in the British team. Sensei Kelly was overall New England Black Belt Champion, Connecticut State Champion, ten years National Referee, two times gold medalist in the Worlds Masters (Canada 1999), (Japan 2004), coach of the winning Connecticut team (1999 United States Judo Association National team Championships), USJA Certified Coach, Master Examiner and Kata Examiner. Sid Kelly has written two books, produced eight videos and documented 16 Training Drills.


Clint Laplant - Judo

Clint LaPlant started martial arts training in 1972 at the age of 10. In the late 70s and early 80s, Clint participated in what was called free style, or combined systems fighting, a precursor to today’s MMA (mixed martial arts). This combined systems fighting included elements from tae kwon do, karate, kung fu, wrestling, boxing, and gymnastics. In the year 2000, Clint started formal training with Grandmaster Sid Kelly, 8th Dan Judo, 6th Dan Jujutsu. Sid remains a mentor and inspiration as Clint builds the sport of Judo into each lesson.


Damon Ralph - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Damon began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2009 under a Royce Gracie affiliate school before becoming a student of Chris Watson’s in 2011. He is an avid BJJ competitor, winning multiple medals in IBJJF, The Good Fight and Tap Cancer Out tournaments, among others. Damon is known for his detailed instruction and clear communication of techniques. He leads the Fundamentals BJJ program and currently holds the rank of purple belt.


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