Master Hercules Baptista
Master Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Red / Black Belt (7th Degree)
Hercules Baptista is Elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s Master. He is a second generation 7th Degree Red / Black Belt. He originally achieved his black belt in 1978. Along with being a Master in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Hercules also holds a PE degree and is a Physical Therapist.
Master Hercules currently lives in Rio De Janeiro with his wife and two kids where he continues to train some of the world’s great Jiu-Jitsu students at Hercules Jiu-Jitsu.
Professor Miriam Cardoso
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Professor, Black Belt (2nd Degree)
Miriam Cardoso is a 5-time World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion. Raised in Brazil, she trained under masters Hercules Baptista and Carlos Gracie Jr. Miriam began her training at age 15 in 2001 and after 3 months of training she won Nationals! She won Nationals 7 times after that and in 2002 she began competing at the world level – taking second place in her first appearance. In 2004 her world-winning career launched, taking first place 5 times over the next 4 years. Along the way in 2007 she obtained her black belt. In 2011 she obtained her first degree black belt and started her own academy in Redmond, Washington – Elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Redmond.
7x Brazilian National BJJ Championship Gold Medalist
5x IBJJF World Championship Gold Medalist
2002 IBJJF World Championship Silver Medalist
2013 IBJJF Pan American Championship/ Gi/ Black Belt/ Gold Medalist
2013 IBJJF World Championship/ Gi/ Black Belt/ Bronze Medalist
Professor John George
Head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Professor, Black Belt
John George is a Veteran of the United States Military, and a father of three. He served 8 years in the Air Force from March, 2001 to July, 2009. After serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Professor John set out to train with, and learn from the biggest names in MMA, BJJ and Muay Thai.
Professor John is now, also, a veteran of MMA, Muay Thai KickBoxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) competition. Since he started training, John has earned multiple Jiu-Jitsu medals, 2 Regional Muay Thai Championship Belts, and a Unified Mixed Martial Arts 155lbs Championship Belt. He trained Muay Thai and MMA under Master Raphael Cordeiro and UFC/Pride legend, Wanderlei Silva. John holds a Black Belt in TangSooDo Karate, a Black Belt in American Self Defense System, and a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
John joined the coaching staff at Wand Fight Team, where in 2010, the gym was named “Best Gym in the World” by Fighters Only Magazine. After winning titles in Muay Thai, MMA, and BJJ, John trained and instructed under Professor Miriam Cardoso at Elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Redmond before opening his own academy, Elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Wilmington.
Alaska State Judo Federation Gold Medalist
Washington State GSUBX/ 155lbs/ Advanced/ Gold Medalist
2014 IBJJF Chicago Open/ Gi/ Black Belt/ Light-Weight/ Silver Medalist
2014 IBJJF Chicago Open/ NoGi/ Black Belt/ Light-Weight/ Silver Medalist
2015 Projitsu/ BlackBelt/ Superfight Champion
2015 IBJJF Atlanta Open/ Gi/ Black Belt/ Light-Weight/ Bronze Medalist
2015 IBJJF Atlanta Open/ NoGi/ Black Belt/ Middle-Weight/ Bronze Medalist
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach, Blue Belt
Coach Val began her Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training after years of training in other Martial Arts. After Val and her sister began training BJJ, they saw that women are as effective at BJJ as men, and they were hooked! They set their sights on training and progressing through the ranks together.
Coach Val has been inspired by the women that compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. Val already has an impressive resume in BJJ competition, but strives to compete in high level MMA as well. She currently trains BJJ, MMA and Muay Thai, and is excited to continue training and teaching at Elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Wilmington.
2012 IBJJF Pan American Championship/ Bronze Medalist
2013 Revolution BJJ Tournament/ NoGi/ Bronze Medalist
2015 Spring Monster Cup/ Gi/ Gold Medalist
2015 Spring Monster Cup/ NoGi/ Silver Medalist
Muay Thai KickBoxing/MMA
Muay Thai/Mixed Martial Arts Professor
Professor John is a veteran of Muay Thai KickBoxing and MMA competition. Since he started training, John has earned a 155lbs championship belt in MMA and 2 Regional Muay Thai Championship Belts, in 2 different weight classes. He has trained Muay Thai and MMA under Master Raphael Cordeiro and UFC/Pride legend, Wanderlei Silva.
John joined the coaching staff at Wand Fight Team, where in 2010, the gym was named “Best Gym in the World” by Fighters Only Magazine.
Professor John strives to teach quality Muay Thai and MMA technique for individuals that want to train Muay Thai/MMA for self defense and fitness, as well as individuals that want to compete in Muay Thai or MMA at the amateur or professional level.
M.T. Middle-Weight Muay Thai Regional Champion
M.T. Super Middle-Weight Muay Thai Regional Champion
Light-Weight Mixed Martial Arts Champion
Wrestling Fundamentals/Wrestling for MMA
Wrestling Coach/Assistant MMA Coach
15-3 amateur record
4X Ohio Cage Combat Champ (135 and 145)
NAGA 2x Gold Medalist
M.A.A.A.G. Gold medalist
M.A.A.A.G. Absolute winner
10-9 professional record.
TXC Pro Flyweight Champion.
NAFC (Duke Roufus’ promotion) vet
Former 14th world rank.
Beat current UFC Flyweight, Dustin Ortiz.
Took Sergio Pettis (UFC Bantamweight) to decision with a broken leg.
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