Professor Bruno Tostes
Professor Bruno Tostes is a 3rd degree Black Belt under Master Renzo Gracie. He has been practicing BJJ since 1998. Professor Bruno was introduced to BJJ at the age of 16. Having been a practitioner of Muay Thai, he would be taken down by his training partners during MMA training and they would apply submissions. After seeing the effectiveness of Jiu Jitsu in a combat situation first hand, Professor Tostes began training in BJJ.
When not on the mats, Professor Bruno likes to go snowboarding, skateboarding, and watch soccer. He opened the school with the intention to share BJJ through teaching so that others would share in his passion for the art.
Chad is one of two students who have been with Professor Bruno since 2005. Chad’s journey in Jiu Jitsu has not been easy. In 2008, he took an unfortunate knee to the head which required emergency surgery to remove an ommaya reservoir that was emplaced as part of treatment for childhood Leukemia.
Chad was forced to take a hiatus from Jiu-Jitsu for six months. He had his first grand mal seizure in 2009 and a tumor removed from the base of his neck in 2010. This did not deter Chad from pursuing his love of Jiu Jitsu and as soon as he was healthy enough, he returned to the mats. In 2013 he earned his black belt from Professor Bruno.
Sean earned his black belt under Professor Bruno in 2013. He also holds a brown belt in Judo. After wrestling and Judo, Sean believes that BJJ was the ideal sport to continue as an adult. Off the mats, Sean works as a mason. He enjoys snowboarding, cooking, and playing video games.
Dave started training BJJ under Professor Bruno back in 2006 and fell in love with the art. Dave uses BJJ as a means of staying in shape in addition to weight training. Among the endless benefits of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, another aspect Dave enjoys is meeting new people from diverse walks of life that are brought together on the mats. He enjoys teaching, focusing on basic fundamentals, and watching people progress.
Richie is a black belt under Professor Bruno Tostes. He has a very well rounded background in wrestling which he incorporates in his Jiu Jitsu through way of takedowns and precise position control.
Richie currently teaches the Submission Grappling classes which focus on more advanced submission techniques and effective wrestling takedowns.
Mike began Jiu Jitsu as a senior in high school after seeing small video clips online and was instantly hooked. As a fan of MMA, Mike leaned towards the Jiu Jitsu element the most.
When asked about his goals for Jiu Jitsu, Mike had the following to share:
"I am fortunate enough to have two great coaches who have pushed me to develop my skills as well as my teaching abilities and look forward to some day obtaining my black belt."
Bob is a Brown Belt under Professor Tostes. Bob came to BJJ because he enjoys the problem-solving aspect of the sport and the ability to challenge himself by taking part in competitions. When he’s not teaching BJJ, Bob works in construction, remodeling commercial office spaces and homes.
He enjoys helping other students when they have questions and looks forward to guiding them toward their own goals. Bob instructs BJJ because it’s a way for him to give back to the Academy and to the instructors who spent so much of their time helping him progress.
Joshua is a brown belt training under Professor Tostes since 2009. As a child, Joshua studied Okinawan Goju Ryu, triggering his life long love of martial arts. An avid weight lifter, he began training BJJ to get back in shape after shoulder surgery. Joshua embraced our academy as an extension of his family. His children train and his wife is a regular presence at our gym.
He has medaled at the IBJJF No-Gi Pan Am and Masters Worlds. Joshua embraced teaching enthusiastically. He focuses on stand up and fundamentals. His training partners are his role models and he has a profound respect for our academy, our students, his fellow coaches, professors, and Professor Bruno. He believes teaching is a way to give back to the gym and his mentors.
Joshua defines himself as a husband, father, and fighter that happens to practice law. Outside the gym, Joshua is a corporate VP and Chief Compliance Officer for a non-profit organization. He lives with his wife Julie, his children Rylan and Skylar, and two dogs.
John is a Brown Belt under Professor Bruno Tostes. He credits his success to both his current training partners, those he was lucky enough to train with in the past, and his current Professors and coaches. He enjoys half guard, leglocks and long walks on the beach.
Jason is a purple belt training under Professor Bruno Tostes. He competes frequently and has won gold at the IBJJF Pro’s and the IBJJF Boston Spring International and took Silver at the IBJJF No-Gi Pan Ams. Jason enjoys teaching the No Gi Fundamentals classes and the Competition class.