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The Team

Heroes Martial Arts Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team

There are a lot of things that make a Martial Arts Academy a great one, but none greater than the people that make it up. At Heroes Martial Arts what we are most proud of is of our student body.

So they say that Iron sharpens Iron, and the very nature of this martial art is that no one can get better in isolation. Heroes has definitely cultivated a culture that we will push each other, hard in many cases, but at the same time everyone will happily lend you a helping hand. Everyone one in here wants to see everyone else succeed.

We’re proud of the accomplishments of our students. Not just the championships we’ve picked up on the mat, but the victories little and small off the mat. From students improving their physical fitness and losing weight, to improving their mental well being or establishing lasting friendships, the journey started when walking into Heroes is always a remarkable one.

If you’re curious as to which colored belts Gumby has personally promoted, here is the current list (as of 11/5/19).

Black Belts 1st Degree

  • Michael “Flexy” Huang Oct 28, 2019 (Black March 18, 2015) (Brown 11/26/11) (Purple 4/16/09)
  • Marcelino “Migs” Miguel Oct 28, 2019 (Black March 18, 2015) (Brown 5/13/13)
  • Richard Jackson Oct 28, 2019 (Black March 18, 2015)
  • Konstantin Skachkov Oct 28, 2019(Black March 18, 2015)
  • Bobby Vasquez Oct 28, 2019 (Black November 21, 2016) (Brown 12/23/14) (Purple 6/25/12) (Blue 10/15/09)
  • Dar Aalaei Oct 28, 2019 (Black November 22, 2016) (Brown 12/23/14) (Purple 12/11/10)

Black Belts

  • David “Canada” McLeod (December 6, 2012) (Brown Late 2008)
  • Michael “Hobbit” Strangis (November 9, 2015) (Brown12/3/10 Joint with Sandro “Batata” Santiago)
  • “Eastside” Nick Borbon August 7, 2017 (Brown 8/30/15) (Purple 9/23/13) (Blue 3/7/11)
  • Trevor Ireland August 7, 2017 (Brown 8/30/15)
  • Sean Whitmore August 7, 2017 (Brown12/27/14) (Purple 10/19/10)
  • Kevin Kopecky (c/o Richard Jackson) August 7, 2017
  • Jeremy Jackson (w/ Caio Terra) July 18, 2018 (Brown August 30, 2015) (Purple 9/23/13)
  • Allen Pestrana Oct 28, 2019 (Brown January 27, 2015)
  • Jeremy Portilla Oct 28, 2019 (Brown August 1, 2016) (Purple 12/17/12) (Blue 5/20/10)
  • Jayadevan Radhakrishnan Oct 28, 2019 (Brown November 21, 2016) (Purple 12/23/13)
  • Rodante Sagisi Oct 28, 2019 (Brown March 4, 2017) (Purple 4/10/14) (Blue 5/2/11)

Blue Belts

 
  • Armando Martinez (Early 2008 Gumby’s First Promotion Ever)
  • Bill Sandoval (Early 2008)
  • Jose Miguel (Mid 2008)
  • Dave Stecher (July 29, 2009)
  • Pejmon Vosooghi (May 21st, 2009)
  • Phil Canet (November 19, 2009)
  • Alex Lin (February 3, 2010)
  • Andrew Jones (March 30, 2010)
  • Steve Vizzusi (March 30, 2010)
  • Adrian Fuentes (May 22, 2010)
  • Ed Solis (June 3, 2010)
  • Mike O’Connor (June 3, 2010)
  • Zobair Farah (June 3, 2010)
  • Stefano Mendoza (June 28, 2010)
  • Michael “Giggles” Pickens (July 27, 2010)
  • Dino Del Mastro (August 28, 2010)
  • Dennis Ruth (October 13, 2010)
  • Wilbert Thigpen (October 18, 2010)
  • Sonny Michael Le (December 7, 2010)
  • Gary Valencia (December 8, 2010)
  • Daniel Lin (February 10, 2011)
  • Kristoffer Belau (February 28, 2011)
  • Vincent Racelo (March 3, 2011)
  • Joey Ruiz (June 1, 2011)
  • Gabe Toci (June 6, 2011)
  • Cindy Grimm (August 3, 2011)
  • Rich Phillips (August 30, 2011)
  • Will Armaline (November 26, 2011)
  • Mike “Westside” Nguyen (November 26, 2011)
  • Mark Friedman (November 28, 2011)
  • Nima Shariff (November 28, 2011)
  • Robbie Renolo (December 19, 2011)
  • Mike Greco (December 19, 2011)
  • Phil Boucher (April 6, 2012)
  • Russell Barreras (May 1, 2012)
  • Jonathan Sebastian (June 12, 2012)
  • Vadim Yaport (June 25, 2012)
  • Scott Violet (November 21, 2012)
  • Mark Anthony Alcantara (March 5, 2013)
  • Neil Rufino (March 5, 2013)
  • Jason Fotinatos (June 3, 2013)
  • Patrick Coutermarsh (June 3, 2013)
  • Joseph Pazhman (June 3, 2013)
  • Terick De Silva (July 15, 2013)
  • Brian Levonius (August 21, 2014)
  • Lynette Mandal (December 24, 2014)
  • Mitch Hernandez (December 27, 2014)
  • Will Dawood (January 27, 2015)
  • Gary Tran-Math (June 24, 2015)
  • Brooke Martinez (August 30, 2015)
  • Steve Garman (August 30, 2015)
  • Yadvir Singh (August 30, 2015)
  • Markus Powell (November 2, 2015)
  • Albert Villareal (November 2, 2015)
  • Jennifer Gigantino (November 2, 2015)
  • Alyza Lagura (December 22, 2015)
  • Nick Lynch (February 8, 2016)
  • Minh Nguyen (May 4, 2016)
  • Kevin Mcormick (September 20, 2016)
  • Keyan David (September 20, 2016)
  • Nathan Danao (September 20, 2016)
  • Frances Marin (November 21, 2016)
  • Jason Khalipa (November 28, 2016)
  • Yahnet Garcia (February 16, 2017)
  • Braden Koizumi (June 5, 2017)
  • Steven Lorenzo (June 5, 2017)
  • Steven Lau (June 5, 2017)
  • Ryan Adams (June 5, 2017)
  • Jacob Richardson (June 7, 2017)
  • Michael Pali (June 7, 2017)
  • Bobby Perez (June 26, 2017)
  • Bryce Constantino (August 9, 2019)
  • John Lynch (August 15, 2019)
  • Andrew Leshovsky (November 5, 2017)
  • Khoi Mai (November 6, 2017)
  • Felipe Aguilar (November 7, 2017)
  • Bren Veziroglu (November 7, 2017)
  • Iannick Remillard (December 4, 2017)
  • Viviane Ly (September 25, 2018)
  • Ed Han (September 25, 2018)
  • Drew Guinnane (October 13, 2018)
  • Melissa Manuel (December 6, 2018)
  • John Whisman (December 12, 2018)
  • Jacob Acosta (December 18, 2018)
  • Cyrus Javan (January 16, 2019)
  • Franco Abella (January 22, 2019)
  • Rich Guinnane (May 6, 2019)
  • Ernie Martinez (May 7, 2019)
  • Alfredo ‘Freddie” Barajas (May 7, 2019)
  • Andrew Dunne (May 8, 2019)
  • Richard Ramirez (May 8, 2019)
  • Paul Loeb (June 1, 2019)
  • Jake McGowan (June 18, 2019)
  • Laura Kim (July 1, 2019)
  • Stephan Miao (Oct 28, 2019)
  • Kieran Kelly  (Oct 28, 2019)
  • Orly Locquiao )Oct 29, 2019)
  • Walter Louie (Oct 30, 2019)
 

Purple Belts

  • Chris Martinet (June 6, 2011)
  • Mark “Viking” Nielsen (June 9, 2011)
  • Shozo Fukuda (December 17, 2012) (Blue 6/21/10)
  • Kyle Gudgeon (December 17, 2012)
  • Tri Tran (April 7, 2014) (Blue 5/7/11)
  • Khoi Quan (April 10, 2014)
  • John Bernardo (February 4, 2015)
  • Peter Troung (June 1, 2015) (Blue 7/30/12)
  • Christian Morsing September 21, 2015 (Blue 8/23/11))
  • Vincent Wong September 21, 2015 (Blue 4/18/12)
  • Michael Estrella November 7, 2015
  • Sammy Hayilu November 22, 2016
  • Denis Trofimov February 6, 2017 (Blue 3/15/14)
  • Charles “Chuck” Walker August 7, 2017 (Blue 6/15/15)
  • Christopher Laroya August 7, 2017 (Blue 4/10/14)
  • Sirack Testation August 9, 2017 (Blue 5/21/09)
  • Evan Zheng August 9, 2017 (Blue 8/19/13)
  • Octavio Martinez September 6, 2017 (Blue 2/11/14)
  • Isaac Moreno (November 6, 2017)
  • John Boy Palcara (November 7, 2017)
  • Remi Fatoke (March 28, 2018)
  • Bryan Lopez April 9, 2018 (Blue August 30, 2015)
  • Chris Nguyen August 1, 2018 (Blue February 28, 2011)
  • Andrew Kim May 6, 2019
  • Alex Northam May 6, 2019
  • Gerardo Roman May 8, 2019 (Blue November 21, 2016)

Brown Belts

  • Michael Martinez (December 27 2014)
  • Eran Galperin (January 27, 2015)
  • George Tan (Oct 3, 2015 with Michael Huang) (Purple 8/26/10)
  • Adisa Banjoko January 8, 2017 (Purple 4/16/10)
  • Eric Eugenio February 17, 2017) (Purple 12/19/13) (Blue 12/7/10)
  • Paul Telles March 6, 2017 (Purple 4/6/14) (Blue 2/28/11)
  • Bill Evon March 23, 2017 (via Michael Huang) (Purple 9/24/14) (Blue 4/18/12)
  • David Frederick October 11, 2017 (Purple 8/1/2015)
  • Eric McEwen (November 6, 2017) (Purple November 7, 2015) (Blue 10/8/12)
  • Mikey Zacarias (November 7, 2017) (Purple June 15, 2015) (Blue 10/18/11)
  • Daniel Abrinella November 8, 2017 (Purple June 15, 2015) (Blue 12/20/11)
  • Julius Go November 21, 2017 (Purple June 2, 2015) (Blue 2/28/11)
  • Ben Shaw August 7, 2019 (Purple February 12, 2016)
  • Rob Morales August 7, 2019 (Purple May 2, 2012) (Blue 3/31/10)
  • Dave Notaro August 7, 2019 (Purple September 20, 2016) (Blue 12/8/10)
  • Jackie Vasquez Oct 28, 2019 (Purple August 7, 2017) (Blue Belt 3/5/13)
  • Henry Fischer Oct 28, 2019 (Purple August 4, 2015)
  • Al Lagura Oct 28, 2019 (Purple November 21, 2016 (Blue 7/15/13)
  • Ian Tilford (Oct 30, 2019)
  • Calvin Tran November 4, 2019 (Purple September 20, 2016) (Blue 11/10/11)