Head coach and instructor Joao Amaral is a 5th-degree black belt In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with experience in No-Gi grappling as well as mixed martial arts. He has trained with the some of the most renowned names in both BJJ and MMA.
Professor Joao Amaral was first introduced to the grappling arts at the age of 6 where he participated in Judo. At the age of 13 he transitioned to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the tutelage of Crezio Souza; a prominent member of the famed Carlson Gracie Team. Brazilian Top Team was then established in 2000 and Professor Joao transitioned over along with many other teammates.
As an avid competitor, Professor Joao Amaral competed in countless tournaments, such as NAGA, Pan American, Jiu-Jitsu Championships, Brazilian National Championships, Arnold Classic and the US Open. He has also competed as a professional fighter in the sport of MMA.