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Fabio Leopoldo

Head Instructor

Professor Fabio Leopoldo is a 3rd degree black belt in jiu-jitsu. He has studied jiu-jitsu with the Gracie family since 1995 when he began training with Master Ryan Gracie in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He achieved his black belt in just five years of training. Over the last few years he has had the pleasure of studying under Masters Renzo Gracie, and Carlos Gracie Jr.(son of the founder of Gracie Jiu-jitsu). In addition to jiu-jitsu Fabio has also dedicated himself to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), training with the Gracie team, and traveling several times with them to Japan accompanying his teachers, Ryan and Renzo Gracie during many of their victories in the Pride Fighting Championships. Throughout his competitive jiu-jitsu career Professor Fabio has earned many of the most prestigious titles the sport has to offer including being 3-time World Champion, 4-time Pan American Champion, 2-time Brazilian National Champion among many other titles. Also fighting in MMA Fabio has competed against some of the top fighters in his weight class from around the world in major events in the USA and Japan. In 2007 he fought on Renzo Gracie’s New York Pitbulls team in the IFL World Team Championships where they won the world title and became champions of the league. In 1999 Professor Fabio opened his own jiu-jitsu academy, Gracie Morumbi, in Sao Paulo Brazil. While dividing his time between competing and giving classes, Fabio was able, with great success to form a strong team where he has promoted 15 black belts. After moving to the U.S. his students continue to look after his academy in Brazil. Professor Fabio now lives in Ventura, California where he moved after studying and training in New York with Renzo Gracie and Ricardo Almeida for several years. He chose California because outside of his love for jiu-jitsu remains his love for surfing. Combining these two passions in one place was a perfect choice. Born in 1977 in Sao Paulo, Brazil Professor Fabio Leopoldo has always been involved in Martial Arts. Even before being introduced to Jiu-jitsu, he had been a practitioner of both Judo and Karate. In addition to his many accomplishments in Martial Arts, Professor Fabio also completed his University studies in Brazil. In 1999 he graduated from Paulista University in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Commerce.

For a detailed description of Professor Fabio Leopoldo Competition accomplishments click here.

 

Raul Montolfo

InstructorProfessor Raul Montolfo was a direct student and Black Belt under Legendary Master Carlos Gracie Jr and has been with Professor Fabio Leopoldo since Professor Fabio first came to the United States. With over 10 years of training and a teaching certificate in Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Professor Raul is an excellent instructor with a detailed and deep understanding of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Professor Raul received his Brown Belt Directly under Master Gracie at the main Academy in Brazil in December 2007 and is one of only a few Americans to gain rank in Brazil at the Gracie headquarters there. Now a black belt and Senior instructor at Gracie Morumbi, Professor Raul has gained a wealth of experience and techniques in the rich art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by training with many of the great Jiu Jitsu competitors and Instructors throughout the world. For the last three years Professor Raul has been the Senior Instructor at Gracie Morumbi and has been training on a daily basis with Chief Instructor and World Champion Professor Fabio Leopoldo.

Professor Raul has had great success in Jiu Jitsu competitions. In 2009 Professor Raul become a Pan American champion, also winning 2 gold medals at the IBJJF National Gi and No-Gi Championships and becoming World Champion at the 2009 No-Gi World Championships. In 2011, Professor Raul Won Gold at the Kobe International Championship in Japan and won 2 Gold’s at the IBJJF International Jiu Jitsu Championship and a Gold Medal at the North America BJJ Championship.

Professor Raul has an extensive background in Martial Arts and in Japanese Zen Buddhism. Professor has earned a 3rd dan in Aikido (Hombu Dojo, Tokyo Japan), a 3rd degree black belt in Hapkido (Seoul, Korea), and a Black Belt in the Japanese Sword Art of I-aido. Professor Raul also played Professorial Basketball in Argentina and Spain as well as being a division 1 NCAA starter.

Erik Klinger

Instructor

Professor Erik Klinger began training Martial Arts at 7 years of age. After receiving his black belt in Shotokan Karate, he opened his first Karate club on Stanford University campus where he taught professor’s children there for over a year. Later receiving an invitation to help open a school in Chico, California Professor Erik moved and continued to teach classes for the next five years. Then he moved to Japan where he continued to train and teach on the island of Okinawa. He opened a Karate club for children at a local Junior High school where he was the head coach.

While in Japan, Professor Erik explored other Martial Arts. He began training at a Mixed Martial Arts gym with professional and amateur fighters from the Japanese Pancrase organization. Being amazed with the efficiency of ground fighting techniques, he decided to dedicate himself to the study of Submission Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts. After 3 years of teaching, training, and fighting in Japan, Professor Erik moved to Sao Paulo Brazil to continue his Martial Arts training by studying Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. He chose to study under 3-time world champion, Professor Fabio Leopoldo. After only two years of training Erik became an instructor under Fabio at his academy in Sao Paulo, and after three years he was awarded his brown belt by Professor Fabio. In 2008 Professor Fabio invited Erik to teach and train with him at his new school in Ventura, California. Today Professor Erik Klinger is the first non-Brazilian promoted by Fabio Leopoldo to black belt.

Professor Erik Klinger is also an accomplished competitor in several disciplines including becoming champion in the 2004 Okinawa Open Grappling Tournament, #1 ranked amateur Pancrase fighter in Okinawa in the same year, 2-time gold medalist at the USA National Karate Championships, 2-time medalist at the Gracie Nationals, and earning a gold medal at the 2007 Sao Paulo State Jiu-jitsu Championships.

In addition, Professor Erik Klinger is a graduate of California State University, Chico with a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies.

 

Dini Leopoldo

InstructorBorn in San Paulo Brazil, Dini’s desire for a career in fitness and sports began early in her life. Her outgoing personality, attention to detail, expertise and experience make her the perfect choice for Gracie Morumbi’s official Kettlebell instructor.  As an RKCII Certified Kettlebell Instructor and Certified NASM Personal Trainer, Dini has the knowledge and skills to change lives here in Thousand Oaks through the use of kettlebells and fitness guidance.  The Kettlebell workout is designed to increase strength, endurance, agility and balance. These aspects of fitness are improved during the workouts while challenging the muscular and cardiovascular systems with dynamic total body movements.  Recently, Dini received her bluebelt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and she is working towards her goal of incorporating her Jiu jitsu into her kettlebell classes.  She also uses her experience with Thai Yoga Stretch during her workout program. Utilizing functional training and dynamic workouts through experience in this art, Dini can focus on a students’ weight loss, body toning, strength, as well as improvement in general and overal health. Dini Leopoldo’s motto is, “to empower individuals to live a healthy life”.
 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Core Strength Development
  • Sport Specific Training
  • Strength Training
  • Decrease Body Fat %

Credentials:

  • Certified Personal Trainer – NASM National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • RKCII Certified Kettlebell Instructor
  • Thai Yoga Stretch Practitioner

 


 


 

   
   
   
   
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