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Sharpen Iron Acadey Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructors - Carlos Gracie Alex Faria Roger Gracie Gracie Gym

Instructors

To train at SIA is to train with the best.  The instructors and athletes at Sharpen Iron Academy all have the same mission. Their goal is to guide your journey in learning the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, with a passion for bettering all those who train with us.  Instructors and coaches build families and relationships that last a lifetime.  We are world champions, athletes, mentors, coaches, and still students of this unique and evolving martial art. We  invite you to come train with us, and experience the uniqueness of this sport, and this gym.  Grab a Gi and call us to schedule a Free Trial visit!

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Professor Alex Faria – Head Instructor 

Professor Alex Faria is a 3rd degree (August 2019 promotion) Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Roger Gracie

Professor Alex Faria started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 under BJJ legend José Leão Teixeira, also known by his nickname: “Zé Beleza.”  Ze Beleza, along with Carlos and Crolin Gracie, and Machado opened the very first Gracie Barra school in Rio.

After earning his Brown Belt under Zé Beleza in 2001, Alex Faria moved to London to train with Roger Gracie – a 10 time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion. Professor Alex trained for 8 years, and earned his Black Belt from Roger in 2009. Because Roger Gracie traveled often, he eventually handpicked Alex to become his Headquarters Head Instructor.

Alex trained alongside UFC & World Champions such as Georges St-Pierre, Braulio Estima, Fabio Gurgel, Clark Gracie, Lucio ‘Lagarto’ Rodrigues, Luciano Cristovam, Lucio Sergio Dos Santos, Publio Caetano, Gustavo Pires ‘Siri’, Kywan Gracie, and many more greats. The school was rated one of the ‘Top 10 BJJ places to train in the World’.  Alex had the added privilege of training under Roger’s father Maurício “Maurição” Motta Gomes, one of the “Famous Five” legendary Rolls Gracie black belts.

Alex has been featured several times in BJJ magazines alongside Roger Gracie, showing positions. Due to his notoriety as a Roger Gracie head instructor and black belt, he has also taught seminars in Brazil, Spain and California, as well as in London.

Professor Alex could not compete much while being head instructor at the Roger Gracie Academy Headquarters, however once he moved to the US, in 2015, he started competing again.  He placed in several prestigious IBJJF championships and was ranked #10 in the IBJJF worldwide. He won Gold in Houston in his division and Bronze in the absolute division, Gold in Boca Raton, and Silver in Boston.

Professor Alex re-started competing in 2015, while taking over the reins, and re-energizing a school which has lost its black belt, at Gracie Gym.  Taking the school from less than 30 students, to today’s multiple locations at Sharpen Iron(rebranded Gracie Gym in 2019), he has been instrumental in spreading Jiu Jitsu to cities in North Texas.

Many of Alex’s students have won medals at IBJJF world championships.  From winning Gold and placing at Masters Worlds, to Adult Worlds and Pans, to countless IBJJF and other tournament Opens, Professor Alex is dedicated to giving, and expecting the best of every student.  He tirelessly inspires people to achieve their best, on and off the mat.  He believes the mat is simply a conduit to life lessons.

Alex is also an accredited IBJJF referee, and each year makes sure to get re-certified in order to keep up with the changing rules of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Most recently, in 2018, Professor Alex has taken on the coaching of MMA fighters, such as Edmaicon Moraes.  His expertise in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is now also being used in the cage to help fighters.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr. > Roger Gracie > Alex Faria

Professor Ricardo ‘Cafe’ Garone – Head Instructor

Professor Ricardo, or Professor ‘Cafe’ is a 4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Roberto Godoi.

Professor Ricardo started his BJJ journey in 1999 receiving his blue belt under Daniel Gracie.  He received his Purple Belt in 2001 from the legendary late Ryan Gracie at the original Gracie gym.  Professor Ricardo received his black belt from ‘BJJHeroes’ Professor Roberto Godoi in 2005.

Professor Ricardo loves to teach and see the improvements made over time to his students in BJJ.  He is an avid competitor, that is passionate about teaching more than just the techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  He aims to make a difference in each student’s life, young and old, thru the use of life lessons on the mat.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez > Roberto Godoi> Ricardo Cafe Garone

Recent Titles:

  • IBJJF Nationals-Gi – Black Belt Master 2 – Champion 2017
  • IBJJF Nationals-No Gi – BlackBelt Master 2 – 2nd Place – 2017
  • IBJJF Boston Spring International Open – Black Belt Master 2 – Champion 2017
  • IBJJF New York Summer International Open – Black Belt Master 2 – 2nd Place 2017
  • Austin Open NO GI- Black Belt Master 2 – 2nd Place 2017
  • Austin Open GI 2017 – Black Belt Master 2 -Champion   2017

Professor Ighor Tavares

Professor Ighor Tavares is a Black Belt jointly under Professor Alex Faria, and Professor Rodrigo Clark, a Gracie Barra Santa Barbara owner.

Native of Brazil, Professor Ighor started training in 2009 with Professor Rodrigo in California.  He joined joined Gracie Gym in 2015 as a Brown Belt.

Professor Ighor is passionate about children and helping them become champions on and off the mat.   He earned his spot as the Head of Children’s programs. He instills in his students respect for others, and discipline necessary for success in life, with a good measure of love to encourage growth.  Professor Ighor teaches both Adult and Children’s classes.

His kids accomplishments include IBJJF Pan Kids Champions, as well as NAGA and NewBreed Champions.

Lineage:

Carlos Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr. > Rodrigo Clark > Ighor Tavares

Carlos Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr. > Roger Gracie > Alex Faria > Ighor Tavares

Professor Edmaicon Moraes – Sponsored Athlete

Back in his home state of São Paulo Brazil, Edmaicon Moraes took part in Cicero Costha’s social project, the PSLPB or Projeto Social Lutando Pelo Bem (Fighting for Good Social Project). Living within the academy alongside other up and coming legends such as João and Paulo Miyao, and Leandro Lo, Edmaicon started to show his potential to become a unique Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Phenomenon. Currently in Texas, and a black belt under Professor Alex Faria’s leadership, Edmaicon found a new home at Sharpen Iron (Formerly Gracie Gym).  He continues to sharpen his blades to become one of the most impressive BJJ fighters in the world.

Professor Edmaicon in 2018, took a leap into the world of MMA in the US.  He was forced into a Professional career, when he found out, that his first amateur fight in Brazil, was considered a pro fight, due to receiving a tiny purse.

But as with anything Professor Maicon ‘Fera’ has faced, he is ready for the challenge.  Learning Muay Thai, wrestling, and other arts to balance his MMA career, his record continues to grow in the W column. At the beginning of 2020, his record is 4-1.  His only loss being by decision in his first fight in the US, after learning Muay Thai for 2 months!

His accomplishments in the competition arena include coaching both Adult athletes and kids in the best tournaments offered.  He, along with our other Professors, has coached IBJJF Pan Kids Champions, as well as NAGA and NewBreed Champions.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr. > Roger Gracie > Alex Faria > Edmaicon Moraes

Professor Maicon is a passionate and avid competitor.  A list of a few of his titles include:

2016

  • IBJJF Worlds Championship – Gi Brown Belt – 3rd Place
  • IBJJF American Nationals – Gi Brown Belt – Champion
  • IBJJF Austin Open – Gi Brown Belt – 3rd place (was winning match, but got DQ for a rule violation.
  • IBJJF Austin Open – Gi Brown Belt Open Weight – 3rd

2017

  • IBJJF American Nationals – Gi Brown Belt – 2nd Place
  • IBJJF American Nationals – No Gi Brown Belt – 2nd Place
  • IBJJF Austin Open -Gi Brown Belt – 2nd Place
  • IBJJF Austin Open -No Gi Brown Belt – 2nd Place
  • IBJJF Dallas Spring Open – Gi Brown Belt – Champion
  • IBJJF Dallas Fall Open – Gi Brown Belt – Champion
  • IBJJF New York Spring Open – Gi Brown Belt – 2nd Place

Professor Maicon is also a Fight-to-Win Brown Belt, Belt holder, undefeated in the featherweight division. See some of his results here.

Professor Max Danrley – Sponsored Athlete

Born in Belem, the state of Para, in Brazil, Professor Max took part in Cicero Costha’s social project, the PSLPB or Projeto Social Lutando Pelo Bem (Fighting for Good Social Project). Living within the academy alongside other up and coming legends such as João and Paulo Miyao, and Leandro Lo, Max started to show his potential to become a unique Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Phenomenon.

Currently in Texas, under Professor Alex Faria’ and Professor Ricardo ‘Cafe’s’ coaching, Max found a new home at Sharpen Iron.  He continues to sharpen his blades to become one of the most impressive BJJ fighters in the world.  Professor Max is one of the highest ranking athletes in the World. He was promoted to a BlackBelt by both Professor Alex Faria, and Professor Ricardo ‘Cafe’, giving him a unique dual lineage from both sides of the Gracie family.

Lineage: 

Carlos Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr. > Roger Gracie > Alex Faria > Max Danrley

Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez > Roberto Godoi > Ricardo Cafe Garone > Max Danrley

Some of his International Titles include:

2019
Denver Spring Open – Light – Champion
Dallas Spring Open – Light – NoGi Champion
Dallas Spring Open – Light – 3rd
Dallas Fall Open – Light – Gi and NoGi Champion

2017
Rio IBJJF BJJ Pro – brown belt – feather – 2nd Place
São Paulo internacional open ibjjf – brown belt adult – feather – 3rd place
São Paulo internacional open No-Gi ibjjf – brown belt adult – feather – champion
São Paulo Bjj Pro ibjjf – brown belt adult – feather – 3rd place
Curitiba winter internacional open No-Gi – brown belt adult – Light – 2nd place

2016
Brazilian national No-Gi cbjj 2016 – purple belt – feather – champion
Brazilian national cbjj – purple belt adult – feather – 3rd place
Sul americano de jiu-jítsu ibjjf – brown belt adult – feather – 3rd place
São Paulo bjj pro ibjjf – brown belt adult – feather – 2nd place
Curitiba internacional open ibjjf – purple belt – feather – champion
Rio Summer internacional open ibjjf -purple belt – feather – 2nd place
Rio bjj pro ibjjf – brown belt – feather -2nd place

2015
Brazilian national cbjj – purple belt – feather – 3rd place
Manaus internacional open ibjjf – purple belt – feather – champion

2014
Sul americano ibjjf 2014 – purple belt – feather – 3rd place

Professor Henrique Rossi – Sponsored Athlete

Born in Sao Paulo, in Brazil, Professor Henrique started his BJJ journey at the age of 12.  He was a rambunctious kid getting into fights far too often.  As a way to get more disciplined, and controlled, Coach started training.

Henrique was also part in the Cicero Costha’s social project, the PSLPB or Projeto Social Lutando Pelo Bem (Fighting for Good Social Project). Alongside Max and Edmaicon, Professor Henrique started his major wins while in this academy.

Currently in Texas, under Professor Alex Faria’s tutelage, Henrique now calls Sharpen Iron home.  Henrique was one of the highest ranking athlete’s in the World in his weight class. In December 2019, Henrique was promoted to BlackBelt.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr. > Roger Gracie > Alex Faria > Henrique Rossi

Some of his International Titles include:

2019

  • UAEJJF Los Angeles – Brown Belt – 2nd Place
  • IBJJF Denver Open – Brown Belt – Champion
  • IBJJF Dallas Open – Brown Belt – 3rd Place

2018 IBJJF  American Nationals – Gi Brown Belt – 2nd Place

2017

  • IBJJF American Nationals – Gi Brown Belt – Champion
  • IBJJF American Nationals – No Gi Brown Belt – 3rd Place
  • UAEJJF Los Angeles – Brown Belt – 3rd place
  • IBJJF Brazilian National – Brown Belt – 2nd place
  • IBJJF Dallas Fall International Open – Brown Belt – Champion

2015

  • IBJJF  Brazilian Nationals- Purple – 1st Place Team
  • IBJJF Sao Paulo Open – Purple – 2nd Place
  • IBJJF  Florianopolis Open – Purple – 2nd Place

2011 IBJJF South American – Blue – Champion
2011 IBJJF Brazilian Nationals – Blue – 3rd Place

Professor Rogerio – Sponsored Athlete

Professor Rogerio is a 1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Roberto Godoi.

He is from São Paulo, Brazil, and started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1999, with Roberto Lage,.

Professor Rogerio received his black belt from ‘BJJHeroes’ Professor Roberto Godoi in 2015.

Rogerio is a successful competitor, and enjoys coaching and mentoring both kids and adults.   He loves to encourage students and athletes and is very proud when they attain a higher level of achievement.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez > Roberto Godoi> Rogerio Leite

Some of Professor Rogerio’s titles:

2018

  • IBJJF Austin International Open – Black Belt Master 2- 3rd place
  • IBJJF Twin Cities Open – Black Belt Master 2 – 2nd place
  • IBJJF Dallas Fall International Open – 1st place

2015  Sao Paulo Circuit – black belt – 1st place

2014 IBJJF South America Championship – brown belt – 1st place

2013

  • IBJJF Brazilian Championship – purple belt – 1st place
  • IBJJF New York Summer International Open – purple belt – 1st place
  • São Paulo International Open (brown belt) – 1st place

2012 São Paulo, International Open (blue belt) – 1st place

Kru Will Florentino – Muay Thai Instructor

Will “Furious” Florentino is a Muay Thai Kru, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt.  Kru Will started his MMA professional career in 2007 with a current MMA record of 5-5-0. He is a current fighter with an open contract with Bellator, and plans to take on future fights.

Kru Will comes to SIA a seasoned Mixed Martial Arts fighter trained in multiple disciplines with a passion for teaching.

Kru Will trains kids, beginners, and Professional fighters.

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