Professor Ron Boiuso - Black Belt 3rd Degree
Ron Boiuso achieved the rank of Black Belt in 2010 and has been teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over 16 years. He graduated from The University of Florida and is a former member of the Gator Football SEC Championship team. Ron is a Retired Deputy Sheriff with Palm Beach County and was awarded the 2010 Police Officer of the Year from the Police Benevolent Association.
His list of accomplishments include:
2010 Pan American No-Gi Championship Absolute gold medal
2010 Florida State Jiu-Jitsu Championship Absolute gold medal, third place
2010 prestigious Pan American Championship
Silver medal in the IBJJF Miami International Open
Professor Mauricio Villardo - Black Belt 6th Degree
Mauricio Villardo received his black belt in 1997 from Royler Gracie, one of the most skillful and adept members of the Gracie clan and one of the most sought after instructors in the martial arts world. Mauricio has since progressed to earn his fifth degree black belt, solidifying his position as one of the top-ranked Jiu-Jitsu practitioners globally.span>
Mauricio began training in Rio de Janeiro long before the pattern of the Gracie style of fighting was imprinted: take the fight quickly to the ground, gain control, and finish the opponent. The ease with which Mauricio incorporates this strategy against opponents of all sizes, weights, and styles won him the World Championship in 1996. As part of the famous Gracie Competition Team, he also won two state championships, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship, and took second place in the Pan American.
In 1996, Mauricio began his teaching career as an assistant to Royler Gracie and Rolker Gracie at the Gracie Humaita Academy in Rio de Janeiro. He was responsible for helping Royler conduct classes for children and teenagers. Over the next three years he continued to assist his master at the Humaita Academy and also began teaching his own classes.
In 1999, Mauricio started teaching in Southern Brazil at Gracie Florianopolis in a partnership with Rilion Gracie and helped develop and improve current Jiu-Jitsu techniques. He remained there as a full-time instructor until 2001, when he moved to the United States and started teaching in several major areas in South Florida, including West Palm Beach, Wellington, and Boca Raton. In these locations Mauricio teaches the techniques on which he has been improving for the past thirty years on a daily basis.
Mauricio is recognized by his students as the technician par excellence. He has trained numerous students who have gone on to be champions in major mixed martial arts tournaments, as well as law enforcement officials, and he helps teach children to overcome issues with bullying and increasing self-confidence. He teaching style emphasizes precision, technical ability, and a relaxed approach – always looking to employ superior technique and strategy over size and strength.
Professor Don Corpus - Black Belt 1st Degree
Don Corpus started training in 2003 at the original Gracie Academy in Torrance, CA. He has been training under Mauricio Villardo and Ron Boiuso since he moved to Florida in 2006. He received his Black Belt from Mauricio in 2016, after proudly and patiently remaining a Brown Belt for 5 years. He is certified by the IBJJF and has been teaching since 2008.
He has competed in numerous gi and no-gi tournaments, including:
2009 Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu Jitsu Cup, North American Qualifiers (Masters),
1st Place 2009 Florida State Jiu Jitsu Championship,
1st Place 2010 IBJJF Miami International Open, 3rd Place
He is also a physician, who prioritizes safety amongst his students, as well as a deep understanding of technique when he teaches. Previously, he worked in the fitness industry at the world famous Gold’s Gym in Venice Beach, CA, after graduating from UCLA with a degree in human physiology and biomechanics. He is committed to a lifelong study of jiu jitsu and enjoys sharing his passion with anybody who is willing to listen and learn.
Master Rilion Gracie - Coral Belt 7th Degree
Rilion Gracie is the youngest male son of the Grand Master Carlos Gracie Sr. (the founder of Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the creator of MMA ). He has been involved in his father’s tradition since he was born. He has grown up in the world of mats, healthy living, improved life skills and philosophic concepts of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Rilion is proud to have had his father Carlos Sr. and his brother Rolls (the forefather of modern Jiu Jitsu) as his mentors and professors.
Before Jiu-Jitsu became a sport, it was a martial art based on the principals of respect, hierarchy, discipline, self-control, self-confidence, patience and many others. The objective is rendering the opponent into submission.
Rilion fought competitively for 15 years in both Jiu Jitsu and free style matches. In his competitive career as a Black Belt he was never submitted, neither in competition nor in sparring sessions.
He is recognized in the Jiu Jitsu world for his mastery of the art and has become known for being “100% technical”.’
In the early 1980’s besides teaching at the Gracie Ipanema academy, he was a founding member of the Gracie JJ School in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, along with his older brothers Crolin and Carlos Jr. In 1988, he was one of the instructors at the first Gracie Jiu Jitsu Seminar in the United States hosted by the actor and Martial Arts enthusiast Chuck Norris.