All classes at JM Modern Jiu Jitsu are instructed by Brown or Black Belts.

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Travis "Mandibúla" Medine

BJJ Black Belt

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BlackBelt instructor. Professor Travis teaches all of our Gracie Jiu Jitsu 101 Classes. He will be teaching you the techniques that we feel are essential for beginners. Travis is extremely patient, friendly, and invests in his students.

Erick Raposo

2nd Degree BJJ Black Belt


2nd Degree Black under Bruno “Tank” Mendes of Soul Fighters BJJ Association. Professor Erick Raposo started practicing Jiu-Jitsu in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in his early teens. Since that time, Raposo has dedicated his life to teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to kids, adults, and families as well as competing and winning at the highest level in BJJ. Professor Raposo teaches all classes within American Martial Art Academy Association and has helped many of his students reach new heights and improve their confidence, courage, and character.

Jon Meyer

2nd Degree BJJ Black Belt & Judo Black Belt

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A second degree Black Belt in BJJ, Black Belt in Judo as well as seasoned professional MMA fighter. Professor Jon brings a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of grappling from the takedown as well as off his back. His style is powerful and dynamic.

Doug Fournet

BJJ Black Belt, Judo Black Belt, Sambo Master

Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo Black Belt and international Sambo competitor, Doug brings with him a wealth of knowledge and skill earned through a life time of martial arts training. He is just as much an expert in competition prep as he is in the martial arts. 

Jessica Guedry

Double Gold BJJ World Champion & BJJ Brown Belt 

Jessica began training in 2011 when she was 18 years old. She is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a recent college graduate, and a double gold medalist at the 2017 IBJJF World Championships. Her class emphasizes the importance of drilling and paying attention to detail. 

Kyle Bradley

BJJ Brown Belt & UFC Veteran

Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and one of the first Louisiana MMA fighters to ever make it to the UFC. Kyle brings his knowledge of the fight game, as well as his passion for BJJ to this team. He has trained and cornered many of the best fighters in Louisiana and is still on the mats today due to his passion for the martial arts.

JC Pennington

BJJ Brown Belt, Pro Boxer, & Mixed Martial Art Pioneer

A veteran of over 50 professional MMA fights JC is a Louisiana mixed martial arts pioneer. Since recently retiring from MMA he has focused on coaching and competing in pro grappling.JC is well versed in many areas such as fitness, weight loss, striking, jiu jitsu, and MMA.

Blade Zandifer

Judo Black Belt & BJJ Purple Belt


Coach Blade teaches our Little Soul Fighters. Blade currently holds a black belt in Judo and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Blade has been doing martial arts competitively from childhood and has done AMAZING work with our younger kid jiu jitsu program.   


Tiago Gonçalves

BJJ Brown Belt & Judo Black Belt

Tiago Gonçalves was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tiago is a world class Judo black belt who was competed all over the world claiming such titles as Brazilian National Champion 4 times, as well as a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt. He is not only a life long martial artist but also spends his time keeping our ports and people safe as a member of the United States Coast Guard. 

Judo Instructor

Jeremy Deprato

BJJ Brown Belt


Jeremy DePrato began training in 2010 at the age of 30. He has developed a passion for teaching and competing. The constant learning process continually drives him to improve on and off the mats. Jeremy is an IT professional and father of three

6am Breakfast Club Instructor. 

Brian Juban

BJJ Brown Belt


Brian is a practicing attorney and father of 3 who found BJJ in 2012. What he enjoys most about the sport are its continuous opportunities for growth and progress, the camaraderie of the gym and the challenge that comes with competing.

6am Breakfast Club Instructor