PROFESSOR FABIANA BORGES –GRACIE BARRA SAN ANTONIO HEAD INSTRUCTOR
Professor Fabiana Borges was born in Rio de Janeiro-Brazil and it was in Rio where she started to train at the age of 11 years old. Prof. Fabi was always on the competition scenario on her earlier belts, achieving many titles such as 6 times Brazilian National Champion, 7 times Estate Champion, 2 times World Champion, 2 times Pan Ams Champion and many more as a black belt.
Professor Borges moved to United States in 2008 and started her path on teaching kids and adults. She taught classes in Washington State, Gracie Barra Headquarter in California, Austin Texas and now in San Antonio. She is bringing the best of all, a strong team at Gracie Barra San Antonio.
Professor Fabiana is a testament of hard work, passion and dedication. She believes that everyone can benefit from Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training, and everyone is capable of practicing the gentle art. And there are many reasons for you to start training: weight loss, focus, self-defense, have fun.
Growing up in the border town of Del Rio, Texas Coach Benito Almaguer III joined the U.S. Navy in 1997 and became a Hospital Corpsman. While stationed in Chicago he signed up his daughter Lillian to train at Gracie Barra Chicago under the tutelage of Professors Eddie and Adem Redzovic. He spent so much time at the school with The Redzovic Brothers that he began to train himself. Soon both sons Alexander and Nathan began to train. While in Chicago he became a Certified Redzovic Instructor and was the coach of the R Team Kids Class. Coach Benito, Lillian, Alexander and Nathan moved from Chicago in 2015 and are now a part of the Gracie Barra San Antonio family. Today Benito credits The U.S. Navy and Jiu Jitsu for providing him with the leadership skills and character building that allows him to be one of the instructors assisting Professor Fabiana Borges, specializing in the character development of all his students. Coach Benito retired from the Navy in 2009 and currently he teaches classes four days a week at Gracie Barra San Antonio while also chasing and driving his three kids and attending school full-time.
Coach Jon has been an active member of our school for 3 1/2 years alongside his younger brother. They have been involved since middle school and have gradually advanced and matured within the sport. An achieved blue belt under Professor Fabiana, Coach Jon works with the kid’s classes every week to instill positive reinforcement and valuable knowledge upon the younger ones. Jon enjoys teaching the kids to contribute to their success, as well watch their progression and development. Jon has competed in many Jiu Jitsu tournaments and indefinitely continues to further his knowledge of the sport. As well Jiu Jitsu, Jon has vast knowledge and trains many other martial arts including boxing, wrestling, and judo. He has been able to master many other skills and incorporate them in his well-rounded game. He enjoys watching mixed martial arts, as well consistently competes against his brother to constantly promote improvement. Jon also enjoys music and other activities outside of working out and plans to advance his education and opportunities after graduation. Jon is a huge contribution to our school and a positive role model for both the kids and adults.
Alexa has been training with Gracie Barra San Antonio for over two years and has acquired her blue belt under Professor Fabiana Borges. After a couple years of training, she attained the position of Program Director of the school. She offers service on and off the mats to whoever needs assistance. She enjoys the guidance she provides to the students and parents, and credits all this opportunity to the functioning and productivity of the school. She was introduced to the sport and immediately enjoyed working out, which further introduced and initiated a new lifestyle. She credits Jiu Jitsu with bringing her confidence, self defense, strength, and a healthy well being. She loves to train majority nights and competes where she has medaled and placed in many events. She is constantly gaining more knowledge and overcoming challenges initiated by jiu jitsu, grateful for the accomplishments she has been able to achieve. She takes great pride and pleasure in being an efficient member of the team and school she contributes to as a whole.
Coach Liz always provides motivation and promotes a good attitude, she leads our cardio kickboxing classes and continually drives her students and teammates. She has trained Muay Thai and striking for over 10 years. She originally started practicing MMA and stand up at her home gym in Maryland where she grew and expanded her well rounded game. She originally started training no gi jiu jitsu, and eventually incorporated gi into her game. She has trained Jiu Jitsu for over 5 years and actively competes and medals at numerous tournaments. Liz puts in a lot of work on the mats and instills that strength in her students. She has two daughters active in jiu jitsu as well and always goes above and beyond to give constant feedback and support.
Gabriel Carrillo was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and has been very active in all sports since his childhood years. He was introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by fellow Gracie Barra black belt, Arnold Garza, 9 yrs ago which then led him to Muay Thai and MMA. Along his journey, while gaining knowledge of the sport from different gyms across the state, he found a permanent home with Pete Spratt, UFC vet and long time student of Saekson Sanjira , at Rodrigo Pinheiro Brazilian Jiu Jistu. He has continued to study and train under Pete Spratt Muay Thai, all while competing in amateur and pro MMA fights