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Team Members

Professor Jonatas Eliaquim

Professor Jonatas Eliaquim, from Brazil and head instructor of two academies in France,  has  3 Degree  Black Belt under Carlos Gracie .jr

With more than 12 years of teaching experience in Jiu Jitsu, he is a primary example of a man who is fully dedicating his life to Gracie Barra . Professor Jonatas Eliaquim with his personality, energy and professional skills make the essence of Gracie Barra in France.

Arrived in France in 2004 Professor Jonatas  Eliaquim accomplished a huge work for Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu, a sport hitherto unknown in France. He is currently manages two Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu academies in France (in Paris and in Rennes) with more than 120 members each.

He has formed 5 black belts and several brown belts who are now capable to continue the work initiated by him  and to ensure the continuation of the Academies.

Professor is now ready and willing to provide his expertise and knowledge for the profit of Gracie Barra Academy in San Antonio TX

He is charismatic, attentive and loves teaching. He is an outstanding role-model and mentor to all of his students. It was always Professor Eliaquim dream to be the head professor at a Gracie Barra Academy. He is proud to make San Antonio his home.


Max CarvalhoProfessor Max Carvalho.

2nd degree black-belt by Zé Radiola and born in Recife, PE, Brazil, Max Carvalho is standing out in the European Jiu-Jitsu scenario. He currently owns a Gracie Barra Hungary school branch. However, day by day, he has been spreading the Jiu-Jitsu vision all around the world. He also owns school branches in Croatia, Austria, Russia, Ukraine and Serbia. But besides that, Max is also an excellent athlete and champion in important tournaments such as the European and Brazilian championships, London Open, Open France, among other ones.


Tereza Coach Tereza Cordeiro de Souza

Tereza Crisley Cordeiro de Souza, purple belt, is from Brazil but was leaving in Hungary for the past few years.

She is an international competitor with main BJJ titles such as Europeans 3rd place, WPJJC 2nd place, 2nd Hungarian open 1st place, 2x Austria open 1st place.


photo Coach Alfredo Lozano

Coach Alfredo is part of the next evolution of BJJ and the new generation of GB San Antonio coaches. Alfredo has been training and coaching the kids classes at Gracie Barra San Antonio with a lot of passion and dedication. He started his BJJ path with us in February of 2013, after his dad searched for a Martial Arts school in San Antonio. Coach Lozano attends the North East School of Arts to become a filmmaker.

He has been showing a lot of dedication to our kids and helping them improve on and off the mats. He is a good example for our kids, showing a good attitude on the mats, being a great fighter and working on his studies.


Mohammad Coach Mohammad Heidarasl

Coach Mohammad trained wrestling for four years in Highschool in Mc Allen, Texas. When he moved to San Antonio to start his studies to Pharmacy School at University of Incarnate Word, he wanted to keep learning and improving his grappling knowledge, so he searched for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in San Antonio and found Gracie Barra school. Coach Heidarasl is well know for his happy personality. He says: ” I have the honor of serving as a coach for the kids class and am loving it. It’s a great experience and a great blessing to be surrounded by such a great Jiu Jitsu environment.”


Chris Coach Chris West

A graduate of Texas Tech University coach Chris has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for three years, joining the Gracie Barra-San Antonio family in August of 2013 after relocating to San Antonio from Fort Hood. Coach Chris is an active competitor, currently competing at many of the Jiu-Jitsu tournaments put on throughout Texas. He is very happy to call Gracie Barra-San Antonio his home academy and is driven each day to help all those who walk through the doors feel welcome, respected, and enjoy their time on the mat just as much as he does.


Monica Program Director Monica Almaguer

Monica Almaguer is our Program Director and is ready to help take Gracie Barra San Antonio to new places here in San Antonio.Monica and her 2 boys have been with us since November of 2012. She heard of Gracie Barra through her brother who also trains in Chicago with his family. They went to Chicago to visit and trained, then fell in love with the Gracie Barra teaching method. On her return to San Antonio she searched for a GB school and happily joined the GB San Antonio team. Monica takes the phrase “Jiu jitsu for Everyone” to heart.She is a very kind and caring person, who is willing to help anyone when need be.
Designer Sebastien Chane-Ching

Shin lives and trains in Lyon, France and is currently blue belt under Douglas Barcelos, head instructor at Gracie Barra Lyon. Since his student years, he’s been fond of graphic design, and lately, that hobby led him to create flyers and posters visuals for Gracie Barra San Antonio and Lyon. He is now in charge for Marketing, Creation and Communication for both schools. He knows that working on communication strategies won’t improve his Jiu-Jitsu game much but communication medias have an important place in today’s connected world; and helping Gracie Barra family’s everyday visibility is essential!


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