Professor Paulo ‘Coelho’ Brandão – 5th Degree Black Belt – 1996 World Champion – Head Instructor
- Granted an O-1 Visa for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement from US Citizenship and Immigration Services to be the Head Instructor in 2013
- Black Belt awarded from Royler Gracie in 1995
- Brazilian Teams Champion (1995 – on team with Royler Gracie, Saulo Ribeiro, Renato Barreto, Cleber Luciano)
- World Champion (1996 – closed category with Royler Gracie)
- Brazilian National Champion (1997)
- Black Belt CHAMPION OF PELE CUP in Rio de Janeiro 1998
- STATE CHAMPION IN AMAZON 2001 Black Belt Open Division
- INTERNATIONAL WORLD CHAMPION 2007 Black Belt
- SECOND PLACE BRAZILIAN CHAMPION 2011 CBJJE Black Belt
Donald Park – 2nd Degree Black Belt, Head Instructor
- Black Belt awarded from Royler Gracie
- Pan American Champion (2009)
- Gracie Worlds Open Weight Champion (2006)
- Gracie Nationals Champion (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
- Coach to multiple UFC, Pride, K-1, and Strikeforce fighters
Donald Park is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt and the leader of the Gracie Humaitá team in Austin (Gracie Legacy). A long-time representative of Royler Gracie and David Adiv, Donald began his training in the mid-90s and has been fortunate to train extensively with some of the best jiu-jitsu instructors in the world, including Hélio Gracie (the founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu) and many members of his family (Royler, Rickson, Relson, Royce, Robin, Rorion, Renzo, etc.).
With over 150 competition victories to his credit, Donald has been an active competitor for the Gracie Humaitá team in numerous professional and amateur tournaments around the world. Among his dozens of titles, he is the 2006 Gracie Worlds Brown Belt Open Weight champion and received his black belt directly from Royler Gracie while on the podium after winning the gold medal at the 2009 Pan-Ams.
Donald has spent a considerable amount of time living and training in Brazil to further his understanding of Jiu-Jitsu. Regarded by many as a “teacher’s teacher”, Donald has become known for his keen understanding of the principles of Jiu-Jitsu, demonstrating an ability to articulate the profound aspects of leverage and motion, such that his students’ smallest efforts result in positive results of the deepest consequences. The results speak for themselves — since 2006, Donald’s academies have produced three World Championships (IBJJF) medalists, three Pan-Ams medalists and an ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships medalist.
In addition to his position as a teacher, Donald has also established himself as a trusted coach and instructor to MMA professionals, having served as the head Jiu-Jitsu coach for a number of UFC veterans and other MMA notables. For years, Donald served honorably in Royler Gracie’s corner and camp for MMA fights in Japan, the US and across the world. Donald has also served as the head Jiu-Jitsu instructor and cornerman for many UFC fighters.
Named as one of the “Top 10 People to Watch in 2012” by Tribeza Magazine, Donald received an AB in Economics from Princeton University and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago. Off the mat, Donald has been a venture capital and private equity investor since 2003. He is also a committed member of the Austin philanthropic community – Donald was a founding member of Citizen Generation, a non-profit focused on creating the habit of giving within Austin’s young citizens, and is currently actively involved in a number of non-profit organizations focused on cancer education and survivorship.
Jordan Silverman – Black Belt Instructor
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With his background in traditional martial arts beginning at a young age, including wrestling at both the high school and collegiate level, Jordan began studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2002 under Rickson Gracie’s 5th degree black belt Rodrigo Vaghi in St. Louis. After moving to Chicago in 2003, he went on to receive his blue belt from the late Grandmaster Carlson Gracie Sr. in late 2004. Then in 2005, he continued his training in Austin, under Relson Gracie’s 2nd degree black belt Phil Cardella. He received his purple belt in 2006 and his brown belt in 2008 from Phil. Currently, he credits both Donald Park and Paulo “Coelho” Brandão as major influences on his abilities, as persons who have fundamentally changed his understanding of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In October of 2013, Jordan was awarded his Black Belt by Master Royler Gracie, Paulo, and Donald. Finally, Jordan prefers to focus more on the fighting and self-defense aspects of jiu-jitsu, in accordance with the beliefs of Grandmasters Helio Gracie and Carlson Gracie.