Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Chief Instructor
Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Started training Judo at 7 years old at AEDA ....awarded green belt. Kung Fu practitioner for 16 years
2017 - Received 2nd degree black belt
2013 - Won 3rd place at World Master Tournament
2012 - Jean Jacques awarded black belt
2010 - Received brown belt
2009 - Won 1st place at the Pan American Jiu- Jitsu tournament
2005 - Received purple belt
2004 - Started training under Jean Jacques Machado
1998 - Started training under Marcus Vinicius …awarded blue belt.
1997 - Started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu career in Sao Paulo, Brazil with Grand Master Red Belt Flavio Behing
And.... Marcello is a Private Chef. Also involved in Natural Ginastica
Our chief instructor, Pan American Champion in 2009, Marcello DePaoli brings a "family-like" atmosphere to the mat. He works us hard and he pushes us to our limits but he does this because he cares about us. He is proud of us and he wants us to succeed. In tournaments we stand our ground because Marcello prepares us for the hardest situations and toughest opponents.
Adult and Kids Jiu-Jitsu Instructor
2017 - Received 5 stripes on brown belt from Jean Jacques Machado
2016 - 3rd place at 12th North American Bjj tourney
2016 - 2nd place at the SoCal Jiu Jitsu Championships
2014 - Received brown belt rank in BJJ from Jean Jacques Machado
2014 - 2nd place at Force Balance Bjj tourney
2012 - Won 2nd place at JJ Machado SFVC Invitational tournament
2011 - Won 2nd place at JJ Machado Holiday Tournament
2009 - Won 3rd place at JJ Machado Holiday Tournament
2009 - Received purple belt in BJJ from Jean Jacques Machado
2005 - Received blue belt in BJJ from Jean Jacques Machado
2003 - Began Brazilian jiu-jitsu training under Jean Jacques Machado
Jon has been studying martial-arts for 25 years, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for 16 years under Jean Jacques Machado and holds the rank of brown belt. Jon is an additional BJJ adults and kids instructor at VMAC. He is also one of the founders / co-owners of VMAC.
Adult Jiu-Jitsu Instructor (Gi and No-Gi)
Hassan El-Amin has been a martial artist for the past thirty years, trained in Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon do, Muay Thai and Dutch-Style Kickboxing. He has been studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the past ten years and is an avid competitor having won numerous grappling tournaments.
His teaching style is conceptual, designed to give the modern Jiu Jitsu practictioner a strong base in fundamentals with an eye toward current trends.
Kids Jiu-Jitsu Instructor
Joseph Thomas has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for about 12 years, received Purple belt 2019 under Alberto Crane, Blue belt 2008 under Rodrigo Vaghi (Rickson Gracie’s highest ranking black belt)
2007 - Ibjjf world championships California - gold
2007 - Submission sport Tennessee -gold
2007 - Hoosier open Indiana - gold
2007 -Vaghi jiu jitsu open weight Missouri - silver
2007 - Naga grappling championships Ohio - bronze
2008 - Vaghi open Missouri - bronze
2008 - Lake of the Ozarks invitational - silver
2009 - Arnold World Grappling championships Ohio - gold
2014 - VMAC Blue belt super fight - gold
2015 - Force Balance open California - Gold