Instructors

Professor Suyan Queiroz Black Belt: 5th Degree 2 time IBJJF World Champion From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. New Suyan

Suyan Queiroz started his Jiu Jitsu career as a 10 year old in Tereresópolis – Rio de Janeiro and trained until blue belt.

In 1993 he started training at Carlson Gracie School in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro under the supervision of Marcelo Alonso.

He received his purple and brown belt from Marcelo Alonso under the supervision of Carlson Gracie and received the black belt after winning the World Championship in 1998 from Grand Master Carlson Gracie in the legendary Carlson Gracie School in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In 2000 Suyan started training at Brazilian Top Team under the supervision of MMA and NHB Champions such as Mario Sperry, Murilo Bustamante, Bebeo Duarte and Ricardo Liborio. Suyan stayed in Brazilian Top Team until he moved to Abu Dhabi, in 2005.

Currently, Suyan is Co-Owner at First BJJ Carlson Gracie Utah and travels the world teaching, training and spreading Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Professor Carlos Santos Black Belt: 4th Degree 3 times IBJJF World Champion From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.carlos

Carlson Gracie Academy: Carlos’ Jiu-Jitsu career started in 1993 at the Carlson Gracie Academy in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, under the supervision of Marcelo Alonso and Marcelo Saporito. He trained under Carlson Gracie until receiving his brown belt.

Brazilian Top Team: Thereafter, Carlos became a head coach of Brazilian Top Team (BTT), where he managed the Gi division. Carlão also trained with Luiz Carlos Dias (“Manimal”), Mario Sperry, Murilo Bustamante, Bebeo Duarte and Ricardo Libório.

Abu Dhabi, UAE: Carlos was the head coach of Emirates Jiu-Jitsu and introduced BJJ into the local army training, royal family and guard as well as succeeding in making BJJ a mandatory subject in their public schools. Created and organized more than 20 local and international tournaments. To mention the most successful in his career, the 1st World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup in Abu Dhabi that Carlos Santos launched and managed 2009 and 2010, with more than 10 international trials.

Colorado Springs, Colorado USA: In February 2012, Carlos Santos created and co-owned a BJJ center as well organized 3 editions of a successful BJJ tournament.

Salt Lake City, Utah: In June 2014 Carlos Santos decided to move with his family to Salt Lake City to launch FIRST BJJ CENTER and a new BJJ and Grappling tournament in the Valley.

Coach Jacob Wheeler Purple Belt: Head Coach From Chattanooga, TN Jacob WheelerJacob Wheeler is a First BJJ Purple belt who began his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu career in South Korea, transitioning to Carlson Gracie Sr. Black Belts Carlos Santos and Suyan Queiroz in 2015. In 2017 Jacob opened the only First Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Affiliation in Tennessee. Jacob is the proud owner of Soddy Daisy Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and currently holds the rank of Purple Belt under Professor Carlos Santos and Suyan Queiroz

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