PROFESSORS AND COACHES

Alex Faria
Professor Alex Faria is a Roger Gracie Black Belt. Handpicked by Roger to run his Academy, Alex was Roger’s personal training partner for many years. At Roger Gracie Academy, Alex trained with UFC & World Champions such as Georges St-Pierre, Braulio Estima, Fabio Gurgel, Clark Gracie and many more greats. Alex has participated in several International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) competitions, and in 2015 was ranked amongst the top 10 IBJJF competitors worldwide.

Alex Faria began his study of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) in Brazil in 1992 under legendary black belt Zé Beleza. Alex then moved to London and trained 8 years under Roger Gracie, a 10-time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion, at Roger Gracie Academy HQ in London, one of the top BJJ places to train in the world. Alex also had the added privilege of training under Roger’s father, one of the “Famous Five” legendary Rolls Gracie black belts.

Alex has been featured several times in BJJ magazines alongside Roger Gracie. Due to his notoriety as a Roger Gracie head instructor and black belt, he has also taught seminars in Brazil, Spain and California, as well as London.

Alex Faria, an internationally recognized Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt.

Theo Lee
Professor Theo Lee Lopes de Andrades, affectionately known as "Tey-o," hails from Itatinga, Brazil. His journey in the world of Jiu Jitsu began at the young age of 11, where he quickly distinguished himself as a fierce competitor and dedicated athlete. In 2018, his passion for the sport led him to Texas as a purple belt, where he continued to train, teach, and compete with unwavering determination.

In June of 2022, Theo was honored with the prestigious black belt by Professors Alex Faria and Marcus Antelante, marking a significant milestone in his career. Renowned for his exceptional coaching abilities, Theo has guided numerous adult and juvenile athletes to victory at the highest levels, including the esteemed titles of Pan American and World Champions.

Despite taking a hiatus from competitive events, Theo’s love for Jiu Jitsu remains fervent as he pursued the launch of his own General Contracting company, Andrades GC, and embraced the joy of fatherhood with the arrival of his son, Bodhi. Eager to reignite his competitive spirit, Theo is poised to make a triumphant return to the arena.

Throughout his illustrious career, Theo has amassed an impressive collection of achievements and titles, including medals at the World Championships, Pan American Championships, American Nationals, and multiple victories as an IBJJF weight and open class champion.

His dedication and remarkable skill have solidified his status as a true luminary in the world of Jiu Jitsu.

Travis Johnson
Meet Coach Travis Johnson, a seasoned Jiu Jitsu practitioner whose journey in the art began alongside Alex Faria in 2015. Not only does Travis excel on the mats, but he also balances the roles of a devoted father to triplets and an enthusiastic hunter. With roots firmly planted in the revered Roger Gracie lineage, Travis embodies the principles of resilience and skill that define the art of Jiu Jitsu.

At the helm of the 6AM classes, Travis imparts his knowledge and expertise. He also shares the responsibilities of teaching the younger practitioners alongside Professors Theo and Alex. His presence on the mat is truly invaluable, and we are fortunate to have such a remarkable leader shaping the future of our Jiu Jitsu community.

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