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Wander Braga

Professor Wander Braga, 4th degree black belt. Biography coming soon.

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Wander Braga was born in Rio De Janeiro Brazil and is a 4th degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under Jorge Pereira & Rickson Gracie. Wander has been training jiu-jitsu for over two decades. These are some of his acomplishments:
2008 No-Gi Worlds Bjj Lightweight World Champion
2008 No-Gi Worlds Bjj Absolute Div. 2nd Place Champion
2007 No-Gi Worlds Lightweight 2nd Place Champion
2001 Pro Am Grappling Super Fight Champion
1999 Worlds Bjj Lightweight 3rd Place Champion
1999 Pan Am Bjj Lightweight 2nd Place Champion
1996 Pan Am Bjj lightweight 3rd Place Champion
plus multi x {FJJRJ} Bjj Champion Rio De Janeiro
1999 ADCC Qualifier in Rio De Janeiro
1999 & 1998 National Bjj Champion {CBJJ} & {LBJJ)

Wander Braga is a Mixed Martial Artist with a Pro record of 16-1 8 time Vale Tudo Champion 2004 2x KOTC Champion 2003 WEC Champion

Peter Han

Peter Han and Jerbo NerneyPeter Han is a first degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, under Professor Wander Braga. Pete’s interest in the martial arts began when he started Tae Kwon Do, at four years old. His love and obsession with martial arts continued to grow into his teenage years. By this time he had studied Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Kenpo Karate, and even competed in “point” karate competitions. Pete played two years of football during high school. He loved the discipline, respect, athleticism, and hard hitting required for both football and martial arts. He fell in love with the courage and explosive power required of tackling and hitting involved in playing his outside linebacker position. Pete represents Wander Braga Team North America, and is currently the Head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor at PimpIt Fight Team Academy in Upland, CA. He has been trained by Jerbo and Brandy Nerney in Muay Thai, strength training, and conditioning. Pete is expecting to make his pro MMA debut in the near future, as he has broken his hand in 2011 and was unable to fight as originally planned. Pete also plans to continue competing in both gi and no-gi, and is excited about returning to compete at the Pan American and World Championships in 2012. In addition to his martial arts experience, Pete has served his country as a policeman in the United States Air Force. Pete earned a masters degree in social work from California State University and works with the public.

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“I would like to thank Professor Wander Braga and all my friends, training partners and students who have been a part of my jiu jitsu experience for over the past decade. I am very grateful to be blessed with the opportunity to learn, train, and pass on the knowledge I have acquired over the years. I thank God ,above all, for all that I have. Last but not least, I would like to thank my family, especially my mother Cecilia, who has been there for me through the years and has inspired me to be fearless and do the best I can, in all that I do.”

Mafu Kobus

Mafu KobusMafu Kobus has been studying and practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for more than 12 years. He is a Wander Braga Jiu-Jitsu Black Mafu KobusBelt, with nearly a decade of teaching experience at multiple Southern California BJJ academies. Mafu maintains a focus on the technical details of The Gentle Art for it's application in self defense, sport, and MMA. A passion for developing self confidence in others drives Mafu to share his experience with students. When he's not studying Jiu-Jitsu on the mats he can be found interrogating the Art's finest for the industry magazine, BJJ Legends.

Jerbo Nerney

Born in Pomona, Ca. Professor Nerney grew up in the Inland Empire. His introduction into martial arts was in junior high school when he began training in Kung Fu San Soo, but getting in to trouble with his friends soon took precedence over martial arts and his life as he began to circulate in and out of the penal system. Consequently, this is where he began his life long relationship with physical fitness. Jerbo Nerney Wander Braga BJJWhile working as a bouncer at a popular punk rock night club, he met an off duty police officer, Gary Mason, who he began to workout with. Mason would eventually help him turn his life around and enter the personal protection industry. In 1994 he began his training by attending school at the Alliance Group. Unable to take the CCW class to carry a firearm, due to his unsavory youth, he took a combatant class in its place. Ninpo Taijutsu was his first actual step into the world of martial arts. After completing his training at the Alliance Group he spent the next ten years working as a professional body guard.

He began his cross-training somewhat accidentally, as he constantly searched out more martial arts training which eventually led him to MMA. While still in school he began taking kickboxing and later Muay Thai classes under Kru, Brian Dobbler of the Thai Boxing Association of the USA. Accompanying him with his friend .Craig Buchannan. who later became Muay Thai World Champion, Craig “The Bullet” Buchannan. After meeting Shihan Richard Van Donk he started training in Eskrima, and spent the next several years training in the Japanese combative art of Ninjutsu/ Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. As a member of the Bujinkan he moved onto another instructor, and continued his training with Shihan Ron Blackwood, who first took him to Japan where he would meet and train directly under Grand Master Soke Masaaki Hatsumi. Over the years Jerbo would make dozens of trips to Japan to train with Soke Hatsumi. On his visits to Japan he would also enter different MMA, Shooto, and Pancrase no-holds barred events. Having trained in so many different arts over the years he was very suited for these type of events, and ended his short but sweet career at fourty years old, with a 7 win and 0 loss KO record.Jerbo Nerney Black Belt

In 1996 Professor Nerney and long time friend Craig “The Bullet” Buchannan opened Alternative Fighting in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca. and later moved to Upland, Ca. During this time he also trained in BJJ under Betiss “Super” Mansouri and Romie Aram, both purple belts at the time. This group started one of the first schools to put Muay Thai and BJJ under the same roof. After a five year partnership, the four (who still remain the best of friends) decided to go their separate ways. Buchannan opened the Bullet Hole in Victorville, Ca. Mansouri and Aram opened Millennia MMA in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca. and Nerney opened the Bujinkan Dojo, Rancho Cucamonga, Ca. Nerney also trained at the Gauntlet BJJ in Upland, Ca. under Professors Wander Braga and Peter Han for three years. until Braga returned to Brazil. Shortly after Braga‘s departure, Nerney left the Gauntlet and opened the Pimpit Fight Team Academy in 2010. In 2011 Jerbo received his Brown Belt from Professor Peter Han. In 2012 he took Bronze at the IBJJF Pam Ams and later that year took Silver at the IBJJF American Nationals as a Brown Belt. In June of 2013, Jerbo traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to train with his Professor Wander Braga during his trip he was awarded his Black Belt from Professor Braga becoming the first foreigner to ever recieve a Black Belt from Wander Braga in Brazil. Jerbo Nernery ended 2013 competing in the IBJJF Long Beach Open as a Black Belt & took silver in his first Black Belt competition.

After eight years of BJJ training, Professor Nerney chose the IBJJF 2012 Pan Americans for his American Tournament debut, where he took the Bronze Medal.

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Experience in the Martial Arts & MMA:

Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under Professor Wander Braga

Roku Dan ( 6th degree Black Belt ) in Budo Taijutsu under Soke Hatsumi

Black Belt in Kobudo Jujutsu

15 yrs. of Muay Thai

4 yrs. Escrima

12 yrs. Submission Fighing 7-0 Pro record in Japan