1ST DEGREE JIU JITSU BLACK BELT / JUDO BROWN BELT
Professor Bruce Guevara was raised in the Chicago-land area of Illinois and currently holds a 1st Degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Christian "Xaropinho" Uflacker and Judo Brown Belt under Sensei Anna Graham. Professor Bruce has dedicated his life to growing the jiu-jitsu culture in the midwest while influencing and bringing exposure to as many people as possible. Professor Bruce started training and competing in 2006, while pursuing a degree in Economics from Northern Illinois University. After competing and winning many midwest tournaments, Professor Bruce began competing nationally in the biggest organizations in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, such as IBJJF, ADCC, and FILA. During a 9-year competition span, Professor Bruce has become champion in many competitions including NAGA Expert division, ADCC Chicago, IBJJF Open and FIVE Grappling. During the FILA Grappling World Championships, Bruce finished with a silver medal. Professor Bruce has a growing hunger for competition and plans to continue in the spirit of competing. Meanwhile, his goal is to keep developing his students with defense techniques for real-life encounters. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a self-defense Martial Art built around family & respect.
JIU JITSU BLACK BELT
Anthony Dolan is a Chicago area native and black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Christian "Xaropinho" Uflacker. Professor Anthony started training in 2005 and quickly became immersed in the jiu-jitsu lifestyle. Over the years, Professor Anthony has been a training partner to elite world champion grapplers and professional MMA fighters (e.g. UFC, Bellator, Pride, etc.). Although competing has not been a major focus, Professor Anthony has successfully competed in several high-profile tournaments (e.g. IBJJF World Championship) at advanced levels. Professor Anthony has also had the opportunity to train at Gracie Barra in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Having been in organized athletics through the college level, Professor Anthony believes jiu-jitsu has been a tremendous way to stay in shape, learn essential self-defense skills, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Professor Anthony also enjoys watching his children learn the “Arte Suave” and thanks his wife for her continual support on and off the mats. Outside of the gym, Professor Anthony is a corporate finance professional and holds a BA in International Business and Economics and an MBA in Finance.
4TH DEGREE JIU JITSU BLACK BELT / JUDO BLACK BELT
Professor Christian “Xaropinho” Uflacker was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where much of the foundation for modern-day Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was laid. There, he trained under and eventually received his black belt, from the Legendary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master, Carlos Gracie Jr., at the Gracie Barra Academy. During this time, Professor Christian learned Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and began winning and compiling many championships, including two Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships. Professor Christian has always had a thirst for learning and competing, so naturally, he later transitioned to the competitive sport of Mixed Martial Arts. He has fought for some of the largest organizations in the Mixed Martial Arts arena, including Bellator MMA and Strikeforce, while founding Uflacker Academy in 2006. Today, he is dedicated to his family and students. He firmly believes that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the most powerful tool for self-development. He teaches his students how to maintain composure and equips them with the necessary tools required to problem-solve tough situations. Above all, his passion for the martial art and teaching has been one of his greatest achievements due to the positive impact in his student’s lives.
JIU JITSU PURPLE BELT / 2ND DEGREE JUDO BLACK BELT
Sensei Ana Graham began studying Judo in 2010 at Ball State University under Sensei John P. Hampton (Rokudan, 6th degree black belt). While a student of Sensei Hampton, Sensei Ana was an active member of the Ball State Judo Club, serving as Vice President from 2011-2012, and President from 2013-2015. Sensei Ana was an active competitor in both Shiai and Kata, placing at the National Collegiate Judo Championships in 2012, 2013, and 2015. Her most rewarding experience in Judo was to co-found a non-profit Judo club for the Muncie under-privileged youth, teaching several classes per week to provide a safe and supervised after-school program which established athletic and life skills. Shortly before relocating to Naperville, Sensei Ana was promoted to Shodan (1st degree black belt) in June 2015. In the Chicagoland area, she has continued her study of Judo and have begun referee training under Sensei Kei Narimatsu (Rokudan, IJF A Referee) both at the Chicago Tenri Judo Club. Sensei Ana also holds a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt under Professor Bruce Guevara of B1 BJJ.
JIU JITSU BROWN BELT
Coach Tommy Cho is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt under Professor Bruce Guevara and has been training at B1 Jiu-Jitsu Academy since he was a White Belt. Tommy quickly found his passion for Jiu-Jitsu at B1 BJJ and immersed himself in every aspect of the sport. From the very beginning, Tommy was an active competitor and won gold in his first tournament. Since then, Tommy has been consistent in competition taking 1st Place in several IBJJF, Newbreed and Grappling Games Competitions as well as the Fight 2 Win (F2W) Organization. Outside the Academy, Tommy is an IT Professional and founder and CEO of CJJC Brand, which allows him to spread the world of Jiu-Jitsu by supplying the community with the best quality Jiu-Jitsu Gi's and Apparel.