Head Instructor - 3rd Degree Black Belt

Head Instructor - 3rd Degree Black Belt

Brian Rago

Brian has practiced martial arts throughout his life, with considerable experience in Kung Fu, Japanese Jiu Jitsu, and Aikido before finding his place in Gracie/Brazilian Jiu­Jitsu in his mid thirties. Hard work, dedication, an open mind, and many hours on the mat lead him to achieve the rank of black belt in 4 and 1/2 years(the average in Jiu­-Jitsu is more than double that time) all while competing successfully at the highest levels. In addition to competition training and coaching, Brian focuses much of his time teaching Gracie Self Defense in classes, public seminars, and private sessions.

Partial Comepetition record

2014 World Championship (masters 1), 3rd Place Black Belt

2011 World Championship (masters 1), 1st Place Black Belt

2009 World Championship (masters 1), 3rd Place

2008 World Championship (masters 1), 1st Place

2008 Pan Am Championship (masters 1), 1st Place Middleweight and Absolute

2007 World Championship, 3rd Place

2007 World Championship (masters 1), 1st Place

1st Degree Black Belt

1st Degree Black Belt

Tim Sylvester

Coming soon.........

Partial Comepetition record

Pan-Ams Silver - Blue Belt

Pan-Ams Double Bronze - Purple

Mundials Bronze - Purple

Grapplers Quest - 4 time Purple Belt Champion

MMA Record - 5-2


Black Belt

Black Belt

Eli Hoobler

Eli began training with Brian Rago in High School and developed a passion for it. He has since competed across the country. Eli enjoys the consistent grind necessary for improvement and takes a no nonsense approach to instructing. 


Partial Comepetition record

2x Gym Wars Main Event Winner - Black Belt

2016 IBJJF American Nationals Brown Belt No Gi Lightweight - 2nd Place

2013 IBJJF No Gi Pan Ams Purple Belt Featherweight - 3rd Place

2010 IBJJF Worlds Blue Belt Featherweight - 3rd Place


Black Belt

Black Belt

Zach Green

Since discovering his passion for Jiu Jitsu in 2008 under Regis Lebre and Brian Rago, Zach has dedicated himself to the art and lifestyle of Jiu Jitsu. With over a decade of Jiu Jitsu training and experience, Zach loves the thrill of competition and is a regular in the grappling tournament Circuit.




2018 - the Good Fight Pan Am - gold gi, gold Nogi 

2017 & 2018 - New Breed Expert NoGi open weight champion

2017 - IBJJF Nogi Pan Am Medalist

2016 & 2017 - Naga Expert Nogi PA state champion

2014 - IBJJF New York Open Silver Medalist

2012 - IBJJF New York Open Champion

2009 - IBJJF Pan Am Medalsit

2 - 0 Fight 2 Win Superfight Champion

Gym Wars Submission Only Superfight Champion

Men of War Pro Super Fight Champion

Purple Belt

Purple Belt

Cameron Chaffee

Cameron started training Jiu Jitsu under Brian Rago in 2013 and has since decided to dedicate his life to BJJ. He competes regularly and coaches competitions as well.


2019 - New York Open - No Gi - Purple Belt Absolute - Gold

2019 - Boston Spring Open - Gi - Purple Belt - Silver

2018 - Kasai Pro 4 - Gi - Purple Belt - Winner

2018 NYC Open - No GI - Purple Belt Silver

2018 Chicago Summer Open - Purple Belt - No GI - gold, GI - Silver

2018 Washington DC open - No GI - Purple Belt Gold

2017 Naga -  Purple Belt Gold

2016 Boston Open - GI - Blue Belt Gold

2016 American Nationals - No GI - Blue Belt Gold