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INSTRUCTORS

Malachy Silva - Head Coach

Malachy began his training in New York City in 2016. He received his purple belt and started teaching under the acclaimed teacher and commentator Shawn Williams at 5 Star Martial Arts/Renzo Gracie LA in Los Angeles. He quickly ascended to the role of head coach for Renzo Gracie LA’s children’s program and went on to spearhead the adult fundamentals program, eventually co-managing the gym. He received his black belt from one of Shawn’s top students, Dane Molina, in 2023 and opened Renzo Gracie LA’s first satellite gym, Renzo Gracie East LA, where he served as manager and head coach. Malachy has an extensive competition record and has nurtured a number of outstanding youth and adult competitors during his tenure in Los Angeles. He maintains a high standard of excellence for all his students, leading with intensity and compassion. His teaching approach is clear and holistic, merging a solid foundation of traditional and modern Jiu Jitsu techniques with a focus on longevity in the training room. He is excited to have established his own school in Ulster County, where he was born and raised, and to continue sharing the benefits of Jiu Jitsu with others.

BLACK BELT

1st Place Gi, JJWL San Diego 8 2023 (M2)

1st Place Gi, JJWL So Cal Final 2023 (M2)

2nd place, No gi, IBJJF LA Open (M2)

BROWN BELT

1st Place Gi, NABJJF ALL Americas 2022 (M1)

1st Place Gi, IBJJF Santa Cruz Open 2022 (M1)

1st Place No Go, IBJJF American National 2022 (M1)

2nd Place Gi, American National 2023 (M1)

2nd Place Gi, IBJJF LA Open 2022 (M1)

2nd Place Gi, IBJJF San Diego Summer 2023 (M1)

2nd Place Gi, IBJJF LA Open 2023 (M1)

2nd Place No Gi, IBJJF Santa Cruz Open 2022 (M1)

2nd Place No Gi, NABJJF OC Open 2023 (M1)

3rd Place Gi, JJWL San Diego Open 2022 (M1)

3rd Place No Gi, JJWL San Diego Open 2022 (M1)

3rd Place, IBJJF No Gi Worlds 2021 (M1)

3rd Place, IBJJF No Gi Worlds 2022 (M1)

3rd Place Gi, IBJJF San Diego Spring 2022 (M1)

3rd Place No Gi, JJWL San Diego 2022 (M1)

3rd Place, ADCC San Diego Open 2023 (35+)

3rd Place, International Master North America 2023 (M1)

PURPLE BELT

1st Place Gi, TAP CANCER OUT San Diego 2022

1st Place Gi, NABJJF ALL Americas 2020 (M1)

1st Place Gi, JJWL CA Open 2 2021 (M1)

1st Place No Gi, JJWL CA Open 2 2021 (M1)

1st Place Gi, JJWL CA Open 2021 (M1)

1st Place No Gi, JJWL CA Open 2021 (M1)

1st Place No Gi, JJWL American Open 2020

1st Place Gi, JJWL American Open 2020

1st Place Expert, NAGA AZ 2021

1st Place Gi, NAGA AZ 2020

3rd Place No Gi, NAGA AZ 2020

3rd Place Open, NAGA AZ 2020

3rd Place Gi, SJJF World Championship 2019 (M1)

3rd Place Gi, JJWL World Championship 2019 (M1)

3rd Place Gi, JJWL LA 2020 (M1)

3rd Place Gi, IBJJF American Nationals 2021 (M1)

BLUE BELT

1st Place Gi, NAGA San Diego 2018 (M1/Adult)

3rd Place Open, NAGA San Diego 2018 (M1/Adult)

2nd Place Gi, NABJJF Golden State Open 2018 (M1)

2nd Place Gi, IBJJF Seattle Open 2018 (M1)

WHITE BELT

2nd Place Gi, IBJJF New York Open 2017 (M1)

1st Place Gi, NABJJF OrangeCounty 2017 (M1)

2nd Place Open, NABJJF OrangeCounty 2017 (M1)

1st Place Gi, NABJJF All Americas 2018 (M1)

3rd Place Open, NABJJF All Americas 2018 (M1)

Steph Bryant - Assistant Coach

Stephanie Bryant, co-owner of Midtown Jiu-Jitsu, embarked on her Jiu-Jitsu journey in 2018 and has achieved the rank of purple belt. Her martial arts path began at 10th Planet West LA, marking the start of an exciting jiu jitsu journey that led her to Renzo Gracie Los Angeles in 2020. There, her skills in the Gi enabled her to secure second place at the 2022 Master’s Worlds. Stephanie’s training philosophy is anchored in discipline, respect, and perseverance to our young athletes.  Stephanie’s passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, enriched by her extensive knowledge and enthusiasm, significantly contributes to our gym’s culture, she fosters a supportive and engaging community for all members.

BLUE BELT

1st Place Gi, JJWL San Diego Open 4 2022 (M1)

1st Place No Gi, JJWL San Diego Open 4 2022 (M1)

2nd Place Gi, IBJJF Masters Worlds 2022 (M1)

WHITE BELT

1st Place No Gi NAGA Las Vegas 2019 (Adult)

1st Place No Gi, Open, NAGA Las Vegas 2019 (Adult)

1st Place No Gi, featherweight, NAGA Las Vegas 2020 (Adult)

2nd Place No Gi, lightweight, NAGA Las Vegas 2020 (Adult)

2nd Place No Gi Open NAGA Las Vegas 2020 (Adult)

Eric Cortez - Assistant Coach

Eric Cortez is a dedicated blue belt and a beacon of inspiration at our gym. Eric has been instrumental in coaching kids’ classes for Renzo Gracie East LA over the past two years balancing university studies with a deep commitment to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and now supports us here at Midtown Jiu Jitsu. Eric stands out for his cleverness, stoicism, and work ethic. His approachable nature and ability to inspire our younger members have made him an indispensable part of our community. Eric exemplifies the virtues of discipline and perseverance, blending his academic pursuits with his passion for martial arts, making him a valued mentor and a role model for both peers and students alike.

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