Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Japanese Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, IBJJF World Senior Jiu Jitsu Champion
Julio has been involved in health and fitness for twenty years as a competitor, trainer and journalist. He won a national bodybuilding title at the age of nineteen and shortly afterwards, began training in Judo and Japanese Jiu Jitsu under 7th dan and Masters World Champion Jack Krystek. At this time, Mr. Rivera also began boxing under the guidance of NYPD boxing team coach and professional trainer David Siev.
Sensei Julio began competing in Judo early in his training, placing well at several local competitions, including the Northeastern, Starrett Cup and Liberty Bell. While still a green belt, he began to help teach classes at the dojo, sparking a passion for sharing knowledge and helping him develop his style of instruction.
After six years of training, Mr. Rivera earned his blackbelt in Jiu Jitsu Modern Style, a form of the Japanese art developed by Sensei Jack and his brother Albert, which includes throws, joint locks and chokes as well as some limited striking techniques. Two months later he was awarded his Judo black belt.
During this time, Sensei Jack, one of a handful of black belts in HAGANAH, began teaching his students this no nonsense Israeli Self Defense style. Because the curriculum is completed in just four months before being repeated, Sensei Julio became quite proficient in three years, and began fusing the techniques with his Judo and Jiu Jitsu training for self defense purposes.
Sensei Julio then became head instructor and manager of Premier Martial Arts in Midtown Manhattan, and began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Renzo Gracie Academy, earning his blue belt under Gregor Gracie. He trained briefly under Eduardo Santos of Lotus Club before becoming manager as well as Judo, kickboxing and self defense instructor for World BJJ and MMA champion Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro at his New York City academy.
In January of 2012, Sensei Julio received his Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in Judo from Sensei Jack Krystek. In October of the same year, Sensei Julio won the World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu title in the Senior 1 Brown Belt division, the first ever winner at the inaugural event. In December of 2014, he was awarded the black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro.
Sensei Julio has trained students who are agents and officers from the NYPD, Customs and Border Patrol, Secret Service and private security agencies. He has also helped train and corner MMA fighters.
Sensei Julio continues to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA with Shaolin and Bellator Champion Marcos "Loro" Galvao. Sensei Julio has also trained MMA with UFC World Champion Anderson Silva as well as Muay Thai with Aziz Nabih at the renowned Sitan Academy.
A graduate of New York University's print journalism program, Sensei Julio has contributed articles on health, fitness and martial arts to publications such as Grappling, Oxygen, Physical, Muscle and Fitness, Advantig Health and Sport and the Association of Professional Martial Artists, among others.
He has appeared as an expert on fitness or martial arts on PBS, MTV, The Channel 11 news, National Geographic, MSNBC, GeoBeats and ExpertVillage.com. As the former co-host of the national PBS teen magazine show "In The Mix", Julio reported on issues important to young adults, including a story on gun violence which won a local Emmy for community service. He has been certified as a coach by USA Judo and as a personal trainer by the International Fitness Association.
Competition Team Coach, BJJ Black Belt, Judo Brown Belt, American Nationals Champion, IBJJF Pans Champion, Multiple time World Masters Medalist
Professor Alvaro Tautiva is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Sensei Julio Rivera and Professor Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro. A brown belt in Judo, Alvaro has trained in Muay Thai MMA and was a certified trainer with N.A.S.M. An active competitor in the BJJ scene, Alvaro has competed and medaled in several tournaments in the United States, ranging from New York, Boston, Miami and Las Vegas. In 2015, as a Purple belt, Alvaro was runner up in the IBJJF Masters Worlds championship and soon after took 1st place in the no gi Pan-Ams championship. In 2016 Coach Alvaro earned silver medals in both his division and the absolute of the no gi Pan as a brown belt and is a two time Masters Worlds Brown belt medalist. As an assistant instructor, Alvaro implements his background in speech and language pathology, from LaGCC and Brooklyn College, to help with the instruction of the children's programs at the school.
> IBJJF World Masters 2017- Brown Belt 3rd Place
> IBJJF American Nationals No Gi 2016: Brown Belt Master 1 Feather Champion
>IBJJF American Nationals No Gi 2016: Brown Belt Master 1 Absolute 3rd Place
>PAN Jiu Jitsu No G IBJJF Championship 2016: Brown Belt Master 1 and Absolute, 2nd place
> IBJJF American Nationals Gi 2016: Brown Belt Master 1 Feather 2nd Place
> Pan Jiu Jitsu No Gi IBJJF Championship 2015: Purple Belt Master 1 Feather Champion
> World Master Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Championships 2015: Purple Belt Master 1 Second Place
> New York Summer International IBJJF Open 2015: Purple Master 1 Second Place
> Big Apple Open 2015: Purple Belt Adult Feather Champion
> Good Fight 2013 Summer Classic: Purple Belt Adult Light Champion
> Good Fight 2012 Winter Classic: Blue Adult Feather Gi/No Gi Champion/Open Weight Gi Champ
> Long Island Pride XVI: Blue Open Weight No Gi Champion
> Boston IBJJF International Open 2012: Blue Belt Feather Third Place
Mixed Martial Arts and Striking Coach, Brazilian JiuJitsu Brown Belt, Amateur MMA Champion
Mario Hernandez is a brown belt in BJJ under Sensei Julio Rivera, Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro and Marcos Loro Galvao, former Bellator World Champion. Coach Mario is an active competitor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and an amateur MMA Champion Under the Dead Serious fight promotion.
Mario has been training since 2009 in various martial arts, (BJJ, Kickboxing, Boxing). In 2013, Mario scored his first MMA victory as well as a silver medal at the Big Apple BJJ tournament. He gained experience as a camp counselor and assistant instructor and now teaches teaching children and adults at Omni.
On December 10th, 2016, Mario became the 140 pound Dead Serious Champion by TKO in the Second round. He will make his professional debut in 2018 and is Omni's MMA coach.
Dominyka Obelenyte is a lithuanian born, Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Marcelo Garcia who belongs to the first generation of high end athletes developed by the legendary 4x ADCC champion, being also his first female black belt. Regarded as a true grappling phenomenon since her early teens Dominyka Obelenyte proved her star quality by consistently winning at the highest level of the sport, being one of the youngest ever world champions in an adult division (14 years of age), a deed only surpassed by Luzia Fernandes.