Juliano Prado is a third degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and is one of two head instructors here at Total MMA Studios. A lifelong jiu-jitsu practitioner, Prof. Juliano was one of very few Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts who came to the United States in the mid to late 1990s. Since then, he has had successful careers in both jiu-jitsu and MMA.
Having trained with many elite fighters, Prof. Juliano not only accumulated a 4–2 MMA record but also captured the GC series lightweight title before stepping out of competition in 2008.
Currently, Prof. Juliano is teaching and changing people’s lives through the art of jiu-jitsu; he has been a great mentor and coach to every student who has walked through his door seeking his knowledge.
Adriano Nasal Pereira is a third degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is one of two head instructors here at Total MMA Studios. A long-time Brazilian Top Team member, Prof. Adriano has spent many years training in both jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts.
Prof Adriano is an excellent competitor and captured many jiu-jitsu and submission wrestling competition titles before entering the MMA arena in 2003. Over a span of four years, he not only trained with many great fighters and champions but also amassed a respectable MMA record of 5–3. Recently, Prof. Adriano has turned his attention to teaching and coaching his students here at Total MMA Studios, where he is developing future champions.
Jimmy Terrell is a long-time martial artist and an MMA competitor and is one of our MMA/cardio kickboxing instructors at Total MMA Studios. A veteran fighter and title-holder in both MMA and kickboxing, this former WEC lightweight champion started his MMA training when the sport was known as NHB/Vale Tudo fighting. Since then, he has trained with some of the best the sport has ever produced, such as Tito Ortiz and Razor Rob McCullough.
Outside his fighting career Jimmy has devoted himself to becoming a martial arts instructor, teaching both civilian and law enforcement personnel hand-to-hand combative techniques to overcome any hostile situation.
Melinda Terrell is a dedicated martial artist and one of our cardio kickboxing instructors at Total MMA Studios. Training in a variety of martial arts disciplines over the past 10 years has given Melinda a unique approach to teaching as she is able to blend the arts she has studied to create a successful training program.
A certified instructor in both personal fitness and rape prevention, Melinda has been instructing both law enforcement personnel and civilians since 2007 and has run a successful personal training business with her husband since this time. With her vast knowledge and experience, Melinda is a valued asset at our gym; her teaching methods have aided our members in achieving their fitness goals.
Chris Costello is a professional MMA fighter and personal trainer who has been with us for over two years. A former high school league champion and captain of his high school wrestling team Chris has progressed beyond the wresting mats and into both the MMA arena and fitness world, where he has found great success.
As an instructor his clients have found great success in his coaching style as his classes have provided them with the results they have desired! For more information on Chris’s class times, please contact our front desk.
Christian “The Beast” Aguilera is an amateur MMA fighter and has been with our gym since we opened, three years ago. An avid student of the game, Christian’s drive to succeed has enabled him to not only obtain a blue belt in jiu-jitsu but also to amass a respectable and titles, including the GetDown Promotions 170 lbs title.
Apart from being a great fighter, Christian is an excellent instructor, who brings a lot of positive energy to his classes, where his key focus is to push his students to exceed their expectations. Whether he is instructing at the head of the class or one-on-one to correct a student, you can always find him with a welcoming smile on his face. For more information on his classes, please contact our front desk.
John Petrie is one of Total MMA Studios’ true success stories. John weighed over 300 lbs. when he first walked through our doors, but his willingness, coupled with our coaches’ training, has helped him to loose over 85 pounds and to keep the weight off for over two and half years now.
A purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, John has taken this and directed it towards the jiu jitsu circuit, where he has been placed first in many competitions. Currently, John’s attention is focused on our children’s program, where he is our head instructor. He is great father and patient instructor, and his teaching style strives to build great young martial artists who possess respect and discipline.