Juan Vazquez III ("Mantis")
Lineage: Helio Gracie - Royler Gracie - Saulo Ribeiro - Chris Blanke - Juan Vazquez III
In January 2017, Juan "Mantis" Vazquez III was named Head Instructor of the Plymouth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, an affiliate of Badger Style Jiu-Jitsu (Chris Blanke). A well-rounded expert in BJJ, Juan brings almost a decade of experience in running a highly successful competition academy. With over 10 years training BJJ, Juan is a 1st degree black belt under Chris Blanke, owner/operator of Toledo Jiu-Jitsu Center which has produced an impressive 21 World titles in the last six years.
As Blanke’s first student to rise from a rank of white belt to black belt, Vazquez has taught/trained/coached BJJ World Champions. Having many years of competition experience, Juan has placed 3rd at the IBJJF World Championships and now dedicates his time to teaching/training/coaching anyone interested in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In Plymouth, Mantis teaches adult classes on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7pm, and (beginning in February) every other Saturdays at 11:30am.
Elihu Ledesma (EJ)
Lineage: Helio Gracie - Royler Gracie - Saulo Ribeiro - EJ Ledesma
Elihu Ledesma was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where from an early age, showed a desire to challenge himself. At the age of 17, EJ left Puerto Rico to pursue his educational goals. As a life-long athlete, EJ missed being part of a team. The desire to challenge himself, combined with a curiosity for applying leverage to attain victory over an opponent, led EJ to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
EJ began his Jiu-Jitsu training in 1999 and is a Black Belt under six-time world champion Saulo Ribeiro. EJ is known for his attention to technique and ability to help others develop their Jiu Jitsu attributes. EJ’s teaching philosophy centers on continuous learning and promoting a team environment.
Over the last fifteen years EJ has competed in numerous tournaments, medaling at the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 Pan Am and Masters World Championships.
“Jiu Jitsu is one of the few sports that allows individuals to showcase his/her attributes, combining mental and physical stamina. Most important, it is a fun way of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and build life long relationships.”
Assistant Instructors & Coaches:
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Jeferson Tadeu Valerio (Black belt) Adult Gi Instructor
Tim Judge (Brown 4 stripes) - Adult Gi Instructor
Glenn Martinez (Brown 4 stripes) - Kids & Womens Instructor
Eric Leach (Brown 3 stripes) - Adult Gi Instructor
Lawrence G. Almeda (Purple 4 stripes) - Kids Gi Instructor
Nick McCann (Purple 4 stripes) - Kids & Adult Instructor
Chris Novasky (Purple 3 stripes) - Kids & Adult Instructor
David Torey (Purple 3 stripes) - Kids Nogi Instructor
Nick Rudelic (Purple 3 stripes) - Kids Nogi Instructor