Our Instructors

Head of LCCT Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association, Luiz Claudio

Three Time World Champion Luiz Claudio’s interest in Brazilian jiu-jitsu began nearly 25 years ago, deep in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Growing up, Luiz was a very small size kid for his age and was always bullied by other boys. After exploring various styles of self defense, Luiz found jiu-jitsu. Jiu-jitsu was interesting because it was developed by a small guy named Helio Gracie. After hearing about the Gracies, Luiz thought it was the perfect self-defense martial art. It was love at first sight.

When he first started in 1987 Luiz simply trained as a hobby and self-defense martial art. But in 1990 this changed when Luiz decided to make the bold decision to move to the United States to go to school and also learn jiu-jitsu from Helio Gracie’s son, the greatest BJJ fighter of all time, Rickson Gracie. Luiz started to train seriously under Rickson Gracie in California. This decision would forever changed Luiz’s life and further grow his passion and commitment for the art. Luiz became a intricate part of Rickson Gracie team while training at the California Academy. Luiz has also trained U.S. Marshals , armed forces security, police officers, professional fighters from Bellator, Strikeforce and UFC including #10 Ranked Heavyweight Big Ben Rothwell, #4 Ranked Featherweight Ricardo Lamas, and #1 Bantamweight Contender Cat Zingano . Luiz has also trained many people like looking to gain more confidence, flexibility or to lose weight. His skill, confidence, and fearlessness as a jiu-jitsu practitioner has won him the respect of those that have worked with him. Through his sincere personality, his skill and passion for teaching, Luiz has earned respect and loyalty of his students across the nation and the world.  Luiz is a 4th degree black belt under Rickson Gracie. He is a 3 time world champion. 

Thiago Veiga, LCCT BJJ Instructor

Head of LCCT Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association, Thiago Veiga

Thiago started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1995 alongside Rickson Gracie at Rickson’s Los Angeles Jiu Jitsu Academy. In 2000, after years of intense training in the United States, Thiago returned back to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to continue his training. Once re-established in Brazil, Thiago and his brother (a Rickson Black Belt), Luiz Claudio, opened the first LCCT Academy where they continued to represent Rickson Gracie.

In 2002, Thiago competed at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Mundials (a.k.a. Worlds) where he won five matches in a row. He did not give up a single point or advantage in all five matches; leading him to win the gold! After his impressive performance at Worlds, Rickson Gracie awarded Thiago his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt. He is currently a 3rd degree black belt under Rickson.

With 17 years of Jiu Jitsu experience, ten of them as a Black Belt, Thiago and Luiz decided to relocate to the United States. They want to share their knowledge and help Martial Arts Academies grow their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu programs.

Accomplishments:

2x – BJJ World Champion (2001-2002)
1x – BJJ Pan American Champion (2002)
3x – 3rd Place at Worlds (2004-2006)
3x – 3rd Place at Pan American (2005)
13x – State Champion
2x – Brazilian Champion
2x – Arnolds Champion
4x – Joe Moreira Champion
1x – Naga Champion
1-0 in Value Tudo

Joey Chase, Head BJJ Instructor at Alchemy Combat Club

Joey Chase, Head Instructor, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Joey does his best to live a creative life, on and off the mat. As a student, competitor, and coach, he believes every minute spent training is a worthwhile endeavor- no matter how tough it gets, never stop striving to learn and improve. The mental and physical attributes built by BJJ (confidence, self defense, problem solving, health and fitness) benefit all walks of life, making the process of becoming a better fighter also the process of becoming a better person. He is proud to represent the Luiz Claudio Combat Team, as a brown belt under Luiz Claudio and Thiago Veiga. Outside of grappling, Joey’s hobbies include writing, horticulture, and reckless stage dives.

Jason Cox, BJJ Instructor, Alchemy Combat Club

Jason has been training in Brazilian jiu jitsu for 7 years and currently holds the rank of purple belt under Luiz Claudio and Thiago Veiga / LCCT. A former public school teacher, Jason also has years of experience as an instructor in both BJJ and fitness. He’s also an accomplished competitor. His favorite move is the bow and arrow choke. He enjoys long walks on the beach, helping people improve their lives, and ice cream.

Training / Certification:

RKC Kettlebell Instructor
CrossFit Level 1, Level 2, and Mobility
USAWeightlifting Club Coach
Chi Running

 

Scott Moore, Head Judo Instructor

Rank: Godan – 5th degree black belt
Position: Head instructor, 2014 Paralympic Team Head Coach
Coaching Certification: Continental Level
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Rank: Blue Belt
Competitive Highlights:
1995 IBSA World Championships – Bronze medal
1996 Paralympic Games – Bronze medal
1998 IBSA World Championships – Gold medal
2000 Paralympic Games – Gold medal
2002 IBSA World Championships – Bronze medal
2003 IBSA World Championships – Team Member
2004 Paralympic Games – Bronze medal
2005 Pan American Masters Championships – Gold Medal
2006 IBSA World Championships – Team Member
2007 Para-Pan American Championships
2007 IBSA World Championships
2008 US Paralympic Team Assistant Coach
2009 US Para-Pan American Team Coach
2009 Paralympic Coach of the Year – USOC
USA Judo High Performance Committee Member
Current Head Coach for the US Paralympic Team
Favorite Quote: “If you aren’t willing to work hard to realize your dreams, why bother dreaming?”

Heidi Moore, Head Judo Instructor

Heidi Moore, Head Judo Instructor

Judo Rank: Godan – 5th degree black belt
Brazilian jiu jitsu Rank: Blue Belt
Position: Head Instructor, 2014 Paralympic Team Assistant Coach
Coaching Certification: Continental Level, Director of Developement for the US Assoc. of Blind Athletes.
Competitive Highlights:
1995-1998 – 4 time US Collegiate National Champion
1996 US Senior Nationals – Bronze Medal
1997 US Senior Nationals – Silver Medal
2002 US Senior Nationals – Silver Medal
2004 US Senior Nationals – Bronze Medal
2004 Olympic Trials Winner – +78kg
2005 US Senior Nationals – Gold Medal
2005 Pan American Team Member
2005 World Championships Team Member
2005 Pan American Masters Championships – Gold Medals (Open and F4 +78kg)
2006 US Senior Nationals – Silver Medal (Open division), Bronze Medal (78kg)
2006 Puerto Rico Open Championships – Gold Medal (78kg), Silver Medal (Open division)
2006 US Open Championships – Bronze Medal
2006 Pan American Masters Championships – Gold Medals (Open and F1 +78kg)
2007 US Senior Nationals – Gold Medal (Open division), Silver Medal (+78kg)
2007 Pan American Championships – Bronze Medal
2007 Puerto Rico Open Championships – Silver Medals (Open and +78kg divisions)
2007 World Championships Team Member
2007 US Open Gold Medal, +78kg
2007 Rendez-Vous Canada Bronze Medal, +78kg
2008 US Senior Nationals – Silver Medal, +78kg
2008 Olympic Trials winner – +78kg
2012 US Senior Nationals – Silver Medal 78kg

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After just a few days/weeks I think you figure out you are part of a tribe and it IS A GOOD THING to depend on and be depended on for a little something these days…

Jim C.

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