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Vellore Caballero

Professor Vellore Caballero grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was interested in combat sports from a young age. In high school, Vellore saw the very first UFC and knew that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was something that he wanted to do.  Unfortunately that would have to wait,…

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Amal Easton - BJJ Black Belt

Amal Easton

Professor Amal Easton began his martial arts journey over 30 years ago with the study of Muay Thai under the tutelage of Ajarn Chai Sirasuti and Kru Doug Pandorf. He has studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu extensively since 1992. After earning his degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine,…

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Ian Lieberman - BJJ Black Belt

Ian Lieberman

Coach Ian Lieberman moved to Boulder from Lawrence, NJ, in 2006 to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Having played ice hockey competitively for 17 years and having suffered a knee injury during a collegiate game that brought a halt to his hockey career,…

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Mike Tousignant - BJJ Black Belt

Mike Tousignant

Professor Mike Tousignant grew up in Chelmsford, MA, and moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado Boulder. He has been the General Manager of ETC Boulder since 2009, and received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Professor Amal Easton in June of 2014….

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James Strater-Smith - BJJ Black Belt

James Strater-Smith

As a child, Coach James Strater-Smith dreamt of growing up to be a Ninja Turtle. Unfortunately, it soon became apparent that The Secret of the Ooze was only a movie and not a reality, so he settled for the next best thing: being a full-time…

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Foster Bailey - BJJ Black Belt

Foster Bailey

Professor Foster Bailey was born in Louisiana and grew up in Fort Collins. He attended CU Boulder, where he studied history and competed in mogul races on the freestyle ski team. After graduation, he coached the team for five years. He found that coaching mogul…

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Eliot Marshall - BJJ Black Belt

Eliot Marshall

Professor Eliot Marshall started his martial arts training after seeing The Karate Kid for the first time. At the age of six he began training in Soo Bahk Do under the instruction of Grand Master Hwang Kee and Michael Garaguso. Eliot achieved the rank of…

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Brian Carlsen

Coach Brian Carlsen was born and raised in Boulder. He attended Boulder High School and graduated from CU with a BA in Math and dual minors in physics and computer science.  His mother, father, and brother, and uncle all live in the Boulder / Denver…

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