Dan Siegel: Owner/BJJ Instructor
Rank: Black Belt under Vitor Oliveira/GFTeam
Dan Siegel began his training in martial arts at the age of 11 in Tae Kwon Do under the late Master Y.C. Kim, initially getting into the art because of being bullied and looking for a form of self- defense. It wouldn’t be until he was in college that he watched the very first UFC and saw a much smaller Brazilian man by the name of Royce Gracie who was handling and beating opponents much larger than himself. He decided then and there that this new art called Brazilian Jiu Jitsu would be something that he must learn. In 1998, he was introduced to a friend who happened to train in Judo and BJJ and offered to teach him because he needed a training partner. Immediately, he was hooked and trained every moment he could and has been doing it ever since. Since then he has also trained in other art forms such as Judo, Muay Thai, Wrestling, and dabbling in Kali. He has been very lucky to have met many wonderful people on his journey and has had the opportunity to have trained with many Black Belt Mundials, Pan American, and other grappling organization champions.
Dan loves to teach and takes a vested interest in his students. Having an extensive coaching background in Girls Junior Olympic Volleyball and many other sports, has given him the basis of coaching children as well as adults in not just sports but also in helping to shape and build the lives of others by using discipline, structure and positive reinforcement.
2014 IBJJF Master World’s Championships: Mens GI/ Brown Belt/ Master 2/ Heavy Weight: 3rd Place
2014 IBJJF Master World’s Championships: Mens GI/ Brown Belt/ Master 2/ Open Class: 3rd Place
2014 IBJJF Summer Chicago Open: Mens GI/ Brown Belt/ Master 2/ Open Class: 2nd Place
2014 IBJJF Summer Chicago Open: Mens GI/ Brown Belt/ Master 2/ Ultra Heavy Weight: 1st Place
2014 Buckeye State Grappling Championships: Mens GI/ Brown Belt/ Masters/ Heavy Weight: 1st Place
2014 IBJJF Spring Chicago Open: Mens GI/ Brown Belt/ Master 2/Heavy Weight: 2nd Place
2014 IBJJF Spring Chicago Open: Mens No GI/ Brown Belt/ Master 2/Heavy Weight: 2nd Place
2014 IBJJF Pan American Championships: Mens/ Brown Belt/ Master 2/ Open Class: 3rd Place
2014 IBJJF Pan American Championships: Mens/ Brown Belt/ Master 2/ Heavy Weight: 3rd Place
2013 IBJJF Chicago Summer Open: Mens/ Brown Belt/ Senior 1/ Open Class: 1st Place
2013 IBJJF Chicago Summer Open: Mens/ Brown Belt/ Senior 1/ Super Heavy Weight: 1st Place
2013 Naga Ohio: Mens GI Brown Belt/ Light Heavy Weight: 1st Place
2013 Naga Ohio: Mens GI Purple/Brown Belt/ Super Heavy Weight: 1st Place
2012 IBJJF Master Senior Worlds: Mens/ Brown Belt Senior 1/ Heavyweight: 2nd Place
2012 Toledo BJJ Open: Mens/ Brown Belt/ Masters: 3rd Place
2012 Buckeye Border Grappling Tournament: Mens/ Brown Belt/ Masters/ Heavy Weight: 1st Place
2010: awarded Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
2010 IBJJF Pan American Jiu Jitsu Championships: Mens Purple Belt Senior 1 Absolute: 3rd Place
Multiple times Gracie Submission Challenge, OGC, NAGA and Arnolds’ medalist and competitor
Vitor Oliveira: Head Black Belt Instructor
Vitor Oliveira, also known as “Vintinho” is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, and a representative of the well respected GFTeam BJJ Academy under founder Professor Julio Cesar Pereira. Vitor Henrique made himself noticed to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fans around the world through his aggressive style, which awarded him one of the best fights in the 2012 world championships (against Bill Cooper), Vitor has also medaled in important competitions such as the World Cup (CBJJO), the Brasileiro (Brazilian nationals), American Nationals, Rio Open, and Abu Dhabi Pro Trials. Vitor showcases his instructing abilities often at Triumph Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
|Long Beach Pro||2014||Medium||1||Black||Adult|
|NY BJJ Pro||2014||Medium||2||Black||Adult|
|Pan Ams NoGi||2014||Medium||1||Black||Adult|
|New York Summer||2014||Medium||1||Black||Adult|
|Pan Ams NoGi||2013||Medium||2||Black||Adult|
|Pan Ams NoGi||2013||Open||3||Black||Adult|
|American Nat NoGi||2013||Medium||1||Black||Adult|
|Chicago Summer NoGi||2013||Medium||1||Black||Adult|
|Chicago Summer NoGi||2013||Open||1||Black||Adult|
|New York Summer||2013||Medium||1||Black||Adult|
|New York Summer||2013||Open||1||Black||Adult|
|American Nat NoGi||2011||Medium||2||Black||Adult|
Rank: Purple Belt
Charlie began training in martial arts at the age of 18 and has studied Hapkido, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai and NoGi BJJ until moving to Columbus in 2007 to attend Graduate School as a Family Nurse Practitioner. He returned to the mats in 2012 , joining Triumph BJJ and training in the gi for the first time. Charlie has since fallen in love with the sport, and has medaled in The AGC, Buckeye Border Grappling Tournament, EGO, NAGA, and IBJJF tournaments.
His patience and attention to detail are some of his strengths that help him in teaching our children’s class or well as in some of our Adult classes.
Boxing Coach: Ariel Guzman
Wrestling Instructor: Lou Demas
Lou is a former All Marine Team Greco-Roman Wrestler. During his time in the military Lou competed internationally and was an All Service Wrestling Champion. Lou also has great talents for coaching wrestling as he has coached several area wrestlers to State and National Titles. By having a strong Judo background, he is able to offer his wrestlers an opportunity to learn a variety of skills and techniques by combining the two together for wrestling. His oldest son Josh Demas, graduated from The Ohio State University and is now an assistant coach at Rutgers University. His middle son Dominic is a 2013 138lbs State placer in wrestling and is the 2014 138lbs State Champion.
JUDO Instructor: Nick Wolak
Sensei Nick started Judo and Jiu Jitsu in Brazil in 1991. He has competed at local, national, and international levels and has trained in dojos all over the world. Nick is the Executive Director of the Columbus Youth Guild, a 501 c3 non-profit that offers free programs to children in Judo, Soccer, and Sewing/Fashion Design.