Who We Are
Coach Matt - Age 42 years old, Born and Raised in Whitmore Village, Hawaii. He started training in the Art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Robert Drysdale in 2002 and along the way, found his passion in instructing. He took on the Kids program at Drysdale's as Head Coach of the Kids Program. Under his instruction as a Team in Las Vegas, children from ages 3years old to 17years old have held titles due to their hard work and dedication and have built their knowledge of self defense. His happiness stems from seeing kids and adults that have never trained before progress through the Art and they feel more confident in themselves.
Promoted by David Gill to Black Belt 2018
Robert Drysdale Brown Belt
2010 Pan Am Runner Up
2010 NAGA Champion Gi
Took 2011 off due to work and instructor obligations
2012 Las Vegas International Open Champion Purple
2013 UFC Expo Grapplers Quest Champion Purple
2013 NAGA Expert Brown/Black Belt Division Champion
2013 Grapplers Quest Brown/Black Belt Champion
2014 Las Vegas Five Grappling 3rd Place Adult Brown/Belt Expert Division
2014 Las Vegas Spring International Open Runner Up
2015-16 Abu-Dhabi Grand Slam Master Brown Belt Champion
The VBROS -All Born and Raised in Las Vegas, Nevada
AJ - The oldest, started training in BJJ from Age 5 years old and holds a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Once he hit High School, he transitioned into Wrestling. He was a HS Wrestling Regional placer in 2014. Then, in 2015, he became a HS Regional Champ and an NIAA Nevada HS Wrestling State Placer. He ranked Top 27% Nationwide, is a Certified Clark County District Coach and occasionally coaches the JV Wrestling Team at Shadow Ridge High School. His most recent accomplishment includes 2017 IBJJF San Diego Open Champion.
ALIKA - The middle, started training in BJJ from Age 5 years old and holds a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He too transitioned to Wrestling once he hit Shadow Ridge High School. In 2015, he was a HS Regional Champion and an NIAA HS Wrestling State Placer. In 2016, he became a 2x HS Regional Champion and once again, placed in the NIAA HS Wrestling States. In 2017, he became a 3x HS Wrestling Regional Champion and finally accomplished the NIAA Nevada State Champion title in the D1 132lb division. His recent accomplishments include 2017 JJWL LV Cup Champion, 2018 IBJJF Pan-Ams 3rd Place, 2018 JJWL World League Cup Champion, 2018 IBJJF San Diego Open 2nd Place, 2018 JJWL Las Vegas Elite 2nd Place, 2018 IBJJF No-Gi Worlds 3rd Place, 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 3rd Place and 2020 JJWL Phoenix Champion.
ARONA - The youngest, started training in BJJ from Age 3 years old and holds a Orange Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He was promoted to Orange belt in 2020. At the Age of 8 years old, he transitioned into Youth Wrestling. Under the NLV Mojave Wrestling Youth Club in 2013 then, the Green Valley Wrestling Youth Club in 2014, he had the honor of representing the State of Nevada in the National Team Duals held in Colorado, an amazing accomplishment 2 years in a row! This experience included visiting and training at the United States Olympic Training Center. Since then, he has been back training in BJJ and his accomplishments include 2016 BJJ World Tour Champion, 2016 UAEJJF 2nd Place, 2016 NAGA Vegas Grappling Champion, 2017 NAGA Vegas Grappling No-Gi and Gi Champion, 2018 IBJJF American Nationals Champion, and is currently wrestling for Shadow Ridge in hopes to follow his brothers' legacy.
We, as a family, feel very strongly about giving back to our community and having appreciation for what you have in your life. To show this to our children, we take visits to Opportunity Village to open their eyes about the world they do not see all the time. As members of our gym, we highly recommend them to participate with us as it is a great experience and they are sure to leave feeling enlightened and with a new appreciation on life.(Authorization was obtained from representatives of Opportunity Village to take pictures with their participants)