Mario Aiello (Brazilian Jiu-jitsu)
Mario started fighting jiu-jitsu 35 years ago in Brazil. Helio and Rickson Gracie were his first teachers. Then, Rickson Gracie came to the US and he continued training in Brazil with Royler Gracie, who gave him his black belt.
When he was a brown belt, Mario opened his own Jiu-Jitsu studio at Bonsucesso, suburb of Rio de Janeiro, where he taught for the next 6 years and formed a team of big athletes.
In 2001 Mario arrived in the US, with the intention of teaching a brand new group of students the entire range of his Jiu-Jitsu techniques. Mario taught at the Rickson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy for almost three years.
Still feeling a big necessity to give something more to his life and family, Mario decided to open his own Jiu-Jitsu Academies here in the U.S., with Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Valencia and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu West LA, teaching Jiu-Jitsu with enthusiasm and determination and believing that other big athletes will graduate from his Mario Aiello Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Team.
Haik Tatevosyan (BJJ Assistant Instructor)
Haik Tatevosyan started his martial arts journey at a very young age, training and competing in various disciplines before discovering Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and finding his home with professor Mario Aiello. Haik is a brown belt under Mario Aiello and an avid competitor. Now an assistant instructor at Gracie West L.A., Haik enjoys teaching and sharing his knowledge of the art.
Joseph Montano (BJJ Assistant Instructor)
Joseph’s journey into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu started in 2011, when a family member took him to a class. By the end of that first class he was hooked. After seeing the passion Mario had for the sport and the love of his students, he knew this was something he wanted to be a part of. Now, seven years later and seeing his own passion grow for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, there is no question that this is something he will do for the rest of his life.
Aaron “Tatu” (Capoeira)
Born in Washington D.C., Aaron “Tatu” has trained capoeira for over fourteen years with Mestre Boneco’s Capoeira Brasil group. “Tatu” has been teaching for over three years at Capoeira Brasil Los Angeles and was a certified personal trainer for three years.
“Tatu” has worked as an elementary school PE teacher for four years, at Overland and Clover Elementary. He has been a volunteer director for the Westside Y (Now the Collins Katz Family YMCA) for three years.
Most recently, “Tatu” has taught disadvantaged youth in Watts at Nickerson Gardens, a high crime area.