Head Instructor: Rafael Dallinha
Rafinha was born on 1982 in Florianopolis, Brazil. His first approach to martial arts came to him when he was 9 years of age, in the form of Judo, a sport which he practiced until becoming completely focused on Jiu Jitsu.
Jiu Jitsu became a big part of his life when he was 16. Many of his friends trained Jiu Jitsu in an academy nearby his house, and Rafael would always pass by to see them. After a while he started taking regular classes and hasn’t stopped since.
His training started with Master Murilo Rupp. He stayed with Mr Rupp until he got his Purple Belt. Dallinha moved to the United States in 2004 and started training with Rodrigo Medeiros, a Carlson Gracie Black Belt, where he also met Clark Gracie. Since then they have trained together on a daily basis and competed all around the world together.
Rafael is very passionate about teaching his students in order to make them champions, he is a true believer that jiu jitsu is the best fighting system in the world. His intentions are to pass the knowledge and respect of jiu jitsu on to all and to pass on the confidence to be calm in a difficult situation.
Some of Rafael’s competitions results:
- IBJJF World’s Master Jiu Jitsu 3rd Place
- SJJIF World’s Championship 2nd Place
- IBJJF Houston Open 1st Place
- 2 x Hawaiian Triple Crown Superfight Champion
- 3 x IBJJF Pan Ams Jiu Jitsu Medalist
- 4 x IBJJF American National Champion
- IBJJF US OPEN Champion
- IBJJF NY OPEN Champion
- Brazilian South American Champion
I was born and raised in California. Surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding are the sports I grew up doing. The 70’s was the rise of Bruce Lee and “everyone was kung fu fighting”. Being a small surf-rat-punk kid, listening to the “Ramones” while watching Chinese kung fu movies all day, I was always getting into fights with the bigger bullies in the neighborhood. My family moved to North Chicago where I was soon to be humbled by the violent gangs and mayhem that surrounded me.
After three years of fending for my life in the worst streets of Chicago we moved back to San Diego. I wrestled in high school, studied Aikido, Goshin Jitsu (Japanese Karate), Muay Thai, and now am very passionate about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I was initiated as a Reiki Level III Master in 1996 and have always believed in… before knowing how to defeat your opponent by force, you must first learn how to heal them as well.
I have also studied Kundalini, Bikram and Ashtanga yoga. I am a firm believer in holistic living and happiness is my priority. My approach to teaching kids is to know that each child is unique, with different needs and they have their own personalities. I look for strengths in their character and reinforce them through positive discipline. My goal in teaching BJJ to kids, is to harness their individuality and incite their passion to become a better jiu-jitsu practitioner on their own free will thus creating a better quality of life as they grow.
Wanting to learn higher percentage techniques, asking questions about details, practicing on their own and ultimately wanting to compete and test themselves. This gives them discipline and responsibility. At the end of each kids class I strive to make it a goal… that every kid should walk away with a smile on their face and have a super fun time! Because of my childhood experiences I have a good understanding of what kids go through who get bullied in school. For young kids, Jiu-Jitsu builds confidence, respect, and the courage to defend oneself.
- 2nd Place IBJJF Las Vegas Spring International Open – Absolute
- 2nd Place IBJJF Las Vegas Spring International Open
- 1st Place IBJJF NoGi World Championships – World Champion
- 2nd Place IBJJF Nationals
- 3rd Place iGrap Championships
Shiela Advincula : Yoga Instructor
Shiela began studying & practicing movement at a very young age through dance. She was initiated as a Reiki Level I Healer in 1996. She began her exploration in yoga 18 years ago when she was first introduced to Kundalini and Ashtanga Yoga. The grace, peace and beauty of the Ashtanga practice is what drew her in.
Her passion & dedication in yoga moves her to keep a strong personal practice, to keep learning, to keep teaching & to inspire people to blossom into their full potential on and off the mat. She has contributed to the community of internet yogis across the world with her inspiring photos and wants to continue sharing her love for yoga by teaching.
Physical and emotional benefits come from the yoga itself as well as the connection with community that stands behind it. Although her yoga technique draws strongly from the Ashtanga way, Shiela incorporates other styles of yoga into her practice as well.