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Instructors

Jayson Patino – Head Instructor & Owner

Jayson is a professional martial arts instructor, mixed martial arts fighter, World Class grappler, nutrition and strength & conditioning specialist. His commitment to helping every student improve their lives, both inside the academy and out, stems from a lifelong dedication to training martial arts and his passion for life. Jayson started training martial arts at age 4 and in high school he discovered wrestling which sparked his competitive drive. He has fought in the World Extreme Fighting Championships, Cage Warriors, and Combat fighting Championship just to name a few. Jayson is a 1st degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Ricardo Liborio, a member of the US Grappling World Team, FILA Pankration Submission World Champion, and a Black belt in Taekwondo with over a decade of experience in Muay Thai Kickboxing. He won the lightweight Pro Division at the 2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) North American Trials and was one of 16 grapplers worldwide to compete at the ADCC World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. He wrestled at the University of Central Florida where he was a 2x All American (helping UCF win 2 National Championships) and earned a degree in Social Science Education. His accomplishments include:

  • 2017 US Grappling World Team Trials Champion
  • 2014 FILA Pankration Submission World Champion
  • 3rd place IBJJF No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu World Championships Black Belt 2014
  • 2014 US Grappling World Team Trials Champion
  • FILA Grappling World Championship No-Gi Bronze Medalist 2013
  • FILA Grappling World Championship Gi Bronze Medalist 2013
  • 2nd place IBJJF No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu World Championships Brown belt 2012
  • 3rd place IBJJF No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu World Championships Purple belt 2009
  • Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) North American Trials Champion 2009
  • Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Veteran 2009
  • US Grappling World Team Trials Gi Champion 2013
  • US Grappling World Team Trials No-Gi Champion 2013
  • 4x Naga No-Gi Expert division Champion 2005-2012
  • 4x Naga Gi division Champion 2005-2012
  • 2x Copa America Gi Champion
  • 2x Copa America No-Gi Expert division Champion
  • America’s Cup Jiu-Jitsu Champion 2005
  • 2x NCWA Wrestling All American 2004-2005
  • 2x NCWA Wrestling Conference Champion
  • 2nd Place Florida Wrestling State Championships 2001
  • 5th Place Florida Wrestling State Championships 2000
  • 2x Disctrict Champion and Regional Champion
  • Jayson Patino – Wikipedia

 

Tarsis Paula – Chief Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Tarsis is one of Ricardo Liborio’s (American Top Team Co-founder) first students from Brazil. He started training with Liborio in Rio De Janeiro over 20 years ago when he was just 14 years old. After Liborio left Brazil, Tarsis began training with the Master of half guard Roberto “Gordo” Correa, whom gave him his black belt.  Tarsis is currently a 1st degree Black Belt.
​Tarsis has traveled the world training with several champions to help them reach their goals. He has achieved major titles and is a world class competitor in both Gi and No-gi. Some of his recent achievements are:

Accomplishments:

  • 2015 IBJJF Rio BJJ International Pro Championship Silver Medalist
  • 2015 IBJJF Brazilian National NO GI Championship Bronze Medalist
  • 2015 IBJJF Brasilia International Open Championship NO GI Gold Medalist
  • 2015 IBJJF Brasilia International Open Championship Bronze Medalist
  • 2015 IBJJF Brasilia International Open Championship Gold Medal NO GI
  • 2016 IBJJF Chicago Spring International Open Championship Bronze Medalist
  • 2016 IBJJF Chicago Spring International Open NO GI Championship Silver Medalist
  • 2016 IBJJF Chicago Spring International Open NO GI Championship open weight Gold Medalist

Will Sizemore – Chief Striking Instructor
Will started training at American Top Team in 2008.  Will is a Professional Fighter, and he is currently a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Accomplishments:

  • Amateur MMA Record:  9-2
  • Professional MMA Record: 1-3
  • ISKF #1 ranked 135lb Amateur MMA Fighter in the World
  • RFC No Gi Champion
  • Sosa MMA Cage Fighting No Gi Champion
  • Rival Fight League 145lb Champion
  • Real Cage Fighting 145lb Champion
  • Breakthrough Mma 145lb Champion
  • Breakthrough Mma 135lb Champion

 

PJ Estrada – Assistant Instructor

PJ started Martial Arts at the age of 5. Taekwondo was his first martial art. In 2006, he started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. When he was a freshman in high school, he decided to join the wrestling team. PJ is currently a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Accomplishments:

  • 2012 Newbreed Expert Champion
  • 2011 Southern Hospitality Wrestling Gold Medalist
  • 2014 Southern Hospitality Wrestling Bronze Medalist
  • 4x NAGA Silver Medalist NoGi Expert Division
  • 4x NAGA Silver Medalist Gi Expert Division
  • 2014 Silver Medalist Wolfpack Invitationals
  • 2015 Silver Medalist Metro East Wrestling Championships
  • 2015 Silver Medalist 3A-4 District Wrestling Championships

 

 

Jenessa Soto – Women’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Jenessa “Nessa” Soto started training at American Top Team in 2014.  She is currently a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Accomplishments:

  • Bachelor of Science in Sports and Exercise Science, Fall 2017
  • 2x Newbreed Gold Medalist
  • 2x Newbreed Silver Medalist
  • 2x Newbreed Bronze Medalist
  • 1x Naga Gold medalist
  • 1x Naga Silver Medalist

 

 

 

Matt Vaughn – Wrestling Coach
Matt started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at age 5. He wrestled for the University of Central Florida.

Accomplishments:

  • Timber Creek High School Assistant Wrestling Coach
  • District Champion 2011
  • County Champion 2011
  • 2x Regional Finalist
  • 6th Place Florida Wrestling State Championships
  • Citadel Open Runner Up
  • UCF Open Champion
  • NAGA US Open Expert Champion
  • NCWA National Runner Up

 

Richard “Val” Valladolid

Kids Assistant Instructor

  • Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu