Marcelo Cohen started his martial arts training at the age of 9 with judo. At 16 years old, Marcelo started his Brazilian jiu jitsu training at the world famous Jiu Jitsu Academy Carlson Gracie in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil under Marcelo Saporito, a Carlson Gracie black belt.
Marcelo received his brown belt in Brazil under Saporito at Carlson Gracie Academy. In 2012, Marcelo received his black belt in jiu jitsu under Saporito at The Armory in Jupiter where he is head coach now. Marcelo Cohen is a full time jiu jitsu athlete, competitor and coach.
Marcelo is the head jiu jitsu coach and black belt instructor at The Armory. He also leads, as a coach, a Brazilian jiu jitsu program at his affiliate, MCBJJ, in Tallahassee. His strong coaching skills combined with his exceptional technical ability have created an outstanding adult and youth jiu jitsu program at The Armory.
Marcelo has won numerous championships as an athlete and some of his notable achievements include:
• 1st Degree BJJ Black Belt (Saporito Carlson Gracie Black Belt)
• Trained in Brazil for over 10 years
• First person to win a Florida Grappling League belt
• Copa Torah Champion
• Planet Submission Champion (expert division)
• De la Riva Cup Champion (expert division)
• 4x Copa America Champion (expert division)
• 8x NAGA Champion (expert division)
• Florida No-Gi State Champion (brown belt division)
• MMAC Grappling Champion (expert division)
• FGL Champion (Superfight Takedown at The Gardens)
• 3x New Breed Ultimate Challenge Champion (expert division)
• Overall Team Champion Coach at Copa America Grappling Championships
• 2014 Black Belt Florida State Champion
• 2014 Five Grappling Champion (black belt division)
• AGF blackbelt champion 2015
• IBJJF Miami Open blackbelt champion 2015
• IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open Blackbelt Champion 2016
• IBJJF No-Gi Pan Am Adult Blackbelt Champion 2016
• ProJitsu Lightweight Champion
Brian Kapper is a longtime resident of the Jupiter area who began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at The Armory in January, 2004, as a white belt student under Ricardo “Hell-Raiser” Texiera. In 2005, Texiera promoted Brian to the rank of blue belt. In 2007, he was promoted to the rank of purple belt by Hermes Franca and obtained his brown belt from Eduardo Guedes and Raphael Chaves in 2009. In 2009, he competed in the Florida Police and Fire Games brown/ black belt division where he won gold in the no-gi absolute class, gold in the no-gi master’s light-heavyweight class and silver in the master’s light-heavyweight gi class. In 2010, Brian again competed in the Florida Police and Fire Games brown/ black belt division where he won gold in the gi and no-gi master’s light-heavyweight classes. In 2013, Eduardo Guedes promoted Brian to the rank of black belt. All belt promotions were earned by Brian as a member of The Armory. In addition to his responsibilities as an instructor at The Armory, he has served the local community as a law enforcement officer for the past twenty years.
Dr. Tom Deters
Dr. Deters began training BJJ in 2007 in Los Angeles. He trained under National Champion Raul Montolfo and received his Blue Belt. After moving to Florida and training at the Armory, he received his Purple Belt under World Champions Rodrigo Cavaca and Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida. He went on to receive Black Belt at the Armory from Eduardo Guedes (Carlson Gracie>Mario Sperry>Eduardo Guedes>Tom Deters).
Deters is co-founder (along with Armory founder Joe Mullings) of the extensive BJJ website www.JiuJitsuMania.com which has hundreds of technique videos and articles on all relevant BJJ topics. Deters spend almost two years at his own expense traveling from coast to coast interviewing, filming and training with the top names in BJJ.
While commitments as a CEO have minimized his tournament involvement, he was awarded a Silver Medal in the American National Championships earlier in his BJJ career. Deters also trained under Navy SEAL Richard Machowicz in the hand to hand combat program Bukido, which stresses aggressive survival self-defense in the real world.
As former Editor in Chief and Publisher of Muscle & Fitness he brings extensive knowledge on strength and conditioning, peak performance and performance nutrition to Team Armory. Deters is also a contributing author for Jiu Jitsu Magazine and has helped gain national attention for Team Armory.
Glenn Friedman began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at The Armory in November, 2002, as a white belt under Ricardo Texiera. In 2004, Glenn was promoted to a blue belt under Texiera. Glenn continued his training at The Armory under numerous instructors (Hermes Franca, Raphael Chaves, Kurt Pelligrino, Eduardo Guedes and Marcelo Cohen). Glenn received his purple belt in 2010 under Eduardo Guedes and in 2014 Glenn was awarded his brown belt under Marcelo Cohen. In 2016, Glenn was awarded his black belt under Marcelo Cohen.
In addition to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Glenn has studied many styles of martial arts such as Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, judo and traditional karate. Also, Glenn has attended many street application self-defense courses over the years to include, Tony Blauer’s S.P.E.A.R system training and REDMAN training.
Glenn has competed in several competitions to include NAGA and Law Enforcement games where he has won several medals. Glenn has over 20 years of law enforcement experience in both local and Federal agencies. Glenn is currently a certified law enforcement instructor in defensive measures, tactics and as a physical fitness coordinator.
Mario Ayala is the self-defense instructor at The Armory. His approach and primary focus of Jiu-Jitsu, is for defensive purposes and street application. Mario has been fascinated with the fighting arts from a very early age; however, his Martial Arts journey began at the age of 14. At 14 years of age, he began working in order to pay for his first classes at the Detroit YMCA in Michigan. Mario began training in the Brazilian fighting style known as Capoeira. In addition, he had some brief exposure to Ishin-Ryu Karate, just before he discovered Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at East West Martial Arts in late 1999. At EWMA under Ryan Fiorenzi he began his grappling journey. Ryan Fiorenzi's approach towards fighting disciplines, allowed Mario to continue training Capoeira under Steve Stoops, among other styles. Professor Fiorenzi's school housed fighting styles such as Capoeira, Vale Tudo, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Muay-Thai, and many more. In late 2000, Mario moved to South Florida. There he found Capoeira Clubs and instruction for about 2 years as well as some Jiu-Jitsu training at Harmony Martial Arts. It wasn't until late 2002, that Mario found a Jiu-Jitsu home under Mauricio Villardo; training with him for over a decade until 2014. Under Professor Villardo, Mario began a clean slate as a white belt through his current rank as a one stripe Brown Belt. At the Villardo Academy he had the opportunity to train with Rolker and Royler Gracie as well as the occasional Muay-Thai lessons from Victor Rivera. Mario is also an NRA certified pistol instructor. Currently, Mario trains under the skilled and watchful eye of Professor Marcelo Cohen.
August Bergman was born Washington, PA, where he graduated from Washington High in 1995. August attend W&J College where he met his Kristina. August and Kristina moved to Alaska for some time. August and Kristina moved to Jupiter after their son, August, Jr., was born, to be closer to family. The Bergman’s currently reside in Jupiter Farms.
August Bergman is currently a purple belt under black belt instructor, Marcelo Cohen. He is a state of Alaska certified firearms instructor and use of force instructors. He was a competitive youth wrestler for 12 years and has served in Alaska’s State Troopers and Alaska’s Department of Corrections.
Avtandil Gogolishvili, also known as Coach Avto, was a 1996 Olympian in Freestyle wrestler for the Republic of Georgia and widely recognized as one of the best in the world when he was competing.
Some of his notable achievements include:
• 15 wins over Olympic Gold medalists and World Champions
• 4 time Soviet Union Champion freestyle wrestling
• 3 time Tbilisi Champion (recognized as the toughest wrestling tournament in the world because all nations could enter more than one athlete)
• Veterans World Champion freestyle wrestling
• 3-0 MMA record (retired)
• 1990 4th place in the World 82 kg freestyle wrestling