Professor Joe De Laura got his black belt in December of 2019 by his professor Augusto Tanquinho.
Augusto "Tanquinho" Mendes got his black belt in December of 2004 by Grand Master Francisco Mansor, having now the ranking of Black Belt 4th degree. He has been teaching Jiu-Jitsu for 20 years, always being recognized as a great instructor, teaching and helping more than 1.000 students in all those years. Also, he is one of the highest competitive black belts in Jiu-Jitsu, being the only black belt adult world champion in the state of Arizona. He achieved all the major BJJ titles as a black belt rank in the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation) and also won the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club), the ADCC is considerated the Olympics of the grappling and its the highest level of No Gi/grappling tournament.
He graduated College in Brazil and has a degree in Physical Education in 2006.
2013 Gi Black Belt World Champion
2019 ADCC Champion
2012/ 2015 No Gi Black Belt World Champion
2011 / 2013 Professional UAEBJJF Black Belt World Champion
2017 ACB No Gi 60kg/132lbs Champion
MMA 6-3-0 record
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