Thiago Rela - Head Instructor
Thiago started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu OVer 15 years ago. He received his black belt from Team Checkmat at 23. Renzo Gracie awarded Thiago his first degree on his black belt in 2017.
A two time state BJJ champion in Brazil as well as a national gi and no gi BJJ champion. He was a member of the BJJ national championship team, and has won multiple gold medals in local BJJ and submission grappling tournaments.
As a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter currently representing Team Renzo Gracie, Thiago has won the middleweight title of the Circuito Talent MMA—the largest MMA organization in Brazil. He has appeared on UFC's Ultimate Fighter Brazil and for organizations such as Xtreme Fighting Championships, Final Fight Championship and Cage Fury Fighting Championships.
BJJ Instructor - Alex Chval
Alex Chval began his Jiu Jitsu journey in 2007 under Romulo Bittencourt at Renzo Gracie Newark but has been a martial artist for much longer.
He has several years of amateur boxing and traditional martial arts experience.
Alex is a NSCA certified personal trainer as well as a Sayoc Kali Instructor, who dedicates majority of his time to increasing the skills of the students and improving himself.
You can find him teaching 10AM classes, as well as helping with the Kids BJJ program at TRA.
Kids BJJ Instructor
Thiago has been teaching Kids Jiu Jitsu for several years and brings a new energy to the kids program. With him they learn technique, as well as discipline and life skills.
Women's Instructor - Allie Quinones
A Lifelong competitor and athlete, Allie has competed in numerous BJJ competitions, and helped groom an every growing women's program at TRA.
"They had confidence in me before I had confidence in myself. I look up to them for things both on and off the mat."
- Marisa - TRA Blue Belt