Jose (Ze) Dias is a 1st degree Black Belt under Master Carlos Gracie Jr., from the world famous Gracie Barra. He started to train when he was 14 years old and hasn’t stopped since.
Ze’s passion for BJJ turned him into a profound scholar of the game and his attention to detail is constantly present in his teaching. As a professor, he taught at the number one school in the world, Gracie Barra Rio de Janeiro. Ze has also taught at the Gracie Barra America and Ralph Gracie San Francisco academies.
Ze is also an active competitor, having achieved the titles of Brazilian National Champion, Rio State Champion, OTM Champion, and 2nd at the US National Championship. Ze received his degree in business administration at P.U.C.
Head Instructor Beachwood
Professor Ante Dzolic has been studying the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2000, although his martial arts journey started nearly 25 years ago. During that time, he studied Chinese, Indonesian, Korean, Filipino and French martial arts. He has been an accomplished martial artist, reaching the level of black belt in Kun Tao and level one instructor in Jeet Kune Do.
For several years, Instructor Ante worked as a local police officer and as a role model for discipline and integrity. Professor Ante is currently a full time Professor at Rio Pro and holds the rank of one stripe Black Belt under Professor Jose Dias
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Head Instructor Rocky River
Professor Steve Mcauliffe started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2005. His journey with martial arts, like many others, didn’t begin with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He started out with Karate, Boxing, and Muay Thai. Although these arts were all effective, he was always aware of the hype that was surrounding Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. After being shown by a 123lb brown belt how effective it could be as self defense, he was hooked. As a devoted student of the art, Instructor Steve currently holds the rank of one stripe Black Belt. Stephen is a father of four girls who all train and a son who will soon be joining them on the mats.
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Hello! My name is Gabriella McAuliffe and I started my jiu-jitsu career 8 years ago. I currently hold the rank of purple belt and I am an active competitor as well as Rio Pro’s kids and women’s instructor. I started training in the kid’s class when I was younger to stay in shape and learn self-defense. As I became older I fell in love with the sport of Jiu-Jitsu and ultimately chose the sport over others in high school because nothing else satisfied my competitive nature than Jiu-Jitsu. I have been competing for many years and have recently been involved in two professional Jiu-jitsu matches, as well as taking two golds in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF). I have been teaching the kids class for four years and I love the fact that I trained in the kids class and now I’m the one teaching the kids. Teaching and helping others achieve their goals is something I am very passionate about. I recently just started a women’s only class because I feel that with Jiu-jitsu being a male dominated sport many woman do not train. I think it is important for women to be comfortable and be able to train without being intimidated. Women’s BJJ has grown tremendously over the years and it only continues to do so.