Jose Dias:  Founder

Prof. Jose ("Ze") Dias
Prof. Jose (“Ze”) Dias

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.

Rocco DeTillio: Assistant Instructor Rocky River

Rocco DeTillio started training for MMA in 2007 and began training and competing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the gi shortly after. He is a United States Navy veteran who served four years on board the U.S.S. John C. Stennis and served in Operation Enduring Freedom. Instructor Rocco is happily married with two children. He is currently a Black Belt under Prof. Jose Dias



Ante Dzolic: Head Instructor Beachwood

Instructor Ante 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 the past seven years, Instructor Ante has been working as a local police officer and is a role model for discipline and integrity. Instructor Ante currently holds the rank of Black Belt under Pro. Jose Dias


Stephen McAuliffe: Head Instructor Rocky River

Steve McAuliff
Steve McAuliff

Instructor Steve has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for four years. 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 Black Belt.

Stephen is a father of four girls who all train and a son who will soon be joining them on the mats.