About Us: Meet the Zangief team!

Zangief Jiu Jitsu Gabriel Barbose Checco

Gabriel Barbose Checco

Owner & Chief Instructor

Gabriel Checco started training Jiu Jitsu in 2000, when he was 15 years old because back there Jiu Jitsu was only for the “bad boys”. Gabriel always trying to be different than others, he decide to join. Back there wasn’t Jiu Jitsu classes for kids, so he started training with adults

In 2011 he started training MMA and 2012 he had his first pro MMA fight back in Brazil. He started training at Diego Lima Chute Boxe in SP, home of some UFC fighters like Charles Olivera , Felipe Sertanejo, Thomas Almeida, Allan Nascimento, Daniel Willycat, Jorge Patino and others

Them he moved to America to open his own Jiu Jitsu school in April 2014 with partner, them after 5 years the partnership didn’t work, and lead him to open his own Jiu Jitsu team in 2019, Zangief Jiu Jitsu

With MMA record of 12-7, at 38 years old he still fighting MMA professional and Jiu Jitsu events

“I feel the age it’s in our mind not on our ID, I feel young and have no clue when I will stop”

Zangief Jiu Jitsu David Gill

David Gill

Black Belt – BJJ Instructor

David Gill is a family man, husband and a father of two daughters. He started his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey back in 1998 when he attended a Charles Gracie seminar in Reno.

David received his black belt in 2008, by Charles Gracie and Gary Grate. He is currently a 4th degree black belt and has trained and competed around the world. Some of David’s major competition achievements are that he is a multi-time IBJJF World, Pans and American Nationals Champion.

He has won numerous IBJJF opens, SUG winner and has medaled or won many other tournaments. One of his biggest BJJ accomplishments is being recognized by IBJJF as being the #1 Master 4, Black Belt, in the World, for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons.

Zangief Jiu Jitsu Yami Valdes

Yami Valdes

Master Instructor Taekwondo

Master, Yamira Valdes Over 20 years in martial arts. She has received her black belt from Master Ranaweera 7th degree black belt.

Valdes took over Sunrise Family Martial Arts 2018. She teaches her students discipline, strength, honesty, perseverance, dedication, determination, pride, compassion, courage, and honor. As well as teaching striking and self-defense.

Valdes is a 2016 and 2017 Nevada State Champion in TKD. As well as a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, under Gabriel Checco, with 20 gold medals, two silver, and five bronze. World champion multiple times in gi and nogi, at blue belt, purple belt and brown belt.

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