Head 1st Degree Black Belt Instructor / Owner
BJJ Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos & Helio Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Ricardo “Rey” Diogo > Emerson Vidor
Emerson Vidor is a 1st Degree Black Belt and the 7th American to receive his Black Belt from Ricardo “Rey” Diogo, one of the original members of the legendary Carlson Gracie Team. He received these honors in 2013. Emerson brings with him over 16 years of training and competition experience. For the last 5 years he has helped instruct at the Rey Diogo Academy in Los Angeles.
In addition to his undying passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu , he is a devoted husband and father, enjoys a very active outdoors lifestyle, and is a 10 year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
“I am very excited and proud to expand the Rey Diogo/ Carlson Gracie Team out to the Conejo Valley, and look forward to passing on the limitless benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the next generation.”
Black Belt Instructor / Owner
BJJ Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos & Helio Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Ricardo “Rey” Diogo > Wilton Rezende
Wilton Rezende is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under 5th Degree Black Belt Rey Diogo. Wilton’s journey into the beautiful “gentle art” started at the age of 22. He was overweight, suffered from anxiety and just felt lost. His friend took him to his first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class after he had run out of excuses. Wilton was terrified of going into that first class, but this one decision changed his life forever; for Wilton, it was love at first sight with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. For the next 13 years, he has focused on growing his knowledge of and skills in the art to wholly embody the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle.
Wilton has competed at many of the larger national tournaments, such as the Pan Ams and World Championships. Over the last couple of years, he has been fortunate to travel to different parts of the world (Guatemala, Isreal, Brazil) teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and meeting amazing people along the way.
Wilton’s greatest satisfaction comes from teaching people about Jiu-Jitsu. He believes that this art has given him many blessings in life that he wants to spread to others. In class, he will create an environment where one will grow as an individual, as well as develop to become a serious ass-kicking machine. He looks forward to seeing you on the mat.
Brown Belt Instructor / Owner
BJJ Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos & Helio Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Ricardo Miller > Ricardo “Rey” Diogo > Vincent Giordano
Vincent Giordano is a 4 Stripe Brown Belt under 5th Degree Black Belt Rey Diogo. Vince started training BJJ not long after a vacation he took to Rio de Janeiro in 2000. He was invited by a longtime friend to train at the Paragon Academy in Santa Barbara. It was there that he trained under Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller for over ten years. Vince earned his blue and purple belts under Franjinha’s watchful eye.
In 2010 he found a great academy in Culver City called Rey Diogo/Carlson Gracie Team. As Vince has enjoyed training at multiple academies when possible, he was able to train at Rey’s in the morning and Paragon in the evenings. Due to work commitments and an expanding family life, Vince now solely trains at Rey Diogo/Carlson Gracie Team. He earned his brown belt under Rey Diogo in December of 2014. Vince has completed in many tournaments over the years, and he has been lucky enough to have had some of BJJ’S elite as training partners.
Vince has been an elevator mechanic for 16 years and has been married to his wife, Angie, for nine years. They live in Calabasas, have a 20 month old son, Zane, and are expecting a daughter in March. He enjoys traveling, cooking and surfing.
“Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has enhanced my life in so many different ways. It keeps my mind sharp, my body fit, but most importantly, it has resulted in life-long friendships. I am really excited to be involved with this Academy, both on and off the mat.”
Olivier "Ollie" Lessing Barre
Purple Belt Instructor / Owner
BJJ Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos & Helio Gracie > Rickson/Kron Gracie > Ricardo “Rey” Diogo > Emerson Vidor & Wilton > Ollie Barre
Ollie Barre was born and raised on the Westside of Los Angeles and while attending middle school in 1997 befriended Rockson Gracie, Rickson Gracie’s eldest son. Ollie shortly after began training at Rickson Gracies Academy in Pacific Palisades and was one of the first kids at this location back in mid 1997. Rockson who was one of Ollie’s close friends and mentors into the “Gracie way of life” tragically passed away in December 2000. His death left a void in Ollie’s life, but the knowledge he gained directly from the Gracie’s carry’s on with him and can be seen in his training today. Ollie has dedicated a large part of the last 20 years of his life to learning and understanding the history, science, and practical applications of BJJ as well as the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits that the art brings. Ollie also practices, yoga, meditation, breathing excercise, and enjoys being in connection with nature and his family as much as possible.
More on Ollie’s BJJ background: Around 2003, Ollie left Rickson’s academy to train with 5th degree Carlson Gracie black belt Ricardo “Rey” Diogo of the Carlson Gracie Team. Ollie trained with “Rey” for the next few years, and at times went back and forth training at Ricksons/Krons, Reys, and other academies always seeking to gain valuable new BJJ knowledge. Around 2009, Ollie began training and working under Kron Gracie, his old childhood friend, and shortly after was promoted to blue belt and became the academy’s head business manager. Ollie was influential in growing the academy’s business and moving them from Rickson/Kron’s West L.A. academy, to Kron’s new academy in Culver City. In 2012 Ollie left Kron’s academy and is currently a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Emerson Vidor/Wilton Rezende and is also a Certified Fitness Trainer from the Institute of Sports Science.
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