RMA Jiu Jitsu Academy is locally owned by a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Instructor.

Our mission is to teach each of our students with love and respect. Loyalty, Respect and Love are our core values. We are here, as a family, with our heart and soul to help you achieve your goals.

We are here for you! Your goal is our goal!

Marcelo Ribeiro - Rio Martial Arts Academy

Marcelo Ribeiro

4th Degree Black Belt
Professor Marcelo Ribeiro is a 4th degree Black Belt registered on the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation. He earned his black belt in 2001. He started studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the young age of 12 years old.
Riley Hamilton

Riley Hamilton

Coach

Coach Riley grew up on a farm in a rural town in North Carolina. Having no interest or ability for physical sports, most of his time was spent playing video games and watching martial arts movies.
While in high school, Riley discovered a VHS cassette of the original Ultimate Fighting Championship. Seeing a smaller competitor choke or nearly break the arms of much larger opponents seemed like something magical from one of those martial arts movies or video games come to life. This was Riley’s first glimpse at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Edward Detvongsa

Edward Detvongsa

Coach

Coach Eddie began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2009 at the age of 31, initially just to lose weight. He had been the heaviest he have ever been weighing in at 270 lbs. Within two years of training and diet he was able to loose over 100 lbs and kept training earned his purple belt through a Rickson Gracie Black Belt in 2012. In 2013,

Stephen Whitfield

Stephen Whitfield

Coach

Coach Stephen started training Jiu Jitsu in January of 2013 because of a New Year’s resolution to get in better shape. He didn’t know at the time, but that first day on the mats would be life changing. Now a purple belt, Coach Stephen is very passionate about training and coaching kids and teens.

Joao (John) Marcelo Ribeiro

Joao (John) Marcelo Ribeiro

Jr. Coach
I’m John Ribeiro. I’m Professor Marcelo’s oldest son. I’m a Williamson county student and live in Nolensville,TN with my family.
Lance Nguyen

Lance Nguyen

Jr. Coach

Lance stared training under Professor Marcelo Ribeiro when he was only 6 years old. Now with 12 years old Lance is a Grey and Black belt and continues his Jiu Jitsu Life style training and helping teach the kids class with his 6 years of Jiu Jitsu experience.

Julie Payet

Julie Payet

Jr. Coach
Julie was born in New York. She is being training for 4 years. She is an active competitor. Julie competes in local NAGA tournaments and IBJJF as well. She is currently a Pan American Champion. Julie just had a depute at Fight to win Pro as her first professional fight.
Gabe Ribeiro

Gabe Ribeiro

Jr. Coach
Cameron "Little" Olenick

Cameron “Little” Olenick

Jr. Coach
Callahan Nguyen

Callahan Nguyen

Jr. Coach

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