BJJ Instructors

Master Clovis Silva

5th Degree Black Belt


Born in 1965 Clovis grew up in Rio. He holds the rank of 5th degree black belt under the late Master Carlson Gracie. Clovis fell in love with the sport and embraced Jiu-Jitsu as a profession with full dedication to the fighting ground system or "smoot art."

Clovis Silva is considered one of the top ten most technical fighters Carlson Gracie ever produced. Clovis’s teammates include: Ricardo De La Riva, Cassio Cardoso, Otavio Peixotinho, Richardo Liborio, Amaurs Bitteti, Murilo Bustamante and many others Jiu-Jitsu masters all from Carlson Gracie’s Elite team. Clovis won many title fights and was 4 Time Brazilian BJJ champion.

Today he dedicates his time to teaching private lessons to people of all ages and levels. His goal in teaching is to help build a solid foundation in self-defense through the teachings of BJJ. As well helping a student build confidence and self-esteem.

Adam Flissinger

Black Belt


Adam holds the rank of black belt in Brazilian Jiu jitsu under Clovis Silva. He began BJJ in the early 90's. Adam also practiced Karate and Japanese Jiu Jitsu.

Debra Arana

Black Belt

Deb Arana holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Clovis Silva. She began her training under Ralph Gracie in San Francisco in 2001.  She is an ACE certified personal trainer,  and group exercise instructor with over 30 years of experience.