MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS
At Carlson Gracie Affoltern you can be assured that you always get teaching from competent instructors.
René Prince “CHAPO”
René heads the Carlson Gracie Academy in Affoltern a.A. He started in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu back in 2012 and he is one of the Felipe’s first students in Switzerland. He collected more than 30 years of experience in combat sports. After a decade of consistent training at Carlson Gracie, he earned his black belt in 2021. René gained relevant competition experience in World competitions. E.g. IBJJF World Masters Las Vegas, and London / Rome / Zürich Open Tournaments gold medalist.
Pedro Ledermann is the second instructor and with focus on NoGi and Kids Training. He has been practicing BJJ since 2013 and is a brown belt under Prof. Felipe Thiago “Broa”. He likes to share with others his preferred techniques so, after 8 years, he decided to become a full-time teacher. His approach as a teacher is to keep the teaching simple and practical, so everyone can learn it. For this reason, he is giving kids’ classes. Pedro is a friendly person and is looking forward to seeing you on the mats!
Prof. Felipe Thiago “BROA”
Felipe received his black belt degree in 2010 under Prof. Gutenberg Melo, and he moved to Switzerland in 2021 when he opened the first Carlson Gracie Academy. He is the Head of Carlson Gracie Switzerland, and has the technical supervision. On a regular basis, he visits our place from time to time for special trainings, graduations and seminars. Felipe is a successful competitor. He won many titles in Brazil, and in global tournaments. E.g. South American Champion, European Champion, and Chicago / Munich / Rome Open gold medalist. In 2012 he moved to Switzerland where he opened the first Carlson Gracie Academy.
Lucas is a young professional fighter and instructor. He earned his black belt at a very young and currently he is frequently traveling around the globe to compete in tournaments. He tries to visit our dojo on a monthly basis for advanced instruction.