Head MMA Coach
Jeff began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2004 after serving 5 years in the Marine Corps. In 2005 Jeff found an interest in Muay Thai as well and began regularly training both disciplines.
Jeff continued to train and compete in these martial arts until he finally decided to make the leap into MMA in 2008. Jeff had a relatively short amateur MMA career finishing with a 2-0-1 record before deciding to move to the professional ranks to test his skills against more seasoned competitors.
Jeff turned pro in 2010 and began fighting for the Legacy Fighting Championship promotion, which is broadcast worldwide on the AXS.tv cable channel. During his tenure with Legacy FC Jeff was able to earn his Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under ADCC World Champion and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Rico Rodriguez.
Jeff went on to build his professional MMA career fighting both national and international level competition. After going 5-1 against extremely tough competition, with several FOTN performances, Jeff earned a shot at the Legacy FC Welterweight title in September 2012. Jeff won the fight by submission moving his professional record to 6-1 and is still the current Legacy FC WW champion.
Gulled “Coach G” Ahmed: Head Kick Boxing Instructor. Coach G was born in East Africa and immigrated to the US as a teenager. He began training at Houston’s Kickboxing Gym at age 17. He earned an instructors rank under Coach Mike Altman. In 2001, G won the US Open feather weight championship. Coach G has trained and competed in San Shou, Muay Thai, and Full Contact Rules kickboxing. His coaches and training partners have included Coach Mike Altman (USAWKF, IKF,and IWUF champ), KJ Noons (Elite XC and IKF Champ) and Lee King.
Geohn Cho has been involved in martial arts the majority of his life. He earned his junior black blet in Tae Kwon Do at age 11 and trained as a boxer throughout his teenage years. Geohn took his talents to the Miltich Fighting Systems Academy where he was a MMA coach and competitor.Geohn brings over 20 years of MMA coaching experience and is a certified Kettlebell instructor through the World & American Kettlebell Association. Geohn has exceptional technique and is a great addition to our Paradigm team.
Colin Wright is widely heralded as one of the top young MMA prospects in the city of Houston. With a undefeated 6-0 record, he has won bantamweight title belts with Houston-based Garcia Promotions and US MMA in Louisiana. Having trained under the renowned striking instructor, Lee King, Wright teaches skills that can be applied to individuals looking to get in shape, learn self defense, or follow his accomplished path to the octagon.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructors
Igor Santos:Igor began studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1988 when he was just 7 years old. He studied under professor Julio Cesar from Gama Filho University. In 2000, at the age of 19, he received his purple belt and began teaching kids BJJ classes at the university. In 2004, he received his black belt and began studying Physical Education at University Gama Filho. Igor has spent years practicing, teaching, and competing at the most elite level of jiu jitsu. He has accumulated over 70 titles in his career including the Brazilian National Championships 5 times and the Rio De Janeiro State Championships 6 times.
Julio Cesar Pereira AKA “Mestre Julio” (translated to Master Julio) was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the 22nd of December 1964. He started training under Prof Monir Salomão in 1974 with whom he received his black belt. Mestre Julio Cesar is a 6 Grau BJJ Black Belt, a Judo black belt and trained extensively in Luta Livre (a form of Brazilian Wrestling).
Today he runs one of the most prestigious BJJ academies in Rio and the world, the Grappling Fight Team with affiliates all over Brazil, a team which has brought the BJJ world champions such as Rodolfo Vieira, Theodoro Canal and many others. Julio visits Paradigm for Belt Promotions and seminars yearly.
Paradigm Wrestling Coaches
Grant Johnson: Paradigm is proud to have All-American wrestler Grant Johnson join our staff. Grant brings over twenty years of wrestling experience to Paradigm and will be given the reigns to our wrestling program. Grant has a plethora of wrestling accolades: 3X Maryland State Champion, 3X High School All-American, Division 1 All-American at Boston University, and was inducted into the Maryland Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006. Grant also had success as a professional bodybuilder participating in the “Muscle Mania” World Championship where he placed forth in the natural division. Grant is available for private lessons as well as personal training and nutrition consultation.
Reed Shelger: Reed wrestled at Wodberry Forest School under hall-of-fame coach Dick Glover, winning a state title his senior year. Reed went on to wrestle in college for Johns Hopkins University where he set the school record for wins as a true freshman before transferring to UC Davis. At UC Davis Reed was coached by Lennie Zalesky, Mark Munoz, and Urijah Faber.
George Parker: George has several years of coaching experience and is currently the assistant coach at Episcopal High School in Houston. George was a varsity wrestler at Oklahoma State University where he earned the “Most Dedicated” award in 1994. George was a high school state champion in Oklahoma in 1988.
Thomas Mancha: Thomas has been active in wrestling for the past nine years. He started wrestling when he was a freshman in high school and has been passionate about the sport ever since. Thomas ended his high school career as Prep All-American in 2006. He continued training and wrestled for King College and John Carroll university. His emphasis on the fundamentals such as good stance and position make him a great beginners coach and training partner for anyone looking to improve their wrestling base. thomas is available for group and one-on-one private lessons.
Grant Johnson: Grant Johnson began as a personal trainer in 2000 and a competitive natural bodybuilder in 2001. He competed in his first competition in 2001 and won the overall title. The following year in 2002 he competed in the Atlantic Regional Championships (Pro Qualifier) and won the overall title. In 2004 he went to California and competed in the world championships and placed fourth in the world as a professional natural bodybuilder. He is committed to fitness and helping his clients reached their respective goals. He has helped his clients over the years get into the shape they desired. If you are trying to get in shape Grant is the perfect trainer for you. Training with Grant will change how you look and feel.
Bart Stewart: Former owner of the famous “PRIMAL IRON” strength training facility, Bart Stewart is an IKFF certified kettlebell trainer. Bart specializes in strength training and power lifting and has helped many professional athletes and martial artists to acheive their strength training goals. His slogan is “REAL STRENGTH FOR THE REAL WORLD.”
Known as “The Iron Lady”, Shannon is an IKFF-certified kettlebell instructor and has trained in kettlebells for over three years. Her tenacity, work ethic, and competitive drive that she brings to every class is unrivaled and serves as an inspiration to students, athletes, and instructors alike. Shannon can chunk iron around with the best of them and is skilled at conveying the workout curriculum to new students, as well as pushing experienced athletes to train beyond their limits. She looks forward to pushing you beyond yours!
David Brashear: David, another protégé of kettle bell instructor Bart Stewart, joins the Paradigm team as the morning weekday kettle bell instructor. David has been swinging iron for four and half years and was one of the founding members of primal iron. David is a certified crossfit-kettle bell instructor. David has also had many years of intensive strength training to go along with his certification. Dubbed “Darth Smiley” by his peers for his optimistic attitude, David brings a cheerful mood to every early morning class. His “no excuses” work ethic will have you pushing passed your comfort zone and enjoying every minute of pain. Join David on Tues. and Thurs. mornings to start your day off with a positive attitude!