Leandro Lorenco BJJ & Judo Head Coach
Sensei Leandro Lorenco was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has been teaching Jiu-Jitsu since 2006. He holds a 3rd dan black belt (IBJJF & FPJJ) under the Masters Danny and Robert Abu. He is also a Judo 2nd dan black belt (USA Judo & USJA) and 3x Judo National Champion (2014, 2017 & 2019). He was inducted to the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Black Belt of the Year (2015) and Distinguished Instructor (2020).
In 2019 he released his first book titled "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructorship: the student-to-teacher transition" available on Amazon.com. As an author, he has published 2 meta-analyses, 2 original researches, 2 abstracts (ASCM), and co-authored 2 original research (available on PubMed).
Ph.D. in Psychology (candidate)
Master's in Business Administration (2021)
Master's in Human Movement Sciences (2011)
Bachelor's in Physical Education (2008)
Thaisa Monteiro Manager
Coach Thaisa, also known as Thai, was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and moved to Las Vegas in 2012. She’s an ITF Taekwon-do 1st degree black belt with many titles, including a South American Championship, 3 National Championships, and 8 State Championships. Thai is also a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a red belt in Muay Thai. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and pursued a specializing course in Cardiac Rehabilitation/Conditioning for Special Groups (pregnant, elderly, hypertensive, and diabetic). Thaisa worked in one of the biggest gyms in Brazil with facilities all over the country. From kids classes to elderly, pre and post-partum, she is a well-rounded professional with 14+ years of experience.
In 2019 she ventured into production for TV working on three different documentary series in a partnership between UFC Brazil and Combate Channel, "Evolution of Combat" and "Born to Fight" from Mixer Films and "As Grandes Rivalidades do MMA" from Ciranda Filmes.
Currently pursuing an MBA in Business, Thai is always looking for a challenge. Her other interests are acting and real estate investing.
Master's in Business Administration (candidate)
Bachelor's in Physical Education (2006)
Michael Costa Muay Thai Head Coach
Originally from Brazil, Michael resides in Las Vegas since 2010. An athlete throughout his life, Michael has trained alongside Wanderlei in the legendary Chute Boxe Academy, along with such experienced fighters as Anderson "Spider" Silva, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Fabricio Werdum. He’s had the ability to learn with great champions and has acquired valuable experience from them. Learning and receiving his black belt in Muay Thai under the tutelage of Rafael Cordeiro, considered one of the best trainers and creators of champions in the world. Michael is also a Jiu-Jitsu black belt, receiving his instruction at Gracie Humaita Academy under Grand Master Royler Gracie. With 16 professional MMA bouts, he has competed in events such as Storm, Shooto, Sengoku Japan, Pancrase, and Art of War in China. Coach Michael was part of 4 "The Ultimate Fighter" shows as the Muay Thai Coach, including Team Edgar, Team Silva, Team Werdum and Team Shogun.
Josh Quinlan Muay Thai Coach
Josh Quinlan was born and raised on the island of Kauai where he was frequently involved in team sports. One of his good friends introduced him to martial arts knowing about the positive outlet and a strong philosophy for him to follow. With a great group of coaches and an encouraging class environment, he was able to increase his level greatly to a point of competition where he has won several Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. In his eyes, the most rewarding thing about training martial arts is seeing your level increase and sharing the knowledge acquired with others. He will continue to compete to test his skill and represent Wand Fight Team. He is currently a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Leandro Lorenco and a in Muay Thai black belt under Michael Costa.
Pro MMA record 5-0-1
Amature MMA record of 6-0
Amateur Muay Thai Record 1-0
Tuff N Uff Welterweight Champion(+ one title defense)
Real MMA Welterweight Champion (+ two title defenses)
2019 Gi & No Gi World Champion (SJJIF)
2018 No Gi World Champion (SJJIF)
2017 Gi World Champion (SJJIF)
2017 No-Gi American National Champion (IBJJF)
Ali Zachary BJJ Coach
Originally from California, Ali Zachary started his Jiu-Jitsu career later in life. At 40 years old, he found his passion in Jiu-Jitsu competitions. He is currently a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Leandro Lorenco.
2019 IBJJF Master World Champion (Purple Belt)
2017 IBJJF American National Champion (Purple Belt)
2016 SJJIF World Champion (Blue Belt)
2016 IBJJF Master World 2nd place (Blue Belt)
2016 IBJJF Pan Ams 2nd place (Blue Belt)
2015 SJJIF World Champion (Blue Belt)
Marco Simmons BJJ & Muay Thai Coach
Marco Simmons is a professional MMA fighter with a 3-1 record. He was born in California but has been raised in Las Vegas since he was 3 years old. Marco played football in high school and did some wrestling tournaments as well. He started his martial arts career at 19 years of age. After getting into watching UFC fights he fell in love with the sport and has constantly trained since then. Marco is a brown belt in Jiu-Jitsu and has 9 years of training in Muay Thai. Marco brings intense but fun energy when he is around and always pushes to do his best.
4-2 Professional MMA Record
7-0 Amateur MMA Record (3 submissions, 3 KO's and 1 decision)
Tuff N Uff 135lbs Champion
Real MMA 145lbs Champion