All instructors speak English
Mitsuru Tanaka is from Osaka, Japan and started practicing Judo and Kendo when he was 13 years old. Mitsuru is a conditioning personal trainer who was teaching core fitness to MMA fighters who in turn, taught Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to Mitsuru. Mitsuru became very interested in the relationship between Japan and the Gracie Family. After studying the history of the Gracie Family, Mitsuru wanted to learn Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as Grand Master Helio had intended it to be taught. Studying and practicing Gracie Jiu-Jitsu from the Gracie Combatives DVD’s for a year, Mitsuru was able to test for his Blue Belt at Gracie Academy Headquarters in Torrance, California. So excited of his accomplishment, Mitsuru wanted to convey the wonders of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to children and adults in Japan. Continuing to study hard, Mitsuru successfully graduated from the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy’s Instructor Certification Program in July 2012. Please visit our CTC in Osaka when you come to Japan!
Vincent Vigier is a French native who has made Japan his home. Vincent has been fond of martial arts for a long time and has tried many different disciplines including: Muay Thai, Shan Shin Do and Free Fighting. Vincent’s main concern has always been to defend himself. Several years ago, Vincent was introduced to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu by another Certified Instructor, which left Vincent astonished by the efficiency of this new self defense system. Being a smaller guy, Vincent quickly realized how perfect Gracie Jiu-Jitsu worked for him in many ways; smoothness, street efficiency, cooperative learning environment and the amazing mindset. To Vincent, it was important to find an efficient martial art that allowed flexibility of the mind and body which he found through Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Vincent’s passion has translated into sharing Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with his students by highlighting the benefits of learning and practicing the gentle art. This passion Vincent shares with his student’s everyday is why he chose to become an Instructor. Vincent graduated from the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy Instructor Certification Program in July 2013. Vincent believes Gracie Jiu-Jitsu can help everyone keep smiling, becoming more confident through practice and making the world a better place.