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Virginio Minervini

Virg prides himself in producing students who demonstrate a clear understanding of the foundational principles of Jiu Jitsu and are able to execute clean technique, even when dealing with the pressure of a skilled resisting opponent. His classes emphasize smart, sustainable training practices intended to keep students free from injury. He is most often one of the lightest people on the mat and understands what works and what does not work against a bigger, stronger opponent. As such, Virg always teaches technique that is based on proper body mechanics and leverage, never strength or athleticism. He wholeheartedly supports his students entering competitions if they wish, but his priority is personal development. Tournament experience is not required or expected in order to be promoted in rank. As a purple belt, Virg competed above his weight class in the following tournaments:

Silver Medal - 2015 IBJJF New York International Spring Open
Silver Medal - 2015 IBJJF New York International Summer Open
Gold Medal - 2015 IBJJF New York International Summer Open No-Gi

He currently holds a brown belt under 5th Degree Black Belt, Ailson "Jucão" Brites.