Trainers

 

All of our trainers are ABCD certified, which means they’ve been trained in anatomy, physiology, and nutrition. They understand that no two bodies are alike and will work with you to get fit at the right pace.

 
 
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Carlos "Bronco"

Carlos "Bronco" Oliveira was introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by Daniel Gracie in 1997in Rio De Janeiro. His tutelage continued under Rodrigo Nogueira and later, Murilo Bustamante at Brazilian Top Team. Receiving his black belt in 2009 from Raphael Barboza. 2012 Carlos opened his own academy in Cranford, New Jersey. Now affiliated with his old friend Master Renzo Gracie, Carlos' school continues to go from strength to strength. Carlos has passion for applying his experience to helping you reach your goals.

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Edwin "Eddie" Cruz

With 25 plus years of Martial Arts and Law Enforcement training experience, Professor Cruz has combined his cohesive mental and tactical training in effectively creating elite Mixed Martial Arts fighters. He invoked a "Real to Life" Self Defense program and mindset for both adults and kids. Along with his reactive response and critical assessment curriculum, he has created a safe haven for kids with his "Anti-bullying program". Both our kids and adults classes thrive on the realistic concept which they learn every class with our Professor. 

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Tommy Caruso

Tommy has been training BJJ since 1993 and received his Black Belt from Renzo Gracie in 2009. Between work and family he never give up training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is now one of our top instructors at Renzo Gracie Garwood. He is always searching for more knowledge, new techniques and a different game to teach his students diversity, flexibility and fast thinking. 

 
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Richard LaTourette

Rich has been a fan and practitioner of martial arts for many years. He brings his knowledge of kickboxing with a passion for teaching every training session. Over the past few years he has been training and teaching kids. His passion, intensity, experience and knowledge of martial arts and physical fitness make him an incredible teacher who delivers results as he guides and trains his students to achieve their own goals.

Alcides Alemán

Alcides Alemán is a purple belt under Profesor Carlos Bronco. He began training under Carlos in 2015 and brings with him his prior wrestling experience as well as his years of teaching in the public school systems. His experience and passion with teaching allow him to effectively articulate complicated concepts to young students as well as convey the importance of respect, accountability, and discipline on and off the mat. He is an active competitor and has competed and won in promotions such as NJBJjF, NYC Big Apple Open, New Breed Championships, and Kasai, and has represented Team Bronco training overseas in Puerto Rico and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

Mariya Foenko

Upon discovering yoga a couple years ago, Mariya watched her true self shine through every time she practiced. After experiencing the many benefits of yoga first hand, she knew bringing these benefits to others could help shape their awareness, flexibility and self-consciousness, understanding more the conection between mind, body and heart. She now runs the Renzo Gracie Garwood Yoga Program for adults.