Sean Apperson is the head Jiu Jitsu instructor at Paragon Santa Barbara and has been involved with the grappling arts most of his life. Starting out in club wrestling in Northern California Sean found an early love for the grappling arts. In 2001 Sean began his training at the famous Paragon Jiu Jitsu club in Santa Barbara under Ricardo "Franjinha" Miller. Sean spent several years in LA training with Renzo Gracie Black belt Shawn Williams and 1987 NCAA Champ Rico Chiapparelli. In 2004 Sean finished his studies at UCLA and moved back to Santa Barbara to complete his training where it all started. In the winter of 2009 Sean received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Sean is currently working on his Black belt in Judo and training under Steve Hoyt at the Santa Barbara Judo club.
Paragon Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Founder
Ricardo "Franjinha" Miller has being teaching and competing for the last 15 years with many titles in regional, national and international competitions. With his black belt, Ricardo set for himself challenges extending beyond Brazil. In 1996 he came to the United States to compete and to teach. He proved to be successful at both. With American partner Mike Florimbi, the Paragon Academy of Martial Arts was founded in 1998 in Santa Barbara. Under Ricardo’s hands-on direction as coach and fighter, Paragon Santa Barbara has become a powerhouse for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction in California. Ricardo and competitor-level students have dominated in regional, state, and international tournaments. In addition, Paragon has become a community force for recreational Jiu-Jitsu, a resource for law enforcement, and developer of ongoing physical training and self-defense programs for young people, adults, seniors, and women. With the success of the Santa Barbara school, "Franjinha" opened a Ventura location as well as affiliate schools in Lompoc and Santa Maria.
Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling Instructor
Adam benShea is a native of Santa Barbara. He has consistently trained under Franjinha since 2000. In June 2006 Adam received his black belt. He has a long history in competitive grappling. Some of his more notable accomplishments were winning the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu California State, Pan American, and World Championships. These days he is more focused on teaching and coaching BJJ. Aside from BJJ he also has a background in wrestling and Judo. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara and recently completed his MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Indiana University.
Milton Bastos is a multiple time World Champion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has a stong freestyle wrestling background. Born in Sao Paulo Brazil, Milton moved to the US in 2010 and is teaching Jiu Jitsu in Hollywood and Ventura Califonia. Milton is a very detailed instructor and can break down complex moves making them look easy.
Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling Instructor
Juris Doctor Candidate 2009, University of Colorado Law School. Tyrone is one of the founding members and is Ricardo's first student to be promoted to Black Belt. Tyrone has won high level Jiu Jitsu tournaments and is a perfect 6-0 in mixed martial arts competition. Tyrone is an excellent instructor and his impact on the Paragon team can still be felt by anyone associated.
Anthony has been a head wrestling coach for over 15+ years and is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He was choosen to represent team USA as an assistant coach in the FILA USA submission wrestling World championships. A rare combination of exceptional wresling skills and Jiu-Jitsu skills makes Anthony a great resource to any grappler. Anthony is currently the CA Director for USA submission wrestling and resides in Santa Barbara.
Mark Hidalgo has experience in wrestling, Judo, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu making him an extremely valuable and rare coach. Mark started training Judo in 1997, was awarded his black belt in 2004, and has International competition experience. Mark is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu giving him excellent ground work in addition to his arsenal of Judo throws. Mark trained Judo at the world famous Kodokan in Tokyo, Russia, Brazil, all over Europe and the Americas, bringing a worldwide perspective of Judo to JiuJitsuPedia. Mark is a very patient coach and prides himself on being able to break down the complexity of Judo.
Jeff Glover is one of the most decorated American grapplers winning the 2007 World NoGI title and taking 3rd in the prestigious ADCC in 2011. Jeff’s innovative grappling style and deep half guard have made him an extremely popular Jiu-Jitsu player and teacher. Jeff is a black belt under Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller and a member of the Paragon Jiu-Jitsu Club.
US Olympic Wrestling Athlete
Stephen Abas is an American Olmpic Freestyle wrestler and MMA fighter. Stephen is a 3 X CA State wrestling Champion, 3 X NCAA National Champion at Fresno State, and 2004 Olmpic silver medalist. Stephen's vast International competition experience and MMA knowledge makes him a very unique resource for JiuJitsuPedia. Stephen is currently the developmental coach for California USA wrestling while also preparing for his next MMA fight.
Sean Patrick Flanery has been a fixture on most peoples television sets for more than 20 years now. He can be seen utilizing his martial arts skills in over 50 different feature films and 3 different television series. He utilizes Muay Thai in episodes of “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles”, Judo in “The Boondock Saints”, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in both “The Dead Zone” and “Deadly Impact” (with Joey Pantolioni), and even performing touchless knockouts with the use of CHI in “Powder”!! He began training martial arts at the age of nine and continued with various disciplines all the way through college. Upon discovering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, however, he gave up all the other arts and never looked back. Sean began his endeavor to achieve a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by spending his first three years under the tutelage of Rickson Gracie at the Rickson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy in Los Angeles. During the summer of ’03 Sean took time off from his busy shooting schedule to train and compete on the national level with some very good results. He then sought out and trained under the top instructors at the famed Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Manhattan, and on May 4th of 2008, Sean received his black belt, the first ever awarded by Renzo’s own Professor S. Williams. Sean opened Hollywood Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Los Angeles almost 10 years ago, and can be found right there in Hollywood, both teaching and training day in and day out. Sean’s true passion and love for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is no secret, and can be seen on both the screen and the mat… and in every single lesson he teaches.
Hans works at Warner Bros. Entertainment as a Tech Ops/Digital systems supervisor and has an extensive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu background. Having experience in the grappling arts and an extensive background as a Videographer, Hans brings a lot to the table for JiuJitsuPedia.
Olympic Judo Athlete
From 1987 to 1998 Israel competed for Cuba, earning countless international medals, including 2 Olympic bronze medals in 1992 and 1996.
Upon retiring from competition in 1998, Israel accepted his first coaching position at the Olympic Training Center in Barcelona, Spain.
Israel would later go on to coach various teams, including, the Puerto Rican national judo team, the Harlingen, Texas National Training Site team and finally the 2008 US Olympic judo team.
US Olympic Greco Wrestling Coach
Matt Lindland won the Olympic Silver Medal in the 2000 games in Greco Roman Wrestling. Matt is a retired MMA fighter and the current US National Greco coach. An exceptional wrestling coach with a mixed background in grappling arts made Matt a perfect fit for JiuJitsupedia.
US Olympic Judo Athlete
Travis Stephens (born February 28, 1986) is a judoka from United States who competed in 2008 Olympics. He participated in the 2012 Summer games, losing to the previous winner of the 2008 games, Ole Bischof, in the semi-finals by judges' decision. Travis also holds a black belt in BJJ under John Danaher from the Renzo Gracie club in NYC.