Meet Professor Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon is a certified IBJJF 3rd Degree Black Belt who received his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2012 from Professor Tony Passos. Jeff is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Kempo Karate, a certified Instructor of Krav Maga, and a Certified U.S. Army Combative Instructor. Jeff brings over 28 years of martial arts experience to his academy, as well as knowledge received from such instructors as Tony Passos, Andre Galvao and many others. While his first passion is teaching and coaching his students, Jeff is also an avid competitor.



-IBJJF New York Open 2018 (Black Belt)

-IBJJF Long Beach Open 2016 (Black Belt)

-IBJJF Miami Fall Open 2016 (Black Belt)

-IBJJF Pan-American Championship 2015 (Black Belt)

-IBJJF Chicago Open 2013 (Black Belt)

-IBJJF Pan-American Championship 2013 (Black Belt)


-IBJJF Pan American Championships 2021 (Black belt)

-IBJJF Pan American Championships 2017 (Black Belt)

-IBJJF Masters World Championships 2016 (Black Belt)

-IBJJF Seniors and Masters World Championships 2013 (Black Belt)


-IBJJF Pan American 2011 (Brown Belt)

-IBJJF Las Vegas Open 2012 (Brown Belt)


-IBJJF Pan American Championships 2012 ( brown belt)

-IBJJF European Championships 2012( brown belt)


-IBJJF Miami Open 2011 ( brown belt)


Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie -> Carlson Gracie -> Ricardo De la Riva -> Antonio Passos -> Jeff S. Gordon


Professor Tony Passos is one of the few Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts under Ricardo de la Riva.

He is currently an IBJJF Certified 4th Degree Black Belt and a proud member and coach of Team Atos Jiu Jitsu. Professor Tony started training Jiu-Jitsu at 18 years old in Recife, Brazil and began teaching in 2002. He has trained with and learned from world champions such as Andre Galvao, Guto Campos, Claudio Calasans and many others.

Having retired from competing to pursue his passion of teaching and coaching, Professor Tony coaches some of the top world Jiu Jitsu athletes on the biggest world stages of Jiu Jitsu.

Prof. Tony brings the skill and experience of an accomplished BJJ practitioner and world-renowned coach to his local students and affiliates. His passion for teaching the art of Jiu Jitsu is undeniable. When he is coaching or even teaching class you can hear Professor Tony a mile away.

He brings a sense of humor to the mats and as well as an unsurpassed work ethic.Professor Tony has dedicated himself to the development of his students both on and off the mat. He works closely with all of his students on goal settings and developing personal training plans and competition strategies.

His gift of teaching and exceptional knowledge of Jiu Jitsu allows him to break down a complex position in a step-by-step, easily understood manner. His teaching style consists of explaining a position from various angles while tailoring the instruction to best suit the student’s learning style and body style.Professor Tony also works with each of our coaches and affiliates to pass along this holistic approach to Jiu Jitsu and comprehension of the art so that our students will be able to understand and apply the art of Jiu Jitsu at the highest level.

Above all, Professor Tony believes that Jiu Jitsu allows anyone to improve and transform their own lives through focus and consistently putting in the work on the mat while enjoying the journey together.

Prof. Tony has won and medaled in many prestigious competitions such as :

-IBJJF Chicago Open 2013

IBJJF-Chicago Open 2012

IBJJF-Pan American Championships 2011

-Abu Dhabi Pro 2010-IBJJF Pan American Championships 2010

-IBJJF Houston Open 2010

-IBJJF US National Championships 2009

-BJJF Miami Open 2009

Professor EVGENY ‘Bulgarito’

Coach Evgeny Mechenov

-2021 Certified IBJJF Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Under 3rd degree black belt Jeff Gordon

Evgeny Mechenov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. He received B.S. in Ed. from The National Sports Academy (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Evgeny has an amateur MMA record of 3-0. Also, amateur and Pro Boxing Experience. Golden Gloves Championship finalist.

Achievements :

2023 New Orleans IBJJF Open Gold Medalist Black Belt Division

2023 Atlanta Open Bronze Black Belt Division

2023 Silver Medal Pan American Championship Black Belt division

IBJJF 2023 Austin Open Gold Medalist

IBJJF Twin City Bronze Medal 2022

IBJJF 2022 Chicago Summer Open Gold Medalist Black Belt

IBJJF 2022 New Orleans Open Gold Medalist Black Belt

IBJJF 2022 Atlanta Open Gold Medalist Black Belt

IBJJF 2022 Charleston,S.C. Open Silver Medalist Black Belt

IBJJF 2022 Dallas Open Silver Medalist Black Belt

IBJFF Nashville Open 2021 Black Belt Bronze Medalist

NAGA Maryland 2020 Brown Gold Medal

IBJJF DC open 2019 Purple Belt Master1 Gold Medal

IBJJF NY open 2019 Purple Belt Master1 Gold Medal

US Grappling Maryland 2019 Gold Medal

NAGA World 2018 Purple Belt Masters Gold Medal

IBJJF Pan Ams 2016 Blue Belt Master 1 Gold Medal

NAGA Philadelphia 2016 Blue Belt Gold Medal

US Grappling Richmond 2015 Gold Medal

NAGA Philadelphia 2014 Gold Medal

US Grappling Richmond 2012 Gold Medal

US Grappling Maryland 2011 Gold Medal

Coach David

Head Kids Coach

Other Coaches

Coach Luis

Coach Mills

Coach Fatou

Assistant Coaches

Coach Rodrigo

Coach Chris

Coach Harold

Coach Parker

Coach Juliana

Coach Peter

Coach Edwin

Coach David

Coach Liam

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