Professor Trevor Rivers started his martial arts journey as an undergraduate in Washington State. A state medalist in wrestling in high school, he decided to branch out into combat sports, and studied Hung Gar Kung Fu in Washington and California for a number of years. In 2002, while at graduate school, he discovered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), and has been training ever since. He started with Professors Danny Ives and Ricardo Almeida on the East Coast, and found Gustavo Dantas and Nova Unaio in 2006 upon moving to Arizona, where he received his purple (2007), brown (2009), and black belts (2011, 1st degree 2015). He arrived in Lawrence in fall of 2013. In his other life, he is a marine biologist, having received his Ph.D from Cornell University in 2007.
• 1st degree black belt under Professor Gustavo Dantas (black belt awarded May 2011, 1st degree February 2015)
• IBJJF American Nationals Champion
• 2016 Masters World Championship Bronze, Black Belt Masters II
• Multiple IBJJF/AZBJJF/Grapplers Quest, etc. tournament medalist/champion
Matt & Heidi Thompson
Matt and Heidi Thompson began their Jiu-Jitsu journey training under Pat Vacanti who awarded them each the rank of purple belt in 2014. Pat is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Phil and Ricardo Migliarese who are black belts under Relson Gracie. Matt and Heidi started taking Jiu-Jitsu as a means of self-defense. In 2016 they joined the Gustavo Dantas association and began training under Trevor Rivers. Heidi recently won silver at IBJJF World Master's.
Zak "Crash" Bucia
Zak has trained in various martial arts over the years to include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Kung Fu. He is an accomplished professional Mixed Martial Arts Fighter and has won several championships. He was awarded his purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Trevor Rivers in 2014.