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Jefferson DeCastro

Jefferson DeCastro


  • Assistant Instructor – JUDO
  • Assistant Instructor – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil before moving to the United States of America in 1979.  I started training Martial Arts at the age of 12 in the Art of Moo Duk Kwan with a focus on military discipline.  I received my 1st Dan Black Belt Certification from 9th Dan Grand Master Hyok Kun Shim in 1988.  After graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, I took a break from training to pursue my career in the Aviation Industry.  In 2003 I was introduced to Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as my new Martial Art discipline.  In 2014, I received my USA JUDO Shodan Certification from 7th Dan, Ernesto Lobo Perez and in 2018, my Black Belt Belt promotion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Professors Miguel Castro and Travis Tooke.  I am fortunate to have a wonderful family that supports my studies of Martial Arts and I am also grateful to all my teachers.


  • B.S. Aviation Business Administration – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • A.S. Aeronautical Maintenance Technology – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • 20 Years of Aeronautical Technical Training – Boeing B787 / B777 / B737
  • Leadership Training – United Airlines
  • Moo-Duk-Kwan Black Belt
  • JUDO Black Belt
  • BJJ Black Belt

What I Love About Coaching:

To pass forward the knowledge that I have received from my teachers; and to promote the ART.  I find that there are many benefits from training in todays fast pace society.  In addition, I just love the science of demonstrating a technique and the feedback received from my training partners.   Coaching continuously challenges me to grow as a student and to be better.