Josef "Ze Cobra" Manuel Kids Martial Arts Instructor

Josef "Ze Cobra" Manuel in Harrison - Cutting Edge Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Josef "Ze Cobra" Manuel

Professor Josef "Ze Cobra" Manuel born and raised in Newark New Jersey was first introduced to this brilliant form of Martial Art in his teenage years watching Royce Gracie in the early editions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He began his training in 2001 under Professor Mario Marcio Lemos a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Master Rickson and Royler Gracie of the famed Gracie Family. After receiving the rank of Blue Belt, Instructor Professor Mario Lemos relocated to South Jersey. This is the time where he began to train and study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor David Adiv, a Black Belt under Master Royler Gracie. Professor Josef had the opportunity to be under the tutelage and train with Master Royler Gracie both in the U.S and in Brazil. In 2003, he received the rank of Purple Belt from Professor David Adiv. Professor Josef also trained with other Legendary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu players in his search to increase his knowledge of this wonderful art, such as the founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Grandmaster Helio Gracie, Rorion Gracie, Royler Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Rolker Gracie, Ryron Gracie, Rener Gracie, Andre Pederneiras, Wendell Alexander, Robson "Robinho" Moura, Edson "Baiano" Carvalho, Cleber Luciano, John Danaher, Marcio Feitosa, Carlao Santos, Felipe Costa, Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro, Rogerio "Minotouro" Nogueira, Rodrigo "Feijao", Rubens "Cobrinha" Charles, Marcos Santos, Andre Galvao, Rafael Mendes, Gui Mendes, Ciao Terra, and Keenan Cornelius. 

In 2004, Professor Josef traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to train and compete. While he was there he sought out Master Robson Moura "The magician of the 135 pounders". Professor Josef finally had the chance to meet Master Robson in June of 2005 where the foundation for a lasting friendship was set in stone. On February 14th, 2009 Professor Josef was promoted to the prestigious rank of Black Belt Instructor by Master Robson Moura thus becoming Master Robson Moura’s 1st American Black Belt. Josef is currently a 3rd degree Black Belt in the art of Jiu-Jitsu. On March 19, 2009, Professor Josef had the pleasure of training soldiers from the United States Army where he was awarded a Certificate of Achievement in Army Combatives Level 1. Jan 25, 2010 He was awarded Certificate of Achievement in Army Combative Level 2. Professor Josef Manuel will continue to train our armed forces and attain the highest level of Combative Training. Professor Josef Manuel’s expertise in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been recognized throughout the law enforcement community and he now has the pleasure of training Federal Agents and Local Law Enforcement Officials. With great mentors, dedication and a relentless will to succeed in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Professor Josef has been actively participating in the competition scene and is now fulfilling his goal of becoming a Champion and Master himself.

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2011

  • BLACK BELT LONG ISLAND PRIDE CHAMPIONSHIP
  • OPEN WEIGHT SUPER FIGHT - SILVER MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL OPEN ABSOLUTE - BRONZE MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL OPEN - GOLD MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF BOSTON INTERNATIONAL OPEN - BRONZE MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
  • BLACK BELT LONG ISLAND PRIDE CHAMPIONSHIP - GOLD MEDALIST - BRONZE MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL OPEN - SILVER MEDALIST

2010

  • ADCC TRIALS NO-GI - BRONZE MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF NO-GI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - GOLD MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL OPEN - SILVER MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF EUROPEAN OPEN - GOLD MEDALIST

2009

  • BLACK BELT IBJJF NO-GI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - GOLD MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF NO-GI PAN AMERICAN - SILVER MEDALIST
  • SUBMISSION SHOOTOUT
  • ADVANCED SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT NO - GI - GOLD MEDALIST
  • SUBMISSION SHOOTOUT
  • ADVANCED SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT NO - GI - GOLD MEDALIST
  • ULTIMATE GRAPPLING CHALLENGE
  • BLACK BELT SUPER FIGHT - SILVER MEDALIST
  • ULTIMATE GRAPPLING CHALLENGE
  • BLACK BELT SUPER FIGHT NO - GI - GOLD MEDALIST
  • NYC SUBMISSION SHOOTOUT NO - GI - GOLD MEDALIST

2008

  • LONG ISLAND PRIDE 173-183 lb. Division -SILVER MEDALIST
  • ULTIMATE GRAPPLING CHALLENGE - GOLD MEDALIST
  • NEW JERSEY STATE BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU TOURNAMENT - GOLD MEDALIST
  • BATTLE AT THE BATTLESHIP - GOLD MEDALIST
  • ULTIMATE GRAPPLING CHALLENGE
  • SUPER FIGHT - GOLD MEDALIST

2007

  • ULTIMATE GRAPPLING CHALLENGE - SILVER MEDALIST
  • GRAPPLERS QUEST - SILVER MEDALIST
  • ALLIED BJJ OPEN - SILVER MEDALIST
  • LONG ISLAND PRIDE - SILVER MEDALIST
  • ULTIMATE GRAPPLING CHALLENGE
  • NO - GI OPEN CLASS SUPER FIGHT - GOLD MEDALIST
  • GRAPPLERS QUEST "BEAST OF THE EAST" BJJ - GOLD MEDALIST

2006

  • PENNSYLVANIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - OPEN WEIGHT - GOLD MEDALIST
  • PENNSYLVANIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - SUPERFIGHT - GOLD MEDALIST
  • NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - OPEN WEIGHT - GOLD MEDALIST
  • NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - SUPERFIGHT - GOLD MEDALIST
  • PENNSYLVANIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS -BLACK BELT SUPER FIGHT - SILVER MEDALIST
  • NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - SUPERFIGHT - GOLD MEDALIST
  • NEW YORK STATE NO - GI - GOLD MEDALIST
  • NEW YORK STATE MASTERS NO - GI - GOLD MEDALIST

2005

  • GRAPPLERS QUEST - BRONZE MEDALIST
  • NAGA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - GOLD MEDALIST
  • NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - GOLD MEDALIST
  • GRAPPLERS QUEST - GOLD MEDALIST
  • GRAPPLERS QUEST - GOLD MEDALIST
  • NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS- FEATHERWEIGHT - GOLD MEDALIST
  • NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS- LIGHTWEIGHT - GOLD MEDALIST

2004

  • NAGA BATTLE OF THE BEACH - GOLD MEDALIST
  • NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - GOLD MEDALIST
  • GRAPPLERS QUEST - GOLD MEDALIST
  • NAGA - GOLD MEDALIST
  • NAGA - GOLD MEDALIST
  • NAGA ABSOLUTE/OPEN CLASS - SILVER MEDALIST
  • RGDA - GOLD MEDALIST

2003

  • RGDA TOURNAMENT - SILVER MEDALIST
  • PENNSYLVANIA OPEN ABSOLUTE SUPERFIGHT - GOLD MEDALIST
  • RGDA TOURNAMENT - SILVER MEDALIST

2002

  • PENNSYLVANIA OPEN - SILVER MEDALIST
  • PENNSYLVANIA OPEN ABSOLUTE - SILVER MEDALIST
  • NAGA - SILVER MEDALIST
  • GRAPPLER'S QUEST - SILVER MEDALIST

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