Josef Manuel in Harrison - Cutting Edge Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Josef 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 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 when he began to 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, Igor Gracie, Edson “Baiano” Carvalho, John Danaher, Marcio Feitosa, Gene Dunn, Carlao Santos, Felipe Costa, Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro, Rogerio “Minotouro” Nogueira, Rodrigo “Feijao”, and Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles.

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. 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 Combatives Level 2. Professor Josef will continue to train our armed forces and attain the highest level of Combatives Training. With great teachers, 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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