Our Instructors

Head instructor and owner Joao Luz is a registered IBJJF black belt rewarded from Paulo Rezende. He has earned his 2nd degree and been associated under legendary Marcelo Garcia since 2009, a long time friend and training partner. After twenty plus years of training, Professor Joao has accumulated a wealth of practical knowledge that he passes down indiscriminately to his students. It’s easily said that a team is nothing without it’s leader, and that is what Professor Joao represents on the mat; a constant presence, guiding and shaping everyone who steps into our building into competent Jiu-Jitsu practitioners and generally better human beings.

Joao Luz - Head Instructor at Marcelo Garcia Jiu-Jitsu Academy Connecticut

Meet the Team

Ricardo Costa - Student Instructor at Marcelo Garcia Jiu-Jitsu Academy Connecticut


Student Instructor

Ricardo Costa has been apart of the MG family for over a decade, in which he has earned his black belt and dedicated himself to not only his own training, but in the development of everyone else around him. Having earned a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science, along with extensive knowledge in personal training and experience in martial arts instruction, he continues be an excellent influence on our adults and youth.