Dr. Arman Fathi

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Dr. Arman Fathi
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Dr. Arman Fathi is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt and a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic in the State of California. His jiu-jitsu journey has taken him around the world and put him on the mats with a veritable who’s who of jiu-jitsu, training extensively with several world champions, mixed martial arts professionals, and members of the famous Gracie family. He became intrigued with the art after watching a Gracie Breakdown on YouTube and began training in 2012 under the Redzovic family in Chicago, his native city, initially to lose weight but falling in love once he saw the lifestyle applications, community, and humility that comes with spending a life on the mats. His goal as a white belt was to have his own Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Training Center one day, and almost a decade later it has become a reality. He aims to deliver to students the same feeling of community and life improvement that the art brought for him. In 2018, Arman moved to California as a brown belt and began training full-time at Gracie University HQ and 10th Planet HQ. He returned to Chicago in 2020 to receive his black belt at the hands of the Redzovic family, his original instructors, with the blessing of his California professors Rener Gracie and Eddie Bravo. He completed the Gracie Instructor Certification Program in 2020 as well. In addition Arman is a staff contributor for the Jiu-Jitsu Times, the premier jiu-jitsu news outlet on the internet, an opportunity that has afforded him rare and unique experiences to expand his knowledge of the art. His wide array of experiences in the jiu-jitsu world as well as his anatomical understanding of the human body obtained from his chiropractic education enables him to give a uniquely focused and compassionate approach to all students he shares his time with on the mats.

Dr. Arman holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Loyola University-Chicago and a Master of Science in Biotechnology from Rush University, in addition to his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences. In his spare time he enjoys playing piano, watching NBA basketball, going to comedy shows, and spending time with his dogs. His passion for the art empowers him to choose to work only part time as a chiropractor so he can focus on spending several hours on the mat each and every day. He looks forward to the opportunity to impact others lives through jiu-jitsu as it has done for him.

Dean Wellen

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Dean Wellen
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Dean Wellen is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu brown belt that does not remember a time of his life that he wasn’t on the mats. As early as infancy, he was constantly in academies as his dad was training judo and jiu-jitsu regularly. His grandmother likes to joke about how he would try to wrap her arms up with his legs when she would change his diaper. As a kid he didn’t have much of a choice to train but found as he got older that his life wasn’t in balance if he wasn’t on the mats. A graduate of the Gracie Bullyproof program, every time he finishes a training session he feels an abundant lingering positivity that jiu-jitsu embeds in him convincing him that he not only wants to do jiu-jitsu as a career but for the rest of his life. His favorite part of teaching is the smiles that it brings to others. He always felt like it would be a long shot for him to teach but given the nature and structure of the Gracie University curriculum, he felt confident in pursuing this path and became a certified instructor in 2021. Immediately after returning from helping to corner his friend and UFC championship contender Brian “T-City” Ortega in one of his fights, Dean was asked to be the head instructor at the Gracie Huntington Beach affiliate, a post he has held since February 2021. Dean completed his undergraduate studies at Cal State University Fullerton in 2018 and currently teaches jiu-jitsu full time. During his spare time, he loves to skateboard empty pools, drink coffee, and shoot/edit photos.

Zac Cunningham

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Zac Cunningham
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Zac Cunningham is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Purple belt with extensive teaching experience at Gracie University Headquarters. Zac initially took up jiu-jitsu in 2012 during his early teen years as a way to stand-up to a bully at his school. He flew through the Gracie Bullyproof program with flying colors and has been assisting in classes since 2013 and leading his own classes since 2016. He initially wanted to get into teaching to help others and give them the answers that he didn’t have while he was being bullied. He feels like the Gracie’s saved his life and would love to pay it forward for others in any way he can. He graduated in 2020 from Arizona State University majoring in communications and is currently teaching jiu-jitsu full-time. In his free time he loves to be around nature, spend time with his family, watch comedy movies and tv shows, and watch UFC fights. He can’t wait to share the mat with you!

Bobbie Jean Timario

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Bobbie Jean Timario
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Bobbie Jean Timario is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Purple belt and Gracie University HQ Bullyproof instructor. She began training jiu-jitsu in 2015 and immediately became hooked, training multiple times a day and fully immersing herself in the curriculum. When she realized how beneficial jiu-jitsu was to her mental and physical health she decided she wanted to commit herself to it fully. She quickly realized that jiu-jitsu was not only fun to learn and train, but also fun to teach. She became a certified instructor in 2018 and the rest is history. Before teaching, she was a retail manager for 15 years, seamlessly fitting into the customer service and multi-tasking component of running a class full of people hungry for knowledge. When she is not teaching group or private classes at the world headquarters in Torrance, Bobbie loves to spend time with her family, bike-riding, swimming in the ocean, and Polynesian dancing.

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