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Professor Thomas

BJJ Journey

Thomas is from Belgium but speaks fluently French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and speaks aswell Italian and some Dutch

He was interested since a young age in martial arts doing kickboxing and karaté during his childhooh in Brussels.

Later on after watching MMA with Pride/UFC and especially the first UFC for some years, Thomass began his jiu-jitsu journey in 2009 with grappling with the cousin of his best friend.


He then began to train Brazilian Jiu-jitsu consistently for 5x a week almost never stopping, it became an obsession.

Thomas does not believe in the out-dated mentality of some brazilian of having one “Master” for life

While being based in Brussels, Thomas travelled all over Europe and Trained in a lot of European Academies developing his own style.


His based club is the famous RENAISSANCE,where he trained the most, Renaissance is famous to be an hardcore training paced and is the best club in Belgium , a powerhouse associated with CICERO COSTHA PSLPB where many champions are created (Alan Ciku, Oualid Sbai, Abdel zehknini)

Lived for four years in Barcelona and trained with the prestigious Aranha Association with former UFC fighter YAN CABRAL

Lived 1 year in Lisbon and trained with Team ALEXANDER MACHADO (former Gracie Barra Benfica) the most winning team in Portugal

Lived 2 years in Thailand in Team Quest under BRUNO CARVALHO and others instructors


-Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under the famous CICERO COSTHA

-Wrestling experience under Headcoach Dylan Fussel

-Muay Thai experience having lived 2 years in Thailand

-MMA experience

-Karate Background


Thomas trained and did Seminars with the best in the world, here some of them:

  • Gui Mendes,
  • Andre Galvao
  • Terere
  • Mckenzie Dern
  • Dean Lister
  • Yan Cabral
  • Yuri Simoes
  • Felipe Costa
  • Victor Silveiro,
  • Yan Cabral
  • Fabricio Martins