We take great pride in having experienced and knowledgable instructors at our academy.
Professor Doug Pelinkovic, a life-long martial artist, holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under world renowned Professor John Danaher. During his eighteen years at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City, he has trained with and studied under some of the highest authorities in the sport, members of the Gracie family, and several mixed martial arts fighters and champions.
Professor Pelinkovic is also a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate under renowned instructor Shihan Kai Leung. Since earning his Black Belt, Professor Pelinkovic has continued his training with Sensei Adel Elbehiry. A 3rd degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate, Professor Pelinkovic is a 3-time USA National Team Member, a 4-time national champion, and a multiple-time state and regional champion.
A fixture at the Renzo Gracie Academy for almost 20 years, Professor Mike Jaramillo is a 3rd degree Black Belt under the world renowned Professor John Danaher and Master Renzo Gracie.
As a competitor, he was a gold medalist at the IBJJF European Championships and the IBJJF No Gi World Championships.
Professor Jaramillo’s passion for teaching and in-depth technical knowledge of Jiu Jitsu has led him to become a first class grappling coach in the sport of Mix Martial Arts. He has coached athletes competing the UFC, Bellator, World Series of Fighting, the Cage Fury Fighting Championships, and the Professional Fighter’s League.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor
Professor Gino Einaudi is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Master Renzo Gracie and has been training at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City since 2002. He studied mostly under John Danaher but has also practiced under Master Renzo Gracie, Igor, Rolles, Gregor and Daniel Gracie, Shawn Williams, Rafael Lima, Ze Chierghini, Magno Gama, Mike Jaramillo and Joseph Capizzi.
Professor Gino’s knowledge of movement goes beyond grappling, pulling from yoga, boxing, and other combat disciplines. He is known for meticulous attention to detail in form, position, and leverage.
Muay Thai Instructor
In 2010, while working at the Mushin MMA gym, he was introduced to Muay Thai instructor Sean Hinds and started his training in Muay Thai. Six months later he had won his very first fight and never looked back. He became the assistant Muay Thai instructor at Mushin, allowing him to immerse himself in his craft. Within a few months, he was teaching and actively competing.
Joey became the TBA tournament Muay Thai World Champion in 2012. His love for Muay Thai even took him to Thailand's famous Sitsongpeenong camp to train under Master Monlit Sitphodaeng. Joey actively trains under Master Aziz Nabih at Sitan Gym in Queens NY. Instructor Joey also currently holds a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Pelinkovic.
Assistant Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor
Daniel Hernandez began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu toward the end of high school and has been a constant fixture in the dojo since.
Off the mat, Daniel is a student at CUNY John Jay College studying a B.S. in Criminal Justice. On the mat, he is a Purple Belt under Professor Doug Pelinkovic and an active competitor on the BJJ circuit.
Instructor Hernandez is incredibly focused on the eventual goal of achieving Black Belt status but is always ready to help others on their martial arts journey.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor
Vinny Grillo has been training BJJ since June 2010 and currently holds the rank of brown belt. In addition, Vinny holds degrees in Music Performance and Elementary Education in the state of New Jersey. With this combination of creative/educational background, Vinny brings his love for learning and attention to detail into his teaching. Whether it's the friendships that he has made or his inner peace, the benefits that training has brought into his life are immense and go far beyond the mats. Vinny wants nothing more than share his passions with others so that they to may experience all the joys training martial arts has to offer.
Instructor Ervin is currently a Brown Belt under Professor Doug Pelinkovic. As an Instructor at Renzo Gracie Bayside, he not only trains hard himself every day but he also assists in Muay Thai classes making sure to stay current in his martial arts disciplines.
Aside from his love of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Instructor Ervin is also a Black Belt in full contact Karate under his father, Shihan Ervin Velez Sr. and Master Soshu S. Oyama and has practiced for over 20 years.
With success in local jiu-jitsu tournaments, as well as fighting in the WKA Nationals in Muay Thai, he continues to improve in each discipline through competition and mat time.
Muay Thai Instructor
In 2009, after 10+ years of inactivity due to injuries, Carlos Madariaga returned to Sitan Gym Queens under the supervision of Master Aziz Nabih. By 2012 he had become the TBA tournament Muay Thai world champion.
In this time, he also started helping teammates prepare for fights by running, clinching, sparring and holding pads. Working with teammates eventually grew into teaching where he covered for other coaches and instructors at different locations.
Carlos is now an active fighter who brings a wealth of Muay Thai knowledge to Bayside after from training with some of the most successful names in the business. He is a most welcomed addition to Renzo Gracie Bayside.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor
Frank Rosenthal is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is an avid competitor. He began his martial arts career wrestling at the age of 11 and wrestled through high school and at East Stroudsburg University. Frank has won several professional grappling titles and high profile superfights.
He holds a teaching degree in Health and Physical Education and has taught at the Elementary and Middle School grade levels. Frank brings his love for BJJ and his academic approach to teaching in order to help the students at Renzo Gracie Bayside.
Program Director/ Manager
Cristina Velez is currently a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Pelinkovic. As the Program Director of both the Bronx Martial Arts Academy and Renzo Gracie Bayside, she is responsible for all of the day to day activities of both academies and helping to improve the lives of hundreds of students through the Martial Arts.
Cristina graduated Cum Laude from CUNY Lehman College with a BA in Mass Communications and Journalism. Her commitment to student service helps everyone regardless of age or stage - to build long-lasting, positive relationships in both academies. In the course of managing the administrative side of the Bronx Martial Arts Academy and Renzo Gracie Bayside, she communicates her enthusiasm and love for the martial arts to every student on a daily basis. She continues to train hard daily toward her Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as well as training Muay Thai under Instructor Joey and Instructor Carlos.