Our Team

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 fifteen 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.

Professor Doug Pelinkovic, a life-long martial artist, holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under world renowned Professor John Danaher.  During his fifteen 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.

 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.  

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.  

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.

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.

Administration Maria Spinelli is a certified group fitness instructor through AFAA and is studying to become a certified personal trainer through NASM. She is also certified in Piloxing. Her passion for fitness allows her to help people feel confident and believe they can accomplish anything. She is eager to study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai and expand her knowledge.  Before getting her real estate salesperson license at Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, she worked as an administrative assistant. She strived in these positions because she is a hands-on, friendly person who pays close attention to detail and it is a pleasure to have her at Renzo Gracie Bayside.  

Administration

Maria Spinelli is a certified group fitness instructor through AFAA and is studying to become a certified personal trainer through NASM. She is also certified in Piloxing. Her passion for fitness allows her to help people feel confident and believe they can accomplish anything. She is eager to study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai and expand her knowledge. 

Before getting her real estate salesperson license at Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, she worked as an administrative assistant. She strived in these positions because she is a hands-on, friendly person who pays close attention to detail and it is a pleasure to have her at Renzo Gracie Bayside.
 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor / Assistant Muay Thai Instructor 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.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor / Assistant Muay Thai Instructor

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. 

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. 

MMA Instructor Jared Gordon was signed to the UFC in 2017 and is currently a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Professor John Danaher. He started his martial arts career boxing and wrestling as a kid and began MMA training at 17 years of age. He has held multiple championships in MMA as both an amateur and professional fighter and is excited to see how far his talent and love for fighting will take him in the UFC. He currently holds an MMA record of 14-1 as a professional fighter. Jared looks to inspire his MMA students and help them improve their skills on a day to day basis. He is a very welcomed addition to the Renzo Gracie Bayside team. 

MMA Instructor

Jared Gordon was signed to the UFC in 2017 and is currently a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Professor John Danaher. He started his martial arts career boxing and wrestling as a kid and began MMA training at 17 years of age. He has held multiple championships in MMA as both an amateur and professional fighter and is excited to see how far his talent and love for fighting will take him in the UFC. He currently holds an MMA record of 14-1 as a professional fighter.

Jared looks to inspire his MMA students and help them improve their skills on a day to day basis. He is a very welcomed addition to the Renzo Gracie Bayside team. 

Program Director/ Manager Cristina Velez is currently a Purple 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. 

Program Director/ Manager

Cristina Velez is currently a Purple 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.