Fabio was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and started his athletic career with the sport of rowing. Fabio dedicated most of his teenage years to the sport and eventually represented Brazil as a member of their rowing team. At the age of 18 Fabio, whose father was a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, was encouraged by a close friend to try the sport.
Babs Olusanmokun began training under professor Fabio Clemente in 1995 and has long since been an instrumental part of the New York jiu-jitsu scene. Originally from Lagos Nigeria, Babs is fluent in French, English, Portuguese and his native language, Yoruba. Babs is also the first ever African born BJJ black belt. In addition to Jiu-Jitsu, Babs is an actor who’s appeared on various national television shows and in award winning plays and several movies.
Louis Levy is a Black belt under Professor Clemente and teaches our early bird classes Tuesday and Thursdays at 7AM. Lou is one the most frustrating guys to deal with on the mats. It’s not because he’s mean--he’s actually quite helpful and constructive, it’s just that his Jiu-Jitsu so powerful.
Vedha Toscano is Professor Clemente’s youngest daughter and a Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Vedha has great technique, a very welcoming demeanor and teaches private and group classes for our kids program. Vedha’s one of the real workhorses of Alliance NYC–she heads up most of the administrative duties and keeps the place running.
When she’s not training or teaching at Alliance, she goes to school at Hunter College.
Matt (Hamirez) Ramirez is a blue belt and Fabio Clemente’s business partner. Ramirez started training MMA 3 years and was hooked by the Jiu Jitsu portion. This is when Ramirez dropped MMA and hunted out to train with the best in Jiu Jitsu. 2 years ago he meet and started to train under Fabio and the Alliance team. He’s a native of Los Angeles and is the owner of the creative agency Digital Marauders. Ramirez lives in Hell’s Kitchen with his wife and 2 sons. Ramirez handles all marketing, website, and in house systems. Please contact Ramirez for any of these at firstname.lastname@example.org