WHAT IS… SOUL FIGHTERS ACADEMY?

Soul Fighters Academy is a network of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, TRITAC-Martial Arts, and Strength Athletics students, competitors, instructors and academies. We offer modern sport and reality-based combative training online and locally. Our online community grants you 24/7 access to fellow students and instructors, allows you to track your training progress, and ask and answer any questions you may have about the sport.

Soul Fighters is the name of our Competition Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA Team. Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa and Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes founded the team in 2008. Soul Fighters is renowned for its multiple World Championships in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and ADCC Wrestling. Represented by high-profile Professional MMA and UFC Fighters such as Augusto Mendes (part of the Soul Fighters Academy Team), João Gabriel Rocha, and many others, the Soul Fighters Team is rapidly growing; attracting men and women of all ages and backgrounds to the art and sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

In summary, Soul Fighters Academy is a platform created as a means to bring students, instructors, and fans of martial arts together, regardless of geographical location. So whether you’re a student looking for a dojo in your area, an instructor looking for students and networking opportunities, or a fan wanting to stay updated on all things martial arts, we’ve got you covered!

WHAT IS… TRITAC MARTIAL ARTS?

TRITAC is a group of Combat-Based Martial Arts Systems designed for the sole purpose of responding appropriately any situation we may face… competition, “Drunk Uncle John”, bar fights, and “life and death” street violence circumstances.

TRITAC Martial Arts is composed of three specialized training programs: TRITAC-Jitsu, TRITAC-Unarmed, and TRITAC-Armed (details soon).

Focusing on Reality-Based Combat, each of the three TRITAC-Martial Arts Systems accomplish what most Martial Arts styles don’t or can’t do—addressing how to deal with violent, aggressive and possibly armed opponent who is wishing to cause severe bodily harm to one person or a group of people. Each TRITAC System are currently the most cutting-edge programs available, as it teaches effective fighting and defense techniques in BOTH hand-to-hand combat and armed combat.

Although strongly recommended for a completely rounded street fighting violence skill-set, when it comes to TRITAC Martial Arts, one does not have to enroll in all three programs. Students have the option to train in one, two, or all three programs.

THE… SOUL FIGHTERS TEAM

Rafael "Formiga" Barbosa

Rafael "Formiga" Barbosa

Soul Fighters Co-Founders | Bad-Ass BJJ World-Champ

Rafael "Formiga" Barbosa is a 4th Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and Co-Founder of Soul Fighters USA. Formiga is a 3x World’s Masters Champion, among other countless championships. He continues to compete and teaches at the Jiu-Jitsu and Strength Academy in Cromwell, CT.

Augusto "Tanquinho" Mendes

Augusto "Tanquinho" Mendes

Soul Fighters Co-Founders | World BJJ Champ | UFC Fighter

Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes is a Black Belt under the Master of BJJ, Mr. Francisco Mansur, and is a Co-Founder of Soul Fighters USA. Tanquinho has won over 25 Championships and is currently competing in the UFC. Wish him luck!

Matt "Sensei" Bryers

Matt "Sensei" Bryers

CEO | TRITAC-Jitsu Co-Founder | "Computer Geek"

Matt Bryers is CEO of SFA, a Soul Fighters Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, a Kobukai Ju-Jitsu Blackbelt and co-founder of TRITAC-Martial Arts. He has been training Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Unarmed Combatives, Full-Contact Karate (Kyokushin), Wrestling, and many other martial arts for over 20 years.

John "Cowboy" Leabo

John "Cowboy" Leabo

TRITAC-Unarmed Co-Founder | TRITAC-Armed Co-Founder

John Leabo was born and raised in New York City. He has been Training Martial Arts passionately for over 20 years and teaching professionally for over 8 years. His focus has always been on No-Nonsense Martial Arts that are effective for street self-defense. Leabo has an extensive background in Keysi Fighting Method, Knife Throwing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Combat Shooting, and more.

Michael "Hammer" Simon

Michael "Hammer" Simon

TRITAC-Unarmed Co-Founder | TRITAC-Armed Co-Founder

Mike Simon has been training alongside Leabo for the last 10 years. His street experience and skill are only matched with his amazing teaching ability. Like Leabo, Simon also has a diverse background in Keysi Fighting Method, Knife Throwing, Kick Boxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and more.

Sean "Shihan" Jugler

Sean "Shihan" Jugler

TRITAC-Jitsu Co-Founder

Sean Jugler has been involved in Martial Arts for 29 years. He is a 6th degree ZenBudoRyu JuJitsu blackbelt, and has cross trained in Kyokushin Karate, Judo, Aikido, Modern Arnis, and Kung Fu. He is the owner and Chief Instructor at ZenDo JuJitsu in New Milford, CT, which he opened in 1990.

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