head bjj professor
Ismael Goncalves Aoki, aka “The Cobra”, is a Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu, Muay Thai and mixed martial arts fighter hailing from Belem, Brazil. He started training in Kyokoshin Karate at age 14 where he blossomed a passion that extended across Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu.
With years of training at the world famous Brazilian Top Team Academy, Ismael built strengths in multiple disciplines. Ismael moved to the United States in 2013. He continues to expand his influence and broaden his competition onto the global stage and is in direct contention to be a world champion.
Ismael had a mentor and great influence in training with his older brother, and Heavyweight World Champion, Fabiano “Cyclone” Aoki.
Ismael has served as the head of various Jiu-Jitsu gyms across the globe. He has been noted as a key contributor to mixed martial art’s growth in Japan and Brazil. As an active international fighter and ambassador for mixed martial arts, he attributes his drive and passion to his beautiful wife and two children.