Cobrinha BJJ LV South

At Cobrinha BJJ LV South, our martial arts programs aren’t just a hobby – they’re a way of life. Our school constantly strives to be the best, with hands-on instruction from highly-experienced instructors, a modern training space, and a commitment to the individual improvement of each and every student. We uphold an encouraging and uplifting environment, and above all else, want to see you succeed. If you join Cobrinha BJJ LV South, you’ll not only grow as an athlete, but you’ll grow tremendously as a person.

Owner and Head Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Michael Alvarez

Michael Alvarez is the head instructor of the Kids and Adults Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs. He is a Black Belt under Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles Maciel and Hector Vasquez with nearly 20 years of experience in Jiu-Jitsu, along with other martial arts. In the years he spent teaching and competing under his professors, he has become proficient in the world-renowned Cobrinha system. Professor Michael has collected a vast amount of accolades over the course of his Jiu-Jitsu career, he has won many tournaments in the kids, juvenile, and adult divisions including prestigious ones such as IBJJF Pan American and World Championships. He is Professor Hector’s first student and world champion here in Las Vegas. Aside from titles, his true passion and reason behind founding Cobrinha BJJ LV South are to pass on the knowledge and love he has for the sport to the next generation of Jiu-Jitsu practitioners.

Main Accomplishments:

  • 5x Kids Worlds Champion
  • 5x IBJJF Kids Pan American Champion
  • 2016 IBJJF Pan American Champion
  • 2016 IBJJF World Champion
  • 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Champion
  • 2017 IBJJF Pan American Silver
  • 2017 IBJJF World Champion
  • 2018 IBJJF Pan American Bronze
  • 2019 IBJJF Las Vegas Open Champion

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Head Striking Coach

Maki “Coconut Bombz” Pitolo

Maki “Coconut Bombz” Pitolo is the head instructor of the Kids and Adults striking classes, dubbed “CBz Striking Club”. He is a professional mixed martial artist who has been a prizefighter for multiple MMA organizations including prestigious ones such as the UFC & Bellator. Coach Maki was born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii where he lived the majority of his life before moving to Las Vegas. He has 10+ years of mixed martial arts experience whose nickname “Coconut Bombz” originated from his style of fighting with many of his fights being finished by way of knockout. Aside from his career in MMA, Coach Maki’s goal is to help others with combat sports, build a healthy lifestyle, and teach the next generation how to carry themselves with respect!

Main Accomplishments:

  • 10+ Years Martial Arts Experience
  • Multiple time MMA and Kickboxing Champion in Amateur & Professional organizations out of Hawaii
  • Dana White’s Contender Series Winner
  • Former Bellator Fighter
  • Former UFC Fighter

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