Born and raised in NYC Suraj is now a Vero Beach resident. He attended IRSC and received a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Management. He is CPR and First AID certified.
He is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu under Renato Tavares. He also achieved Army Combatives Level I in Self Defense.
He started to train Brazilian Jiujitsu, MMA, and Fitness Since 2010 and is an active competitor.
He has earned many titles such as:
-2016 NAGA US Open Champion Double Gold
-2016 Dojjo Silver medalist
-2016 Abu dhabi Trails Silver medalist
-2016 BJJ tour Gold Medalist
-2016 NY Open Champion
-2016 Miami Open Champion
o 2015 IBJJF Atlanta Open Champion (Gi)
o 2015 Abu Dhabi Trials Champion, Bronze in Absolute
o 2015 IBJJF Pan Ams Silver Medalist
o 2015 BJJ Tour Champion
o 2015 IBJJF NY Open Bronze Medalist (Nogi)
o 2015 Newbreed Champion-Nogi
o 2015 IBJJF Boca Open Bronze Medalist, Silver in Absolute
o 2015 IBJJF Worlds Bronze Medalist
o 2015 American Nationals Champion (Nogi), Bronze Medalist (GI)
o 2015 IBJJF NY Open Champion (GI)
o 2015 FL State Champion
o 2015 IBJJF Atlanta Open Silver Medalist
o 2015 IBJJF Dallas Open Champion
o 2015 IBJJF Nogi Pan Ams Silver Medalist
o 2015 Texas Trials Bronze Medalist
He is part owner of Beachside Fitness and Martial Arts and the main Instructor. His goal is to spread the love of fitness and martial arts to everyone!
Shaughn has been a resident of Vero Beach for 27 years. He has trained and competed as a pro MMA fighter.
Currently he is a Certified Primal Health Coach, a full time weight and fitness coach and a brown belt in Jiu Jitsu.
Shaughn is teaching boxing to our Tuesday/Thursday 9-10am women’s boxing class.
Black Belt 5th Degree
Renato Tavares was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1968. He started training in BJJ at the age of 6 years old with Geni Rebello now 85 years old. Geni Rebello is one of the best masters in Brazil and he is a black belt from Carlos e Helio Gracie.
Renato Tavares is a world renowned authority in the area of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Grappling Enhancement and is one of the best coaches in grappling activity. His thirst for knowledge has made Renato a technician par excellence.
Tavares has been training for about 36 years and competing for more than 30 years.
In 2003, Renato moved to Florida to train with the American Top Team (ATT), recognized today as one of the best MMA teams in the world.
In 2009 he took 1st place in Florida States, Nationals, Pan American and Miami International Championships. He also got 3rd Place in American Nationals in Absolute, Pan America Absolute,and Abu Dhabi Pro BJJ. Renato Tavares has pure Jiu Jitsu in his body. Precise, technical, versatile, and always looking to employ techniques and surprises against his opponents.
Joao Batista dos Santos (Xodo)
Xodo, was born on June 19, 1954 in a small rural town of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In 1972, right after he turned 18, Xodo decided to leave his hometown for the first time ever in search of better opportunities. This is how he found his way to the beautiful city of Angre dos Reis in the state of Rio de Janeiro. In Angra, Xodo had his first encounter with the art of Capoeira.
He began training with Professor Marcao where after his first Batizado he had the honor to be babtized by none other than Mestre Camisa himself. A couple years later, Professor Marcao was no longer able to give classes due to medical reasons. This is when Professor Arisco took charge in representing Abada in Angra dos Reis. Although times where challenging, Prof. Marcao kept reminding them that the berimbau must continue playing and Capoeira must not stop.
In the following years, as Xodo gained more and more experience, he began teaching his own classes. After 13 years teaching in Angra dos Reis and traveling to various Batizados all over Brazil, Xodo was given the opportunity to come to the United States. On September 6, 2006, he began teaching in Vero Beach, Florida.