Adult & Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), and Self Defense Instructor
Al brings the perspective of Military Combatives and Law Enforcement tactics into the academy’s martial arts curriculum, focusing on Self Defense. He was introduced to martial arts during his childhood and eventually enlisted in the Army and served is several high threat conflict areas. Al again began to embark on his martial arts training during which he studied TaeKwonDo in Korea, where he was stationed. During the tenure, Al’s focus shifted from the traditional martial arts to self-defense emphasizing survival during close quarter battle incursions.
Al is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy Session 232nd, U.S. Army Protective Services Training, Gracie Jiu Jitsu Survival Tactics (GST) Instructor Course, Federal Law Enforcement Center (FLETC) Control Tactics Instructor, FLETC Firearms Instructors, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology. Al is also an accomplished BJJ competitor as he has competed in several local and nationally ranked tournaments, and was the 2015 IBBJF Blue Belt World Champion at Masters 4 light weight. Al currently holds a brown belt in BJJ.
Head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Instructor Adult & Kids
Professor Carlos Eduardo began his Martial Arts career at the age of 4 studying for 10 years in Judo and achieving the rank of purple belt. Professor Eduardo begin practicing Jiu Jitsu in 2001, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he competed in several local and state tournaments, consistently placing within the top three positions.
In 2007, Professor Eduardo as a purple belt in Jiu Jitsu moved to Salvador (Bahia), Brazil, where he continued competing and winning several local and state tournaments, quite often in the open classes, taking the podium in all classes.
In 2013, Professor Eduardo was awarded a Black Belt by Team Edson Carvalho, Salvador Brazil and subsequently got certified as a Black Belt Instructor under Team Carlson Gracie, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Throughout Professor Eduardos combat sports career he has completed in Mixed Martial Arts tournaments, Kickboxing and Judo tournaments. He has coached several team members in Jiu Jitsu tournaments to capture Bronze, Silver and Gold. Professor Eduardo is affiliated with the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF).
Head Personal Defense System (Mixed Martial Arts – MMA) & Bully Defense System (BDS) Instructor
Coach Dameron Kirby started his martial arts career in his early teens, using what he learned from the arts to enhance his level of discipline, and focus. The arts helped him navigate through difficult times giving him foundation and confidence through his years as a troubled youth. As a youth, he competed in dozens of local and regional martial arts tournaments always ranking in 1st or 2nd place. It was clear that he had a gift and a profound passion for the world of martial arts. After graduating from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, Dameron decided to further pursue his passion by starting a private business all the while simultaneously pursuing his Mixed Martial Arts career (MMA). Although this decision, like any other proved to be a long difficult one with ups and downs, he finally found his way to Evolve Academy in Gaithersburg, MD. This is where he was finally gained the opportunity to begin his amateur MMA career in 2012. After an explosive start, finishing all opponents by 1st round knockout and technical knockouts, he was awarded the opportunity to join the professional ranks of Maryland’s Professionally Sanctioned MMA association as a professional fighter.
As a professional fighter, Dameron has made numerous personal contributions in and out the octagon, to charity and the community. He has spoken to troubled youth, volunteered time to charities and donating any gained proceeds to non-profits organizations to help the community. But above all, his passion lies with helping and connecting with kids and troubled youth. He is a huge force to reckoned with in the octagon and looks to inspire youth in and out the cage through work ethic, character and commitment. These qualities have attracted quiet a buzz in the local media as he’s been featured in multiple magazines, radio and national television shows.
Coach Kirby, the fighter, entrepreneur, father and community leader hopes to inspire the world on his journey to greatness. He’s here to show the world “It is impossible to stop a man who will not quit.”
Adult Basics BJJ Instructor
Adult & Kids BJJ Instructor
Lucas Harder received his brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu while training in his hometown of Brasilia, Brazil, at Five Rounds Academy, from Master Pedro Galiza. Since returning to the USA, Lucas joined Team Randori. Lucas has been spearheading the Adult and Kid’s BJJ classes at the Wheaton academy. Lucas by trade is an educator and has been teaching students in an academic setting for over 13 years. Lucas brings his knowledge and experience of the academic world, to the mat to ensure his students learn the techniques of BJJ thru conceptual understanding and physical drilling. Lucas’ wife is also a BJJ practitioner who holds a blue belt. Together they have a son, who Lucas believes will be a future Jiu-Jitsu black belt.
Adult & Kids BJJ Instructor
Matthew joined the team in early 2017. He brings years of teaching Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to the Academy. Matt started learning martial arts while enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He trained in Hand to hand combat while working as a rescue swimmer deployed in the Persian Gulf. He liked the training so much that he decided to start taking BJJ.
It didn’t take long for him to experienced the benefits that BJJ can provide in terms of health, stamina, and overall self discipline. Now he loves teaching others so they can better themselves through martial arts in order to not only become better as a person but also learning how to reach their desired goals in life. Matt’s goal is to ensure that you as a student walk away satisfied and confident about yourself.
Matt has been teaching kids since 2012. He teaches class in a way that helps them not only learn the skills better/faster but at the same time the kids have a lot of fun.
Jen became part of Team Randori in May 2017. She is the coordinator for the After School and Summer Camp Programs. Jen has been working with children for over 15 years. She was introduced to the Mixed Martial Arts world four years ago by her boyfriend, who is also a Martial Arts enthusiast and professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter and coach. With Jen MMA is truly a family affair!
Vanessa Placido Lima
Vanessa was born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. In 2007 she met her husband, Team Randori’s head BJJ head instructor, Professor Carlos Placido Lima. Since that time, Vanessa has attended Professor Lima’s competition tournaments and has personally become an avid fan of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Vanessa joined the Team in March of 2016, as our Cultural Instructor responsible for teaching Portuguese in our Summer Camp program in 2017. Vanessa is currently the office manager at the Wheaton Academy. She brings to this position over ten years of business administration experience.
Social Media and Public Relations Manager
Samantha joined the Team from our Women’s Self Defense course in 2017. Through the course she developed an overwhelming passionate for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Samantha graduated from the University of Maryland, earning a Bachelor in Family Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education. During her college career she was Student President, a Staff Development Coordinator and grossly involved in student campus affairs. It was through those opportunities Samantha gained the experience needed to assume the role of our Social Media and Public Relations Manager