Brazilian mixed martial artist who specializes in Taekwondo. He is also an instructor and personal trainer who offers individual and group classes at The Academy in Beverly Hills. He has been known to do stunt work for different Hollywood films as well.
He first earned recognition for his work in Taekwondo in 1991 when he competed in the Pan American Games in Havana where he earned the bronze medal. In 1994, he went on to compete in the World Championship Cancun Open where he earned his first gold medal in the Team event.
He is a U.S. Open Gold Medalist for his work in the 2013 U.S. Open in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2013 he was also awarded the Presidential Gold Award-Fitness Expert of the Year by Barack Obama.
He was born and raised in Brazil.
In 2007, he was named by the U.S. Government for the Leadership of the Year in Fitness award by then president George W. Bush.