SPOTLIGHT

MELANIE PASOLLI

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Correspondent

Hi! I’m Mel and I live on the prairies in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. I have been training Jiu Jitsu for four years at Control Jiu Jitsu. I spend my time raising my kids, running my own business and learning Jiu Jitsu. I love teaching the Women’s Jiu Jitsu program and helping coach kids classes at our club. My whole family has a hand in helping at Control, including my two sons. Jiu Jitsu is life changing and I love what it has done for my family and for my own well being! I am grateful for my Jiu Jitsu family and I love being a part of the BBMJJ team!

AUDRA

Massachusetts

Chief Associate Editor

Audra trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Team Flo in Massachusetts. She loves making friends in her local BJJ community, particularly with women from schools all over. She is the Chief Associate Editor for the magazine, as well as a contributor. As a former mental health counselor and research assistant who holds a masters in clinical psychology, she writes a column about mental health in BJJ called “Passing the Mental Guard.” She also conducts interviews with athletes and writes articles about their experience.

ANA CARNEIRO

Rio de Janeiro

Director

My name is Ana Carneiro, I'm from Bahia, but I live in Rio de Janeiro. I'm a journalist by profession, a poet by vocation, and a jiu-jitsu fighter by passion.

I have practiced the Gentle Art for four years now, and I found myself between the sweeps and submissions. It was on the mat that I found the best way of life and the keys to happiness.

JASON CHURCH

Canada

Correspondent

Jason is an Aj Scales Jiu Jitsu Black belt who runs his own club, Control Jiu Jitsu out of Moose jaw Saskatchewan Canada. He fluently speaks 3 grappling languages which include Jiu jitsu, Olympic freestyle/Greco Roman Wrestling and Judo. He is an active competitor, father of 4 wild boys, school teacher and forever student of the game. Jason's favorite jiu-jitsu techniques are a revolving door as he never stops researching. The competition accomplishment he is most proud of is winning a bronze medal at the 2019 No-Gi world championships in California. When not daydreaming about grappling he is wrapped up in a caffeine fueled video game session listening to only the heaviest of metal.

LANCE CAMPBELL

New Zealand

Country Director

Lance Campbell leads our New Zealand operation, with the responsibility of building a team of local correspondence to promote and highlight everything Jiu Jitsu, from Culture, Cuisine, Community, Sport, Seminars, Health & Well-being, amongst other things.

He spent 25 years in the corporate environment, 10 of those as General Manager for Grays Ecommerce Group. His key responsibilities focused on expansion, identifying opportunity in emerging and high growth markets, and building a profitable and sustainable business.

Lance maintains his corporate connection through his own professional valuation and auction business, servicing the Commercial, Insolvency, Banking and Finance asset sectors.

He is married with three children and lives in rural Bay of Plenty, where he owns and operates their family Jiu Jitsu Academy.

ANDRE PRASSINOS

New Zealand

Correspondent

Andre Prassinos was born in 1965 in Reno, Nevada, grew up in Denver, Colorado, and started his career in Los Angeles, California, by founding a real estate portfolio management company. He met his wife-to-be, Heather, in 1996 and immediately left it all behind to pursue life’s adventures with her. After an epic road trip from Los Angeles to Panama and back, the pair left the USA in 1998 to explore a future in New Zealand.

They married in 2000 and managed to avoid parenthood for almost a decade longer until their beloved children, Dylan and Sierra, arrived to change everything. The family lives in NZ’s beautiful Western Bay of Plenty and enjoys tramping, skiing, and climbing. Andre is Co-Founder and Managing Director of BioBrew Ltd, a probiotic product development and manufacturing company. Recent developments include the addition of Buddy The Labradoodle to the family and Andre’s promotion in BJJ to blue belt.

OLIVER SMITH

County Ambassador

Originally from The Cotswolds in the U.K. I moved to London in April of 2017 and started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in February of 2018 at London Fight Factory under Luiz Ribeiro. Day to day I’m a video producer working in-house on a marketing team, with the rest of my time spent either in the gym and the mats learning BJJ.

The chance to work for BBMJJ was perfect as I got to combine my love of video making with my passion for Jiu-Jitsu. The chance to meet high level athletes around the U.K., as well as the people who make BJJ possible here in England, is by far and away my favorite thing about it.

Looking ahead the hope is to continue training and progressing at Jiu-Jitsu, whilst hopefully finding ways in which I can give back to the community in the same way it has helped and provided me with new opportunities.

MATT QUIGGINS

Florida

Correspondent

Matt Quiggins has been covering the sport of MMA since 2010. He was a contributing writer for Ultimate MMA Magazine from 2010-2014. Alongside his writing, Matt is also a photographer and frequents local amateur MMA events to support his community. He is a BJJ blue belt and currently resides in the Tampa Bay Area.

MARIA BEATRIZ ZAMORA

Florida

Correspondent

I am originally from Maturin, Venezuela. I began my Jiu-Jitsu journey in 2010. On February 1st, 2020, I received my brown belt from Rob Kahn and Matt Arroyo. I currently train under Matt Arroyo at Gracie Tampa South but spends my off time sharing the mats at the different academies in the Gracie Tampa network. I travel regularly to attend seminars and camps such as the 10th planet No-Gi summit and the Gracie adventure camp. I am very active in promoting women’s Jiu-Jitsu with several groups such as Pretty Dangerous, Girls on top, and Jiu-Jitsu Gypsies. I am extremely passionate about reading, writing, learning, and rolling.

A magazine is nothing without the extraordinary people who work to make it what it is.

Our team members are diverse, global, and come form all walks of life… from the U.S. to Japan, from Saudi Arabia to New Zealand, and everywhere in between. From full-time jiu-jitsu instructors to doctors, from IT professionals to real estate investors. Our team IS the jiu-jitsu community.