Name: Mauricio " Tinguinha" Mariano
Rank: Black Belt- 5th Degree
TBJJ Academy Head Instructor

UFC GYM BJJ Program Senior Director

Mauricio " Tinguinha" Mariano has been dedicated to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for more than 29 years. He has been teaching the gentle art for more than 22 years and is known worldwide for his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills. He is the Head Instructor of The Tinguinha BJJ Academy and dedicates himself to the growth of the art and to passing his knowledge on. He is well known for being an excellent instructor, very patient, technical and for knowing how to get the best out of each student.

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Name: Michael Brown
Rank: Black Belt- III Degree
Competition Team Classes- Instructor
TBJJ Academy Instructor

Mike started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 34. He started training with Mauricio “Tinguinha” Mariano 8 years ago and was Tinguinha’s first student in Orange County, he competed in several BJJ tournaments and dedicated his time to the values of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, studying every aspect of this martial art. Besides having his own successful business, Mike is an instructor and competition team coach at Tinguinha BJJ Academy where he shares his vast knowledge and experience in Brazilian JiuJItsu.

  • 2003-Pan-American Championship- 1st Place
  • 2002- American National Championship- 1st Place
  • 1996- California Friendship Cup- 1st Place
  • 1996- California State Championship - 2nd Place
  • 2007-Pan-American Championship -3rd Place


Name: Kenric Toliver
Rank: Black Belt-II degree
TBJJ Academy Instructor
UFC GYM-Rosemead BJJ Instructor

Kenric Toliver has been a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner for over 10 years. His love for martial arts started at a very young age.In high school, he  became involved in wrestling from his sophomore to senior year.And discovered the Brazilian Jiu Jitsumartial art while overseas in the Navy. I've been hooked ever since." While in Japan, Kenric was able to achieve his Brown Belt in Judo. Kenric's  future plans, in BJJ, are to share his knowledge with fellow students/practitioners and to keep learning.

  • 1990-92 Freestyle wrestling
  • 2003- 2nd Place- SoCal BJJ Open Championship- Brown Belt- Adult
  • 2005 Tinguinha BJJ Academy Student of the year
  • 2005 2nd Place- NoGi Tournament- Advanced Division (Adult)
  • 2005- 1st Place- Wander Braga Friendship Tournament- Purple Belt- Adult
  • 2006 2nd Place at the Pan American Championship- Brown Belt- Masters
  • 2008- 3rd Place Nationals Championship- Brown Belt- Masters2008- 3rd Place No-Gi World Championship- Advanced- Masters


Name: Jeff Nolasco
Rank: Black Belt - I Degree
Kids Program Instructor

TBJJ Kickboxing/Muay Thai Coach
Women Boot Camp Instructor
TBJJ Women Safe & Fit Courses Instructor

Jeff trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Muay Thai and has wrestled throughout High School. He started training at The Tinguinha BJJ Academy looking for a healthier and active lifestyle, since starting he lost more than 40lbs.He is one of our most dedicated students,and his positive attitude brings great motivation to our students. He has been dedicating himself to competitions as well and has been growing and improving each time.His goals in this sport are to teach and promote the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial art and a healthy and active lifestyle.

Competed in the Nationals Championship- Blue Belt
Competed in the World Championship- Blue Belt
Competed in the Pan American championship- Blue Belt
Competed in the Copa Pacifica Tournament- Blue Belt
First Place in the MCBJJ In House Tournament- Blue Belt
First Place in the Paulo Guillobel In House Tournament- Blue Belt
Competed in the Pan American Championship- White Belt
Competed in the TBJJ In House Tournament- White Belt
Competed in the North American Tournament- White Belt
First Place in the MCBJJ In House Tournament- White Belt
Competed in the Pedro Soriano In House Tournament- White Belt


Name: Sam Chen
Rank: Brown Belt
TBJJ Academy BJJ CORE & M.T.F. Programs Assistant Instructor

TBJJ Core & Mastering the Fundaments Programs Assistant Instructor Sam Chen has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2005. He is a very technical and methodical fighter and Instructor which comes to add to our TBJJ classes and students. He has competed in several tournaments since 2006 and looks forward to contribute even more in our TBJJ Core and Mastering the Fundaments classes. Sam also shares his love for the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial art writing on BJJ Blogs as well as other online BJJ media and looks foward to continue contributing to the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the Tinguinha BJJ Academy on and outside of the mats.



Name: Livia Mariano
TBJJ Academy General/Operations Manager

Livia Mariano curently manages The Tinguinha BJJ Academy.She is a key element for the growth and development of our school, assisting our students and covering every aspect of our school's fuctioning. She is a FIDM graduate in Fashion Design and applies the graphic side of her profession at our school's projects such as The TBJJ Apparel,school's website, advertizing and more...