sandro “batata” santiago
Head Instructor (Campbell) & Co-owner
Sandro “Batata” Santiago is a World Champion and a fifth degree Blackbelt under Master Roberto “Gordo” Correa , from the world famous Gracie Barra in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil. Batata currently teaches out of the academy located in Campbell, California. He is also the head instructor at Electronic Arts (EA), located in Redwood City, California
Batata also previously trained wrestling at STANFORD UNIVERSITY under coach Chris Horpel. When he’s not busy training , competing or teaching , Batata travels around the world passing on his vast knowledge of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Sandro is known in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community by his nickname “Batata”. “Batata” is the word for potato in Portuguese.
Head Instructor (Santa Cruz) & Co-owner
Julio is a third degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Julio has competed in all major Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments in Brazil & USA , including the World Championships, Pan Ams , Brazilian Nationals, Brazilian Team Nationals and more.
He is also a Blackbelt under both World Champion Roberto “Gordo” Correa and Sandro “Batata” Santiago. Julio Echeverria is the head instructor at Sandro Batata BJJ in Santa Cruz ,California.
Children’s Class Instructor
Brandon holds a Purple belt under Sandro “Batata” Santiago. Brandon teaches the children classes. Not only is Brandon an active competitor at the highest levels, he has a genuine love and respect for all the children he teaches. He is a positive role model and endeavors to create a safe and fun environment.