Rafael Lang

3rd Degree Black Belt

Rafael Lang was born in Rio de Janeiro, and began Jiu-Jitsu in 1995. He earned his Black Belt in 2006 by Masters Vinicius Campelo and Octávio Couto, Rafael was Head Coach of AKXE BJJ Rio for many years. In his last competitions, Lang was a No-gi gold medalist at the IBJJF London Open 2018 , IBJJF Gi Atlanta Open 2018, London Open 2016 and silver at the London Open Gi 2018, Dallas Open 2018 and 2017. Rafael has a lot of experience in classes for children and adults of all ages as well as in personal defense training. He has taught classes for the Australian Army and Civil Police special forces of Rio de Janeiro - CORE. He has been a consultant for Garra BJJ Brisbane, Australia and has held seminars in Australia, Germany, Vienna, Austria, Norway, California, Dallas, Michigan and others.

Rafael is available for private instruction in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and self defense training.

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octavio couto

5th Degree Black Belt

Octávio “Ratinho” Couto is a 5th degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and one of the most revered of all BJJ coaches in the world.

Originally competing with Alliance, he was one of seven black belts to form Team Brasa in 2002.

College educated and speaking four languages, Octávio developed principles of job duties, education and self defense for the Italian Carabinieri (police) using Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He co-founded and developed the curriculum and operations at AKKE BJJ, the largest academy of Rio de Janiero.

Octávio now travels the world, spreading the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu thorugh his seminars. He still calls Octagon MMA home and teaches classes and seminars about once a month while he is in Dallas.

Octávio is available for private instruction in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and self defense training. 

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xzavier james


Xzavier began training martial arts at 8 years of age and has been training since.  He began with Shotokan karate and continued with Muay Boran, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Shoot Wrestling, Senshi Do-Kai, Muay Thai and MMA. At 23 years of age, he began studying  Kinesiology and was certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in kinesiology. After becoming a certified personal trainer he received additional education and certifications in Corrective Exercise, Performance Enhancement and Fitness Nutrition. An avid learner, Xzavier later became certified in TRX training as well. 

Xzavier is available for private instruction in kickboxing, muay thai and personal training.

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Eric Schambari

2nd Degree Black Belt

Eric Schambari is a former mixed martial arts fighter and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. The goal of the MMA class is to give the students a basic understanding of cage fighting and proper conditioning for the sport.

Eric has been training in Jiu-Jitsu for the past fifteen years, receiving his black belt under Travis Lutter. He competed in Jiu-Jitsu and MMA having 22 cage fights amassing a 16 and 6 record. 

Coach Eric is available for private instruction in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing and personal training.  

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