Our Brazilian Jiu-jitsu team

Professor Chris Serrell

Professor Chris Serrell posing in his Brazilian jiu-jitsu gi.

Professor Chris started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in November 2005 in Las Vegas, NV with Team Mica (Professor Mica Cipili).  Among some of the important principles of life, martial arts, and Jiu Jitsu, Professor Mica gave him a deep appreciation for the fundamentals and a passion for the art. 

Chris moved to Denver, CO about 2 years later and started training with Colorado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Professor Dave Ruiz where he would eventually earn his brown belt.  He learned from many things from Professor Dave, those that stand out most were how to be a good coach and a better listener.

With a move to upstate New York he started training at Renzo Gracie Latham, under Professor Bruno Tostes.  Professor Bruno and the team would end up flying out Professor Dave to NY to award him his Black Belt in Sept 2015. 

Eventually, Chris moved to San Diego, where he trained with the Clark Gracie Team under the watchful eye of Professor Clark Gracie.  Clarks lineage speaks for itself and the level of play at his academies is awe-inspiring.

Chris is excited to be a part of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program being offered at California Karate Academy.  Of all the things he has learned over his years of training is that your team can make or break your training. While Jiu Jitsu is an individual pursuit, your training and improvement is equal to what your coaches and teammates bring on a continual basis, and he will give you his best every day that he shares the mat with you.

Coach Brent Mikita

Coach Brent, a blue belt, posing for his picture in a Brazilian jiu-jitsu gi.

Coach Brent has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for two and a half years where he earned his blue belt under Professor Chris. He helps coach the kids classes and trains with the adults. His inviting demeanor, personable nature, and life experience is a valuable asset to our team.

Brent is a former United States Marine where he served 8 years as an Infantryman. He has been on 3 deployments -- two combat -- and spent the last 3 years of his enlistment working for the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.

He recently graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor of arts degree in Digital Media.