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Merced MMA

Merced MMA, established in 2007 in Merced, California, is owned by Prof. Tom Theofanopoulos 3rd Deg. Black Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Operated by 3rd Deg. Black Belt Professor Marcos Tomé.

Merced MMA teaches traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from the Flavio Behring Jiu-Jitsu system as well as Kickboxing, Submission Wrestling, and Women’s Conditioning

“Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone,” a phrase commonly said by Professor Marcos Tome.

There are no age limits for Jiu-Jitsu and it does not depend on strength of the body, only the strength of the mind. This form of Martial Arts will give back to you 10 fold and will truly change your life.

At Merced MMA we want to inspire you to reach new limits, make new friends and have fun!

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Instructors

Professor

Tom Theofanopoulos

3rd Deg. Black Belt, Flavio Behring Jiu Jitsu

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Kickboxing
  • Kajukenbo 9th degree, Grandmaster
  • Under Gaylord method, KAA.
  • Brazilian jujitsu black belt 3rd degree
  • Under Grandmaster Flavio Behring.
  • Judo black belt 2nd degree under sensei Christine Lincoln Penick.
  • Started training martial arts in 1976.
  • Started Oakdale MMA 1988.
  • In 2014, received Califights lifetime achievement award.

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Professor

Marcos Tomé

Chief Instructor of Merced MMA

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt 3rd degree

2nd degree Black Belt Professor, Flavio Behring Jiu Jitsu

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Submission Wrestling
  • Women’s Conditioning
  • Kickboxing

Brown belt in judo

Athletic Inspector for the California State Athletic Commission

Awarded the 2020 Hands on Hero award from the Merced County Office of Education for his work with children

Marcos Tomé was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and from an early age realized that Martial Arts were more than a passion, it was a way of life…

“The virtues required to be a great martial artist are the same virtues required to live a productive and positive life. Honesty, Respect & Loyalty are at the core of anyone attempting to learn the path to self-betterment.”

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Instructor

Justin Smitley

Black Belt, Flavio Behring Jiu Jitsu

Kickboxing

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Instructor

Arjan Carlos Moreno

Muay Thai

Arjan Carlos Moreno has trained amateur and professional Muay Thai and MMA champions from central to northern California then making a 10-year stay in the DFW area in Texas. He has finally returned to his hometown to continue making champions at Oakdale MMA. He began Muay Thai training in 1992 and joined Cheetah Muay Thai Academy in 1996. , He also founded the American Muay Thai Association in 1996 with the goal of spreading Muay Thai to the community and uniting U.S. Muay Thai teachers. Carlos continued studying his art by living and training at the International Muay Thai School in Bangkok, Thailand. After returning home He earned the title of Kru in 1999 and in 2009 received a recognition award for his dedication to quality instruction and commitment to his students. His Students have fought in UFC, Bellator, Legacy Fighting Championship, LFA, IFC, King of the Cage, Gladiator Challenge, and many others.

In June of 2011, he achieved Arjan, the master level for dedication to instruction and ability to teach Muay Thai by Master Cheetah. Arjan Carlos is the official Midwest representative for Master Cheetah and the Cheetah Muay Thai Academy. His leadership, knowledge, and dedication make him one of the most sought-after instructors of Muay Thai in the United States.

  • Nominated MMA Striking Coach of the year by TXMMA in 2010
  • MMA Striking Coach of the year by TXMMA in 2014

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Instructor

Chris Bucao

Brown Belt, Flavio Behring Jiu Jitsu

  • Kickboxing
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Submission Wrestling

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Instructor

Chris Curtis

Brown Belt, Flavio Behring Jiu Jitsu

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Submission Wrestling

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Instructor

Gustavo Guerrero

Kickboxing

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Instructor

Sergio Guerrero

Brown Belt Flavio Behring Jiu Jitsu

Kickboxing

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Instructor

Pardeep Singh

Brown belt, Flavio Behring Jiu Jitsu

  • Kickboxing
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Submission Wrestling

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Assistant Instructor

Alex Casas

Blue Belt, Flavio Behring Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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Assistant Instructor

Vinicius Tomé

Orange Belt, Flavio Behring Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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Assistant Instructor

Alejandro Briones

Kickboxing

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Assistant Instructor

Kialo Wilson

Blue Belt, Flavio Behring Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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