Enrique Muniz was born in Mexico City, Mexico . A byproduct of a broken home, he sought out martial arts as a way of coping with a negative family environment and as a way to change his life. He started martial arts at age 15 in the Polinesyan Martial Arts. From there he moved on to train at the IMB Academy Mexico City under Guro Jerry Arrechea where he learned Filipino stick/knife fighting, Muay Thai and Jiu jitsu/grappling. There he fell in love with Jiu-Jitsu, which has been his passion and lifestyle ever since.
He has trained at renowned academies such as Alliance, CheckMat, Marcelo Garcia Academy, Gracie Barra, under many Jiu jitsu greats and World Champions.
Enrique is a black belt and trains at M-Theory Martial Arts under Professor Ishmael Bentley of the Pedro Sauer Team. He has also competed at a high level, having won several national and state tournaments.
-2018 Fight2Win Pro 78 winner brown belt main event
-2018 IBJJF PanAms 3rd place masters 3 brown belt
-2017 Fight2Win Pro 50 winner brown belt 175 lbs
-2010 IBJJF PanAms 3rd place masters 2 purple belt
-2010 NAGA Chicago 2nd place masters purple belt
-2007 NAGA Chicago 1st place adult blue belt
-2007 NAGA Chicago 1st place masters blue belt
-2006 NAGA Chicago 3rd place gi blue belt
-2006 NAGA Chicago 3rd place no gi intermediate
Assistant Coach Nik Seu
A native of Honolulu, Nik began his BJJ journey in 2009 while attending college at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, and received his purple belt in 2016 from Kyle Takao ( Sapateiro Bjj), a Nova Uniao black belt. In 2017, Nik moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota, and started training at Southside BJJ. It was here that he discovered his passion for teaching as a way to not only empower others but also as a way to give back to an artform that has taught him so much throughout life. Nik recently graduated with his Masters in Security Technologies in 2018 and now works full time for a local security consulting agency here in the Twin Cities. Nik brings with him years of life experience and BJJ techniques, and can relate to students from the university looking to train as well as longtime learners of BJJ looking to get back into the sport.
Youth Program Head Instructor & Women's Class Coach Michelle Donovan
Michelle Donovan began her Jiu Jitsu journey in 2010, after spectating a seminar that her husband was participating in. Although she took a break for the pregnancy/birth of her son, she was always around Jiu Jitsu due to her husband teaching the art. After her return in 2013, she grew to love the discipline more and more for multiple reasons – the full body workout, the camaraderie, but mainly because of the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger opponent. In June 2016, she received her blue belt and in May 2018 she received her purple belt. Growing up, two of her biggest passions were teaching and kids. With a background coaching pre-school, youth, and teen sports such as tennis, gymnastics, and soccer – she is experienced with instructing children of all ages. As an avid Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor, winning medals at IBJJF Pans and multiple IBJJF opens, she loves to challenge herself and encourages others to do the same!