Georges "Rush" St-Pierre, also known as “GSP,” is a Canadian professional mixed martial artist and UFC world champion who holds black belts in both Kyokushin karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
After seeing Royce Gracie fight in 1993 at UFC 1, Georges knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life and how he was going to reach those goals: he invested all his energy and all his time at becoming a better version of himself. He added fighting disciplines such as boxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to his karate background and competed in his first amateur bout at age 16. He won that match, and continued his steady improvement. In 2006 he became the UFC Welterweight Champion. He lost the title in 2007 but subsequently regained it in front of his hometown fans of Montreal in 2008 and hasn’t lost a single title defense since then.
Georges retired from the sport on December 13, 2013, holding the UFC record for most wins in title bouts and then returned to the octagon after a four-year layoff, on November 4, 2017 at UFC 217 in New York City (Madison Square Garden), where he defeated Michael Bisping by submission in the third round to win the UFC Middleweight Championship title, becoming the fourth fighter in the history of the organization to be a multi-division champion.
On December 7, 2017, after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, Georges vacated his UFC middleweight title and officially announced his retirement from professional MMA competition on February 21, 2019.
Carlos Machado is one of the pioneers of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the United States of America. Currently a Coral Belt, and promoted to Black Belt by Carlos Gracie Junior, Carlos Machado came to the USA in the early 1990’s with his brothers where they formed the RCJ Machado Jiu Jitsu Association, one of the strongest & growing BJJ organizations in the world today.
Carlos Machado was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the eldest of the Machado brothers: Carlos, Roger, Rigan, Jean Jacques and John Machado.
The legendary Gracie family fighting tradition was engraved in the Machado Brothers from a very early age, and Carlos Machado was no different from the rest of the Gracie's (his cousins), with whom he grew up, trained with and learned from.
In 1988 Carlos’s brother Rigan Machado moved to the United States to start teaching BJJ with the Gracie's out of their now legendary "Gracie Garage". Two years later in 1990, Carlos and John Machado joined Rigan and also moved to Southern California. The original idea was to help Rorion Gracie and the Gracie family build and establish their academy (where Rorion and Rickson Gracie were the head instructors along with Royce Gracie).
After all 5 Machado brothers arrived in the USA they decided that it was best for them to part ways from the Gracie Jiu Jitsu banner to build their own legacy.
The Machado's moved from Torrance, Ca. to nearby Redondo Beach and were teaching privates out of their own Garage when a very special future student walked through their door, Hollywood and Martial Arts Legend, Mr. Chuck Norris.
In 1995 Carlos Machado had an amazing opportunity with Chuck Norris and decided to move to Dallas, Texas to start filming Walker - Texas Ranger. Chuck invited Carlos to relocate with him and Carlos decided that it was time to spread Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to Texas and surrounding middle America areas.
Carlos Machado appeared in dozens of episodes of the “Walker, Texas Ranger” series during that period, portraying several different characters and usually getting beat up by his very pupil.
Carlos Machado is a multi Hall of Fame Instructor of Jiu Jitsu and known in Texas and the Southwest region of the United States as the “Godfather of Jiu-Jitsu”. Before Carlos Machado relocated to the Dallas Fort Worth, Texas area, nobody was teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Today most of the BJJ lineage in Southwest area can today can be traced back to Carlos Machado.
Derrick Stinson - Weapons Galore
Weapons Galore is designed for you to discover new techniques to enhance your skills and abilities with the following weapons: Fans, Bo, Sword, Sai and Nunchuks! By choosing one of these weapons, the martial artist will be able to focus solely on one weapon for the duration of the seminar. My team and I will facilitate a seminar that will meet you at your current skill level. We will be sure to challenge you with up to date techniques and concepts that you can utilize for testing and competition. These techniques will be sport orientated but have a traditional foundation/flavor.
Please remember to bring your weapon of choice to the seminar.
Ed Saenz - Karate, Tae Kwon Do, BJJ, Krav Maga - What are we? We are whatever it takes! The Chuck Norris System
Using The CNS as a complete Self-Protection System. It's now all in your black belt test.
Megan Linger - Testing, Sparring, And Real-Life Fighting: How To Transition Your Fighting Style From One Mindset To The Next
In this seminar, be prepared to go on a journey from one fighting mindset to the next. As up and coming ranks, not only do we need to be smooth and confident with our fighting combinations for belt testing, but we need to be fast and accurate when competing in tournaments. Ultimately, the real question is how sparring techniques can help you in a real-life situation? Not only will we become confident in fighting combos, but we will work speed drills, two-on-one drills, and finally assume a real-life mindset when an attacker means to do real harm. Prepare for a high energy, fun, and sparring packed seminar at the ITC 2020!
Don’t forget to bring ALL your gear!
Youth Seminars All ages 5 & up are welcome to attend
but these seminars are geared for ages 5-12.
Andi Lynn Woods-Williams - Take Your Karate From The Mat To Real Life
Andi Lynn will be teaching a Youth Krav Maga class covering some of the new stand up and ground combatives and self-defense that has been added to the black belt test. This class will be full of high energy drills and skills to prepare students to not only perform well on a black belt test, but also to be able to protect themselves if ever the need ever arises.
Participants will need to bring some sort of striking gloves, mma gloves, boxing gloves or sparring gloves for this class.
Ben Jones - Kama Fundamentals and Tricks
This seminar will cover kama strikes, cuts, rolls/manipulations, and releases. All skill levels welcomed.
Be sure to bring your kamas!
Greg Bullock - Fighting and Flying
Prepare yourself for a dynamic seminar! We will begin with a high-intensity warm-up to prepare our bodies for action. Followed by sparring drills and attacking techniques to mentally gear up for fighting. Then we’ll duke it out on the mat with sparring matches and games.
Next comes the martial arts tricking. Jump kicks, spin kicks, aerial movements and more! Tricking explores the performance aspect of martial arts and brings out everyone’s inner ninja.
Jensi Campos - Competitive Kicks
In this seminar, students will be able to improve their kicking abilities by utilizing high quality stretching techniques and drills. Perfect your forms by perfecting your kicks!
Come learn how to stretch and develop strong muscles for dynamic kicking in katas and powerful kicks for sparring!