Hélio Soneca | Instructors

Bob Dietz

Bob Dietz have been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 1998. He started training with Soneca in 2004 and had the honor of receiving his black from Helio Soneca in 2009. He continues to train under Soneca and teach BJJ under his association. He is currently a 1 stripe black belt and have competed in several BJJ tournaments at various belt levels.

He also trained Muay Thai for about 5 years. He has worked in Corrections Field for 24 years and was previously a Major with the Louisville Department of Corrections and he is now a Lt. Colonel with the Kenton County Detention Center in Kentucky. He has experience teaching Defensive Tactics to Police, Corrections and the Military Police. He also have a background in fitness and pride himself by keeping a rigorous conditioning program to supplement his BJJ training. He competed in Bodybuilding for several years before he began training in BJJ and won the 1994 NPC Kentucky Bodybuilding Championships.

Brent Weedman

Brent’s path on the martial arts began at the age of 3 under the tutelage of his father and full contact karate instructor Bill Weedman. At the age of 8 he was introduced to judo by a friend of his father’s, and became heavily involved in the regional competition circuit winning numerous state titles. In 2003 at the age of 19 Brent won the Byakuren All Japan Open full contact karate tournament in Osaka Japan, becoming the youngest person to ever capture the title and the only non Japanese to ever place in the top 3. Because of an extensive background in both striking and grappling arts, the transition to mixed martial arts was the logical next step. After 7 fights without a loss, Brent was encouraged to apply for season 3 of the reality show The Ultimate Fighter. He made it to the final selection round, becoming one of the two alternate athletes for the show. This brush with the “big leagues” inspired Brent to take up a full time training schedule focusing heavily on kickboxing, brazilian jiujitsu, and physical conditioning. Eventually he caught the eye of larger and larger promotions, ultimately being offered a contract under Bellator Fighting Championships where he competed in a number of their famed tournaments. Retiring in 2014 with a record of 24-9-1, Brent remains one of the most seasoned prizefighters in the region. Now he focuses on his next path of becoming the best sport jiujitsu fighter he can be, and hopes to pass the art on to his two young sons.

Joe Manning

Joe Manning started training in BJJ in 1996 and fell in love with it immediately. Since that day he has continued to train consistently every year and his love and passion for the art is still as strong as it was when he started those many years ago. In 2009 he received his black belt under legendary world champion Helio Soneca, one of the greatest instructors in the world.

Joe is retired after 20 years of service with the Louisville Metro Police Department where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant. he was in charge of numerous officers and units and developed a strong interest in teaching and helping others achieve their goals, be it fitness related or any other avenue in their lives or professions. Joe used the fitness, conditioning, and other training numerous times in actual conflict situations during his 20 years as a police officer and it has always proven effective. Also he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association with 10 years of coaching and instructing experience.

Edezio DECO Pacheco

Edezio DECO Pacheco, nick name Dekinho, Professor DECO starts the Art of BrazilianJiu-Jitsu with 8 years old, Deco got his black belt under Masters Dulcinei Pretinho Matos and Rolker Gracie in 2010. Deco won several championships Brazilian JJ championships(LBJJ), Helio Gracie cup and South Brazilian championships (CBJJ)