Professor Vincent Samartano

Coach Vince, a 21-year-old jiujitsu practitioner who is a direct student of Professor Carlos Lemos Jr. who has devoted his life to the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Vince has been fascinated with the sport since he was 16 and has dedicated himself to exploring its depths ever since. His passion for the sport has led him to become a professional jiujitsu competitor, a sought-after instructor, the first-ever Gracie Barra Illinois ambassador, and the project manager of both Gracie Barra Downers Grove and East Naperville.

As a teacher, Vince has a special talent for connecting with people of all ages and skill levels. He teaches jiujitsu to students as young as three years old and as experienced as 68 years old, creating a welcoming environment where everyone feels empowered to learn and grow. Vince is patient and encouraging, and he is always looking for new ways to help his students improve their skills and reach their full potential.

For Vince, jiujitsu is much more than just a fighting sport. He sees it as a path to self-discovery and self-improvement. Through his teachings, Vince wants to share with the world that there is so much more to jiujitsu than just the fighting aspect. He wants to show how the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of jiujitsu can affect people positively and help them in all aspects of life.

As a professional jiujitsu competitor, Vince has competed in various competitions including Pan American Championships. However, he always remains humble and grounded, recognizing that the journey is more important than the destination. Vince believes that jiujitsu is not just a sport but a way of life, and he is passionate about sharing its transformative power with others.

Vince as an instructor, mission is to help people discover the depth of jiujitsu and to inspire them to achieve their full potential thats in us all. Through his teachings and his own example, he hopes to spread the message that the benefits of jiujitsu extend beyond the mats and into every aspect of life.