Adult Assistant Instructors
Although Professor Jeremy Arel teaches all of the adult classes personally, sometimes he teaches seminars at other academies or coaches our competition team. When Professor Jeremy has to coach or teach and cannot be present at the academy, one of Great Grappling’s assistant instructors will lead class. All of the assistant instructors are accomplished grapplers with highly refined teaching skills.
Nelson Mercado - Nelson is a talented brown belt who has been training for 11 years. Nelson & Professor Jeremy were training partners many years ago when both were blue belts under their instructor Luis Togno. Nelson has several years of experience as a BJJ instructor and is an active competitor.
Derek Barker - Derek is an accomplished grappler with over 12 years experience. Derek’s desire to train is only surpassed by his need to teach. In addition to being a technical purple belt Derek is an accomplished wrestler with accolades in both high school and college.