“Finally, an academy and an instructor that make you feel welcome. A true home away from home. The perfect place to accomplish your goals both on and off the mats.”
Brian started his formal martial arts training in folk style wrestling in 1985 and has been training non-stop in a variety of martial arts disciplines ever since. Today he spends his time focusing on training in Brazilian Jujitsu & Filipino Martial Arts. When not teaching/training in the martial arts, Brian is a senior territory manager selling medical devices to neonatal intensive care units throughout the south east and spends his downtime with his lovely wife Lisa and their rescued pitt bulls (Kazh & Emma).
Trainings & Accomplishments:
- 3rd Degree Black Belt American Karate
- 2nd Degree Black Belt Ed Parker Kenpo Karate
- Handgun Combative Practitioner Level 3
- Student Level 3 Combat Submission Wrestling
- 3rd Grade Black Belt Cacoy Doce Pares Escrima
- 3rd Degree Black Belt Counterpoint Tactical System
- Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Nova Uniao)
Alex McGuinness has been a student of martial arts since 1996. His primary passion has been Filipino Martial Arts, but he has also studied Ed Parker Kenpo, Brazilian Jujitsu, Wing Chun, Jun Fan Gung Fu, American Kickboxing and Muay Thai. In 2010, Alex joined the Atlanta Martial Arts Club so that he could focus his training in the Counterpoint Tactical System (CTS) and Cacoy Doce Pares Escrima.
Trainings & Accomplishments:
2000 – Ed Parker Kenpo – Black Belt
2006 – Wing Chun – Green Sash
2007 – Jun Fan Gung Fu – Green Belt
2007 – Inosanto Lacoste Kali – Brown Sarong
2012 – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Blue Belt
2014 – Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrima – 2nd Degree Black Belt
2015 – Counterpoint Tactical System – 2nd Degree Black Belt
We are located inside The Dojo in Alpharetta/Johns Creek near the intersection of Jones Bridge Road & Old Alabama Road at 9945 Jones Bridge Road.
Diego has represented Team Nova União for over 20 years, and our academy is the Atlanta affiliate – Nova União Atlanta. Nova União has an enduring history in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. As one of the most accomplished MMA teams in the world, it is the team of Jose Aldo, Renan Barão, Tales Leites, and Wagnney Fabiano. Its Brazilian Jiu Jitsu history includes some of the most famous athletes in history: Vitor Shaolin, Robson Moura, Shaolin, Leo Santos, Bruno Bastos, and Marcio Andre.
In addition to its athletic successes, Nova União is famous for charitable contributions – especially by providing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in impoverished communities. It is known for its friendly, familial atmosphere that prioritizes highly technical jiu jitsu instruction in a fun & encouraging setting.
Athletes in UFC, Bellator, or other big events
BJJ World Champions
Voted the world’s best MMA coach in 2010, André is co-founder of Nova União. He has been the instructor and coach of some of the most notable names in MMA including John Lewis, Jose Aldo, Renan Barao, and many others.
Wendell co-founded Nova União along with André and has promoted some of the biggest names in jiu jitsu, including Leonardo Santos, Bruno Bastos, and many others.
President & Athlete
Leo is a current lightweight contender in the UFC as well as the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. He is also an ADCC bronze medalist, 2-time IBJJF World Championship black belt medalist, and a 4-time World Cup Champion.
Athlete/ Former UFC Champion
Known for his well rounded and dynamic fighting style, José has won 4 Fight of the Night and 2 Performance of the Night awards in the UFC. He also holds the record for the most consecutive title defenses in UFC featherweight history (7 consecutive title defenses).
Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro
Vitor Shaolin is an iconic lightweight competitor in the sport who made a name for himself in both the jiu jitsu areana and MMA. He is a 3-time black belt World Champion (plus 1 time runner up), Brazilian Nationals Champion, and ADCC bronze medalist.
One of the greatest light featherweight competitors in history, Robson Moura is a 5 time Black Belt World Championship (IBJJF) and also a CBJJO World Cup Champion.
One of the most prominent jiu jitsu athletes currently competing. A constant featherweight contender, he holds black belt titles at the European and World No Gi Championships. He is also a black belt Worlds and Pan Championship medalist.
Wagnney is a mixed martial artist who was the International Fight League (IFL) Champion and World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) competitor. He is also president of Nova União Canada.
Athlete/ UFC Competitor
With 36 professional mixed martial arts fights including 20 in the UFC, Thales was an elite MMA fighter for over a decade.
Bruno is a highly decorated black belt under Wendell Alexander that include championships from juvenile, adult, and now masters competitions. He is an IBJJF Adult No-Gi World Champion and Masters World Champion.