Carlos has been practicing martial arts for over 30 years and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu since 2009 at the Gracie Academy in Torrance California. Carlos received his Brown belt from Ryron and Rener Gracie on December 2017. Carlos is a Certified instructor for the following Gracie programs: Combatives (White to blue belt), Master Cycle (Blue belt and up), Bullyproof (Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for kids), and Women Empowered (Self-defense against kidnap and sexual attacks). Carlos has also assisted teaching Gracie Survival tactics to Military, Border patrol, and Law enforcement officers.
Selenia has been practicing martial arts for over 20 years, including Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for over 5 years, and is currently our main Assistant Instructor. Selenia received her purple belt from Grandmaster Rorion Gracie on December 2014.
Ashley Tsunoda has been practicing martial arts for over seven years, including Kickboxing, Wushu, Muay Thai, and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. She is one of the first women in Orange County to complete the Gracie Women Empowered Program and receive her pink belt under the instruction of Master Carlos Leal. As an advocate of self defense and anti-bullying, she strives to empower women and strengthen young minds here at Black Belt Center USA. Ashley also works in the film industry as a stuntwoman and makeup artist.