Orlando Sanchez – Black Belt
Owner, Head Instructor – Black Belt
- ADCC World Champion
- Coach on the UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter
- World Champion
- Brazilian National Champion (Brasileiro) – Weight and Absolute Divisions
- Mexican National Champion
- 3x Pan-Am Champion
- 3x North American Champion
- 2x Abu-Dhabi Trails Champion
- 2x World Champion Silver Medalist
- 2x World Champion Bronze Medalist
- Abu-Dhabi World Pro Championship Silver Medalist – Weight and Absolute Divisions
- Abu-Dhabi World Pro Championship Bronze Medalist
- American National Championship Silver Medalist
- Abu-Dhabi Trails Bronze Medalist
- No-Gi World Championship Bronze Medalist
- Gracie Nationals Champion
Orlando Sanchez was born and raised in La Canada Flintridge, CA. He graduated from La Canada High School in 2002 as an All American Football Player. After graduating from La Canada High School he continued on with a scholarship to play football and study communications at Azusa Pacific University. Orlando was part of a National Champion Football team at APU. After college Orlando became a manager and started a Personal Training Program at Gold’s Gym in Pasadena, CA. It has since grown into one of the best and most profitable Personal Training Programs in Pasadena. After managing Gold’s Gym for several years Orlando started taking Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes and was immediately hooked. He devoted himself full time to learning and training this Martial Art. Orlando started competing immediately and quickly rose to the top of the sport and has become one of the world’s elite grapplers. Orlando became the fastest American to ever reach the rank of Black Belt. He has traveled the world competing at the highest level. He is now a World Champion, Mexican National Champion, American National Champion, 3x Pan American Champion, and the only American ever to win 2 gold medals in the Brazilian National Championship. These are only a few of the titles Orlando has won.
Orlando Started Gracie Barra Pasadena five years ago and started from the ground up. The school has quickly become one of the largest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools in the area with nearly 300 students. The business continues to grow and continues to be successful and profitable. Orlando took his blue print for success and in only 8 months has built a Gracie Barra in La Canada Flintridge into a succesful school that continues to grow and serve the community. His goal is to continue spreading this amazing martial art into the art district of Downtown Los Angeles. Orlando has many ties to the art community in the area and is very excited about expanding his business into this booming area!
Armando Sanchez – Brown Belt
Coach Armando Sanchez is a prime example of the benefits Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-jitsu can have on an individual at any stage of their life. “Coach” Armando graduated in 2002 from the Arizona State University with an honors distinction of Cum Laude bestowed upon him—a feat that is achieved by very few students. He also received his Masters degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2010. Teaching comes natural to Coach Armando which is evidenced by a successful 10-year teaching career. During his teaching tenure, he received a Special Education Certification and applied this knowledge as the Team Leader and Supervisor for Lakeview Middle School. His love for teaching and sports led him to coach several U6 soccer teams, three Orange County middle school teams and led them to championships. In addition, he was the Assistant Coach for the Freedom High School soccer team who later became championship finalists.
Today, Coach Armando continues to teach, but in a different setting where he can help inspire and change lives through the art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. As a Third degree Purple-Belt in Jiu-Jitsu, he partnered with his best friend and sibling, Professor Orlando Sanchez, a Black-Belt in Jiu-Jitsu, to run a school in Pasadena, California. Coach Armando helps his students get in the best shape of their lives; empowering them through the art of self-defense and to have the self-confidence and self-discipline to achieve goals they set their minds to. Through his many years of experience in teaching, Armando is able to reach all students of different ages, backgrounds and special needs. He makes Jiu-jitsu training a very rewarding experience.
Coach Armando is a family man who loves his wife and two kids. He is a Father…a Coach…a Mentor…a Brother and a Friend.