Ricardo "Rey" Diogo
Ricardo Diogo, also known as “Rey” Diogo was one of the first Carlson Gracie jiu jitsu team representatives to come to the United States where he established his own academy based on his master’s teachings. Ever since he landed in the US (1996) Rey Diogo quickly became one of the top jiu jitsu instructors in the country, forming several high level black belts.
Ricardo Rey Diogo was born on the 22nd of June,1965 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and he grew up in the Tijuca burg of the city. Ricardo Diogo trained judo for a short while as a child, before he started doing basketball at school. Through his basketball training buddies, Diogo heard about the Gracie family and their achievements in jiu jitsu, some time after Rey first heard about the Gracie family, he went to a cock fighting event where he met Carlson Gracie (who was a huge cock fighting fan). After he got to know Carlson, he was invited to come and train at the Carlson Gracie Academy, Ricardo Diogo was 19 years old at the time. Rey Diogo became part of the famous Carlson Gracie team sharing the mats with champions such as Ricardo De La Riva, Amaury Bitetti, Ricardo Liborio and many others. He received all his belts by Master Carlson Gracie, including his black belt which came in 1997. Carlson also gave Diogo all his black belt degrees up to his 4th degree. In 1996 Ricardo Diogo was invited by Carlson Gracie Junior to come to Chicago and teach in the windy city. He took the opportunity and moved from Brazil to the USA, still wearing his brown belt. Ever since he arrived in America, Rey Diogo’s academy has grown from strength to strength having graduated several black belts including: David Koda, Andre Anderson, Perry Hauck, Martin Escobar, Pete Regland, Andre “Alemao” Vasconcellos, Peter Richardson, Oliver Reich,Yoshi Hasegawa (together with Barbosa) and Aaron Milam.
# 2009 Pan-American Champion Heavyweight Division
# 2005 Pan-American Champion Heavyweight Division
# 2005 Pan-American Champion Open Division
# 1993 Brazilian National Championship I – Middle/Heavyweight
# 1993 Brazilian National Championship I – Open Weight (Absolute) Champion
# 1994 Brazilian National Championship II – Middle/Heavyweight
# 1994 Brazilian National Championship II – Open Weight (Absolute) Champion
# Rolles Gracie Tournament – Middleweight Champion
# Nastra Tournament – Middleweight Champion
# Nastra Tournament – Open Weight (Absolute) Champion
# Iate Clube Jardim Guanabara – Middleweight Champion
# Rio Sport Center Tournament – Middleweight
# Rio Sport Center Tournament – Open Weight (Absolute) Champion
# Rauf Tournament – Open Weight (Absolute) Champion
# Napoleao Veloso Tournament – Middleweight Champion
# Carlos Rollyson Tournament – Middle/Heavyweight
# Carlos Rollyson Tournament – Open Weight (Absolute) Champion
# Hotel Nacional Tournament – Middle/Heavyweight Champion – Challenge Fight.
Blue Belt - Mar 11, 2017
Purple Belt - April 21, 2018
( Black Gi Professor Rey Diogo / White Gi Professor Jason Cable)
Jason "CableGuy" Cable
( Head Instructor)
Jason Cable first started training BJJ in 1996 while in the United States Marine Corps. Jason got serious about training BJJ in March 2004 when he was introduced to Jorge Gurgel. Jason started training in the GI in March 2005. Since training under Jorge, Jason has continued to grow in the sport of BJJ and received his Brown Belt under Jorge on November 20th, 2010. Jason received his BJJ Black Belt from Professor Mike Patt on March 8, 2014. Jason is a Certified Brazilian Jitsu Black Belt through the IBJJF / USBJJF.
Jason is a NAGA Champion. Jason has competed in many tournaments in Ohio. Jason has also won a bunch of other smaller tournaments around Ohio. Jason has placed in every competition he has been in. Jason has trained with a lot of the top BJJ practitioners in the world today.
Blue Belt - Jan 28, 2006
Purple Belt - Jan 5, 2008
Brown Belt - Nov 20, 2010
Black Belt - March 8, 2014