Cobrinha BJJ Mountains Edge


At Cobrinha BJJ Mountains Edge we are a family, and our school is bound to become our students’ second home. We are a judgment-free zone, where mistakes are viewed as growth opportunities and your instructors and fellow students are your #1 supporters. You’ll learn a lot of impressive skills and gain many new abilities at Cobrinha BJJ Mountains Edge, but the most important thing you’ll acquire during your time here? Our community.

Cobrinha BJJ Mountains Edge


Here Cobrinha BJJ Mountains Edge, our staff is the secret to our student success. Each instructor has a rich background in martial arts and is eager to train the next generation of martial artists. Meet the team below!


Ryan Almogela

I first started being intrigued about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu just like most people who watch UFC 1 and seen a small BJJ practitioner by the name Royce Gracie dominate and finished all his opponents via submission of all size even opponents bigger than him. My Nephew who started training came over to the house and showed me a submission move he learned the triangle and I became even more intrigued and decided to look for a place to learn the art. I was very hesitant to start my career back in 2007. I wasn’t like most fit or flexible Jiu Jitsu practitioners, I was short not flexible and tipping the scales close to 280 lbs and very unhealthy. After taking my first class I had thoughts of quitting but I stayed committed to changing my lifestyle on and off the mats. After about 2 weeks I started to notice some weight loss results and learned a few fundamentals in Jiu Jitsu at this point I was hooked. I was learning Jiu Jitsu, having fun, and losing weight all at the same time. Fast forward 1 year later and 100 lbs lighter I was even hungrier to learn Jiu Jitsu it became a passion of mine.

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Purple Belt Kids Coach

Jesse Navarro

I have always been a life long martial artist from seven years of age from Tang Soo Do (made famous by Chuck Norris), Heiwado Karate, Shootfighting, Muay Thai to Boxing.  I have since been an avid combat sport practitioner and boxing coach for at-risk-youth for over five years and like most hailing from the Hawaiian islands, are natural born fighters!!!
I was introduced into grappling and submission arts while practicing Shootfighting with a good friend from high school.  It was not until 2018 when my best friend finally convinced me to join a jiu jitsu academy, and what better place than Cobrinha Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Fitness?!?  I have never looked back since.  I truly believe that my purpose in life is to be the best version of myself and help others achieve the same.
The jiu jitsu journey is like no other.  Considering the vast amount of martial arts I have been a part of, nothing transcends into daily life like jiu jitsu does.  The process has provided me and those around me a profound sense of bettering oneself as well as the selfless sharing of knowledge to others, not only on, but off the mats.  I have been humbled in victory and in defeat and strongly believe that it can do the same for anyone that takes the leap of faith to embark on their own life journey.

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Professor - Black Belt

Michelle Balagosa

Jiu Jitsu was introduced to my family back in 2008, coinciding with our move from Everett, WA, to the vibrant city of Las Vegas, NV. Initially, my husband had been urging me to embrace this martial art, but I hesitated, year after year.
It wasn’t until five years later when my son embarked on his own Jiu Jitsu journey. The pivotal moment arrived in 2016 when we discovered a new haven for Jiu Jitsu enthusiasts in Las Vegas – Cobrinha. Intrigued, I accompanied my son to a class, and within minutes of stepping into the academy, I sensed an indescribable energy, a genuine “family” atmosphere that beckoned us to return.
When my daughter turned 5, I eagerly enrolled her, and together, we thrived within this tight-knit community that we had become a part of – a community that cherished the ethos of “One Team, One Family.”
Jiu Jitsu swiftly evolved into an all-consuming passion for me. I was unwavering in my determination to comprehend its intricacies. I longed to challenge myself, to swim with the metaphorical sharks of the sport. I embraced rigorous daily training, mustered the courage to compete, attended intensive training camps, and even had the extraordinary privilege of rolling with esteemed UFC fighters. This journey has been nothing short of extraordinary, but the most incredible aspect has been the camaraderie forged with my teammates. These fellow practitioners have become my closest friends, my confidants, my chosen family.
Jiu Jitsu, in every sense, has been a profound blessing. Now, as a black belt, I wholeheartedly believe it’s my time to give back. My passion is to empower and support the children within our Jiu Jitsu community, and especially to encourage women to discover their own courage and embrace this incredible martial art. It’s both an honor and a privilege to lead a women’s class at Mountains Edge and to actively contribute to the development of our talented young practitioners.

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More About Us

About Our Team:

In addition to their technical expertise, our instructors are also excellent teachers who know how to create a supportive and challenging learning environment. They understand that every student is unique and tailor their approach to meet the needs of each individual.

Our instructors also prioritize safety, ensuring that all students learn and practice techniques in a safe and controlled manner. They are committed to helping our students build strong foundations in Jiu Jitsu, and are always available to answer questions and provide feedback.

About Our Philosophy:

We believe that having a team of skilled and experienced instructors is essential to the success of our Jiu Jitsu school. Our instructors work together to create a positive and inclusive community where students of all levels can thrive.

So, whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner, you can trust our instructors to provide you with the guidance and support you need to reach your goals. We are proud of our instructors and the impact they have on our students’ lives, and we look forward to seeing you on the mats soon.

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