Professor Mario Aiello

When I first started Jiu-Jitsu twenty-three years ago, I was looking for something different in my life that could make me feel better mentally, as well as provide me better health and more energy. Having played judo for some time, my father convinced me to try Jiu-Jitsu, a martial art with perfect techniques, providing strength to surpass all kinds of challenges…It was exactly what I was looking for.

Mario Aiello, Royler Gracie

As a result, I met the Gracie family; Helio and Rickson Gracie were my first teachers. When Rickson Gracie left for the United States, I continued training in Brazil under Royler Gracie, who eventually gave me my black-belt.

While still a brown belt, I opened my own Jiu-Jitsu studio in Bonsucesso (a suburb of Rio de Janeiro); and during the next 6 years I taught there forming a team of successful athletes, such as Daniel Dias, Cristiano Venancio, Joao Miguel, Marcio, Carlinhos, Rogerio and many more…

I was presented an opportunity to come to the U.S. October of 2001. I arrived here with the intention of teaching a brand new group of students everything I knew about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. For three years I taught at the Rickson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy, and shared all of the knowledge I had acquired during my life.

I began teaching classes at the Rickson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu academy, which continued for almost three years. Over there, I was able to share all of my knowledge that I had acquired during my life.

Still wanting to give something more to my life and my family, I decided to open my first BJJ studio here in the States. Situated right in Hollywood, I continued my work, teaching Jiu-Jitsu with enthusiasm and determination. With my second school open in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California; I look to continue my success in graduating many more successful athletes from my Royler Gracie Team.

Sensei Woody Bostic

Woody Bostic (Head Instructor): Yodan (4th Degree Black Belt) with 42 years of Judo experience. BJJ Purple Belt.In April of 1973, my mother took me to the local Y.M.C.A. in Winston-Salem, N.C. to join a judo class that she thought might help me defend myself. I was 9 years old at the time. From the very beginning, I fell in love with the art. It was like it was an activity specifically made for me. I was very fortunate to train under Sensei (teacher) Thomas Mayerchak, a pioneer of judo in N.C. and so dedicated to the art that he was termed “Mr. Judo” by his peers. He founded the Nito Judo Club in the mid-1950’s. Upon the passing of Sensei Mayerchak, in December of 1990, I took over the head coaching position at the Nito Judo Club and have kept it in continuous operation ever since.Woody BosticI credit my training in judo and the role models that I’ve had the pleasure of being associated with through judo for molding my life in a very positive way. Judo is a martial art, a sport, and a method of self-defense; however, it’s much more than that. It’s a way of life. The “Do” in Judo translates from Japanese as “way”. Kodokan, the founding school of judo, translates from Japanese as “a place to study the way”. This points to the fact that the inherent lessons learned from dedicated practice in judo, for those judoka who make it a serious study, transfers in a positive manner to everything in their day-to-day existence.

Today, I have the privilege of teaching judo at the R & D Academy of Self Defense. It’s a top-notch facility like no other in NC. I’ve been in judo for over 40 years and do not make that statement lightly. We have a group of dedicated judoka, several who have been with me for many years, training at the facility. However, the exciting part is that we are getting new students daily and are able to expose more and more people every day to the benefits and fun of judo. Likewise, we have top-notch Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction at the facility and are able to take advantage of the synergies from both arts.

We will undoubtedly continue to make many champions on the mat in the coming years. However, along the way we hope to help everyone that we come into contact with become “champions” in life as well.

Judo Accomplishments

  • Bronze medalist (90kg, 50 – 54), (2015) U.S. International Master’s Championships
  • Bronze medalist (90kg, 50 – 54), (2015) U.S. International Master’s Championships
  • Gold medalist (90kg, 45 – 49), Bronze medalist (Open) (2013) U.S. International Master’s Championships
  • 5th Place (90kg, 45 – 49) (2012) 4th IJF World Veterans Championship
  • Bronze medalist (90kg, 45 – 49) (2010) U.S. Open Championships
  • Gold medalist (90kg, 45 – 49), Bronze medalist (Open) (2011) U.S. International Master’s Championships
  • Gold medalist (90kg, 45 – 49), Bronze medalist (Open) (2010) U.S. International Master’s Championships
  • Bronze medalist (90kg, 45 – 49) (2009) 11th World Masters Championships
  • Gold medalist (90kg), Silver medalist (Open) (2009) National President’s Cup Championships
  • Double Silver medalist (90kg and Open) (2009) U.S. International Master’s Championships
  • Double Bronze medalist (90kg and Open) (2006) U.S. International Master’s Championships
  • Silver medalist (1999) U.S. International Master’s Championships
  • Bronze medalist (1998) U.S. International Master’s Championships

BJJ Accomplishments

  • Gold medalist (208 lbs., M4) (2014) IBJJF World Masters Brazilian Jujitsu Championships
  • Silver medalist (222 lbs., M4) (2014) IBJJF Pan Am Championships
  • Gold medalist (Directors/40 – 49 yrs. NO-GI Expert Heavy Weight) (2013) NAGA NC Grappling Championships
  • Gold medalist (Directors/40 – 49 yrs. Blue Belt Super Heavy Weight) (2013) NAGA NC Grappling Championships
  • Gold medalist (Directors/40 – 49 yrs. Purple Belt Super Heavy Weight) (2013) NAGA NC Grappling Championships
  • Gold medalist (16 – 29 yrs., 205 lbs.) (2012) The Good Fight Grappling Open
  • Gold medalist (16 – 29 yrs., Absolute/Open) (2012) The Good Fight Grappling Open