Lane Andrews Jr.
Lane is Robson Moura’s first black belt in Florida! He was born in a small town in Indiana. As a kid, he was fascinated with martial arts but could not afford lessons. When Lane was 18 he got a job and immediately began training in Tae Kwon Do.
After a few years of Tae Kwon Do, Lane wanted to test himself in full contact competition so he began competing in Kickboxing, racking up a 21-4-1 record and winning the PKC National Championship. In 1996 he saw the first UFC and knew that to be a complete martial artist he had to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!
Lane was one of the first MMA Fighters in the USA competing in the mid to late 1990s with a record of 12-4-1. He fought in the International Vale Tudo Challenge in Brazil and Pancrase in Japan, which were major rivals with the UFC at that time.
TITLES & ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Professional MMA Fighter: Pancrase in Japan & IVC in Brazil
1999 PKC National Kickboxing Champion
2014 Florida State Jiu-Jitsu Champion
2012 Florida State Jiu-jitsu Champion
2012 Worlds Jiu-jitsu Bronze Medalist
2011 Champion Miami Open Brown Belt Medium Heavy
Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the legendary Robson Moura
Black Belt, Tae Kwon Do
2nd Degree Black Belt, Karate
ICCS Krav Maga, Instructor Level I
Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science, Ball State University
Strength and Conditioning Internship, Ball State University
Masters of Management, University of Florida
MBA, University of Florida
Head instructor adults program/chief instructor kids program
John is an accomplished BJJ black belt and professional MMA fighter. He has fought many of the best fighters around the country, including several UFC and Strikeforce veterans. He has always competed above his rank and has proven to be an elite grappler with and without the gi.
John grew up just north of Boston and has been an athlete all his life. Starting Kung-Fu and football at a young age he was quickly hooked on competition. He had successful high school careers in football, wrestling and lacrosse before going on to play football and lacrosse at Endicott College. This is where John found his true interest in martial arts. He began Muay Thai training in the off season to stay in shape and fell in love with the one on one competition before quickly finding his interest in BJJ and MMA.
By the time he graduated from Endicott he had competed in 2 amateur MMA fights and won his professional debut. Upon graduating John was drafted by the Boston Cannons and also began his professional lacrosse career and still balances both professional careers today as well as coaching lacrosse as high as the collegiate level and BJJ and MMA at the amateur and professional levels.
Muay Thai/KickBoxing Instructor
Jillian has trained Muay Thai for 9 years, fought 18 times (so far). A year of her training was spent living and fighting in Khamphaeng Phet, Thailand. She trains 6 days a week and during fight camps, 2x a day.
A big fan of kale, you’ll always see her eating healthy. She is an AFPA Holistic Nutrition Consultant.
Questions about the gym? She’s your girl. Feel free to ask away. Being new is a sometimes a little unnerving, but we’ve all been there. We’ve all had to walk through the door a complete beginner. Jill wants everyone to not only love Muay Thai as much as she does, but to love South Tampa Jiu-Jitsu. We’re a family here, we take care of each other.
Jillian is happy to help from learning to wrap your hands to figuring out the schedule. Looking to get a little more Muay Thai in your life? She’s open for private training sessions Monday – Friday.
Armando was born and raised in Tampa, where he graduated from Hillsborough High School. During his freshman year, he signed up for wrestling because he had wanted to be a fighter for as long as he could remember. Armando managed to place high enough to qualify for regionals and win most promising freshman of the year for his team, and received honorable mention all county honors.
After injury plagued sophomore and junior years Armando was 46-8 at 152 pounds his senior year, and was a state tournament hopeful, but was injured again.
Armando attended West Virginia Institute of Technology, where he competed in the 149/157 pound weight classes.
Currently, he is the wrestling coach at Corbett Prep and has improved the program greatly over the last few years. They had their first middle school state champion in 2018.
Extensive research led him to South Tampa Jiu-Jitsu in January 2016 because he believes it’s the best place to learn Jiu-Jitsu. Armando has trained in Jiu-Jitsu for around 3 years and is currently a blue belt. He is a great competitor and continues to grow in his ability. Armando is currently 1-0 in MMA and has won many local Jiu-Jitsu tournaments.
Jiu-Jitsu & MMA Instructor
Shawn was born in Torrejon AFB Spain and was raised the youngest of six children in a military household. When Shawn was 13 years old he joined the Wrestling team at Robinson High School and fell in love with fighting sports. After wrestling in High School Shawn moved on the University of South Florida where he joined the Army ROTC program and continued to train ground fighting. In 2011 Shawn discovered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a way to continue training ground fighting after college. Shawn began training under seven time IBJJF World champion Robson Moura and Lane Andrews at South Tampa Jiu-Jitsu. Shawn has been training at South Tampa Jiu-Jitsu for nearly nine years and currently holds a Black belt in BJJ. While ground fighting has been Shawn’s primary focus in Martial Arts he has begun practicing several standing martial arts to include Muay Thai and boxing and is currently 5-0 as an Amateur Mixed Martial Artist. He currently holds the LeLeoCode Amateur MMA Title at 145 lbs.
Shawn never thought of himself as a “martial artist” just an undersized kid with an oversized chip on his shoulder. However as a martial artist Shawn has developed a great sense of self-worth and mental toughness that has greatly affected his life off the mat. Shawn has served in the Florida Army National Guard for 10 years and deployed to Afghanistan where he helped teach at the Bagram BJJ fight school. As a civilian Shawn is a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy and member of the HCSO SWAT team.
Shawn’s future goals are simple:
1. Continue to improve as a martial artist, a professional, and a man everyday
2. Be a good representative of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
3. Challenge yourself every day and savor every rep
4. Win an Professional MMA title
Youth Kickboxing and Jiu-Jitsu Instructor
Jepha Mooi began studying mixed martial arts in 2012 with a focus on striking, kickboxing, and Muay Thai. She has extensive knowledge in competition training, having done 5 amateur Muay Thai fights, and placing 2nd in her division at IKF World Classic 2016. She also holds a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, with diverse BJJ teaching experience as an Instructor for Youth and Ladies Classes.
Kid's Program assistant coach - teens coach
Klein has been with South Tampa Jiu Jitsu since 2015. His deep appreciation for the martial arts started at a young age when he began training Kenpo karate. A former collegiate middle-distance runner, he is currently a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and competes as an amateur fighter in kickboxing & MMA.
In addition to being a student/competitor/instructor at South Tampa Jiu-Jitsu, he also creates video content that shines a light on our family of martial artists. Outside of the gym he works as a software support consultant and as a filmmaker for his production company. He enjoys getting into the deep technical and artistic side of jiu jitsu.
As a firm believer in the Win-or-Learn attitude, we strive to show the kids that fun and respect is the name of the game, especially when competing. Klein loves to contribute to the gym environment with levity and positive reinforcement, and is always happy to help in any way he can. He adamantly believes that martial arts, specifically Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, are for everyone.
Talai was part of the Kyrgyzstan Judo National team and several times champion of the Kyrgyzstan National competition. He participated in international level competitions.
He also has 5 years of military Russian Sambo training in the Russian military Academy. Trained and was an instructor in Lackland AFB Judo team (San Antonio, Texas).
Amanda "Cookie Monster" Gallo
Female Program Coach
Amanda started doing MMA fitness classes in Tallahassee FL in 2015 before she quickly fell in love with the sport and started showing up to the fight team practices. Eventually leading up to her MMA debut in 2016, in 2017 she joined the RMNU SOUTH family and has since gone undefeated in competition, including becoming the 2018 International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) women’s bantamweight open division champ.
Amanda is a promising Jiu-Jitsu competitor and an up and coming MMA Fighter.
An avid martial artist since a teenager, Anson has trained in Chinese kung fu, wrestling (HS), and even powerlifting in college. Finding a love in combat sports he has continued his training in Muay Thai and boxing to try and become a more progressive teacher.
Currently a full-time instructor and personal trainer at Tampa Muay Thai, practicing Muay Thai and boxing for 14 years. Achieving his first rank of Jad Nueng Nak Muay back in 2007 under the Khanomtom system and has 8 (5-3) Muay Thai/kickboxing fights. Along the way Anson has trained under Ray Cole, Attachai Fairtex and Aey Sakeddao.
Outside the gym Anson is a big sports enthusiast, tries his best to be in the outdoors as much as he can. Fishing, kayaking, scuba diving and skateboarding are on his weekly to do list when he’s not training.
Teen Program Coach
Stevie "Fletcher" Linton
Stevie Linton, is a well-known Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and a respected functional fitness instructor. He was featured in Gracie Magazine for his innovative approach to fitness using the Function Patterns methodology.
Stevie’s journey to functional perfection started when had a severe back injury and began exploring training that was not only smarter but that enhanced his flexibility and strength around his lower back so that he could keep training for Jiu-Jitsu competition. Through this journey he discovered the function patterns methodology! Stevie now trains several times a day on most days and is one of the strongest most agile Jiu-Jitsu practitioners you will ever meet.
In addition to group classes, Stevie is available for private lessons. Through private lessons he has helped many people correct spinal and postural deformities that they were either with born with or have developed over time through sitting at a desk and typing on a computer. Privates are available to kids 12 and older and adults.
Stevie Linton (BJJ Black Belt) has been training jiu jitsu since 2002. He received his black belt from his first instructor, and now second degree black belt under Robson Moura, in November of 2011. Competing frequently through out the years, he is a multiple time New York Open silver and bronze medalist in the adult and masters divisions. He has competed in Fight to Win’s professional jiu jitsu promotion and won. He has also competed multiple times in IBJJF Pan Ams, The World Championships, Master Worlds and Abu Dhabi Trails to name a few.
He has traveled to Beirut Lebanon, Seattle, Hawaii and San Diego multiple times to study bio mechanics with Functional Patterns master practitioners and the founder as well. Stevie holds two degrees in Sociology, an A.A. in sociology pre-major and a B.A. in sociology with a minor in English/literature from East Carolina University. Stevie is also a certified kettle bell instructor under Steve Maxwell’s kettle bell system “max bells”, and instructed daily kettle bell fitness classes at Maxercise in Philadelphia. Stevie also has four years of experience as a traditional personal trainer. And Stevie was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 2005 after five years of service.
Rachel began practicing yoga in 2000 while attending massage therapy school. In 2009, Rachel met her Ashtanga teacher, AngelaJamison, and was quickly drawn to study the method deeply. Under Angela’s guidance she has practiced Ashtanga yoga daily, without fail, since April of 2011. She has also maintained a seated meditation practice throughout this time.
Ashtanga Yoga is an embodied tradition. Its transmission is person to person, and is mostly non-conceptual. As such, the popular 200-hour approach to yoga teacher trainingis not recognized in the Ashtanga tradition. Teaching skills are transmitted and developed through relationship between teacher and student, via daily practice in the classroom, over a long period of time.
In 2012, Angela invited Rachel to become her first teaching apprentice.
Rachel spent five years, from 2012-2017, as Angela’s full-time apprentice and co-teacher at AYA2, the traditional yoga school that Angela founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During that period, Rachel assisted Angelain the classroom 2-4 mornings per week, every single week; she taught Mysore-style Ashtanga full time during five 2-3 month periods when Angela was studying in India; and she has traveled three times to Mysore, India, the source of the Ashtanga method, for her own 2-month long periods of study. In addition, Rachel taught traditional Ashtanga for credit in the University of Michigan’s Department of Dance for 5 semesters.
Since moving to Tampa in 2017, Rachel returns to AYA2 twice a year to study and teach. She plans to return to India regularly in the future for practice with SharathRangaswami, the current Ashtanga yoga lineage holder, for guidance and inspiration.
Rachel earned a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2013. She now works full-time in her South Tampa Massage Therapy practice, in which she specializes in relieving chronic pain and fatigue. At South Tampa Jiu-Jitsu, she teaches traditional Ashtanga Yoga to small groups, and in one on one sessions.