MATT JUBERA | BLACK BELT - 4TH DEGREE
Professor Matt Jubera is a multiple time World Champion and Pan American Champion. He is the first person that Xande Ribeiro (7-time world champion) put a black belt around and is Saulo Ribeiro’s 4th American black belt. Saulo and Xande Ribeiro are two of the top competitors of all time and known for their coaching skills after authoring the best selling book Jiu-Jitsu University. Professor Matt’s competition accolades, lineage of instructors and passion for teaching make Jubera Brazilain Jiu-Jitsu the best place to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Colorado.
Lineage: Helio Gracie→Royler Gracie→Saulo/Xande Ribeiro
Highlights of his competition record include:
- 2017 Master’s World Champion (Black Belt)
- 2013 No Gi World Championship 3rd Place (Black Belt)
- 2012 Master’s World Champion (Black Belt)
- 2011 American Nationals Champion (Black Belt)
- 2009 Las Vegas Grapplers Quest Heavyweight Champion (Black Belt)
- 2009 Pan American Champion (Brown Belt)
- 2009 Pan American Absolute 3rd Place (Brown Belt)
- 2008 Pan American Champion (Brown Belt)
- 2006 World Cup 3rd Place (Purple Belt)
2006 Pan American Champion (Purple Belt)
His 5-star rated DVD, Head Pressure Passing is available on BJJFanatics.com
Professor Jubera has been teaching BJJ for almost the entire 20 years he has been training. He refined his coaching skills by instructing at Saulo and Xande’s own academy in Detroit, Michigan. He has been a multiple time guest instructor at the University of Jiu-Jitsu and Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Xande Ribeiro described Professor Matt’s Jiu-Jitsu game as the most similar to his own out of all his students.
Matt Jubera started grappling in high school and was the captain of his high school wrestling team. At the University of Michigan he started training and teaching at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. When Saulo and Xande moved to Toledo, Ohio and opened academies in both Toledo and Dearborn, Michigan, he was able to train everyday with the top BJJ competitors and instructors of all time. He stands out in Colorado as someone who pushes himself to train with the best and makes trips out to train with world champions Saulo Ribeiro, Xande Ribeiro, Rafael Lovato Jr and James Puopolo on a regular basis. Matt also trains wrestling with the Elevation Fight Team Coach and Division 1 National Champion Dave Zabriskie.
In 2006 Matt began finding international success by competition winning the Pan Ams at Purple belt and beat a member of the Gracie family in the finals of a tournament. He competed in Brazil taking third in the World Cup (where Xande won his first Open Weight title at black belt). In 2008 he won Pan Ams at brown belt and also received his judo black belt. On March 29th, 2009 after winning his Pan Am division for the second time and taking 3rd in the open weight Saulo Ribeiro took off Matt’s brown belt and Xande Ribeiro put on his black belt. A year later he left his career in software development to teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu full time.
In 2011 Matt became the Black Belt American National champion in the adult division. In 2012 he became the first American to win the Masters World Championship (ages 30-35) beating opponents who placed in the Pan Americans and Brazilian Nationals and joining other champions that year such as Xande Ribeiro and Roberto Tussa Alencar. In 2013 he took 3rd in the adult division of the No Gi World Championships. On August 24th, 2017 he repeated his feat at the Masters Worlds Championship in the 30-35 year old category winning all five of his matches by submission without a point being scored against him. Only four Americans have won the Masters World Championships in the 30-35 age division and only Rafael Lovato Jr and Matt have done it more than once. That year he joined champions Clark Gracie and Rafael Lovato Jr.
He lives with his wife, two young children and his German shepherd and Belgian Malinois in Westminster, Colorado.
Professor Matt earned his Computer Science degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and uses that logical nature to make Jiu-Jitsu easy to learn.
Professor Will Forbes | Black Belt 1st Degree
Professor Will is a 1st degree black belt and started with Professor Jubera 13 years ago. He is an amazingly patient instructor whether you are 4 years old or older. He has taught Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over 7 years and is the main instructor for beginner classes at the academy. He is a has won many local competitions and has competed at international competitions as well. He is known for his creativity and skill on the mats. When not teaching or training you will find him paddle boarding on the water.
Professor Tessa Neely | Black Belt
Professor Tessa came to Jubera Jiu-Jitsu as a blue belt and earned her black belt in 2021 after winning Pans making her Professor Jubera's first female black belt. She is a multiple time Master's World Championship medalist. She does an excellent job keeping this simple and digestible and she runs Beginner No-Gi classes and Sundays Women's classes.
Coach Hannah Strong | Brown Belt
Coach Hannah is a staple of our kids program and favorite coach of our youth students and parents as well. She has 8 years of BJJ experience with 6 of those as a kids coach. She is an ambassador for women's Jiu-Jitsu in Colorado, runs women's open mats and Girls in Gi's events.
Brenna | Front Desk
Brenna has been training Brazilian since she was 16 and is currently a student at the University of Colorado. She is the ambassador for the academy and is usually the first person you will interact with over email or phone.