Professor / Jiu-jitsu athlete

Jeff Messina

Jeff Messina started his training in December of 1997 with Saul Soliz. Saul was at the forefront of training mma champions under grueling conditions.   The early days with Saul were tough and memorable. Jeff has had the opportunity to train with such fighters as Tim Credeur, Tito Ortiz, Rico Rodriguez, Yves Edwards, Kevin Randleman, Coleman and Kerr in order to prepare them for UFC and Pride. Jeff became more passionate about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu after traveling to Rio de Janeiro of 02 to train with Fransico Albuquerque (Toco) and the students at Nova Geracao (Cyborg, Pulga, Mangabeira, Tim Maia,etc). Jeff soon met Rodrigo Medeiros, a Carlson Gracie 5th Degree Blackbelt, whom he eventually earned his black belt under in 2008 after winning the nationals in Los Angeles. Jeff is currently a 3rd degree black belt Under Rodrigo Medeiros and Judo Black belt under Jaime Lazcano. Jeff continunously travels,trains and competes as a means to constantly educate himself as a fighter and Professor.  Having trained in all the functional styles, Jeff is a well rounded fighter but feels BJJ is the most effective martial art as well as lifestyle and culture. Jeff is a graduate of University of Houston and resides in Katy with his sons Noah, and  Adrian and wife Veronica.  Jeff also proudly serves his country and state as a member of the Texas Army National Guard. Jeff wishes to share what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has done in his own life and what it will do for everyone to improve every aspect of life no matter age or gender.

Jeff is a third degree black belt certified by the IBJJF (having gone through a criminal background check, CPR certifications and IBJJF rules meetings).

Jeff is a graduate of the Army Combative Master Training Course.

Jeff holds a first degree black belt in Judo (Shodan)

1999 Battle at the Beach Vale Tudo – Gold Light Heavyweight
2001 Houston Submission Challenge – Gold Heavy Weight GI / Silver Heavy Weight No-Gi
2003 Carlos Machado Winter Wars – Bronze Blue Belt
2003 Smack Down in H-Town – Gold Middle Weight  No-Gi
2003 Carlos Machado BJJ Open – Gold Blue Belt
2003 Battle of H-Town – Gold Advance Middle Weight
2003 World Championships in Rio “Mudials 2003” Competitor
2003 Texas Shoot Out – Gold Gi Middle Weight/ Bronze Open Division No-Gi
2004 Carlos Machado Winter Wars – Silver Purple Belt
2005 Texas International Grappling Festival – Gold Gi Cruiser Weight/ Advanced/Purple/Brown/Black Division
2006 Carlos Machado Winter Wars – Bronze Purple Belt Heavyweight
2006 Pan American – Competitor Purple Belt
2006 Fight Fest Corpus Christi(Pro MMA) Won via Rear Naked Choke 1:55 R 1
2006 Mundial Competitor Brown Belt
2007 Carlson Gracie Open 2 – Silver Open Weight Class 
2008 Pan Americans – Silver Brown Belt Medium Heavy
2008 Brown Belt Absolute National IBJJF Champion
2009 NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS(MMA) Win via Triangle
2010 GFA (Global Fighting Alliance MMA) Win via Armbar
2010 Pan Americans –  Black Belt Bronze
2010 Grapplers Quest – Gold
2010 US Nationals – Bronze Absolute Class
2010 Battle of HTown – Black Belt Superfight Champion
2010 No Gi World Championships – Gold Black Belt Master
2011 IBJJF Dallas Open – Bronze Medal Masters
2011 IBJJF Dallas Open – Silver Absolute Black Belt Masters
2011 Alamo Judo Classic – Double Gold Black Belt Master and Adult
2012 IBJJF Dallas Open – Silver
2013 IBJJF Houston Open – Silver
2013 Fort Sill Army Combative – Middle Weight Champion
2013 IBJJF American Nationals – Gold
2013 IBJJF Miami Open – Silver Black Belt Absolute Division
2014 IBJJF Dallas Open – Silver Medal
2014 Naga-  Black Belt Champion
2014 IBJFF Boston Open – Double Gold
2015 IBJJF Houston OPEN Silver Medal Absolute (Close Out for Gold)
2015 IBJJF Austin Open Gold Medal
2015 IBJJF Dallas Open Gold Medal Black Belt Medium
2016 IBJJF PAN AM Bronze Medal
2016 Houston Open Judo Black Belt Masters Champion
2017 IBJJF San Jose Middle Heavy Gold Medal
2017 IBJJF Mexico City Double Gold Open Black Belt
2017 IBJJF Rome Open Gold
2019 IBJJF Charlotte Open Middle Heavy Gold Medal
2019 IBJJF Nashville Open Silver Medal
2020 Submission Hunter Pro 58 Superfight Champ
2022 New Orleans Super Open Silver Medal
2022 IBJJF Boise Open Double Gold
2022 European Masters Champion

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