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Meet Our Family

Michael Chiovitti
Head Coach & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

Michael Chiovitti is the the head coach of the Youngstown based team and a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under the legendary Mario Sperry. He began his journey into combat sports at an early age and has spent over two-thirds of his life on the mats.  He has competed at all levels within the sport of Jiu Jitsu and enjoys participating in any form of Grappling, Mixed Martial Arts, Self Defense, and Boxing. On the rare occasions he is not present at the gym, he can typically be found training at the renown South Side Boxing Gym or teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Youngstown State University.

James Simon III
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt

James "Jimmy" Simon III is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt under the legendary Mario Sperry and his head coach Michael Chiovitti. He has over 15 years of combat sports experience in both grappling and striking arts. His main focus is developing MSJJO's MMA & Grappling programs into elite, professional level teams and hopes to pass along the knowledge he has had to learn the hard way to any student who is willing to dedicate their time and effort to becoming the best versions of themselves.

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