Head Instructor:

Professor Rob Gutierrez


Black Belt Competition Awards:

IBJJF Championships:

  • Gold Medal 2013 NY Summer Open IBJJF (Middle)(S)
  • Gold Medal 2012 NY International Open IBJFF (Middle)(S)
  • Silver Medal 2011 NY International Open IBJFF (Middle) (S)

Pan No Gi / IBJFF Championships:

  • Gold Medal 2013 Pan No Gi Championship (Middle) (S)
  • Gold Medal 2012 Pan No Gi Jiu Jitsu Championship (Middle) (S)
  • Gold Medal Pan 2011 No Gi Jiu Jitsu Championship IBJFF (Middle) (S)
  • Gold Medal Pan 2010 No Gi Jiu Jitsu Championship IBJFF (Absolute) (S)
  • Silver Medal 2011 Pan IBJJF Jiu Jitsu Championship (Middle) (S)
  • Bronze Medal Pan 2010 No Gi Jiu JItsu Championship IBJFF (Middle) (S)

Arnold Gracie World Championships:

  • Gold Medal 2005 Arnold Gracie World Championship (Masters)

Rob Gutierrez, like many of today’s practitioners, began his journey in Brazilian Jiu jitsu after watching an early UFC tape of legendary Royce Gracie. Completely captivated by Gracie’s techniques, Rob G. immediately began his quest to find instruction in the martial art that took the world by storm. Always the consummate competitor and athlete, Rob G discovered a Royce Gracie training association in Westchester County, New York. Though he began training in his late 20′s, Rob G took Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to heart and devoted 100% of his time and energy to mastering this new art. Growing up with role models such as Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris, Rob G knew from the first day he set foot on the mat that he’d found his calling in life.

Training under famous Gracie brothers such as Royce, Rorion, and Rolker, and some of their top instructors like Caique, Rob G. excelled at Jiu Jitsu. Royce promoted him to blue belt in under a year, and two years later awarded him his purple belt. During this time, Rob G participated in Jiu Jitsu tournaments and won several medals. From Westchester, Rob G. moved on to a Relson Gracie academy in the Bronx where he was one of the instructors. Motivated to learn as much and as quickly as possible, Rob G met and began to train with former UFC fighter Sean Alvarez – a Renzo Gracie Brown Belt at the time. From this new training regimen, Rob G was introduced to a different Jiu Jitsu style – Gracie Barra, a more aggressive variation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Training under Sean and Nelson Monteiro, Rob G began to blend these two styles of Jiu Jitsu. Rob G would learn to develop his own hybrid style mixing Royce’s traditional passive style with the more aggressive Gracie Barra style.

During this time Rob G would also begin training at the world famous Renzo Gracie academy in NYC. This latest move would shape Rob G’s Jiu Jitsu career as he had the opportunity to train with high level practitioners and completely immerse himself in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Shortly thereafter, Rob G would earn his brown belt under Sean Alvarez (who had himself been promoted to black belt) and Nelson Monteiro. A year later, Rob G was again promoted – this time to black belt by Nelson Monteiro.

Rob G has been a black belt for over nine years. Throughout his journey he still feels the same passion and joy he felt that first day he began training Jiu Jitsu. And from those early blue belt days, Rob G has been coaching and teaching. A natural instructor, teaching has always filled Rob G with a deep sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. Rob G derives great satisfaction in passing on the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to his many students.

Rob G still finds time to compete and challenges himself on the mat and in major tournaments around the country. Having done very well in competition, Rob G has proved once again he has an elite level of Jiu Jitsu and looks forward to competing again in 2014! Additionally, Rob G trains in class and regularly spars with all of his students, regardless of age or ability, as well as his fellow colleagues. For Rob, every training session provides lessons in the endless journey that is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


Assistant Instructors:

Coach Vianca Jager

Vianca Jager discovered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at an after school program her freshman year of high school. Instantly captivated, Vianca made Jiu jitsu part of her life. Vianca’s formal training began at Ground Control under the tutelage of Sean Alvarez and Rob Gutierrez. It did not take long for her instructors to realize Vianca was a natural. In 2005, Vianca chose to continue her instruction with Professor Rob Gutierrez when he began to teach in Queens,NY. An accomplished competitor, Vianca began competing in local and national level gi and no gi tournaments and has quite an extensive collection of medals and trophies that prove her success. Vianca is recognized by her peers and in the Jiu jitsu community as a successful, respectful and tenacious competitor. Outside of training Vianca currently attends Westchester community College where she studies early childhood development. She intends to complete her degree and go on to graduate school. The art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is not just a hobby for vianca but is a way of life. A life of dedication, fulfillment and self-worth. She is a valued member of our ECU Queens family. Vianca’s goals are to complete her academic studies, achieve the rank of Black belt and continue living the life-style of a champion.


Coach Jillian DeCoursey

Jillian DeCoursey started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2008. Before discovering Jiu Jitsu, Jillian was a accomplished athlete. She excelled in sports such as Basketball and Volleyball. In her junior and senior years of high school Jillian lead as Captain of her basketball and Volleyball teams twice being voted MVP for each sport. Jillian went on to play Basketball at the University of Bridgeport. The University granted Jillian a 50/50 scholarship for both athletics and academics. After two years she transferred to Hunter College and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. Jillian went on to study Mental Health Counseling at Iona College and graduated with a Masters Degree. She is currently working as a Therapist at Bellevue Hospital on the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit.

Jillian began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Professor Rob Gutierrez. Jiu Jitsu has become more than just another sport to conquer. For Jillian, it has become a way of life. It is her hard working no quit attitude that makes her a true asset and valued member of ECU Queens. Jillian enjoys competition and is always up for a new challenge. Her greatest accomplishment in her numerous tournament victories is a Silver Medal at the Worlds 2011 in California.



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