About Prof. Hiago

Hiago is a prolific competitor in both Brazil and North America in Gi and No Gi tournaments, with numerous gold, silver and bronze victories. He is also an Official IBJJF Referee.

Today he lives in Charlotte, NC. He was presented his black belt by Masters José Luis Varella, João Alfredo Tavares Marino and Julio Cesar Pereira, the founder of GF Team. Hiago is the head instructor and part owner of Arte Suave Jiujitsu Academy.

We are fortunate to have Hiago share the mats with us regularly and help teach occasionally.