Sean Lynch began his jiu jitsu journey under Professor Eduardo ‘Veio’ de Lima. Professor Eduardo is a 4th degree black belt and one of the pioneers of the famed Gracie Barra team. Sean was involved in different martial arts for many years before meeting Professor Eduardo when he arrived in the United States in 1999. Sean immediately fell in love with the effectiveness of Brazilian jiu jitsu and became one of Eduardo’s early students.

In 2006 while Sean was still a purple belt, Eduardo asked him to begin teaching a jiu jitsu program together to help spread BJJ to St. Petersburg. This program grew into opening an independent location in 2013 and the St Pete Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy was born.

Sean is an avid traveler, at one point spending 18 months on an around the world journey. Traveling gave him the opportunity to train in Brazil, New Zealand, Thailand, and many other places. He found jiu jitsu to be the connection to new friendships all over the globe and the diversity and welcoming environment of the academy reflects this experience.

Sean is a certified instructor, having received his black belt in December of 2009, and was awarded his 2nd degree in April 2016

Tom “Palito” Novell has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the last eleven years and is a 1st degree black belt under Eduardo de Lima. Tom began his journey in BJJ after a friend of his bet he could hold him down. After losing the bet, Tom knew he had to learn jiu-jitsu.

Rodrigo “Manilha” Guimaraes hails from Recife, Brazil, and has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the last ten years. He is a black belt under Eduardo de Lima. A lifelong fan of the martial arts, Rodrigo trains BJJ to have fun, stay in shape, and relieve stress.

A former member of Marine RECON, Shane Dunn has been training BJJ since the early 90s, when he met Sergio Monteiro, a second degree black belt under Murilo Bustamante. Though his early training focused on the gi, Shane began to adopt his style to no-gi in the late 90s in order to compete in MMA during its formative years. Since then, Shane has also been a submission grappling competitor and a coach to a number of successful MMA fighters. Shane’s expertise is a welcome addition to our no-gi program at St. Pete BJJ!