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Fabio Costa
Fabio Costa

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Last Name: Ellwanger
City: Mandeville
State: LA
Country: USA
School: Gracie United

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1. Submitted by Mark Massey on Sunday December 11, 2011 5:29 PM
Professor Ellwanger is a great instructor and mentor. He has helped me tremendously with the business side of running a successful Gracie Barra academy. I am very happy to have him come to my school and share his knowledge with me and my Students. He is a very giving person.

2. Submitted by Trey on Friday December 16, 2011 12:43 PM
Prof Rafael Ellwanger is personally is responsible for getting me started in BJJ about 6 years ago. Since then I have lost over 70lbs, learned a life changing art, and now teach under him in Slidell, LA. He has done a so much for the growth of BJJ in Southeastern America! ANYONE, who has the opportunity to train with Prof. Rafael should absolutely take advantage of the opportunity!!

3. Submitted by Bobbi (Lobster) McCurnin on Saturday January 7, 2012 9:45 PM
I've been training with professor Raffael for almost a year now and I look forward to every class. He moves with such precision and accuracy and thus far I haven't seen his technique matched. He's got a great sense of humor and brings an encouraging and inviting atmosphere to the humble art of jiujitsu. He's made me a Gracie Barra loyal for life!

4. Submitted by Marco Macera on Saturday January 7, 2012 10:01 PM
Best instructor in the state.

5. Submitted by Camilo Olivieri on Saturday January 7, 2012 10:34 PM
I have known Prof. rafael for a few years already, and I really admire and respect his dedication to the BJJ life style and his great effort to spread the gospel of BJJ in the South. Great instructor, human being and a absolute great inspiration for all

6. Submitted by Blake Dunaway on Saturday January 7, 2012 11:50 PM
words can not describe my professor. Virtuous, humble, an exellent instructor and an amazing friend to all his students. Thank you for the time and effort you have put into keeping bjj alive and prosperous in the south!

7. Submitted by Anthony Donze on Tuesday January 10, 2012 10:02 PM
Moves unbelivably fast for a heavy weight, trains like a light weight and teaches like the incredible Gracie Barra brazilian black belt he is. Always has your back as a student and friend and deserves to be successful in everything him.and his family set out.to do.

8. Submitted by Carlos Dubon on Thursday June 7, 2012 9:15 PM
Incredible teacher who always puts his students first. Has created a Jiu Jitsu empire in the south with students successfully competing at all levels. Highly recommended.

9. Submitted by Brett on Tuesday May 21, 2013 1:45 PM
Professor Rafael is hands down the best black belt I have ever had the pleasure to train under, and he head's up the best BJJ/MMA team on the Gulf Coast....GRACIE UNITED!!!

10. Submitted by Jason Darty on Tuesday May 21, 2013 3:22 PM
His love for this art is unmatched. He is a true teacher in every definition of the word. When you walk into any of his schools you can see right away he teaches to spread the art not to make money like a lot of schools out there. He makes his class fun but don't mistake fun for easy he is known for his tuff training. If you give him a chance he will change your life for the best. A great leader, amazing teacher, and one of the best friends you could ask for. It is a true honor having Prof Ellwanger leans me down my jiu Jitsu path I would fallow this man through the gates of hell to watch him choke the devil.

11. Submitted by Jason Darty on Tuesday May 21, 2013 3:24 PM
Lead* and follow* sorry for the typos

12. Submitted by Ralph Williams on Monday March 31, 2014 12:43 AM
Excellent skills and character. Motivational teacher that leads by example. His love for the art is unmatched by any! If it weren't for his vision of Gracie United we in our community would not have access to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

13. Submitted by matt chandler on Monday March 31, 2014 11:30 AM
He is a great man and better instructor. He believes in a family atmosphere that will build life long bonds. Teaches tha art the way it is ment to be taught. And expects his students to learn with honor. Would highly recomend any of his schools. PROUD TO BE A STUDENT

14. Submitted by Billy Stage on Monday March 31, 2014 12:04 PM
I cant say enough about Prof. Rafael and his academy. Aside from the high level and high quality instruction, his academy is comprised of men and women of high character and integrity. That is something that can only come from the top down. I am proud to be a student and look forward to many years to come with Prof. Rafael!

15. Submitted by Robert Jakab on Tuesday March 3, 2015 12:20 AM
Strong legitimate lineage and has built an empire of 20 gyms with world champion grapplers as instructors. Very happy to be a part of this organization and to be one of his purple belts. To learn more about his background and the organization check out www.gracieunited.com

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