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John Botello
John Botello

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Last Name: Santos
Nickname: "Gladiator"
City: West Springfield
State: Ma
Country: United States
School: Gabriel Gladiator Training Center

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1. Submitted by Matt Roy on Thursday August 8, 2013 9:38 PM
This man is the epitome of patience and great instruction. He by far is the best professor I have ever met. On top of this he is friendly and always greats me with a smile and a handshake. The key is the smile is genuine!

2. Submitted by mark moynihan on Thursday August 8, 2013 10:26 PM
Gabriel is one of the most accomplished Martial Arts i have ever met... his attention to deal makes him one of the best BJJ instructors around. His patient nature, and easy going personality makes him a one of a kind BJJ instructor. If you ever have the chance to train under Gabriel you will learn very quickly that he was trained by the best, and want to learn as much as you can from him. It is a privilege to be a student under Gabriel, and it is an honor to call him a friend. Ossu

3. Submitted by Darin Reisler on Thursday August 8, 2013 10:30 PM
Gladiador is an incredibly technical practitioner of the art. More importantly, he is able to breakdown technique into bite-sized pieces for his students. He provides all the details required and keeps no secrets. If you have a chance to train with Gladiador, you will find that he truly is one of the best!

4. Submitted by Scott Gierlich on Thursday August 8, 2013 10:41 PM
Gabriel "Gladiator" Santos is the leader of the best teams in Massachusetts! Not only is he an accomplished athlete. He's one of the best instructors in the business. The atmosphere he crates allows you to learn "true" Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu! I'm a proud member of the family environment at Gladiator BJJ/MMA. I'm very proud to learn and call him a friend. If you are ever in Massachusetts and want to visit a great gym, please look him up. Team Gladiator! Osu

5. Submitted by Robyn Lee on Friday August 9, 2013 12:46 PM
I am so happy to train with Gabriel Santos. I am exceptionally proud to be apart of this family. He is a wonderful trainer. I have learned so much from him in his women's kickboxing class as well as BJJ. I am happy to come to class every week with a hunger to learn more and train harder. If you are looking for above and beyond training look no further than Gabriel Gladiators. I could not be more satisfied with my decision to train at his MMA gym.

6. Submitted by Marlene Reisler on Friday August 9, 2013 1:19 PM
Gabriel's BJJ classes are the perfect mix of drilling, instruction, and rolling. All students, regardless of belt level, can take away another piece of the Jui Jitsu puzzle by the end of each class. His instruction is very clear and incredibly detailed. He demonstrates a technique several times ( not just once or twice) to ensure that everyone knows how to perform it correctly. His students benefit from his strategy of teaching in "chains" , which come in very handy if you can recall them when rolling. ;) Lastly, Gabriel rolls with his students at their own individual skill level... He lets them work, instead of smashing them ...which is why I respect him the most. :-)

7. Submitted by Brendan Sheehan on Friday August 9, 2013 1:57 PM
The training is amazing! Gabriel does his best to make everyone to feel like family and this makes for a comfortable,learning environment. Top rate training !

8. Submitted by Jason Franklin on Wednesday August 14, 2013 9:01 PM
Gabriel Gladiator is simply the best. He has flawless technique and an ability to teach the most basic or complex move with simple instruction. He is patient, knowledgeable, and takes time with every student. A true pioneer and legend. if you have a chance to learn from him take advantage of it.

9. Submitted by Jeremy Reipold on Sunday August 18, 2013 7:28 PM
I have known Gladiator for a few years now. He is a genuine, caring man. He loves the sport of BJJ and his passion and excellence show through in his training and technique. From his seminars, to one on one, or class sessions, Gladiator BJJ is the best around.

10. Submitted by Eric Rosa on Sunday August 18, 2013 7:35 PM
There is so much to say about Gabriel that I don't know where to start. He is a great person who I am lucky to have met. He truly embodies what it means to be a Martial Artist. His attention to detail and the way he teaches his students is world class. It is an honor for me to be a student and learn this amazing Martial Art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from someone who is indeed a legend of the craft. If you want to learn BJJ Gabriel is absolutely the number 1 choice in my opinion to help you on your journey. World Champions in BJJ will tell you the same exact thing. Ossu!

11. Submitted by Misha Mezheritskiy on Sunday August 18, 2013 8:50 PM
Gabriel is an amazing instructor. He brakes techniques in pieces and then puts is all together, like a puzzle. I feel honored to learn from him.

12. Submitted by joe smith on Sunday August 18, 2013 9:19 PM
I met Gabriel a few years ago and was a little skeptikal about putting on the gi. Due to the way he teaches and trains, now thats all I think about!! He teaches techniques breaking them down step by step paying close attention to every detail watching and correcting every student. Its an honor to train under a person that has trained under and with the best of the best. His lineage says it all!!

13. Submitted by Raquel Lee on Tuesday August 20, 2013 2:32 PM
Gabriel is an amazing instructor and has created an amazing family type of training environment. He's a friendly and humble individual with an awesome knowledge of BJJ. As a student I always feel welcomed and comfortable in all his classes. He's able to provide detailed instruction and doesn't mind working with you over and over until you get it right. Classes are fun and include just the right amount of time for instruction, drilling, and rolling. What makes him even more amazing is that he also teaches a Kids BJJ class!! My boys absolutely love him! Gabriel is so patient with the kids. He keeps things playful and provides the children with simple focused lessons that only include just one or two things per class to ensure that they can remember what is being taught. In addition, the children learn how to be fit while they also learn how to respect each other and community around them. I am truly grateful to Gabriel for helping my boys’ blossom and love BJJ! :-)

14. Submitted by Matt Daly on Wednesday September 4, 2013 8:08 PM
It is an honor to study under gladiator! Great teacher!

15. Submitted by Joe WESTBURY on Tuesday June 24, 2014 2:36 PM
Without question, Gabriel is the best BJJ instructor I have trained with in 8 years. Patient, technical disciplined all describe him well. Your BJJ journey should begin and end with Gabriel.

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