Sean Cooper: Head Instructor


Sean Cooper is the owner and head instructor at Cooper MMA.  Sean has been doing martial arts including Tae-Kwon Do since he was a child.  His love of the arts brought him to his true passion, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu which he has been doing for over 23 years.  He is a third degree Black Belt under Cleber Luciano.  Master Cleber is an 5th degree Black Belt under Rickson and Royler Gracie, Judo Black Belt, and professional Mixed Martial Artist, based out of Huntington Beach, CA.  Sean is ranked under Evangalista Santos Cyborg for Muay Thai and Vale Tudo.  Evangalista is one of the founding members of the infamous Chute Boxe Academy located in Curitiba, Brazil. 

A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor and champion himself, Sean is coach to champions from numerous organizations including NAGA (North American Grappling Federation), AGF (American Grappling Federation), Grapplers Quest, IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation), and Fight To Win/ World Grappling Circuit.  Sean also has extensive training in the art of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, and has trained law enforcement and special forces.  He also coaches numerous professional and amateur Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) champions.  Sean regularly brings in the highest level of instruction such as Richard Perez, boxing coach to UFC fighters Nick and Nate Diaz, Invicta Champion Cris Cyborg, and the legendary Royce Gracie just to name a few. Sean is an active member of his community, winning a distinguished employer award from Leander Independent School District, and organizing charities for Safe Place through women's self-defense workshops.  He has also conducted free anti-bully seminars for kids to raise the awareness of bullying.  He gives kids the confidence they lack by empowering them through self-defense and martial arts.  He teaches them how to handle situations that present themselves, and to only use martial art techniques only when necessary.  His belief is to help one child at a time, and make his community a better place. 


Cyborguinho Dos Santos- Lead Muay Thai Instructor

Cyborguinho is a Brazilian Muay Thai Black Belt, Chute Boxe Member, and brother to Evangalista Cyborg.  Living out of Houston, he teaches at Cooper MMA bi-weekly for Muay Thai training.  He is graduate of Master Cyborg and Grand Master Rudimar Fedrigo's program in the Chute Boxe Academy.  He has 6  Muay Thai fights, and is also a professional fighter in MMA where he has 5 fights and 3 victories. 


Duece King

Duece has been training MMA for 15 years.  He is a 4 stripe purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, pro mixed martial artist, and pro boxer.  He has has 29 professional bouts in the cage.  He has been teaching Muay Thai Kick Boxing, Boxing, and MMA classes for 8 years.



Rudy Canales

Rudy is a Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu, has been training since 2005, and is a NAGA and AGF gold medalist.  He has training in Muay Thai as well as BJJ, and is a 20 year-deep worldwide competitor and teacher of hip hop dance and breakdancing, and has incorporated those methods of movements of dance into his Jiu-Jitsu game.  Rudy is also a certified personal trainer and is always learning more efficient ways to become a better athlete.


Ren Penaflor

Ren began his training in 1998 under King Webb, and received his Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu in 2011.  His style epitomizes Jiu-Jitsu’s original Japanese translation of “the gentle art.”  His instruction focuses on flow, technique, and keeping it playful, while reinforcing the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a combat discipline.  This is why Ren trains:

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Omar Rivera

Coming from a well diverse background in Muay Thai and Kickboxing, Omar has had the opportunity to train with the elite in multiple countries.  He has practiced his art in Peru, Germany, and the US for over 25 years.  Due to his extensive background, he has created a unique approach that he has been coaching and teaching for over 10 years. 


Mark Gilston

Mark is a 4th degree judo Black Belt that began training the art at the age of 5 and  has studied with many of the luminaries of the discipline. In 1980, he began teaching a judo club at SUNY Binghamton. He was awarded his Black Belt in 1989 and taught judo for six years at Cornell University and for four years at the Corning School of Criminal Justice.  In 1994 after winning gold medals in both kata and shiai in international competition, he taught several classes including the Tomodachi Judo Club and the Police Athletic League. He brings a traditional approach to judo, emphasizing technical skill and attention to detail to maximize usefulness and efficiency, while at the same time protecting your partners and ensuring safe practice.