Heriberto Lopez, our Head Instructor has over 12 years of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training experience. He is also a combat veteran with four combat tours and over 20 years of active duty in the US Army, as a US Army Paratrooper and Logistics Manager. While serving in the Army, he was also a Modern Army Combatives instructor.
His Jiu-Jitsu journey has provided him the opportunity to share the mats with some of the best instructors and practitioners all over the world. Due to the nature of the military lifestyle and military assignment requirements, he had to change Jiu-Jitsu schools and/or affiliation every couple of years, but he still kept training and creating his own path on his Jiu-Jitsu journey. Some of his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors throughout his journey are; Prof. Ted Stickle, Prof. Eric Burdo, Prof. Mike Crawford, Prof. Klint Radwani, Prof. Jeff Vigil, Prof. John Frankl, Prof. Kris Kim and now he is a member of “Team Passos”, under Prof. Tony Passos.
Heriberto, was born and raised in Puerto Rico where he graduated from college with a BBA, majoring in Accounting from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. He also completed his Masters in Aeronautical Science with dual specializations in Management and Safety Systems from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Some of his accomplishments in Jiu-Jitsu competition are:
2009 - Army Post-Combatives Champion / Team Coach Gold
2011 – SouthWest Grapplefest Bronze
2012 – SouthWest Grapplefest Silver (GI) / Bronze (NO GI)
2013 – UGF Arizona State Championships Silver (GI) /Gold absolute (GI) / Silver (NO GI)
2013 – SouthWest Grapplefest Bronze (Gi)
2013 – Gracie Barra Inter-School Tournament Silver (Gi)
2013 – Jiu-Jitsu Asso. of Korea (JJAK) Bronze (Gi)
2013 – Seoul, Korea International Open Bronze (Gi) / Silver absolute (Gi)
2013 – De La Riva BJJ Cup, Seoul, South Korea Bronze (GI) / Silver absolute (Gi)
2014 – IBJJF American Nationals Bronze (Gi) / Silver (NO GI)
2015 – Arizona International Open Gold (Gi)
2016 – Arizona International Open Bronze (Gi)
2017 – IBJJF Washington DC Open Silver (Gi)
After wrestling throughout highschool, Chris' passion for grappling continued so he turned is attention to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. While training Jiu-Jitsu Chris was recruited to coach highschool wrestling and it was during this time that Chris really discovered his love for helping others succeed. He has always had a passion for physical fitness so Chris decided to couple his love for helping help others with his passion for physical fitness by becoming a certified IKFF (International Kettlebell Fitness Federation) instructor. Chris uses his IKFF knowledge to increase his client's work capacity, core strength and flexibility. These are also important attributes on the matts adding a certain uniqueness to Chris as a Jiu-Jitsu Instructor.
Some of the benefits of kettlebell training that add to Chris' unique Jiu-Jitsu style:
Incredible work capacity (strength endurance)
Enhanced athleticism – flexibility, coordination, balance etc.
Lean & functional muscle mass
Strengthening of the entire posterior chain
Sport and combat applications
Professor Tony Passos
Team Passos Head Instructor
While his love for competition is strong, Tony’s true passion lies in teaching and coaching. He has dedicated himself to the arts of teaching and coaching since early on his career, focusing on the development of his students on and off the mat. He works closely with all of his students in setting goals, developing personal training plans, competition strategies, scheduling, as well as approaching BJJ from a holistic point of view.
Whether you are seeking a professional career in the sport, are a weekend warrior, or are simply looking to try a new hobby, Tony strives to work with you to ensure that your goals and desires are met by his teaching and coaching, and pushes you to maximize your potential. Tony has won and medaled in many prestigious competitions such as:
IBJJF Chicago Open 2013
IBJJF Chicago Open 2012
IBJJF Pan American Championships 2011
Abu Dhabi Pro 2010
IBJJF Pan American Championships 2010
IBJJF Houston Open 2010
IBJJF US National Championships 2009
BJJF Miami Open 2009
Head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Instructor Professor Tony Passos is one of a few Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts under Ricardo De La Riva.
He shares this distinction with such greats as Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Moacir “Boca” Oliveira.
He is currently an IBJJF certified second degree black belt. Tony started training Jiu-Jitsu at 18 years old in Recife, Brazil. Since that time he has trained with and learned from world champions such as Andre Galvao, Guto Campos, Claudio Calasans and many others.
Chuck Berry, is currently a coach at 804 Jiu-Jitsu. Chuck has 14 years of grappling experience including 8 in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He started his BJJ journey while still on active duty and earned his blue, purple and brown belts from Professor Kelly Grissom, a Leo Dalla Black Belt. After training in Stafford, VA for the first 7 years of his BJJ journey, Chuck joined the 804 Jiu-Jitsu and the Team Passos family after relocating to Richmond for work related reasons.
Chuck is a retired Marine with over 21 years on active duty who serving in several billets to include attack helicopter pilot, defense experiment portfolio manager, operational planner and forward air controller. He grew up in southern New Jersey, is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and holds two Master’s degrees in military studies.
Brett began his study of Judo in 2014 as a senior at VCU under Sensei Mills . His passion and knowledge for grappling grew and ultimately culminated to him achieving his Shodan in 2019 under sensei Powell. Though his time he has developed ties to community through the state that allowed him to train with several current and past Olympians. Brett briefly taught Judo through VCU recreational sports club from 2018 to
2020 where he actively competed and coached at various tournaments locally and regionally.
He began his Jiu-Jitsu journey in 2019 in efforts to sharpen his techniques on the ground. He quickly found a passion for Jiu Jitsu and participated in several tournaments. Brett was awarde the rank of Blue Belt in Jiu-Jitsu in February 2019, and he currently is the Judo instructor for 804 Jiu-Jitsu and an assistant coach for our kids and adults classes.
Edralin Avendano "Eggy"
Beginning Martial Arts at the age of 5, Eggy started his Martial Arts training with Tae Kwon Do, attaining a 3rd Degree Black Belt. At the age of 9, he cross trained with Submission Wrestling and Muay Thai.
As a High School Wrestler, he took the Varsity Positions within the 113lb and 120lb in Folk Style Wrestling and was a Regional Placer for Virginia during his Junior and Senior Years. Eggy’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Lineage and training can be traced back to Dennis “Superman” Hallman of Victory Athletics; his Purple Belt was awarded by Heriberto
Lopez under Prof. Tony Passos.
His Submission Wrestling, Wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Accomplishments Include:
The Good Fight:
1st Place No-Gi - 2010
2nd Place No-Gi – 2010
Junior Grappling Association:
1st Place No-Gi - 2010
MMA Vegas Fight Night - 2011
Epic MMA St. Patrick’s Day Kid’s Grappling - Avendano vs Skylar - 2012
Vegas Fight Night, Submission Grappling Match – 2016
North American Grappling Association:
1st Place 2013 Portland, OR - Katana Award
2nd Place 2013 Portland, OR
1st Place 2014 No-Gi, Portland, OR
2nd Place 2014 Gi Portland, OR
120lb Varsity Folk-Style Wrestling:
2nd Place 2015 Titan Classic - Cosby High School
3rd Place Conference 3 2015
1st Place Duals 2016
2nd Place Conference 3 2016
U.S. Grappling Submissions Only, VA Beach - Advanced Level -2016
1st Place - Age 15 to 17 - 115 to 122lb
1st Place - Age 15 to 17 - 115 to 122lb