Coach Jose Arias
Assistant Instructor and Program Director | Brown Belt
Coach Jose was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. He loved to stay active and was part of the Dominican Republic’s national swimming team, leading him to compete in the Atlanta Olympic trials for swimming.
Coach Jose moved to the United States in 1999 where he found his second outlet for competition. He trained MMA from 2003-2006 finishing a 4-0 career in amateur cage fighting. He found Jiu-Jitsu in 2006 with American Top Team but could no longer train after moving to Jefferson City.
Coach Jose’s passion for Jiu-Jitsu never faded and he was ecstatic to find a home with Gracie Barra, right after it opened! His lifelong dream has always been to coach and has found a passion for teaching his favorite sport. Learning about the Legacy through the Instructors Certification Program only deepened his appreciation for Gracie Barra. Coach Jose now loves to pass on that legacy to others. He has led the kids competition team since its beginning in the summer of 2023.
When not training or coaching, Coach Jose can be found spending time with his son and daughter.