Instructors • Lucas Lepri Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Meet the Team

Lucas Lepri 

Rank: Black belt

Head Instructor, Lucas Lepri, is one of the most accomplished and decorated jiu jitsu athletes in the world. He is a 7-time black belt World Champion and has won every major jiu jitsu tournament in the world, a feat accomplished by only a handful of athletes in history. His black belt… READ MORE

Fred Silva

Rank: Black belt

Coach Fred began training jiu jitsu when he was 16 years old in his hometown of Brasilia, Brazil. In August 2015, he relocated to Charlotte to instruct full time alongside his cousin Lucas Lepri. Fred received his back belt from Lucas Lepri in December 2016.

Achievements

2017 IBJJF Houston Open 2nd Place (Black belt)

2017 IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open 3rd Place (Black belt)

2016 IBJJF Charlotte Open Champion (Brown belt)

2016 UEAJJ NY Pro Trial Champion (Brown belt)

2016 IBJJF No-Gi Pan American 3rd Place (Brown belt)

2015 IBJJF Atlanta Open Gi & No-Gi Champion (Brown belt)

2015 IBJJF Rio Pro 3rd Place (Brown belt)

2015 IBJJF NY Pro 3rd Place (Brown belt)

2014 CBJJ Brazilian No-Gi Champion (Brown belt)

2013 IBJJF No-Gi World 3rd Place (Brown belt)

2012 IBJJF Brasilia Open 2nd Place (Purple belt)

2012 IBJJF Pan American No-gi 3rd Place (Purple belt)

2009 IBJJF South American 2nd Place (Blue belt)

2008 CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (Blue belt)

Donovan Espinosa 

Rank: Brown belt

Coach Donovan has been a part of Lepri BJJ since the academy opened in November 2014. He earned his brown belt from Lucas and is also in charge of our kids and juniors program.

Achievements

2016 IBJJF Charlotte Open Gold Champion (Purple Belt)

2012 IBJJF Atlanta Open Silver 2nd Place (Blue Belt)

Dean Lewis

Rank: Brown belt

Coach Dean moved to Charlotte in the summer of 2015 to train with professor Lucas. He has over 7 years of teaching experience and received his brown belt from professor Lucas. Since join Lepri BJJ, coach Dean has won more tournaments than previous years combined.

Achievements

2017 IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open 2nd place (Brown belt)

2016 IBJJF No-Gi World Champion (Purple belt)

2016 IBJJF No-Gi Pan American Champion (Purple belt)

2016 IBJJF New York Spring Open Champion (Purple belt)

2016 IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open Champion (Purple belt)

2015 IBJJF Atlanta Summer Open Champion (Purple)

2014 IBJJF No-Gi World 3rd Place (Purple belt)

2014 IBJJF No-Gi Pan American 2nd place (Purple belt)

2014 IBJJF Boston Summer Open Champion (Blue belt)

2013 IBJJF No-Gi Pan American 2nd place (Blue belt)

2013 IBJJF Boston Summer Open Champion (Blue belt)

2012 IBJJF No-Gi Pan American Champion (Blue belt)

Sabrina Wright 

Rank: Purple belt

Coach Sabrina trains since she was 9 years old and pursue a dream of becoming a black belt world champion. She started to train under professor Lucas guidance since January 2015 and has won notable titles such as the IBJJF Pan Ams and World Championships.

Achievements

2017 IBJJF New York Open Champion (Purple belt)

2016 IBJJF World Champion (Blue belt)

2016 IBJJF Pan Ams Champion (Blue belt)

2015 IBJJF World Championship 2nd place (Blue belt)

2015 IBJJF Chicago Open Champion (Blue belt)