Joao Da Silva (Junior)

Joao, also known as Junior, began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2007. Junior has competed in dozens of tournaments since he began his Jiu Jitsu Journey. He earned his black belt in 2013 and is part of the affiliation TAC Team. 


Junior was the head instructor for American Top Team from 2007 until 2017. He played an important role in the construction of the kids program. Junior has a passion for helping kids achieve confidence through the art of Jiu Jitsu. 


Junior’s goal for Revive is to help his students reach new levels of fitness and education through the unique sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He prides himself on being compassionate and patient while working with his students. 

Nick Sanders

Nick Sanders started BJJ in 2006 after leaving active duty with the Army.  Nick served in Iraq in 2004-2005 as an infantryman with the First Infantry Division.  While in Iraq, he received several awards including the Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.  Nick is still currently serving in a scout/sniper platoon with the Missouri National Guard.


Nick was the first American to receive a black belt from world champion Leonardo Pecanha and is currently a second-degree black belt under the legendary Jared Weiner and Tac Team.  Nick is an avid competitor, winning both his weight class and the open weight class at multiple IBJJF tournaments.  He is also a three time Pan American medalist and has won several pro Jiu-Jitsu super-fights.  One of Nick’s goals is to bring more Jiu-Jitsu into the veteran community through the We Defy organization.   


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Jessica began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2012. She earned her blue belt in 2014. She competed at the IBJJF Miami Open in 2016 and placed 2nd in her division. Jessica has also competed in the 2015 IBJJF No Gi Worlds and 2016 IBJJF Miami Open. Jessica earned her purple belt in December 2016.

Jessica previously instructed cardio kickboxing and crossfit for 2 years. Jessica enjoys helping her students have fun while getting physically fit. Her classes consist of upbeat music and a variety of exercise routines. 

Assistant Instructors


Thomas Bringe is a purple belt competitor who’s competed in over 100 BJJ competition matches including 3 professional matches. He is a college student at Lindenwood University majoring in exercise science with a minor in strength and conditioning. He is enthusiastic about helping people improve their lives through grappling and fitness.


David started training in MMA in 2009. He has a blue belt in BJJ, with additional training in Judo and Muay Thai. He has an amateur mma record of 3-2. He joined Revive in January of 2020, bringing with a passion for helping kids gain skills and confidence  as they start and continue their BJJ training.


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Dakota began training in Full-Contact Karate & Kickboxing at Chillicothe Martial Arts in 2008 and fighting amateur MMA in 2011
Former 170lb MMA Champion for Sedalia Fights (4-0 Record)
Pound the Ground 170lb Tournament Champion 2014
Illinois Full-Contact Karate- Black Belt Openweight Silver medalist 2016
Former Head Trainer of Title Boxing Club, Creve Coeur and Striking Coach at UFC Gym- St. Charles


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Kids Program, Fitness