ANDREAS ACHNIOTIS

ANDREAS ACHNIOTIS IS A FIRST DEGREE BLACK BELT IN  JIU JITSU UNDER PANTELIS PANAGIDES & ROLLES GRACIE.

HE STARTED TRAINING JIU JITSU AROUND 2004 IN CYPRUS AT ASPIDA TEAM RENZO GRACIE UNDER

PROF PANTELIS PANAYIDES AND LATER IN ITALY AT TEAM MILANIMAL UNDER ANDREA BAGGIO.

IN 2009 HE BECAME A CO-OWNER AND INSTRUCTOR AT ASPIDA UNTIL 20I4 WHEN HE TOOK OVER AS AN OWNER AND HEAD INSTRUCTOR. 

ANDREAS HAS BEEN COMPETING CONTINUOUSLY INTERNATIONALLY IN BOTH SUBMISSION ONLY EVENTS SUCH AS EBI AND IBJJF EVENTS LIKE THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS. 

IN 2019 HE CREATED PALESTRA JIU JITSU WITH THE  VISION TO TAKE HIS TEAM TO THE NEXT LEVEL NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY. 

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KALLIS

HE BEGAN HIS JIU JITSU JOURNEY AS ONE OF PANTELIS' FIRST STUDENTS AND RECEIVED HIS FIRST DEGREE BLACK BELT UNDER PROF EDUARDO DE LIMA IN 2017. HE IS A PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER WHO SPECIALISES IN FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH AND FITNESS. HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE KIDS AND BASIC PROGRAM AS WELL AS THE WOMEN'S SELF DEFENSE. 

ANDREAS ACHILLEOS

ANDREAS ACHILLEOS BEGAN HIS BJJ JOURNEY IN 2006 AS ONE OF PROF MAX CARVALHO'S FIRST STUDENTS IN ZR TEAM HUNGARY. WHEN HE RETURNED TO CYPRUS HE STARTED TRAINING IN ASPIDA TEAM RENZO GRACIE WHERE HE RECEIVED HIS BLACK BELT FROM PROF ANDREAS ACHNIOTIS IN 2018. FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS HE HAS BEEN AN ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR AT THE ACADEMY FOCUSING ON THE BASIC PROGRAM AND HELPING PROF ANDREAS ACHNIOTIS WITH THE ADVANCED PROGRAM. HE HAS AN M.A. IN CLINICAL-COUNSELLING PSHYCOLOGY FROM LA SALLE UNIVERSITY OF PHILADELPHIA AND HE IS PROVIDING COUNSELLING SERVICES TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. 

STELIOS MODESTOU

STELIOS MODESTOU IS A BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU PURPLE BELT UNDER ANDREAS ACHNIOTIS AND ALEX KALLIS. HIS BJJ JOURNEY STARTED IN 2013 AT ASPIDA TEAM RENZO GRACIE WHERE HE HAS SINCE BECOME AN ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR FOR THE ATRG KIDS PROGRAM. HE HAS A BA IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE AND HE IS A FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER AND AN OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST.

JOSEPH TSOUTSOUKI

JOSEPH TSOUTSOUKI IS A PURPLE BELT UNDER PROF ANDREAS ACHNIOTIS. HE IS ONE OF THE YOUNGEST ATHLETES IN PALESTRA JIU JITSU ACADEMY.

 IN 2017 HE WENT TO THE STATES FOR A YEAR WHERE HE TRAINED IN AOJ UNDER MULTIPLE TIME WORLD CHAMPIONS PROFESSORS GUI AND RAFA MENDES.

  FROM 2018 HE RETURNED TO CYPRUS AND STARTED TRAINING AND TEACHING AT THE ACADEMY.HE IS CURRENTLY A STUDENT IN UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS IN THE FIELD OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING.

 HE BELIEVES THAT YOU HAVE TO IMPROVE INSTEAD OF PROVE AND THAT HARD WORK ALWAYS PAYS OFF.   HIS VISION IS TO BECOME A HIGH LEVEL ATHLETE RECOGNISED BY THE WORLD AND THE ONLY PLACE TO ACHIVE THAT IS HERE IN PALESTRA.