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Ernesto Peralez

Ernesto Peralez

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Ernesto Peralez, a 2nd Stripe Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, has been training in martial arts for over 25 years. Ernesto earned his Black Belt in BJJ under Dave “Rockstar” Phillips who is a 3rd degree Black Belt under Master Pedro Sauer, a Certified 8th Degree Red/Black Belt Instructor under Rickson Gracie. Ernesto is also a Black Belt in Judo (8 years), a Purple Belt in the Militech Fighting Systems under Pat Militech himself, and he has also trained extensively in Muay Thai, Western style boxing, and submission wrestling.

Originally from Beeville, Texas, Ernesto was a member of the U.S. Army’s Judo Team, and helped train soldiers in judo and general hand to hand combat. He also trained members of the A.P.D., S.W.A.T., and military personnel stationed at Camp Mabry. When training  students, Ernesto  likes to keep in mind the trainees’ individual strengths and weaknesses. He knows we all bring something different to the table, so Ernesto knows how to tweak a technique to make it accessible to everyone, while still giving each student an individualized goal to strive for. What he asks from the student is merely the courage to try.

“Courage and respect are important. I want them to be willing to try anything I put them through. If they’ll come in as an open book, I’ll simply help fill in the pages. I love to try and answer questions about a technique a student may have. I don’t claim to know it all but will make it a personal project of mine to get the answer for them. I just want their respect and I’m willing to earn it.”

Part of the respect he offers his students is not putting fetters on where they will train and who they will train with. Ernesto is committed to holding an inclusive class. As he puts it, “I want people to feel they have nothing to be afraid of and nothing to lose but everything to gain.”

Ernesto is available for private lessons.  To schedule a private lesson with Ernesto, contact him directly at Ernesto@fitandfearless.com.


Reviews for Ernesto Peralez

“Ernesto is a phenomenal instructor and an incredible person. Very kind, generous with his time, and willing to help anybody. He especially is great with the women in BJJ. He is passionate about teaching them real-life self defense. He is one of the most technical grapplers I’ve met. Overall, a world-class instructor and human being. I can’t repay him for giving me the joy of BJJ.”


“Ernesto’s enthusiasm for BJJ and Muay Thai is infectious. It’s clear he loves teaching us what he knows, and he is always coming up with crazy drills and interesting ways to approach techniques. His classes are fun, and I learn a lot.”


“I’m happy I get an opportunity to train with an instructor like Ernesto! I feel that I have learned so much in the short time that I have been learning BJJ, and I now can do things I wouldn’t have guessed I was even capable of!”


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