Jared George has long been interested in martial arts. He began his training in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Maine back in 2000 under Bruce Carleton, a black belt under De La Riva 3rd degree black belt Alexey Cruz. Jared received his blue belt under Master Carleton. Upon returning to Oregon, Jared received his purple belt under Eben Kaneshiro in the Summer of 2010. He has trained in a variety of locations in the United States and Brazil. In 2008 he had his first opportunity to meet and train with Master Rodrigo Cavaca in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil and has been training under Rodrigo ever since.
Jared has competed in various local and national tournaments, including the Pan American and Worlds competitions. Jared placed second in the North American Nationals in 2009 and was the 2009 Oregon Open Super Heavyweight Champion. In February 2013 Jared won the Revolution BJJ tournament as a brown belt. In September 2018 Jared returned to competition winning silver at the Oregon Open Black Belt Masters Division.
Jared was awarded his black belt in November of 2014 by Master Cavaca and is proud to represent the Zenith team. In July of 2018, Jared received his first degree black belt from Master Cavaca. He is also a level 2 certified Army Combatives instructor. Professor George is dedicated to helping people better their lives and increase their self-defense capabilities through training and regularly instructs Strength and Conditioning classes, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes as well as occasional self-defense, home defense and firearms instruction.
Kevin Epeneter, aka - “The Senator”, leads kids and select adult BJJ classes at NextLevel while holding the rank of Black Belt under Professor Jared George that he received in Summer of 2021.
He is known for his sense of humor, patience, and creative ways to approach the intricate details of Jiu Jitsu techniques while relating them to everyday life.
Drawing from diverse past experiences training and competing in Europe and the US, training under Professors and Coaches with varied backgrounds from “Professional UFC fighters to traditional Jiu Jitsu self defense pioneers”, Coach Kevin always has something special to share. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned practitioner, he strives to provide a positive atmosphere that encourages mental and physical growth both on and off the mats.
Coach Kevin places a high value in the knowledge that BJJ will provide students with great physical and mental strength, resolve, patience, persistence and perseverance.
His goal, having coached both kids, teens and adults for over 6years is to encourage and support students personal growth as Martial Artists in BJJ, both on the mats as students, training partners, and competitors, as well as off the mats in their everyday lives.
Derek began his Jiu Jitsu journey in April of 2012.
After the first few months he fell in love with every aspect that Jiu Jitsu had to offer.
He is currently a Brown belt under Jared George, and co-coach the kids Jiu Jitsu program.
He loves spreading his Jiu Jitsu knowledge with other people, as well as continually working on his own Jiu Jitsu.
He is an avid competitor with the hope of one day being a Black Belt world champion.
Joshua Chamberlain has been training Brasilian Jiu Jitsu for almost a decade with Next Level Martial Arts and Fitness.
He has spent his entire journey here starting as a white belt.
Through the years he has been a successful competitor, winning multiple tournaments and placing in almost every tournament he has entered.
He enjoys helping individuals reach their goals, whether to get in shape, succeed as a competitor, or becoming better people on and off the mat .
Striving to push everybody to reach their goals in all aspects of life especially when it’s tough is what he finds rewarding and he strives to be a positive influence/example for all he encounters .
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