Instructors

Lucas Lepri

Head of the Affiliation

Head Instructor, Lucas Lepri, is one of the most accomplished and decorated jiu jitsu athletes in the world. He is a 9-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 competition record began in 2007 with him winning the World Championships. In 2014, he won every major tournament he entered, including winning the World title again in what many call the most dominant performance of the 2014 World Championship tournament. Lucas followed up his previous successes with a gold medal winning performance at the 2016 World Championships described by Flograppling as “flawless” as he submitted his way to yet another gold medal. Long known as one of the most prolific grapplers on the planet, Lucas has now focused some of his championship level abilities to the coaching realm-leading his school to the 2016 Charlotte Open Championship in only its second year of existence. For more information on Lucas Lepri, click here. 


Tony Casarez

Founder and Instructor at Team Casarez

  • Black Belt with 15 years of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu experience
  • 15 years of IBJJF Competition
  • First Degree Black Belt under Lucas Lepri

Tony began training Jiu Jitsu in 2006 in Laredo, Texas. After growing up playing sports such as football, track and field, and power lifting, Tony started martial arts training in 2006 and was attracted to the self-defense aspects, MMA, and eventually, sport competition aspects of Jiu Jitsu as well as the many benefits that it can bring to individuals off the mats. After competing in local competitions, he medaled in IBJJF Worlds Blue Belt division in 2008. Since then, he has competed in events such as Pan-Ams, Worlds, US Open, and multiple IBJJF Opens, as well as many other competitions over the years.

In the fall of 2014, Tony began training with Lucas Lepri, who became a friend and mentor. Team Casarez Jiu Jitsu opened in 2015, and since then, has provided a strong community and family atmosphere that invites both competitive and recreational students alike. As a former teacher for both high school and college students, he uses the skills he learned as an instructor to create a positive and effective learning environment for his Jiu Jitsu students.

Accomplishments:

  • Black Belt Adult Miami Open Champion Gold Medalist (2019)
  • Black Belt Adult Atlanta Winter Open Bronze (2019)
  • Black Belt Adult Atlanta Spring Silver (2019)
  • Black Belt Adult Orlando Spring Open Silver (2019)
  • No-Gi Worlds Bronze Medalist (2018)
  • No-Gi Pan American Silver Medalist (2018)
  • American Nationals Silver Medalist (2018)
  • IBJJF Mundials (Worlds) Medalist
  • IBJJF Pan-American Medalist
  • US Open Silver Medalist
  • Abu Dhabi Pro Trials Texas Champion
  • IBJJF Houston Open Champion
  • IBJJF Charlotte Open Silver Medalist
  • IBJJF Dallas Open Medalist
  • IBJJF Atlanta Silver Medalist

Ted Miller

Instructor at Team Casarez

Looking for a better way to stay in shape and avoid the same boring workouts, Ted began training BJJ in 2015. Since then, he has been obsessed, training 4-6 times a week. He started training in the suburbs of Philadelphia, but has also spent time traveling to different locations to train as well. This included training in Peru for over a year, where he received a blue belt. Ted joined Casarez BJJ in 2019 and was instantly welcomed by the other students. Currently a brown belt, Ted has competed at every level including winning a number of tournaments.

Ted understands that training Jiu-Jitsu is a challenging endeavor but extremely rewarding as progress is gained throughout the journey. He is always willing to help break down/share techniques and concepts with anyone that shares the mat with him.