Mark Hidalgo has experience in wrestling, Judo, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu making him an extremely valuable and rare coach. Mark started training Judo in 1997, was awarded his black belt in 2004, and has International competition experience. Mark is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu giving him excellent ground work in addition to his arsenal of Judo throws. Mark trained Judo at the world famous Kodokan in Tokyo, Russia, Brazil, all over Europe and the Americas, bringing a worldwide perspective of Judo to JiuJitsuPedia. Mark is a very patient coach and prides himself on being able to break down the complexity of Judo.
Olympic Judo Athlete
From 1987 to 1998 Israel competed for Cuba, earning countless international medals, including 2 Olympic bronze medals in 1992 and 1996.
Upon retiring from competition in 1998, Israel accepted his first coaching position at the Olympic Training Center in Barcelona, Spain.
Israel would later go on to coach various teams, including, the Puerto Rican national judo team, the Harlingen, Texas National Training Site team and finally the 2008 US Olympic judo team.
US Olympic Judo Athlete
Travis Stephens (born February 28, 1986) is a judoka from United States who competed in 2008 Olympics. He participated in the 2012 Summer games, losing to the previous winner of the 2008 games, Ole Bischof, in the semi-finals by judges' decision. Travis also holds a black belt in BJJ under John Danaher from the Renzo Gracie club in NYC.