Damian Hirtz has over 25 years of training and teaching experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Damian is the head black belt instructor of Alliance Minnesota under the guidance of one of the founders of Alliance, Fabio Gurgel. Damian teaches and trains daily and is also an active competitor at the black belt level.
Damian’s attention to detail and dedication to the technique of jiu-jitsu led to his being asked to substitute for his instructor very early in his training, while still at the Blue Belt level. As time went on he was asked to assume a greater role in the development of his fellow students and began teaching his own regular classes. Over the years he was lucky enough to work with students from all walks of life, helping them reach their full potential in jiu-jitsu. His students have ranged from doctors, lawyers, housewives, office workers, students, and children to police officers, military personal and professional competitors.
Because of his dedication to the technical aspects of jiu-jitsu, his role evolved into additionally teaching the advanced classes and working with competitors and professional fighters on their preparation for events.
His role as a training partner and corner man to many professional Mixed Martial Arts fighters continues to this day. He continues to be a reference for some of the greatest competitors in the world competing on the highest levels possible in events like The Ultimate Fighting Championship, EliteXC, WEC, and Pride FC.
Tim has been training for over a decade and was recently promoted to first degree black belt, the second black belt rank in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Like all our instructors, Tim is a seasoned competitor with an incredibly impressive tournament resume. Tim’s teaching style is incredibly technical yet easy to understand and incorporate into your game. Tim lives in Minneapolis with his wife Jolynn and young sons, Ollie and Duncan and dog Lano.
Alex is a 3rd Degree Black Belt (SanDan) in Judo and Level I Certified Coach and Instructor with the United States Judo Association. Alex started his thirty-seven year judo career at the age of thirteen in Fort Myers, Florida. Alex received his Shodan (1st degree Black Belt) at the age of nineteen and his Sandan in 2013 from Sensei John Paccione, President of the USJA. Alex is also a Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training and competing under Professor Damian Hirtz.
Alex has been an active tournament player, coach and instructor in MN since 1994, and continues to actively compete medaling in statewide, regional, national and international tournaments, Including an AAU National Judo Title in 2005 and a World Masters Jiu Jitsu title in 2018. He has also coached his students in national competition at the 2003 Junior Olympics in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Alex is married and has two daughters (who both train). He lives in Chanhassen and operates his own Web development and graphic design firm.
2003 – MN State Judo Tournament – Adult Black Belt – Silver
2005 – AAU National Judo Tournament – Masters Black Belt – Gold
2005 – AAU National Judo Tournament – Adult Black Belt – Bronze
2006 – Twin Cities Winter Judo Classic – Adult Black Belt – Silver
2007 – MN State Judo Tournament – Adult Black Belt – Bronze
2012 – MN MatMania NoGi – Gold
2012 – St Croix Grappling Games – Silver
2012 – St Croix Grappling Games – Gold
2015 – IBJJF Chicago Open – Master 3 Blue – Medium/Heavy – Gold
2015 – IBJJF Chicago Open – Master 3 Blue – Open – Silver
2017 – IBJJF Chicago Open – Master 4 Blue – Medium/Heavy – Bronze
2017 – IBJJF Chicago Open – Master 4 Purple – Medium/Heavy – Silver
2017 – IBJJF Chicago Open – Master 4 Purple – Open – Silver