Professor / Owner
Jeff Messina started his training in December of 1997 with Saul Soliz. Saul was at the forefront of training mma champions under grueling conditions. The early days with Saul were tough and memorable. Jeff has had the opportunity to train with such fighters as Tim Credeur, Tito Ortiz, Rico Rodriguez, Yves Edwards, Kevin Randleman, Coleman and Kerr in order to prepare them for UFC and Pride. Jeff became more passionate about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu after traveling to Rio de Janeiro of 02 to train with Fransico Albuquerque (Toco) and the students at Nova Geracao (Cyborg, Pulga, Mangabeira, Tim Maia,etc). Jeff soon met Rodrigo Medeiros, a Carlson Gracie 5th Degree Blackbelt, whom he eventually earned his black belt under in 2008 after winning the nationals in Los Angeles. Jeff is currently a 4th degree black belt Under Rodrigo Medeiros and Judo Black belt under Jaime Lazcano. Jeff continunously travels,trains and competes as a means to constantly educate himself as a fighter and Professor. Having trained in all the functional styles, Jeff is a well rounded fighter but feels BJJ is the most effective martial art as well as lifestyle and culture. Jeff is a graduate of University of Houston and resides in Katy with his sons Noah, and Adrian and wife Veronica. Jeff also proudly serves his country and state as a member of the Texas Army National Guard. Jeff wishes to share what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has done in his own life and what it will do for everyone to improve every aspect of life no matter age or gender.
Jeff is a fourth degree black belt certified by the IBJJF (having gone through a criminal background check, CPR certifications and IBJJF rules meetings).
Jeff is a graduate of the Army Combative Master Training Course.
Jeff holds a first degree black belt in Judo (Shodan)
1999 Battle at the Beach Vale Tudo - Gold Light Heavyweight
2001 Houston Submission Challenge - Gold Heavy Weight GI / Silver Heavy Weight No-Gi
2003 Carlos Machado Winter Wars - Bronze Blue Belt
2003 Smack Down in H-Town - Gold Middle Weight No-Gi
2003 Carlos Machado BJJ Open - Gold Blue Belt
2003 Battle of H-Town - Gold Advance Middle Weight
2003 World Championships in Rio “Mudials 2003” Competitor
2003 Texas Shoot Out – Gold Gi Middle Weight/ Bronze Open Division No-Gi
2004 Carlos Machado Winter Wars – Silver Purple Belt
2005 Texas International Grappling Festival - Gold Gi Cruiser Weight/ Advanced/Purple/Brown/Black Division
2006 Carlos Machado Winter Wars – Bronze Purple Belt Heavyweight
2006 Pan American - Competitor Purple Belt
2006 Fight Fest Corpus Christi(Pro MMA) Won via Rear Naked Choke 1:55 R 1
2006 Mundial Competitor Brown Belt
2007 Carlson Gracie Open 2 - Silver Open Weight Class
2008 Pan Americans – Silver Brown Belt Medium Heavy
2008 Brown Belt Absolute National IBJJF Champion
2009 NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS(MMA) Win via Triangle
2010 GFA (Global Fighting Alliance MMA) Win via Armbar
2010 Pan Americans – Black Belt Bronze
2010 Grapplers Quest – Gold
2010 US Nationals – Bronze Absolute Class
2010 Battle of HTown – Black Belt Superfight Champion
2010 No Gi World Championships – Gold Black Belt Master
2011 IBJJF Dallas Open – Bronze Medal Masters
2011 IBJJF Dallas Open – Silver Absolute Black Belt Masters
2011 Alamo Judo Classic – Double Gold Black Belt Master and Adult
2012 IBJJF Dallas Open - Silver
2013 IBJJF Houston Open – Silver
2013 Fort Sill Army Combative – Middle Weight Champion
2013 IBJJF American Nationals – Gold
2013 IBJJF Miami Open – Silver Black Belt Absolute Division
2014 IBJJF Dallas Open - Silver Medal
2014 Naga- Black Belt Champion
2014 IBJFF Boston Open – Double Gold
2015 IBJJF Houston OPEN Silver Medal Absolute (Close Out for Gold)
2015 IBJJF Austin Open Gold Medal
2015 IBJJF Dallas Open Gold Medal Black Belt Medium
2016 IBJJF PAN AM Bronze Medal 2016 Houston Open Judo Black Belt Masters Champion
2017 IBJJF San Jose Middle Heavy Gold Medal
2017 IBJJF Mexico City Double Gold Open Black Belt
2017 IBJJF Rome Open Gold
2019 IBJJF Charlotte Open Middle Heavy Gold Medal
2019 IBJJF Nashville Open Silver Medal
2020 Submission Hunter Pro 58 Superfight Champ
2022 New Orleans Super Open Silver Medal
2022 IBJJF Boise Open Double Gold
2022 European Masters Champion
Alex is a 3rd degree black belt world champion from South Brazil. Alex has competed against and beaten the best of the best. Below are a few of his accompliments at adult black belt.
2x IBJJF Champion of the World
2010 Abu Dhabi Champion Heavyweight
2016 IBJJF Champion Super Heavy
2009 3rd Place Worlds IBJJF Heavyweight
2011 3rd Place Open Class IBJJF
2x Brazilian National Champion
2013 3rd Place Brazilian National
2nd Place PAN Americans 2016
3rd Place European IBJJF 2016
Veronica Mota has been training BJJ since 2009. Veronica received her Black Belt from Jeff Messina in 2017. She is an active competitor and also teaches the Women’s BJJ and Self Defense class at Revolution. Veronica also practices Judo and incorporates Judo techniques in her class. “I’m excited to help others reach their goals!”
2018 Houston Open Black Belt - Gold
2019 Master Worlds Black Belt - Silver
2011 Judo Alamo Classic – Silver
2012 Pan Ams – Bronze blue belt
2013 Abu Dhabi pro trials – Bronze purple belt
2013 Dallas Open - Gold purple belt
2013 American Nationals - Gold purple belt
2013 Miami Open – Gold purple Belt
2014 Boston Open – Double Silver purple belt
2014 World Championship – Bronze purple belt
2015 IBJJF Houson Open Gold Purple belt
2015 IBJJF Master World Champion double gold brown belt
2016 IBJJF San Antonio Gold
2016 IBJJF IBJJF Dallas Gold
2016 Houston Open Judo tournament Gold
2017 F.T.W superfight brown belt champion
2017 IBJJF San Jose Gold brown belt
2017 Gold Absolute IBJJF Mexico City Open Brown Belt
2017 IBJJF Rome Open Gold
Jaime has been practicing different martial arts throughout his life, with his true passion being judo. As an athlete he has trained with World Champions and Olympians and currently holds the rank of Sandan (third degree black belt) under the renowned national collegiate coach Bob Perez (Texas A&M) and a black belt in BJJ under Jeff Messina. During his competitive years, coach Jaime, competed and placed in numerous tournaments fighting hundreds of matches winning numerous times the Texas State Championships and Collegiate State Championships. As a leader/coach he was the Team Captain for the Texas A&M Judo team heading the team to a 3rd place national collegiate placement during his last collegiate year. This was one of the 2 overall best team accomplishments since 1990. Jaime brings extreme competitive experience with a strong focus on detail for coaching that can help anyone achieve their personal goals; whether you are trying to release stress or compete at a national level he is glad to help.
Originally from San Diego, California. Grew up surfing, skateboarding, and swimming competitively. Swam and did triathlons while attending college at Cal Poly SLO until he discovered submission grappling and Muay Thai in 2010. He began training and competing in traditional Brazilian Jiujitsu in 2012. Joe fell in love with the discipline, competition, strategy, heart, and structure of BJJ. Joe’s style of jiujitsu is well rounded and submission focused. He excels in back takes, chokes and leg locks. His teaching style is analytical, principle based, humorous and caring yet has high expectations. Some notable accomplishments are: 1st Purple belt American Cup (Adult Gi), 1st Purple/Brown belt Houston Open (Adult Gi), 1st Brown belt World Championships (Adult NoGi), 1st Onnit Invitational (NoGi, EBI rules), competed in black belt super fights at WNO, 3CG, F2W.
Estilo has studied the Brazilian martial art form known as Capoeira since the age of 3, mentored
by his father, Master Geraldo, and Barravento School in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
After having achieved the title of Instructor in 1999 at the age of 16, he began embracing other
athletic endeavors like Breakdancing.
Discovering the advantage that Capoeira gave him and a new found joy in teaching, gave way to his current passion in helping individuals achieve excellence and a higher level mastery despite whatever martial art or physical activity they engage in.
Since earning his Master’s degree in Capoeira in 2010, he has developed his passion into a systematic way for athletes of ANY kind to incorporate Capoeira into their repertoire with the aim of preserving, reinforcing, and maintaining their most precious asset: “Their Body”
All-American (5th) at 2019 Men's Freestyle Senior Nationals (US Open)
Semifinalist at 2019 Senior Men's Freestyle World Team Trials
Starter on 2015-2017 Penn State Wrestling Team
Semifinalist at 2016 Men's Freestyle University Nationals (All-American)
Starter on University of Pittsburgh Wrestling team 2014-2015
Served 7 years in the FBI; Certified Crisis Negotiator; D1 Wrestler
Mindset coach to many top athletes, teams and UFC fighters
Featured speaker at 100+ coaches clinics, schools, clubs and Universities
Head Wrestling Coach at W4R Training Center in Houston, TX
Coached 80 state placers, 40+ All Americans and 9 National Champions since 2013
Dinko Bektic has been training jiujitsu since 2010. Going from white belt to his current ranking of brown belt under Jeff Messina. Dinko teaches multiple classes at both the Katy and Houston locations. Currently he is the F2W pro brown belt champion. Dinko has placed multiple times at IBJJF tournaments and is a avid competitor.
2019 Pan Ams Champion
2019 American National Champion
Jonathan started training when he was 15 years old at Revolution Dojo under Jeff Messina at their Pinemont location. He achieved the rank of brown belt under Jeff and went on to receive his black belt from Gui and Rafa Mendes. He is constantly studying modern techniques to expand his knowledge of the sport.
Jonathan has a passion is to help others improve their lives through jiu jitsu by becoming better athletes and people.
He grew up in Houston where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and graduated with honors from the University of Houston. Jonathan now lives in Katy with his wife, Michelle, and daughter, Ellie.
“I’m very happy to be back home at Revolution and look forward to working with the students and coaches to help make Revolution the best gym in the world”.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Hi, my name is Ruzanna. My passion is helping and inspiring people with fitness. I love Kettlebells, they offer dynamic, whole-body training that incorporates cardiovascular, resistance and full range-of-motion with a single workout. One of my favorites movements is the Turkish Get-up. In addition to building strength, Turkish Get-ups increase your overall body stability, awareness, balance, and coordination. It is believed that this exercise was invented by ancient wrestlers in what is now Turkey to prepare them for their grueling competitions. My sister was my inspiration for my fitness journey, she introduced me to the Kettlebell training. I got my Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification and I’ve helped many people to improve their lifestyle using the application of this wonderful tool. I specialize in wrestling strength conditioning, this sport is very dear to my heart. I believe learning proper technique will allow you to accomplish consistent progress and avoid injury.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
I have been coaching for 5+years working with both athletes (high school and collegiate) and regular everyday people ranging from novice to competitive. My passion is human movement in all forms, this translate to a training emphasis on challenging exercise that leaves the body feeling healthy and pain free ( aside from being sore). I have been fortunate in learning from other great coaches and trainers with respect to Olympic weight lifting, traditional strength and conditioning as well as kettle bell form and techniques. If you see me or my dog don’t hesitate to stop and say hi.
– Certificates for crossfit lvl 1 coach and mobility
Bryan started judo in 1986 with Karl Geis. Currently Bryan is 3rd Dan Black Belt in Judo and a Brown Belt in JiuJitsu who has trained with many Judo legends in Japan where he spend the majority 1993-94. Brian has trained under legends such as Iaso Kano, Jimmy Wooley, Tommy Digr, Kenny Paterson, Haruk Otsaka, Onosawa Sensei, Asrwa Sensei,and Tommy Riss. Bryan has been working hard on his BJJ for many years and is currently a Brown Belt. Bryan’s judo is very adaptable to BJJ and he has a passion for teaching and training extends into also being one of Revo Dojo’s Crossfit Kettlebell Instructors. Bryan won a tremendous amount of competitions below is a sample of some. 8x state champ 4x state collegiate champ Silver 94 national collegiate’s.
Mike is a Brown belt under Jeff Messina. Mike is an active instructor that enjoys teaching and helping to improve everyone’s game. He loves breaking down techniques and showing the small details of each movement to help others excel. He teaches at the Houston location and is very passionate about each of his students. Mike has also competed in many tournaments placing in most.
Ray has over a decade of muay thai experience training across the US and in Germany. Ray has fought in Muay Thai Kindom, for IKF and for the title in LK1. Ray brings a dynamic style and is here to help you learn real Muay Thai whether you want to get in shape or be a champion fighter.