Our Instructors

Felipe "Zicro" Neto (Head Instructor)

Conde Koma - Esai Maeda Koma, also known as 'Conde Koma' was a master that traveled to  Brazil in 1915

  • Alliance 5th Degree Black Belt under Romero Jacar√© Cavalcante
  • Director / Head Instructor of Zicro Academy
  • Degree in Physical Education Estacio de Sa University (RJ)
  • Legal Studies at Santa Ursula University (RJ)
  • Member of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Team



Our Founder

Felipe is a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and is the head instructor of the Zicro Academy, in Tallahassee, Florida. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Zicró began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at 17 years old. He has trained for many years under such notable masters as founders of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Romero "Jacaré" Cavalcanti and Fabio Gurgel. He was promoted to Black Belt on January 20, 1998 in the Master Jiu-Jitsu academy in Atlanta, Georgia. Zicró currently holds the rank of black belt, fifty degree in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Felipe has competed extensively throughout Brazil and the US. He has held a number of titles in Brazil. In the US he held the Florida State Champion, NAGA, Calhoun MMA Champion, co-champion in the PanAmerican Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu games in Los Angeles, CA and many more. 


Lateef Bryant (BJJ Assistant Instructor)

Carlos Gracie - For Carlos Gracie, learning the art from a Jiu Jitsu master was a very special opportunity. Carlos Gracie was young and athletic, so he had progressed quickly in Jiu Jitsu during the year Conde Koma had spent with him

  • Brown Belt under Felipe Neto
  • IBJJF 2011 Pan Ams Bronze Medalist - Blue Belt Heavyweight
  • 2011 Lutador Open No Gi Silver Medalist - Intermediate Light Heavyweight
  • 2011 Lutador Open Bronze Medalist - Blue Belt Light Heavyweight
  • 2010 Florida State Championship Bronze Medalist - Light Heavyweight
  • Amateur MMA record 1-0
  • Degree in Physical Therapy, Howard University, Washington, DC
  • Currently pursuing Strength and Conditioning Certification




Jasmine Halle (Kids BJJ Assistant Instructor)

Rolls Gracie - As a child, Gracie was raised by his uncle Helio, whom he trained with extensively in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Gracie trained and taught at Carlson's Copacabana Academy and eventually met a judo practitioner named Osvaldo Alves, who trained with him for a year, improving his skills.

  • Pan Ams Ibjjf -(Competing in Juvenile) 2nd in weight, 3rd in absolutes
  • Lutador-ATL (Competing in Women) 1st in blue, 2nd in absolutes-all belts ranks
  • MMAC Tampa 1st place in Juvenile female gi 1st place in womens Gi 1st place womens no gi light 3nd place womens no gi middle
  • Jacksonville Sunshine Open 2nd place Juvenile male gi 2nd place Juvenile male no gi 2nd place Womens Gi 1st Place Juvenile female gi
  • Torque Orlando 1st place Juvenile male 1st place Juvenile female





Brandon Ryals (MMA Instructor)

Romero 'Jacaré' Cavalcanti - Born in 1952, Jacaré began his BJJ training at 11 years old. At the age of 16, he joined the famous Gracie School in Copacabana where he grew up. Jacaré and the Gracies lived in the same neighborhood, so, he got to met all of them. He was in the same BJJ class as Carlos Gracie Jr., Crolin Gracie, Fabio Santos, Mauricio Gomes, the Machados, Rickson Gracie, and many others

  • Over 10 years of training and teaching.
  • Purple Belt under Felipe Neto
  • Training under great instructors; including multiple Kickboxing World¬†¬†¬† Champion Justin Pickett, 4th Degree BJJ black belt Felipe ‚ÄúZicro‚ÄĚ Neto, and Frank Shamrock‚Äôs IFL vet Josh Odom.
  • Mix Martial Arts veteran.
  • Fought all throughout Georgia and has carried his fighters up and down the east coast for competitions.
  • Brandon‚Äôs instruction style is detailed, and caters to students of all ages and skill levels, whether they are seeking self-defense training, weight-loss motivation, or have an interest in serious competition.


Deanna B. (Kickboxing & Fitness Instructor)

Luiz Felipe Zicro Neto - Felipe began competing early in his Jiu-Jitsu training, at the age of 17. He is a two time Rio de Janeiro state champion and has competed extensively in Brazil and the US. Felipe was promoted to Black Belt on January 20, 1998 in the Master Jiu-Jitsu academy in Atlanta, Georgia, by Professor Jacaré Cavalcanti. It was a well deserved promotion. Those who train with Zicró know that he is not only an excellent trainer with a vast knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu, but also a good friend, and a great person to be associated with and train with.

  • CAFAA certified group exercise instructor.
  • B.S in Exercise Science.
  • Master in Public Health.
  • Balck Belt in Tae Kuan Do.
  • 5 years of experience in Kickboxing/ HITT.
  • Certified Insanity trainer/ RIPPED. ¬†

About Us

Zicro Academy has been active in Tallahassee for 10 years. The head instructor is a Alliance 5th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, with a degree in Exercise Science. Zicro Academy offers Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Cardio Kickboxing, Mix Martial Arts, Functional Training, and a fitness facility. Zicro Academy is the only martial art training center in town that offers such a variety of services, and provides the legitimate Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The academy focuses on providing a holistic program that seeks to improve our students self-defense skills, individual health and mental well-being. Our students improve their anility to concentrate, gain discipline, improve their well-being, self-esteem, and self-control. As the students become more advanced, they will gain experience and knowledge that would last forever. Zicro Academy is the largest and best equipped martial art training facility in Tallahassee and the all North Florida with more than 6,000 square feet of training area.

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Our Facility

  • 6,000 Square feet world class facility, the largest in North Florida
  • 3,500 Plus Sq. Ft. Mats Space for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Self Defense, Kick Boxing, MMA and Fitness
  • Multiple Heavy Bags, Muay Thai Bags, Speed & Double end Bags
  • 20 foot diameter octagon cage
  • Functional/ Plyometric training area and equipment
  • Cardio machines; Pro shop; Kids class
  • Large dressing/restrooms for male and female members
  • kids play area

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