Mark Gross

 Instructor  ( Saturday 11am )


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

​Clinic Supervisor and Instructor

at Pacific college of Oriental Medicine, NY Campus

Mark began practicing martial arts at the age of ten and didn't stop. He discovered Brazilian Jiu-jitsu nine years later, and other than taking four years off to study acupuncture and East Asian medicine, he hasn't stopped that either, earning his purple belt from (UFC) Matt Serra in 2010. After the birth of his daughter he relocated to Westchester, where, in 2013, he earned his Black Belt from Steve Kardian and Phil Migliarese. He currently teaches and trains at ECUBJJ ( White Plains) under Jojo Guarin. Mark also teaches East Asian medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in lower Manhatan. He sees patients at his office in the Flatiron district of Manhatan. To find out more, please visit

Tony Gioffre

​ Instructor  ( Tuesday & Thursday  12pm )


Self Defense Fitness Education in White Plains

East Coast United Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

JoJo Guarin

​ECU Head Instructor and Owner


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

Gi and No-Gi (Submission Grappling) Fighter

Mixed Martial Arts Veteran

Certified MMA Corner-Man

Awards & Titles:

Pan American Champion

4x NAGA Champion

6x Grapplers Quest Champion including Advanced Absolute Champion

2x Acom LI NY Pro-Division No-Gi Champion

Reality Fighting MMA Fighter

Ring of Combat MMA Fighter

JoJo is a Black Belt under Sean Alvarez (UFC 42) and his roots can be traced back to Carlson Gracie of the Gracie Family - the first family in BJJ. A veteran MMA fighter and active Blackbelt and Pro-Division No-Gi fighter, JoJo is a tremendous athlete who lives the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle - teaching, training and fighting alongside his students. An all-state swimmer in high-school, JoJo is an advocate of cross-training.

JoJo currently competes at the highest level - fighting in invite-only Professional grappling tournaments and often competing in the Absolute Dvision against other blackbelts and expert fighters 2x his size. In addition to his Head Instructor duties at ECU Westchester

Nick Norman

Instructor  (Friday) 6-7pm


Brown Belt

​Physical TRherapis

Awards & Titles:

NAGA Champion

Grapplers Quest Champion 

Good Fight Champion

Nick Norman, ​a student of Jojo Guarin since 2009, is a dedicated martial artist and has been assisting at ECUBJJ after he received his blue belt in 2010. Nick was Head Instructor of the kids class for 2 years and was recently assigned to teach Fundamental Classes (Tues. & Thurs. 6-7pm). He has won numerous Championships such as NAGA, Grapplers Quest, Good Fight, IBJJF, and ADCC. Nick also has a career as a Physical Therapist at Burke Rehabilitation In White Plains.