Mateo Nunez is a brown belt under Abmar Barbosa. He was first introduced to Jiu-Jitsu by UFC referee Mario Yamasaki in 1997. Mateo was a DJ, while Mario was working security at a club in Washington, D.C. One day, Mateo noticed a fight inside the club. As a result, Mario had to control a person who was almost double his size and weight. He was amazed at how Mario handled this situation with ease. It was then that Mateo decided that he just had to learn Jiu-Jitsu.
After a few years of studying this martial art with the Yamasaki family, he met Abmar Barbosa in 2012. He has been training with him since. Being involved in various sports such as soccer, basketball, football, tennis, as well as martial arts (Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Judo, and Capoeira) most of his life, Mateo was always athletically inclined. He was fascinated by Abmar’s athletic ability, speed, and dynamism. Mateo became entranced with Abmar’s teaching style and is now proud to be an instructor.
Teaching and Achievements
Mateo’s classes include drills and repetition to create muscle memory and establish reactions, while developing and incorporating cardio to carry the body to apply the techniques. He stresses the importance of mental toughness to deal with the pressures of any situation whether it involves Jiu-Jitsu or everyday life. An avid competitor since 2011, Mateo has been competing at various Jiu-Jitsu events including Superfights. Some of his most notable victories have been gold at ADCC VA Beach 2014 and his most recent win at Fight2Win 2017 where he also walked away with the brown belt Fight of the Night. Mateo always aims to attain knowledge of the “gentle art” everywhere he goes around the world. He travels to Puerto Rico and Cuba several times a year to teach and he continues to share what he has learned in the basics class at the Abmar Barbosa Jiu-Jitsu Academy.