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Juan Ignacio Yalour

The amazing quality of our instructors takes no end- in this year´s period is no different, as we are happy and proud to introduce Juan Ignacio Yalour, born on the 22nd of January in 1984 as Robert Pastuch´s successor.

It has actually been Robert, who suggested him to take his place after leaving towards the USA. Both instructors have a history of an amazing six years having trained together in Argentina- this has made the transition for all Spirit members a very easy one.

Juan has an illustrious martial arts background, which he has carried around the globe to MMA Spirit. He started his Judo training aged six and followed that path for the next four years before he has had the only martial arts break of his life until 14. It was then when he started training Shotokan Karate and Aikido for another three years before he tried to find a new passion with Luta Livre. His training “only” lasted one and a half years as he felt no passion for the sport, which should dramatically change once he got in touch with Jiu Jitsu- the rest is history as he never stopped training even during his five years at Buoneos Aires´s “Belgrano” university.

His education, which was financed by a scholarship, ended with him being promoted as a qualified psychologist. He decided to move on to Germany aged 25, where he put his effort into more educational work at Cologne´s university – aiming for a phd. But it was his love for Jiu Jitsu that finally made him turn his back to an academic career.

He started his own Jiu Jitsu group, before MMA Spirit came knocking in summer 2013. It was an easy decision for both parties to get together and we are happy to have this strategy oriented Grappling and MMA instructor as a part of our team. Juan has already been training with some of the biggest stars in MMA and Jiu Jitsu such as Rodigo “Minotauro” Nogeira, De La Riva and Roan “Carneiro” Jucao, only to mention a few. His love for mixed martial arts has been enlightened via the multiple Jiu Jitsu world champion Demian Maia in 2009, when he was able to submit Chael Sonnen in a UFC middleweight fight. We are looking forward into a bright future with Juan.