Allan Manganello is the founder and head instructor of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Louisville. He has over 35 years of martial arts experience (25 years training directly with the Gracie family) and is also currently a police officer in Louisville, KY. Professor Manganello received his Jiu-Jitsu training from Masters Rickson Gracie and Pedro Sauer. He was awarded his Black Belt from Master Sauer in 2006 and currently holds the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt. With training and teaching as his passion, he frequently travels and teaches seminars all over the world. Today, he continues to study and polish his Jiu-Jitsu skills, focusing on the most recent Gracie Academy curriculum with Ryron and Rener Gracie.
Ken Corbin is a Gracie Academy Certified Instructor. He was first introduced to Jiu-Jitsu by his brother in Jacksonville Florida in 2010, and has followed his passion ever since. He is a 2 stripe Purple Belt under Professor Allan Manganello. Prior to being introduced to the Combatives System through the Gracie Academy, he was a Level 1 Certified Instructor through the Pedro Sauer Association. Finding Gracie Jiu-Jitsu later in life has taught Ken that it’s never too late to start your journey. “My journey was only possible through the support of my family – my incredible wife (Sabrina 2 stripe blue belt) and my two wonderful children (Colin and Mya), who also train. I invite you to come in and let us show you ONE technique of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. It will change your life.”
Will Stites is a Gracie Academy Certified Instructor. He has over 10 years of martial arts experience holding the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate. Will started his Jiu-Jitsu training in 2015 under Professor Allan Manganello and currently holds the rank of 2-stripe Blue Belt. Since Will has been helping teach since the age of thirteen, he especially enjoys teaching the Bullyproof classes the most. He loves teaching techniques within a fun environment. Most of all, he loves to be on the mat, with his Jiu-Jitsu family, training and teaching. After attending one class with Will, you will see that his passion is more than evident.
Leeann Manganello is a Gracie Academy Certified Women Empowered Instructor. Being a survivor of domestic violence, she became passionate about learning practical self-defense and eventually empowering other women. She began training under her husband, Professor Allan Manganello, in 2014 and now teaches alongside him in the Women Empowered program. Her technical ability and outgoing personality make her an amazing instructor.