Meet The Coaches!
Scott "Einstein" Epstein
One of the only two second degree Blackbelts in 10th planet Jiu Jitsu under Eddie Bravo Former, Scott Epstein is the founder of the world famous 10th Planet West Los Angeles. With 19 years of grappling experience 22 years experience of personal training, Scott is most famous for his passion for wellness set on changing and saving lives .
On top of that he is also an Undefeated Pro Mma fighter all wins by submission majority of wins by submission. Below are some of his accolades
- Celebrity MMA Trainer with such notable students as Michael Jai White and Mickey Rourke.
- Chuck Liddell's Jiu Jitsu and strength coach Ultimate fighter season 11 Jiu Jitsu coach for team Liddell
- Multiple winner and medalist for pro / advanced division grappling tournaments
- Featured fighter and winner on the tap out television show on versus network.
Johnny Ho is an Brown Belt instructor at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu West LA under Scott "Einstein" Epstein. He began training Jiu Jitsu in 2008 while living in San Francisco. Johnny received his Blue Belt and Purple Belt from Denny Prokopos of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu San Francisco. He has traveled the world training and learning Jiu Jitsu from some of the best grapplers in the world Johnny specializes in crushing souls and the half guard. Johnny likes puppies and ice cream!
Coach Dan Blagaich is dedicated wrestler with an energy and passion for the sport, stretching over 25 years. He is a graduate and former coach of Illinois High School Wrestling powerhouse Montini Catholic.
While In High School Dan was a 4X state qualifier and 2X State runner-up compiling a high school varsity record of 157-15. He went on to defeat the only wrestler to beat him during his junior and senior year, en-route to placing 4 th at the JUCO National tournament in 99’. Dan was ranked 2nd in the nation before a career ending knee injury forced him out of competitive wrestling.
Dan relocated to California in 2005. He coached wrestling at BeverlyHills high School for 3 years, before accepting a job as a MMA wrestling coach, working and cornering fighters at the highest level.
Michael "Tips" Venturella
New Years 2008: I made a resolution to lose weight and fight MMA.
At the time I weighed 310 lbs, the most I ever weighed in my life. I was eating only junk food and playing video games 24/7.
I had heart and vision problems, depression, self-esteem and confidence issues, and rarely interacted with people outside of my family.
Even then, I spent the majority of my time in my room playing video games, until one day, I’d had enough.I started my weight loss journey with baby steps, such as cleaning up my diet and walking a couple of miles a day, which resulted in losing a couple of pounds a month.
After walking got easier, I started to jog. Once I was able to jog a few miles at a time, I joined a regular fitness gym, where I started to lift weights and swim. At this point, I started losing a few pounds a week. Once I felt like I was ready to start training martial arts, I weighed around 220 lbs. I signed up with 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu in August 2008, and began training jiu jitsu with Alder, as well as wrestling and Muay Thai with the other instructors.
I now walk at 180 lbs.Once I started jiu jitsu, I noticed a gradual change in my demeanor – I had more confidence, greater social skills and had made friends, most of whom I am still friends with today.
It has made me very humble and appreciative of life. I even met my current girlfriend through jiu jitsu.I have fought 3 MMA fights (1-2), 2 Mauy Thai fights (1-1) and over 40 jiu jitsu competitions.
I have won several medals in jiu jitsu at different weight classes across multiple skill levels, and am currently a brown belt.I started teaching as a blue belt at 10th Planet Van Nuys, and I currently teach the Monday and Wednesday Fundamentals classes.
I have over 1000 hours of teaching experience and give regular private lessons as well. I have trained and cornered friends in MMA and jiu jitsu competitions.My goal is to earn my black belt and be able to open my own 10th Planet school/gym. I believe jiu jitsu is an amazing skill to develop because it is something that everyone, no matter their age, gender or background, can benefit from. It keeps you in shape while learning deadly techniques, and I have found it is a great stress-reliever as well, which is something everyone can use. I want to help people accomplish their goals through martial arts.