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omar salum

Omar Salum had his first contact with Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ) in September 1993 through two friends, Luis Neto and Kleber Gadelha, both of them BJJ blue belts at Monteiro Academy.

Those friends used to promote competition in their backyard as a “challenge”. Omar barely a teenager, had his first Jiujitsu exposure against a 12 year old boy. Stuck-up Salum expected an easy win, but the young boy all of sudden submitted Omar. Angry, he asked for another match. One more time, he was taken by the same position (Real neck choke). That was one of the most important days in Omar’s life, especially when he figured out that boy was an Orange belt BJJ. From that day, Salum decided to dedicate his life to learn and practice this special martial art. Today, Omar has more than 400 medals. During these  years, he created more 250 new black belts around the world, while building the champions legacy wherever he goes. In Brazil and France, Omar’s students represent “Omar Salum Brazilian Jiujitsu” and carry pride with every podium win.


Hello, my name is Trevor Pike and I am a Jiu Jitsu instructor/student under Omar Salum at Gracie Humaita in Hemet California. I started my jujitsu journey shortly after my 30th birthday in May 2017. with no athletic background I was a little nervous, yet knew I was in great hands being a certified Gracie Academy.  


Competing several times I have taken gold in the IBJJF open Los Angeles 2018 in my division and bronze in 2020 for JJWL in Arizona. Looking forward to competing to add to the collection as well as represent our Academy.


Through the years have thoroughly enjoyed coaching and teaching, watching new students rise through the ranks, and overcome even their own personal obstacles. Attending events to be in the corner of our competitors of all ages. No better feeling in the world than greeting someone on their first day to watching their hand be raised in victory as they earn a gold medal for the first time. 


Sharing this sport and the legacy of the Gracie family, being able to teach people self-defense which helps instill confidence in a life-changing way is the reason I love Jiu Jitsu.


A native resident of Hemet, Shalom Merriman is one of Prof. Omar Salum’s original students upon his arrival to the United States in 2018.5

Under his guidance and discipline, she developed a deep-rooted passion for the sport and art of Jiu Jitsu. Circumstance disallowed her from training consistently for several years, but even while unable to train, her desire to continue growing in the art only increased. She returned to train daily (and often multiple times a day) in 2020 and has since decided to make her career as a competitor and coach. In 2022 as a Purple Belt, she has medaled in both Gi and NoGi tournaments through Jiu Jitsu World League, and was ranked #1 Female Adult Purple Belt (Gi) in the San Diego/LA region, and #2 Female Adult Purple Belt (Gi) across the United States: a promising start for a very young career.

Shalom is a dedicated athlete and coach with a passion for excellence and precision. She takes pride in her ability to break down moves and scenarios into easily understood concepts that apply both globally and situationally. She values the practice of personal responsibility and discipline Jiu Jitsu fosters, and hopes to pass that on to students and training partners alike. The unique social connection between training partners is an important part of facilitating this personal development, and Shalom strives to contribute to an environment where this is possible.

Outside of the studio, Shalom enjoys writing music, playing guitar, and lifting weights.

Eddie Dennis

Eddie Dennis started training and competing in jiu jitsu in 2018. Originally he put his son in jiu jitsu to build his confidence and help with bullying that was going on at school but after a few months of seeing how much fun his son was having he decided to join in and also brought his wife and daughter into training as well. As Eddie progressed in Jiu Jitsu his love for the art continued to grow. So as a later white belt he started helping coach and as a later blue belt went on to instructing kids and teens classes. Off the mats Eddie enjoys traveling, snowboarding, and off-roading. 


Notable accomplishments: 

Bronze Medal – San Diego Gracie Humaita Tournament (February 2019)

Silver medal – Jiu Jitsu World League SoCal Championship (September 2019)

Brandon Arredondo

Brandon Arredondo is a purple belt under Professor Omar Salum. He assists with coaching the kids and teens of the Gracie Humaita Hemet Jiu Jitsu Academy. He started training and competing in Jiu Jitsu in 2018. Despite being an avid competitor, Brandon’s favorite part of Jiu Jitsu is giving back to the sport and local community by coaching the future generation. His goal is to help create a generation of strong, confident, and respectful young humans who can defend themselves in a variety of situations. Brandon plans to continue competing and coaching for as long as he can. He aims to follow in the footsteps of his Professor and become a multiple time World Champion of the sport. Brandon also aspires to travel the world competing and teaching seminars. After eventually earning his black belt and winning many titles, Brandon dreams of opening his own academy to continue giving back to the Jiu Jitsu community and raising a new generation of champions.

Notable Accomplishments:
IBJJF San Jose Open (Gi) bronze medalist (Apr 2019)
IBJJF San Jose Open (No-Gi) bronze medalist (Apr 2019)
Jiu Jitsu World League SoCal Championship gold medalist (Sep 2019)

jona urueta

Jona urueta is a black belt under professor Omar Salum. He assists with coaching at Gracie Humaita Hemet jiu-jitsu academy. Jona has been training jiu-jitsu jitsu and competing since 2017. He has a great passion for the martial art and enjoys training and sharing his knowledge. It is his belief that great life balance and values can be achieved through discipline and dedication. He believes that great satisfaction and joy can be found in challenging yourself on a daily basis and that through that struggle we grow more confident and adept.

Noticeable accomplishments :

Ibjjf Los Angeles open (gi) gold medalist (2018)
Jiu-jitsu world league so cal (gi) gold medalist (2019)

Jiu-jitsu world league worlds championship (gi) gold medalist (2019)

Jiu-jitsu world league San Diego (gi)silver medalist (2019)

Gabriel Barragan

Gabriel Barragan started wrestling at West Valley Hemet High school in 1995. He loved the sport so much, could not stay off the mats, and became a wrestling coach and has been coaching the Hemet and San Jacinto valley for 24 years. Gabriel expanded his horizons and started Jiu Jitsu in 2004. He received his Black Belt under Professor Omar in April 2022.


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