Ishmael Bentley

Ishmael Bentley is a 4th-degree black belt under world-renowned red & black belt, Pedro Sauer. He began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1999. After moving to Minneapolis in 2000, he started training at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy under Greg Nelson, eventually becoming an instructor himself. An active competitor for several years, Ishmael received his black belt from Pedro Sauer and also holds a black belt in Kenpo Karate.

Over the years, he has been fortunate enough to train with many of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s greatest practitioners. Recently, from 2012 to 2013, Ishmael lived in California training with three-time World Champion Fabio Leopoldo. Ishmael holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, and Bioengineering. He is married with two daughters and continues to be involved in the Minneapolis medical community.

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