Choke Lab Academy

Josef "Ze Cobra" Manuel

PROFESSOR - ATHLETE

ROBSON MOURA’S HIGHEST RANKING AND MOST DECORATED AMERICAN BLACK BELT.

Professor Josef “Ze Cobra” Manuel born and raised in Newark New Jersey was first introduced to this brilliant form of Martial Art in his teenage years watching Royce Gracie in the early editions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
He began his training in 2001 under Professor Mario Marcio Lemos a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Master Rickson and Royler Gracie of the famed Gracie Family. After receiving the rank of Blue Belt, Instructor Professor Mario Lemos relocated to South Jersey.

This is the time where he began to train and study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor David Adiv, a Black Belt under Master Royler Gracie. Professor Josef had the opportunity to be under the tutelage and train with Master Royler Gracie both in the U.S and in Brazil. In 2003, he received the rank of Purple Belt from Professor David Adiv.

Professor Josef also trained with other Legendary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu players in his search to increase his knowledge of this wonderful art, such as the founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Grandmaster Helio Gracie, Rorion Gracie, Royler Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Rolker Gracie, Ryron Gracie, Rener Gracie, Andre Pederneiras, Wendell Alexander, Robson “Robinho” Moura, Edson “Baiano” Carvalho, Cleber Luciano, John Danaher, Marcio Feitosa, Carlao Santos, Felipe Costa, Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro, Rogerio “Minotouro” Nogueira, Rodrigo “Feijao”, Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles, Marcos Santos, Andre Galvao, Rafael Mendes, Gui Mendes, Ciao Terra, and Keenan Cornelius.

In 2004, Professor Manuel traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to train and compete. While he was there he sought out Master Robson Moura “The magician of the 135 pounders”.
Professor Manuel finally had the chance to meet Master Robson in June of 2005 where the foundation for a lasting friendship was set in stone. On February 14th, 2009 Professor Manuel was promoted to the prestigious rank of Black Belt Instructor by Master Robson Moura thus becoming Master Robson Moura’s 1st American Black Belt. Manuel is currently a 4th degree Black Belt in the art of Jiu-Jitsu.

On March 19, 2009, Professor Manuel had the pleasure of training soldiers from the United States Army where he was awarded a Certificate of Achievement in Army Combatives Level 1. Jan 25, 2010 He was awarded Certificate of Achievement in Army Combative Level 2. Professor Manuel will continue to train our armed forces and attain the highest level of Combative Training. Professor Manuel’s expertise in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been recognized throughout the law enforcement community and he now has the pleasure of training Federal Agents and Local Law Enforcement Officials.

With great mentors, dedication and a relentless will to succeed in the science of Jiu-Jitsu, Professor Manuel continues to actively participate in the competition scene, fulfilling his goal of becoming a world renown athlete and team leader himself. Manuel is now the founder and leader of the newly formed Team Choke Lab Association.

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2023

  • BLACK BELT IBJJF NEW HAVEN OPEN
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF ORLANDO OPEN
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF ATLANTA OPEN
    GOLD MEDALIST

2022

  • BLACK BELT IBJJF NEW HAVEN OPEN
    OPEN CLASS GOLD MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF NEW HAVEN OPEN
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • FIGHT 2 WIN 214 SUPERFIGHT CHAMPION
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF CHARLOTTE INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF INDIANAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF BOISE INTERNATIONAL OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF PANS CHAMPIONSHIP
    BRONZE MEDALIST

2021

  • BLACK BELT IBJJF MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    SILVER MEDALIST

2013

  • BLACK BELT IBJJF NEW YORK SUMMER INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    SILVER MEDALIST
  • PRIDE BJJ CHAMPIONSHIP
    GOLD MEDALIST

2011

  • BLACK BELT IBJJF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    BRONZE MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF MIAMI INTERNATIONAL OPEN
    SILVER MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT LONG ISLAND PRIDE CHAMPIONSHIP
    OPEN WEIGHT SUPER-FIGHT
    SILVER MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL OPEN
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL OPEN – ABSOLUTE
    BRONZE MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF BOSTON
    INTERNATIONAL OPEN
    BRONZE MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT LONG ISLAND PRIDE CHAMPIONSHIP
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL OPEN
    SILVER MEDALIST

2010

  • ADCC TRIALS NO-GI ADVANCED
    BRONZE MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF NO-GI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL OPEN
    SILVER MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF EUROPEAN OPEN
    GOLD MEDALIST

2009

  • BLACK BELT IBJJF NO-GI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT IBJJF NO-GI PAN AMERICAN
    SILVER MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT SUBMISSION SHOOTOUT
    LIGHT FEATHERWEIGHT NO – GI
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT SUBMISSION SHOOTOUT
    LIGHT FEATHERWEIGHT NO – GI
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • ULTIMATE GRAPPLING CHALLENGE
    BLACK BELT SUPER-FIGHT
    SILVER MEDALIST
  • ULTIMATE GRAPPLING CHALLENGE
    BLACK BELT SUPER FIGHT NO-GI
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • BLACK BELT SUBMISSION SHOOTOUT NO – GI LIGHT FEATHERWEIGHT GOLD MEDALIST

2008

  • LONG ISLAND PRIDE
    SILVER MEDALIST
  • ULTIMATE GRAPPLING CHALLENGE
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • NEW JERSEY STATE BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU TOURNAMENT
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • BATTLE AT THE BATTLESHIP
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • ULTIMATE GRAPPLING CHALLENGE
    SUPER FIGHT
    GOLD MEDALIST

2007

  • ULTIMATE GRAPPLING CHALLENGE
    SILVER MEDALIST
  • GRAPPLERS QUEST
    SILVER MEDALIST
  • ALLIED BJJ OPEN
    SILVER MEDALIST
  • LONG ISLAND PRIDE
    SILVER MEDALIST
  • ULTIMATE GRAPPLING CHALLENGE
    NO – GI OPEN CLASS SUPER FIGHT
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • GRAPPLERS QUEST “BEAST OF THE EAST” GOLD MEDALIST

2006

  • PENNSYLVANIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS – OPEN WEIGHT
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • PENNSYLVANIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS – SUPERFIGHT
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS – OPEN WEIGHT
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS – SUPERFIGHT
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • PENNSYLVANIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS -BLACK BELT SUPER-FIGHT
    SILVER MEDALIST
  • NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS – SUPERFIGHT
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • NEW YORK STATE NO-GI
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • NEW YORK STATE MASTERS NO-GI
    GOLD MEDALIST

2005

  • GRAPPLERS QUEST
    BRONZE MEDALIST
  • NAGA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • GRAPPLERS QUEST
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • GRAPPLERS QUEST
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS- FEATHERWEIGHT
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS- LIGHTWEIGHT
    GOLD MEDALIST

2004

  • NAGA BATTLE OF THE BEACH
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • GRAPPLERS QUEST
    GOLD MEDALIST
  • NAGA