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The Atlasi Martial Arts Academy has grown from a small, dedicated group of practitioners into a full-fledged martial arts school devoted to training quality individuals in the best martial arts and self-defense available anywhere.  The Chief Instructor, Arrash Atlasi, and the other instructors have been actively training and teaching in the Dallas area for over 16 years.

We are an officially recognized school in Tae Kwon Do, under the auspices of the International Tae Kwon Do organization.  All of our instructors are internationally certified through the international Tae Kwon Do organization for the benefit of all our students. Our Chief Instructor, Mr. Arrash Atlasi, holds a Fifth Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo from the International Tae Kwon Do organization and continues to train intensively.  Mr. Atlasi hosts open-to-the-public seminars several times per year.

Instructors at the school must meet a minimum training time standard, must have appropriate rank, and must be actively continuing their own training both at the Atlasi Martial Arts Academy and via seminars or special training trips to other schools. All instructors are also certified in First Aid/CPR which must be maintained yearly in order to keep their instructor status, which allows the Atlasi Martial Arts Academy to offer the best, safest, highest caliber of martial arts training anywhere. Give us a call today at 972-765-4593 and find out why we’re not only different but also the best.


Arrash Atlasi
Arrash Atlasi

Arrash Atlasi is the Principal Instructor and Founder of the Atlasi Martial Arts Academy.  Mr. Atlasi is passionate about both martial arts and teaching.  Being a lifetime student of the martial arts, he is always seeking out ways to improve himself and in turn his students.  Mr. Atlasi has over twenty years of training and teaching experience.

As a teacher, Mr. Atlasi focuses on refining fundamentals and exploring practical applications of techniques from the forms.  Mr. Atlasi holds multiple Black Belt certifications and has experience teaching age groups ranging from 3 years old to retirees.  Mr. Atlasi currently holds a Fifth Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and a First Degree Black Belt in New Kung Fu.

A special area of interest for Mr. Atlasi is working with children and children with different needs. He is working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s’ syndrome, and many other developmental challenges or delays. Through individualized lesson plans and tailored personal attention, Mr. Atlasi ensures that his students fully experience the benefits from martial arts training – improved social interaction, heightened focus and concentration, and overall better sense of self.

As a teacher and role model for younger students, Mr. Atlasi believes that his path is clear.  To create the world we want to live in, we need to help shape our children to become credible leaders, and believers in a way of thinking and acting that promotes the general well-being of others, and not just ourselves.

In his own words: “I am passionate about mentoring my students not only in physical training but also mental development and spiritual growth.  It is my hope that every student who comes to the martial arts mat will experience growth and excellence in every area of their lives.  I firmly believe that the real growth can be achieved only through the relentless pursuit of finding ones’ self, and martial arts is the ultimate way of achieving this.”

Mr. Atlasi offers fully personalized training through group classes and private instruction.

Bruno (Tank) Mendes
Bruno (Tank) Mendes

Bruno Mendes, more commonly known in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world by his nickname “Tank”, is one of the leaders and founding members of the Soul Fighters BJJ team. A black belt under Alvaro Mansor, Tank spent several years working behind the scenes of IBJJF competitions before founding his own team with his brother, the world champion Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes, Leandro Escobar and Rafael Barbosa.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Francisco Mansor >Alvaro Mansor > Bruno Mendes

Bruno has over 23 years of experience in BJJ, becoming one of the most recognized professors and coaches in the sport of BJJ.
Bruno is a world champion builder, with more than 20 athletes under him achieving the title of world champion but he is also a professor specializing in kids BJJ and kids classes.  Bruno has a professor certificate from the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation) and is the lead professor for Soul Fighters association on IBJJF.  His experience also comes from years of being an IBJJF official in world championships and also from working in the IBJJF head office.  Bruno also worked as an official of the Rio de Janeiro State federation.

As someone who is very well established and recognized in the industry, an active member of the BJJ community and someone who made and make part of the history of BJJ sport, Bruno is the right person to train under in your BJJ journey.

Madison Wolfe
Madison Wolfe

Madison began her Jiu-Jitsu career in March 2012 at Next Generation MMA in Frisco, TX under Chris Brennan. Although her original intentions were only to try a class out for fun since her brother was currently taking classes, she quickly found her calling and newfound passion. Madison currently trains at Soul Fighters/ Siam Star in Allen, TX where she is also an assistant instructor for the kid’s program.

At age 15, Maddie was promoted to Blue Belt by Professor Mendes. She has competed in many tournaments nationally, including NAGA, AGF, NABJJF, Fight to Win, Grappling Games, BJJ Tour, and IBJJF. With over 40 wins, Madison has become one of the most revered teens in BJJ, and she is now thrilled to be teaching lessons at Atlasi Martial Arts Academy.

Madison is currently sponsored by Gameness Sports Wear and uses Isagenix Supplements.

Koroush Atlasi
Koroush Atlasi

Mr. Koroush began his study of martial arts in 1997. He has studied and learned by means of the traditional master/disciple apprenticeship method. Mr. Koroush began his teaching career nine years ago. He specializes in Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, Kickboxing.  Koroush has taught classes for children and adults, women’s self-defense, as well as experienced competitors.  Mr. Koroush has earned many trophies at tournaments and is actively competing and refereeing.

Koroush currently holds the rank of Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do (1st Degree) and Black Belt in Kung Fu (1st Degree) that, by definition, indicates a complete knowledge of the entire system as well as the ability to teach its contents.  Mr. Koroush strives to help the students fulfill their untapped potential and to be the best that they can be.  Under his instruction, they learn to persevere under adversity. He is passionate about instilling the traditional values of respect and dedication.  These basic principles shine through in his teaching methods and are core values of the academy.
Jesse Palmer
Jesse Palmer

Jesse Palmer is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor and professional martial arts athlete who is a black belt under Bruno “Tank” Mendes.  In November 2016, Jesse was honored to be the first American to receive his black belt under Bruno and is currently the head instructor at Soul Fighters Plano and Atlasi Martial Arts. Jesse has competed in the many high-level competitions ranging from IBJJF opens throughout Texas, to the IBJJF European Open in Portugal, all the way up to Pan Ams and World Championships in California. Jesse has also fought MMA professionally in Dallas with XKO, Dominion Warrior, and professional Muay Thai kickboxing in Thailand at Patong Stadium.

Some of Jesse’s most recent achievements are:

▪ 2016 Master Worlds Bronze Medalist 3rd in Las Vegas middle weight brown belt division

▪2016 NO-GI Worlds Silver Medalist 2nd in San Francisco middle weight brown belt division

▪ 2016 Dallas Open No-Gi 1st place Gold Medalist middle weight brown belt division

▪2016 Dallas Open Gi 3rd place Bronze Medalist middle weight Brown belt division

▪ 2016 Dallas Open Gi 1st place Gold Medalist Absolute division

▪2016 Austin Open Gi 1st place Gold Medalist middle weight division

▪ 2016 Austin Open Gi 3rd place Bronze Medalist in absolute brown belt division

▪ 2016 Austin Open No-Gi 1st place Gold Medalist middle weight brown belt division

▪2016 F2W Dallas 1st place Gold Medalist GI-adult middle brown/black division

▪ 2016 Houston Open 3rd place bronze Medalist middle weight brown belt division

▪ 2015 Gran Prix 1st place Gold Medalist Adult middle weight brown belt division

Aside from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and other martial arts, Jesse enjoys the outdoors and nature where he loves to go rock climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding, and fast cars!

If you want to build a confidence, learn discipline, fulfill your need for competition, and create everlasting relationship with teammates as a second family, then Soul Fighters Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is for you!

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