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Rafael Lovato Sr.
2nd Degree Black Belt

Instructor - Founder of Lovato's Academy

A former boxer, Rafael began studying martial arts in 1972, and has trained extensively with many of the world's most respected and highly acclaimed martial artists. He is a certified instructor in Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do Concepts, Muay Thai, and Escrima under re-known martial artist Richard Bustillo. Rafael is also a certified coach/trainer with the United States Amateur Boxing Federation, a certified ASP Baton Instructor, Handler 12 Instructor, Law Enforcement Tactical Defense Instructor, and Custody and Control Instructor. In addition, Rafael received his Black Belt under internationally acclaimed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Carlos Machado in May of 2003. In November 1996, Rafael distinguished himself by becoming the first martial arts instructor in Oklahoma to teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Rafael Sr., was also the first to ever hold a BJJ tournament in Oklahoma, as well as host a seminar by a Gracie. A multi-talented man, Rafael is also a classically trained professional musician and served as a choirmaster and organist for the Roman Catholic and Episcopal Dioceses of Cincinnati, Ohio for over ten years. He speaks three languages and is also educated as a health care professional. He has trained Olympic athletes, professional boxers, and MMA fighters. With over 30 years of experience in the martial arts, Rafael has a wealth of knowledge, which he generously shares with his students.

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At Lovato’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I like the fact that the instructors and students compete in numerous national and international competitions. Through their experiences, they are able to pass along technical knowledge that is both practical and effective.... read more
Bobby Dhimmar
Physical Therapist / Certified Athletic Trainer