Makhuwa Brazilian JiuJitsu

About Us

Makhuwa is an indigenous language of Mozambique, spoken primarily by the Makua people. As a Makua himself, Makhuwa Brazilian JiuJitsu owner Blessed Matai embraces the roots and history of the tribe he belongs to. Blessed Matai has brought together a tribe of instructors to bring out the very best in everyone who joins Makhuwa Brazilian JiuJitsu. And through his martial arts instruction, he instills the same values of community and belonging. When you join the tribe at Makhuwa Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you’ll be welcomed into a safe space where everyone is expected to be respectful and an overall good person.

History of Makhuwa Brazilian JiuJitsu


Makhuwa Brazilian JiuJitsu founder Blessed Matai is an athlete and competitor at his core. Growing up surrounded by sports, he eventually played D2 basketball at Abilene Christian University, before moving on to a stint in the world of professional basketball. As he moved on and left basketball behind, he set his sights on Martial Arts and never looked back. Training under Bruno Bastos, Matai eventually earned his black belt and built up a strong list of accolades along the way. He has earned multiple IBJJF World Masters medals, including a gold in 2018. Beyond JiuJitsu, he became a 2017 West Texas Golden Gloves Champion. He also trained MMA under former Bellator/XFC/Legacy Fighting Championship veteran Brandon Farran and later under Bradley Barnes.

This impressive resume equipped Matai to be a prime candidate to open a BJJ school. And that’s exactly what he did. Makhuwa Brazilian JiuJitsu opened in 2020 in Stephenville, Texas, creating a space where Matai could share his athletic prowess through Martial Arts instruction. Serving as a peace officer in the State of Texas & a police officer with The Tarleton State University Police Department also allows Matai to provide a unique service to current or prospective law enforcement officers. As a certified instructor in both PPCT and SHARP, Matai offers valuable self-defense training at Makhuwa Brazilian JiuJitsu that you won’t find anywhere else.

Makhuwa Brazilian JiuJitsu


Here at Makhuwa Brazilian JiuJitsu, our staff is the secret to our student success. Each instructor has a rich background in martial arts and is eager to train the next generation of martial artists. Meet the team below!

Head Instructor

Professor Blessed Matai

Black Belt under Sensei Bruno Bastos, a 5th Degree Black Belt and multiple-time World Champion, Pan Champion, and European Champion


  • 2018 Master Worlds Champion (Purple Belt)
  • World Master Jui Jitsu Champion.
  • Coach Blessed is currently a certified Peace Officer in the State of Texas & a Police Officer with The Tarleton State University – Police Department.
  • Former D2 and Professional Basketball player – played and graduated from Abilene Christian University with BS in Broadcast and Journalism.
  • Coach Blessed is a certified Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Defensive Tactics Instructor.
  • PPCT – (Pressure Point and Control Tactics) – Certified Instructor
  • SHARP – (Sexual Harassment Assault and Rape Prevention) – Certified Instructor
  • Currently 4 – 0 in Amateur boxing and 0 – 1 in Amateur MMA
  • Coach Blessed trained in Boxing under legendary West Texas and Olympic boxing coach David Rodriguez.
  • Coach Blessed is a 2017 West Texas Golden Gloves Champion.
  • Trained in MMA under former Bellator/XFC/Legacy Fighting Championship veteran Brandon Farran and later under Bradley Barnes.
  • Competed in 4 IBJJF (International Brazilian JiuJitsu Federation) Master Worlds Championship earning Bronze, Silver and Gold medals.

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Lil Ninjas Assistant Coach

Raz Shafer

Nickname: Too many to count!

Favorite color: Gunmetal

Hobby: BJJ, Hunting and Playing music

Marital status: Married 9 years

Kids and spouse names: My bride is named Jennie and my boys are Stoney and Cannon

Birth town and state: Waco, TX

HS: Homeschooled here in Erath County

Favorite food: Beef BBQ

Favorite movie: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Favorite quote: “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

Favorite Bible verse: 1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear”

Fun Fact about you: I play the violin, viola and guitar.

If you won the lottery, what would be your first move: Buy a ranch in Montana/Idaho and spend half the year up there…it’d need to be close to a BJJ gym!

Why did you start training JiuJitsu: I started training JiuJitsu in mid-2019 because I wanted to challenge myself physically and be better capable of physically defending my loved ones. I’ve struggled with weight and fitness since childhood and rarely took on physical challenges that I wasn’t sure I could succeed at. I knew JiuJitsu would humble me and push me, both mentally and physically in ways I could only imagine. It’s been all that and more!

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Big Kids Coach

Mika McInroe

Nickname: Mom, Coach Mika

Favorite Colors: turquoise blue and olive green

Hobby: Sports with the boys 🤼‍♂️🏀🏈⚾️, hunting and selling real estate 🏡

Marital Status: Married for almost 13 years to Coach Jeremy!

Kids and Spouse Names: Silas & Saker, husband Jeremy

Birth Town and State: Born in Stephenville

HS: Huckabay

Favorite Food: Chips and salsa, Mexican food and Indian food

Favorite Movie: Steel Magnolias

Favorite Quote or Bible Verse: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Prov 27:17

Fun Fact About You: I am a certified scuba diver

If you won the lottery what would be your first move: buy more land, build Makhuwa a new facility and go on a long vacation!

Why did you start training in JiuJitsu: Our boys started training when they were 3 and 5, then Jeremy and I started about 2 months later. One of the best decisions I’ve made!

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Jeremy McInroe

Nickname: Irish Dragon, Mac Attack

Favorite color: Green

Hobby: Activities with my kids: Jiu Jitsu, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Trail Riding, Farm/Ranch

Marital status: Married

Kids and spouse names: I have two boys named Silas and Saker. I am married to Mika McInroe.

Birth town and state: Stephenville, Texas

HS: Huckabay ISD

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite movie: Braveheart

Favorite quote or Bible verse: Galatians 6:7 – Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

Fun Fact about you: I married my high school sweetheart.

If you had won the lottery what would be your first move: Invest and give back to good causes.

Why did you start training in JiuJitsu: I have anger management issues and JiuJitsu seemed like an avenue where I could release all that pent-up anger…just kidding! It’s a fun way to learn grappling techniques for self-defense, challenge yourself to get better, make friends and get really good exercise from it.

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Womens Self Defense Assistant Coach

Jacqueline Long

Nickname: Jackie

Favorite color: Black🖤

Hobby: Hiking

Marital status: Married

Kids and spouse names: Xander and Maverick are my two hooligans and Colton is my husband of 10 years 💞

Birth town and state: Birmingham, AL

Favorite food: Wings🔥

Favorite movie: Scream or Steel Magnolias, depends on my mood 😂

Favorite quote or Bible verse: “Do the best you can until you know better, then when you know better, do better.” -Maya Angelou

Fact about you: I took dance for 15 years (the majority of my childhood)

If you won the lottery what would be your first move: A mountain home in Colorado ⛰️

Why did you start training in JiuJitsu: I started training to lose weight and quickly became obsessed!

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Kids Coach

Coach Sarah

Favorite Color: Yellow

Hobby: Gardening, Crafts, BJJ

Birth town and state: Abilene, Texas

High School: Dublin

Favorite Food: Mexican

Favorite Movie: The Wedding Singer

Why did you start training in JiuJitsu: I started training as a fun way to get my workout in and stay mobile.. now I’m hooked!

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Morning Class Coach

Eric Caldera

Nickname: Sheik Mohamed Caldera

Favorite Color: Red

Hobby: BJJ & Classic Car Restoration

Birth town and state: AValparaíso, Zacatecas (MEXICO)

High School: Dublin

Favorite Food: Chinese Food

Favorite Movie: No Country For Old Men

Why did you start training in JiuJitsu: To share BJJ with my daughters who started training before me. That led to it being a family affair.

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Lil Ninjas Coach

Anthony Lee

Nickname: Coach Anthony
Favorite Color: Green
Hobbies: Jiu Jitsu, Running and Reading Books
Birth town and state: Dallas, Texas
High School: South Garland High School
Favorite Food: Pizza, Salmon, Mahi
Favorite Movie: Young Guns
Why did you start training in JiuJitsu: To challenge myself and saw it as something fun to do with my son Jaxton

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