World Class Instruction

Mission Hills

Christian Bello
Larry Scot
Neal Abrams
Ryan Seliz

Christian Bello

Professor Christian Bello is the Head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor at Phenom BJJ. His journey began under a Rickson Gracie affiliate, where he spent eight years mastering the fundamentals of the sport. Following that, Professor Christian Bello was fortunate enough to train under world class BJJ player “Romulo Barral”.


It was during this time, that Professor Christian Bello was able to elevate his skill set to the next level, compete as a brown belt, and be awarded four gold medals, among them being the Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championship. This was also his preparation as a black belt instructor. After receiving his blackbelt from Professor Romulo he competed in some of the most challenging Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments around the world.


Professor Christian was able to accomplish all this while holding a full time job and having a family. These experiences have molded Professor Christian to have a universal view of BJJ. He believes Jiu-Jitsu is for everybody from a professional athlete, to a retiree, to a elementary school child looking for discipline and a sense of unity. He believes this sport provides a person with the ability to focus on their mind and body as well as provide stress relief for the time you spend at the academy.

Larry Scott

Larry Scot began his journey in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2005. As he likes to put it, Jiu-Jitsu found him. He still remembers, the first time he walked by a BJJ dojo. It was love at first sight. Ever since then, it’s been an on going journey filled with amazing experiences.

One thing he likes about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is that it doesn’t discriminate. As he puts it in his own words, “it doesn’t matter what your race, height, weight or education is, everyone is accepted on the mats. All you need is an open mind and willingness to learn.”

Aside from training and coaching, what he’s learn to appreciate the most of out his BJJ experience are the friendships he’s made over the years, that’s more special to him than any belt he’s ever earned.

Neal Abrams

Coach Neal has been a martial artist for nearly 20 years and working with kids just as long. He has an extra special interest in helping young ones channel aggression, enhance focus, develop self confidence and communication skills-all tools they will need to grow into successful adults. “Being a martial artist is not only about ‘self defense’, but ‘self awareness'”

Ryan Seliz

Earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from CSUN, Ryan Seliz is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Ryan has worked as a fitness coach for various sport segments: including youth athletics, college athletes,  and men and women of all ages and fitness levels.