Houston Grappling Academy in Cypress, Texas, was created to provide a safe, clean and effective way for adults, kids and whole families to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Traditional Wrestling and Self Defense. With 1,700 square feet of Zebra Mats, H.G.A. has the largest matted training space in the area.
Owners Jim Alfano and Dean Zaino have over 40 years of combined training experience in Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Judo, boxing and self defense. Dean is beginning his 8th year training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a two stripe purple belt under Team Caique Black Belt Art Alvarado. Dean has won many BJJ tournament titles as both a heavyweight and a super-heavyweight. Dean was an all-state football and track athlete in high school and went on to play college football and basketball. He also competed in several World Toughman competitions prior to training in Jiu-Jitsu.
Jim Alfano is in his 3rd year of training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a four stripe blue belt under Team Caique Black Belt Art Alvarado. In addition to his accomplishments on the Jiu-Jitsu mats, Jim also has an extensive background in both wrestling and judo. As a wrestler Jim was an All-American in college and is well known in the Cy-Fair community as a wrestling resource for both coaches and athletes. Jim also served in the US Marines after college.