Sunshine Athletics is owned,
operated, and coached by
Bellator MMA fighter
Cris "Sunshine" Lencioni.
Our jiu-jitsu classes are run by a hand-picked coaching staff selected under the standards set by our affiliate, Fourth Degree Black Belt and World Champion Professor Fabiano Scherner.
Professor Fabiano Scherner is a multiple time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion. He received his black belt in just 3 years and 9 months, putting him in an extremely elite group - amongst the top ten record for fastest black belts in the history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Professor Fabiano Scherner
& Coach Cris Lencioni
I've always believed in family - no matter how busy I am, no matter the circumstances, family always comes first.
So, when I had the opportunity to open a multi-discipline martial arts academy, my goal was simple. It wasn't to make money or to build my own ego - it was to build a family.
That's why we've created a community and culture at Sunshine Athletics & Fabiano Scherner Jiu Jitsu that is unlike any other gym around - somewhere that our members can go to blow off steam, connect with friends, get an amazing martial arts education and workout. Somewhere their kids can run around and play safely. A sort of sanctuary without judgement or exclusion. Somewhere that feels like home.
Having been a lifelong martial artist and athlete, I've seen the incredibly positive impact that jiu-jitsu, martial arts and combat athletics can have - it is absolutely life changing for so many people, myself included.
That's why we strive to make our programs affordable and accessible to everyone. That's why we offer contract-free options and why we seek community sponsors to assist families who may not be able to otherwise afford training.
Because we are a family - and family always comes first.
Welcome to our crazy, awesome, fun family.
Coach Cris Lencioni
Meet Coach Cris
Our Coaching Staff
Both our Kids' and Adults' classes have the added benefit of occasional guest coaches with varying specialties, training, and approaches to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA/Striking. This variety helps our students find a style and skill set that will work best for them in competition and self defense.
In addition, for the Kids' classes Coach Cris is assisted by students from the Adults classes. This helps to ensure the kids have the individualized attention they may need to hone and refine their technique.