Panayiotis Melodias began judo at the age of six.
He participated in many national competitions and trained
for many years with the national team.
In 1999 he had the luck of meeting Pantelis Panayides
and to learn about BJJ. He noticed the effectiveness
and the realism of BJJ from the beginning. Moreover
he found the philosophy of Judo hidden in the heart
of BJJ and in the Aspida Team. He competed in
international competitions as well as in two MMA
fights under Aspida Team. He is the first Black
Belt under Pantelis Panayides. He started his own
academy in 2014. He is the founder and the owner
of Renzo Gracie Strovolos. He now teaches in Nicosia,
in Larnaca and in Limassol. BJJ is a way of life for him.