GLOBAL VALE TUDO
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
COMBAT SPORTS ACADEMY
head coach GEORGE CONSTANTINOU
Global Vale Tudo Combat Sports Academy is led by its exceptional Head Coach and owner, George Constantinou, whose passion for combat sports started at a young age.
At just nine years old, George began studying Muay Thai, following years of training and competing in Tae Kwon Do under the guidance of Master Suchart. In 1997, he took the initiative to establish the first Muay Thai club in Nicosia, housed within the No Pain, No Gain Gym.
Driven by a relentless pursuit of excellence, George traveled to Thailand in 2001, where he trained under the supervision of renowned Muay Thai trainers at the Official World Muay Thai Council Camp (WMC) in Ko Samui.
During his time there, he received invaluable guidance from esteemed figures such as Master Sok, Master Hanarong (an eight-time World Champion), and Stephan Fox, the Secretary of IFMA and Vice President of WMC. His dedication and hard work led him to compete in the World Muay Thai Championship (IFMA) in Kazakhstan, where he secured an impressive third-place finish with the guidance of Mark Hunt, the 2001 K-1 World Champion, in his corner.
George's expertise and contributions to the world of Muay Thai were recognized when he became the official representative of the United States Muay Thai Association for Europe in 2004. Subsequently, he earned his Muay Thai Senior Instructor certification from the esteemed Rangsit Muay Thai Institute in 2009, which holds approval from Thailand's Ministry of Education. His thirst for knowledge and growth led him to train and compete alongside the legendary Muay Thai fighter Sangtiennoi Sor.Rungroj.
In addition to his profound Muay Thai journey, George embarked on his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) training in 1998 at the Norwich MMA Academy during his studies in informatics at the University of East Anglia.
Over the years, he continued his grappling training in Cyprus, learning from instructors such as Theo Rallis and training at prestigious academies like Renzo Gracie Academy Cyprus. His BJJ journey took him to the United Kingdom, where he trained under UFC veteran Danny Mitchell at Combat Base BJJ.
Upon returning to Cyprus, he further honed his skills under Nick Unander BJJ and, after Nick's relocation, resumed training with Renzo Gracie in 2017.
In 2023, he reached the pinnacle of his BJJ journey, being officially awarded the prestigious black belt by the International Professional Jiu-Jitsu Federation.
Under the leadership of Coach George Constantinou, Global Vale Tudo Combat Sports Academy offers unparalleled expertise in Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and BJJ. Students at the academy have the unique opportunity to learn from a true master and gain comprehensive knowledge and skills in the world of combat sports.
MUAY THAI INSTRUCTOR
Kru Leonidas Papettas, an esteemed practitioner of Muay Thai, began his journey in 2009 under the guidance of the renowned George Constantinou. As a testament to his dedication and skill, Leonidas competed in two national championships, showcasing his talent and determination. Seeking further growth and knowledge, he ventured to Greece to pursue his studies, where he continued his training in both Muay Thai and Kickboxing.
During his time in Greece, Leonidas's commitment to his craft was rewarded with notable achievements. He emerged victorious in the 2013 and 2014 national Greek Championships, solidifying his position as a formidable force in the ring. After successfully completing his studies in Business Management, he returned to Cyprus, where he resumed his training with George Constantinou, eager to continue his martial arts journey.
Now, as an accomplished instructor at Global Vale Tudo Combat Sports Academy, Kru Leonidas Papettas brings his wealth of experience and expertise to guide and mentor students in advanced classes. With a profound understanding of the art of Muay Thai, he imparts his knowledge, techniques, and strategic insights to help students refine their skills and reach new heights in their combat sports journey.
Under Kru Leonidas's tutelage, students at Global Vale Tudo Combat Sports Academy have the privilege of learning from a seasoned practitioner who exemplifies dedication, perseverance, and a deep love for the art. Through his guidance, students gain a sophisticated understanding of Muay Thai, honing their technique, discipline, and mental fortitude, all essential elements in their pursuit of excellence.
Join us at Global Vale Tudo Combat Sports Academy and embark on a transformative journey led by the exceptional Kru Leonidas Papettas. Discover the true essence of martial arts and unlock your full potential under the guidance of an esteemed instructor who embodies the spirit of Muay Thai.
GRAPPLING AND MMA ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
Andreas Kourtellas, an extraordinary talent in the realm of combat sports, embarked on his Muay Thai journey at the tender age of 15 in Cyprus. Recognizing his potential, he made a decision to further his education and moved to the UK, where he continued his training in Muay Thai and grappling.
While pursuing his studies in Economics, Andreas remained dedicated to his passion for martial arts. He tirelessly honed his skills in the disciplines of Muay Thai and grappling under the guidance of exceptional trainers in the UK. His relentless commitment and perseverance led him to excel in both aspects of his training.
After completing his studies, Andreas returned to Cyprus, eager to continue his martial arts journey and pursue his goals alongside the esteemed George Constantinou. Under George's mentorship, Andreas expanded his repertoire by delving into the world of MMA and further refining his grappling techniques.
Andreas's dedication and skill were recognized through numerous achievements in both grappling and MMA. He showcased his prowess by securing victories in national grappling tournaments and participating in MMA events sanctioned by the Cyprus Mixed Martial Arts Federation. His success not only highlighted his technical expertise but also underscored his strategic mindset and exceptional athleticism.
Today, Andreas Kourtellas has found a home at Global Vale Tudo, where he not only continues to enhance his own skills but also assists Head Coach George Constantinou in teaching grappling and MMA classes. As a valuable asset to the academy, Andreas shares his extensive knowledge and experience, helping students develop their grappling techniques and excel in the dynamic world of MMA.
Join us at Global Vale Tudo, where the expertise of Andreas Kourtellas and the guidance of Head Coach George Constantinou converge to create an environment of excellence. Experience the thrill of combat sports and unlock your true potential under the guidance of these exceptional mentors. Whether you aspire to compete or simply seek to enhance your skills, Andreas's presence and expertise will inspire you to push your limits and achieve greatness in the realm of grappling and MMA.