OWNER, FOUNDER, HEAD MMA INSTRUCTOR,
2nd Degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu Black Belt
Hugo Sida, with 20+ years experience with boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, wrestling, and jiu jitsu (MMA), was first introduced into Ninjutsu by his brother, Sensei Jose Sida and Shihan Jorge Nieto, at age 14.
Combining Ninjutsu with Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, and kickboxing, Jorge and Jose made this an art all of their own. Hugo competed and won the first ever 3-Man MMA tournament at age 17. Shortly after in 1999, Hugo fought for the title and won the free form combat championship belt at 189 lbs. in Go For Broke 3. Hugo discovered his love for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting and took it a step further.
Limited, he left his home, friends and family at age 18, to go train in San Diego, CA. There he trained and fought under Ken Shamrock’s Lions Den Submission Academy for three years. Trained by professional UFC fighters such as Ken Shamrock, Pete Williams, Vernon White, Tony Galindo, Muay Thai World Champion Miguel Reyes, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Manolo (El Huracan) Hernandez. He was challenged on a whole other level. With hard work and dedication, the advanced training prepared him mentally and physically for what was yet to come. In 2002, Hugo turned Pro.
Professor Hugo Sida holds a Professional MMA Record of 15-2
1998 - 3-Man Tournament Gold Medal (Go For Broke 2)
1999 – Title Holder at 189 lbs. (Go For Broke 3)
2007 – USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee
2009 – Title Holder at 185 lbs. for Powerhouse Combat Sports, LLC in New Mexico. (Gods of War)
2014 – Title Holder at 185 lbs. at Sugar Creek Showdown in Oklahoma
2015 – Black Belt in Ninjitsu under Shihan Jorge Nieto
2015 – Earned his blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Relson Gracie’s DJ Blackwell
2017 - Earned his purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under 4th degree Professor Manolo Hernandez
2017 - Earned his brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under 4th degree Professor Manolo Hernandez
2018 - Currently a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under 4th degree Professor Manolo Hernandez
2019- Received his 1st degree black belt under Professor Carlos Valente a 7th degree Coral Belt under Master Rickson Gracie and is a head official Texas Affiliate School under the Valente Jiu-Jitsu Association.
2022 - Earned his 2nd degree black belt under Carlos Valente Association
He is the founder of the first Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) academy in El Paso, Tx. Upon returning to El Paso, Tx in 2002, Hugo started his own MMA team at Bushido MMA, which is actively fighting and has fought in prestigious organizations such as KING OF THE CAGE, STRIKE FORCE, TOTAL COMBAT, and WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING (WSOF), WORLD FIGHTING FEDERATION (WFF), and many other events worldwide.
Bushido MMA has also been recognized in the 2005 World Wide Grappling Magazine for its elite fighters. This in turn put El Paso on the map for MMA fighting. Bushido is breeding the next top MMA fighters that will come out of El Paso, TX. Hugo is the owner of Bushido MMA and is now retired from MMA fighting, however, he continues to train and motivate Children and Adults. He still finds time in his busy schedule to be a positive role model to all his students young and old.
MANOLO "HURRICANE" HERNANDEZ
Bushido MMA is an affiliate school to TeamHurricaneAwesome under Manolo Hernandez
Manolo “Hurricane” Hernandez is head of MMA at 10 th Planet Jiu Jitsu San Diego. He is a forth degree Blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under coral belt “Cao” Carlos Valente. He studied Kick Boxing under the tutelage of Miguel Reyes. He also studied and taught at Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den.
Mr. Hernandez has guided athletes to the highest levels of the sport of MMA. His students are a virtual who’s who of professional fighting. His list of students have included:
UFC and Bellator Veterans: Ken Shamrock (UFC Hall of Fame)
Pete Williams (UFC Hall of Fame)
Liz Carmouche (First ever UFC female title contender. Ranked #7 in the world)
Ilima Macfarlane (Ranked #1 in Bellator. Ranked #3 in the world)
Alex “Extemo” Soto
Walel “The Gazelle” Watson
Mike De La Torre
Carlos Valente is currently a 7th Degree Coral Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rickson Gracie. Professor Carlos Valente was born in Rio De Janeiro. He became involved in martial arts at a very young age. Carlos Valente met the Gracie family early on and was privileged to begin his training with the legendary Rolls Gracie. At the Rolls Gracie Academy he had the opportunity to learn from the Gracie family champion at the time and also train and compete with some of the world’s most famous jiu-jitsu fighters such as Rylion Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Carlos Gracie Jr., Royler Gracie, Crolin Gracie, Fabio Santos, Sergio “Malibu”, the Machado brothers, Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti, Nicin Azulay, Pedro Sauer, Renan Pitangui, Rodrigo "Mazor", Marcio "Macorron", Ricardo Azoury, Talarico "Tarado", Mauricao, Alvaro Romano, Ze Beleza, Vandao, Paulo "Conde" Ruba, Tonico "Bambu" and many others. After Roll's tragic death in the early 80’s, Carlos became a student of Rickson Gracie, under whom he earned his black belt. Carlos Valente help teach at the first Rickson Academy in Los Angeles and accompanied Rickson to many of his Mixed Martial Arts Competitions.
WRESTLING PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR
Pedro Hernandez started wrestling at the age of 8 years old with the Cougars Wrestling Team in Mapplewood, New Jersey. He won many tournaments and was named Most Improved Wrestler, Most Valuable Wrestler and Captain for his team.
Pedro began his freshman year at a District 11 high school in Pennsylvania coached by Chris Potter who is a 3-time NCAA Wrestling Champion. He was named Most Valuable Wrestler and Team Captain in 2003 and 2004. He attended wrestling camps and competed in many off-season tournaments. The off-season tournaments included College of New Jersey where was champion 2 consecutive years, East Stroudsburg University Wrestling Champ and Scranton University Wrestling Champ. While Pedro wrestled in high school, he earned the following:
-4th Place V District 2001
-1st Place Stroudsburg Classic 2001-2002
-3rd Place Mountain Valley Conference 2002
-2nd Place Mountain Valley Conference 2003
4th Place Times Leader Invitational 2003
-1st Place Pleasant Valley Tournament 2003
3rd Place Tunchanock Tournament 2003
-2d Place Mawa Districts 2003
-1st Place Mawa Districts 2004
-2003-2004 Kind of the Mountain Champs
After high school Pedro went on to wrestle for a North Hampton College where he was 2-1. He then decided to serve in the military and was also able to compete in the All-Service Military Wrestling Tournament in Mosul, Iraq in 2006 and 2007
In 2008, Pedro was stationed at Ft. Bliss, TX and began training MMA under Hugo Sida. He utilized his wrestling knowledge with his MMA training and had an amateur fight record of 4-2.
In 2010 Pedro moved back to New York where he trained at Chamber MMA. He received his blue belt in 2017 under Edwin Rodriguez, a black belt under Renzo Gracie
After getting his blue belt he moved to Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania where he trained at American Killer Bees an affiliate school to Anderson "The Spider" Silva. In 2019 he received his purple belt under Black belt Matt Perez.
Pedro returned to Bushido MMA/BJJ in 2020. On February 5, 2022, he was promoted to brown belt under Professor Hugo Sida, a 2nd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black belt under Carlos Valente Association.