Meet The Instructors

Brett Oteri

Brett Oteri is the Owner/ Head Instructor at The Lab. He is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt with over 13 years of experience in MMA including 20+ fights as a professional mixed martial artist and multiple Pan American IBJJF first place and top medal finishes. Most recently Brett took home the Gold Medal from the IBJJF Austin Open NoGI M3 Black Belt Division, Bronze in the GI M3 Black Belt Division & Bronze in the Open Class GI M3.

Brett’s passion for grappling and martial arts began with his high school wrestling career. He proudly shares his passion with wife Kristen and daughter Isabella who have begun their BJJ journey under his instruction.

Brett holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor Degree in English.

Kristen Oteri

Kristen is the Co-Owner of The Lab, Head Coach of the Women’s Self Defense Program, Purple Belt in Jiu Jitsu, and one of assistant instructors for the children’s program. Kristen wrapped up her blue belt journey with a 2nd place finish at the IBJJF Pan Americans, 1st place at the Miami Open, and Double Gold (Gi and NoGi) at Grappling Industries. When she is not at The Lab she is working as a Clinical Nurse Leader within one of the local Emergency Departments. She brings to the academy her education with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and is currently enrolled in a Functional Medicine Program.