Jeff is a second degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, under world-renowned instructors Jack McVicker, and Megaton Dias. He has over 20 years of experience in the martial arts. As a competitor Jeff has won hundreds of matches in both BJJ and submission grappling, while also earning a professional MMA record of 5-1. Some of his titles include 4 time Fight 2 Win Pro Superfight winner, Grappling Industries No-Gi Super Absolute Champion, Wanderlust Grappling Superfight Champion, Total Fight Challenge 200lbs Grappling Chmapion Five Grappling Expert No-Gi Heavyweight Champion, Five Grappling Black Belt Heavyweight Bronze medalist, US Grappling Black Belt Open Class Silver Medalist, Chicago Open Brown Belt Heavyweight Champion, 2 time C3 Brown Belt Absolute Division Champion, C3 No-Gi Expert Absolute Champion, 4 time NAGA Expert/Advanced Division Champion, Extreme Grappling Open Middleweight and Heavyweight Professional Division Champion. As a coach Jeff has been instructing for almost 11 years, in that time he has helped produce champions on all levels from the local MMA scene, to Pan American games medalists and competitors in the UFC.
Brandon is a first degree black belt in BJJ under Jeff Serafin and Jack McVicker, who has over 10 years of BJJ experience. Brandon is an exceptional instructor, who has a great understanding of the core fundamentals of BJJ. He is an active competitor and has won tournaments all over the Midwest. Some of his titles include IBJJF Chicago Open Masters Brown Belt middleweight and absolute gold medalist, Chicago Open Purple Belt lightweight gold medalist, US Grappling Purple Belt Masters lightweight and absolute gold medalist, Hoosier Open Purple Belt lightweight gold medalist
Ilya holds a black belt in BJJ under Jeff Serafin. Ilya is always on top of the cutting edge of technique in the BJJ world, and brings the newest techniques to the mats. As a competitor Ilya has been incredibly successful. Some of his titles include IBJJF Master Seniors World Championship Brown Belt Heavyweight Silver medalist, IBJJF Pans Brown Belt masters Heavyweight bronze medalist and absolute Silver medalist, IBJJF Chicago Open Brown Belt heavyweight gold medalist, IBJJF Chicago Open Blue Belt super heavyweight gold medalist, IBJJF Chicago Open Purple Belt heavyweight silver medalist, C3 Blue Belt absolute division gold medalist.
Jen Z is a Purple Belt under Ilya Bodnya and Jeff Serafin. She is the instructor of our Women's Only classes at Serafin Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Jen is an active competitor who travels the country competing and training in BJJ. She is a multiple time IBJJF Chicago Open gold medalist, IBJJF Pans medalist and IBJJF Masters Worlds medalist, as well as holding many local titles from events like Gracie Regionals, and New Breed Challenge.