Gustavo “Gerifalte” Sanchez has more than 40 years of experience training, teaching, and competing in judo. He began his training in Columbia at the age of nine. In 1990 he found himself in Bakersfield, CA where he soon opened his own dojo Gerifalte Judo. He has promoted many students to black belt, and had numerous California state champions. Sanchez has competed internationally, and earned the #1 ranked Master Athlete from USA Judo at 73kg in 2011, 2014 and 2015.
In the summer of 2015, Gustavo moved to Ocracoke, NC. It is his goal to teach as many students on the island. “I see champions in all of you” he says to his classes. Since moving to Ocracoke, two students have earned North Carolina state championships. It is his hope to take his students to competitions throughout the state, country and possibly the world.