Meet the BUBJJ Family

The BUBJJ Family:

Esteban Da Cruz, President

When Esteban joined BUBJJ, he brought his intense athleticism and boxing background to the table.  A dedicated practitioner of Muay Thai kickboxing, Esteban avidly adapted his speed and agility to all facets of mixed martial arts. Esteban is a senior in the School of Management studying Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.

Cody Rodgers, Vice-President

Cody started out his athletic career with football back in Texas. Alongside football he began wrestling for three years in high school and going with his team to place 8th in the state of Texas as a team. Upon coming to BU Cody joined BUBJJ and found success adapting his aggressive takedowns and submission abilities to BJJ. Cody is also a practitioner of Judo, Muay Thai, and Western Boxing and will be bringing his knowledge of strength and conditioning to the club. Cody is a senior in the College of Engineering studying Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Austen Schmidt, Secretary

Austen was born in Alaska and has lived there most of his life.  Jiu Jitsu is his favorite martial art, and he has been practicing it for about 2 and a half years in both gi and no gi.  He also has experience in muay thai and boxing, and has been with the Boston University Jiu Jitsu Club for 2 years.   Currently he works as a student advisor for Boston University through the College of Engineering in which he will be a senior studying electrical engineering.

Kapo Lam, Treasurer 

Born in China, Kapo moved to Massachusetts as a kid. Kapo is a practitioner of Muay Thai, Karate, and Tae Kwon Do Since High School as well as BJJ and MMA since coming to BUBJJ. He prefers the striking game but is well versed in all areas of martial arts. This year Kapo will be a senior in the School of Management.

Rodrigo Bonilla, Sports Information Director

Rodrigo began his martial arts career as a kid in Korea studying Judo before moving to Singapore where he took up traditional Jiu-Jitsu earning his blue belt before leaving high school. Rodrigo’s transition to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was very smooth once joining BUBJJ developing a well rounded ground attack while improving as a boxer in the process. Rodrigo has proven a very dedicated fighter and member of BUBJJ earning multiple medals in NAGA. Rodrigo will be a Junior in the College of Arts and Sciences



Nina Gonzalez-Park, Marketing Executive

Of Mexican and Japanese descent, Nina began her martial arts career here at BUBJJ freshman year and has never looked back. A practitioner of BJJ, Nina is always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone just learning the sport. This year Nina will be a Junior in CAS studying Neuroscience.