OF UNDISPUTED ORIGIN
Our Tensho community includes some of the toughest and most versatile people we know. It’s undisputed that their origin stories are unique, and we celebrate what they’ve accomplished in both their professional and training lives. And we know they’re just getting started.
PRO FIGHTER (MMA)
Brian Ortega is a top contender in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as well as Tensho's first sponsored athlete. Born and bred in the harbor area of Los Angeles, Brian began training in martial arts at the age of five, eventually becoming a top student at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, CA. Making his pro debut in 2010, Brian has risen to the pinnacle of the sport, including winning the UFC Fight of the Night award four times and the UFC Performance of the Night award twice. Brian fights for the UFC title in March of 2021.
Curtis Duffy is a three-Michelin-star chef, earning that recognition four straight years from 2015 to 2018. Chef’s latest restaurant, Ever, is his magnificent obsession. It is slated to open in Chicago in 2020.
Duffy has earned numerous accolades, including Forbes Travel Guide’s Five-Star rating, AAA’s Five-Diamond rating, and the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef, Great Lakes” Award in 2016.Read More
In the 2015 Netflix documentary “For Grace,” filmmakers chronicle the creation of Duffy’s former restaurant and tell the riveting story of how the chef’s turbulent past shaped the person he is today.
Duffy sits on the advisory board of the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, where a $25,000 scholarship in his name is awarded. Duffy’s charitable efforts include volunteering and serving as chef chair for the Grand Chefs Gala, a fundraiser for the Greater Illinois Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Duffy’s culinary and philanthropic efforts led to his induction into the prestigious Disciples d’Escoffier International.
During his free time, Duffy is a combat sports enthusiast, having trained in Shidokan martial arts and Muay Thai over the last decade.
Jason is a modern day renaissance man, operating as a restaurateur/consultant, motivational speaker, and kickboxing/MMA instructor. Jason is a fitness enthusiast always looking for ways to challenge himself. Whether through yoga, strength training, muay thai, or Shidokan martial arts, Jason pushes himself to the limits as his chosen way of life. Having survived stage IV throat cancer in 2014, Jason’s passions include raising awareness and fundraising for various local Chicago cancer-fighting non-profits. The Chicago native loves to share the knowledge from his lifelong martial arts journey as he privately instructs a number of local professionals.