Third Law After School Academy Est. 2012

Don't Leave Your Child's Education To Luck!

Our History, Mission, and Values

Katy and Roberto Torralbas

Toward the end of Team Third Law’s annual Summer Camp Program in 2012 (check out, Roberto Torralbas decided to test his kids academically to see how they were doing. This was meant to be a simple competitive activity, but that day would change the Team Third Law Martial Arts Academy forever.

When Roberto collected the summer camp kids’ papers he almost dismissed them, as it was supposed to be a simple, non-serious exercise. But as he looked at them walking down the hallway, he thought to himself: “Wait a minute this hand writing is horrible for someone in the fourth grade!” That’s when his curiosity peaked. He started testing them for math (multiplication and addition) and realized they were slow with simple math skills and used their fingers to count.

Our parents were stuck between a rock and a hard place… sick of providers who had no interest in improving programs. … Kids were getting bullied, wasting their time and learning bad habits.

At the same time, many parents who were dissatisfied with their current after school providers approached us to show us support if we decided to pursue the challenge of opening a better after school academy. Our parents felt that they were stuck between a rock and a hard place — They had grown sick of providers who had no interest in improving programs, which they had designed for the masses. In these programs, kids were getting bullied, wasting their time and learning bad habits, habits that their parents had fought hard to keep their children away from.

Master Roberto draws a diagram to explain an important life concept during one of Team Third Law’s kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes.

After having a conversation with his wife Katy Torralbas, Roberto decided he was all in. Both graduates from an Ivy League University, Cornell, Katy and Roberto realized that they had a lot to offer in terms of academic education.

At this point, Team Third Law Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing had been established in Collier County as the premier martial arts training academy for kids and adults.. The martial arts curriculum offers a gaiety of important lessons and courses, including:

  • School Safe / Street Safe
  • Leadership
  • Character Development
  • Bully-Proof Courses
  • Manners
  • Important Conversations that prepare kids for the real world

Not only that, with martial arts classes being taught by World Champions and Pan-American Champions, it teaches kids top-level martial arts and athleticism that no other sporting camp, or athletic facility offers.

Third Law Martial Arts Academy is amazing place for kids to develop a “hard work triumphs over all” philosophy that will help them one day have amazing careers as professionals and/or business owners.

Focused on teaching kids to apply a go-getting philosophy of hard work and determination

When Roberto and Katy decided to open the Third Law After School Academy, they saw the opportunity to provide for kids an elite academic environment. From the beginning, Third Law’s After School Program has been focused on teaching kids to apply a go-getting philosophy of hard work and determination to succeed to their academic studies.

Of course, Third Law’s After School Program includes a great martial arts class, basketball, kickball, dodgeball, football and any sport one can think of, crafts, Legos, hot wheels, rocket-launching science projects and anything else a kid’s imagination can come up with … but all the students know, ACADEMICS COME FIRST!

Team Third Law After School Academy’s kids have an SAT word of the day to learn every day.

After School Program Core Principles

  • Prioritize homework getting done well, kids having book bags organized and developing habits that will last them a lifetime.
  • No limits on children’s minds: If a child wants to challenge himself/herself and learn about the world at faster rate with the support and approval of their parents, we help the kids learn above their grade level by 1-2 grades.
  • Emphasis on foundations: To understand advanced concepts, kids often need to understand a simpler concept first. For example, why teach long division when a child does not know their multiplication tables and still counts on their fingers. Once a child understands the first, simpler concept, the more advanced concept will be much easier to grasp.
  • Feedback is essential. Grading follows A+, A, A- , B+, B, B- , C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F not 1, 2, 3, or Outstanding, Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory.
  • Not everyone can be a winner all the time. Follow a sometimes you win, sometimes you lose approach. Through this philosophy, kids learn to compete in a healthy way and to earn their accomplishments. Kids learn that the world is not fair and that everything has to be earned.
  • Learn to make no excuses and to overcome circumstances.
  • Being a good member of the family means practicing camaraderie, generosity, gratitude and self control, and these values mean putting meaning and purpose into all we do.
  • Think out of the box
  • Kids develop lifelong relationships with mentors/teachers/coaches. Team Third Law’s After School program becomes a second home, and the teachers and coaches become role models who play an active role in the children’s lives through major transitions, unlike any other teacher in school or coach in a seasonal sport.
  • Respect authority figures such as parents, teachers, officers of the law. Learning that, for example, even they dislike their teacher, they still have to do as the teacher says to pass the class and move on to the next grade.
  • “Yes sir, no sir, yes ma’am, no ma’am” respectful manners and ways of speaking
  • Different classes are decided by academic level, not by grade or age

Third Law’s After School Program is designed for parents who are looking to give their child an edge in today’s society, who do not want to rely on the public education system to educate their children. We are committed to improving every aspect of the program every year, giving parents mopre benefits and value for every dollar they invest in their kids.

Team Third Law’s After School Kids hang out with Coach Joey and Master Roberto after doing a No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class.

Head Coach/Instructor Roberto Torralbas

Master Roberto graduated from Cornell University in 2006 with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Master Roberto wins gold at the Pan American Championship in his adult brown belt heavy division in 2013

Coach/Instructor Katy Torralbas

Katy grew up in a small town in Upstate New York, and like Roberto, dedicated herself to doing well in high school, even though the school she went to wasn’t the best. She also applied to Cornell University, and graduated in 2006 with a degree in English and History, with a concentration in Spanish.

When a job as a reporter was offered to her in Naples, FL, she couldn’t turn down the beautiful sunshine and beaches, and moved across the country. Meanwhile, Roberto was in Michigan, working as an engineer in the first job he got out of college. He didn’t last long — it was too cold and Naples was just too nice!

In the beginning years of Team Third Law, Katy was involved behind the scenes, but she had zero intention of ever stepping on the mats to try BJJ. As a child, Katy had tried various sports and hadn’t been particularly successful at any of them, which convinced her that she just wasn’t athletic. But as pounds crept on and she got bored at the gym, Katy finally gave in and decided to give jiu jitsu a try in December 2009.

Coach Katy with some of the school’s Little Ninja girls.

Coach Katy and Master Roberto both won double gold medals at the Boston International Open in 2013.

Four years later, she competes around the world in the sport, and has won many major championships, including Pan Ams at blue belt in 2013. After 5 years writing stories as a newspaper reporter, she decided to take the leap and leave her day job in 2012. Now she is full-time with Roberto at Team Third Law working with students and parents in the school’s martial arts, after school and summer camp programs.

Coach/Instructor Milagros Perez

Mrs. Mila with kindergarten and pre-K After Schoolers

Known to the kids as Mrs. Mila, Roberto’s mom Milagros works with the pre-K and Kindergartners in Team Third Law’s After School Academy. A graduate of the University of Havana, she studied economics and worked in a bank before taking the leap to move to the United States with her son. A difficult life in Miami awaited, and she worked hard to provide opportunities for Roberto — which led to him graduating from Cornell University, one of the proudest moments of her life.

Throughout the years, Milagros spent much of her time working with kids, whether in a Sunday school classroom environment or in a daycare / preschool setting. She loves working with children, and enjoys coming up with unique and fun lessons to pique their interest and challenge their competitive spirits.

Coach/Instructor Joseph Formica

Coach Joe promotes one of the Little Ninjas to the next belt.

Coach Joe also started with Team Third Law in January 2010 as a student wanting to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and when he first started training he drove every day at least once — and sometimes — twice from Cape Coral to Naples to train at the school. He recognized that Team Third Law’s level of instruction in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was unlike any other school closer to his home, and so he spent hours in his car going back and forth. Fast forward four years, and Joe is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the coach for the school’s Tiny Ninjas (ages 3 to 6) and Little Ninjas (ages 6 to 10) programs and a decorated international competitor. In 2013, he traveled to Portugal and won the European Open Championship at blue.