Learn from a 8th Degree Red / White Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
The main lessons that I learned from Helio, Rolls and Rickson Gracie? How was it training under such distinguished martial artists?
I wrestled for The Bolles School in Jacksonville under Matt Morris and for Team Jax wrestling club under Art Mosley. After high school, I received a NCAA division II scholarship to Anderson University and wrestled there for the 2012-2013 college season. I started wrestling competitively at 4 years old and was influenced by my older brothers Corey and Joey.
Before teaching wrestling at Jacksonville Gracie Jiu-Jitsu , I was assistant varsity coach at Bolles.
-6 year (2007-2012) varsity Letterman for Bolles and team captain 2010, 2011, and 2012.
-USA wrestling Southeast regional Greco champ 2008.
-Double all american in freestyle(8th) and Greco(4th) 2008 USA wrestling nationals
- USA wrestling Southeast regional 3rd Greco 2010
-multiple time freestyle/Greco florida amateur wrestling association state champ
-3rd place AAU Disney duals nationals (community division) (2012)
-multiple time Team Florida member for the USA wrestling nationals duals team and Fargo.
-4x FHSAA state qualifier
-176 career FHSAA wins
-NCAA division II varsity letterman 2013 at Anderson University.
Professor Mike , Black Belt under Luiz Palhares , with experience in MMA,Wrestling,Boxing, and Kickboxing.
Professor Brad , Black Belt under Luiz Palhares
Professor John , black belt user Luiz Palharez,
I have been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over thirteen years, and have been lucky enough to have trained with Luiz for twelve of those years. I’ll never forget the first time I walked into Luiz’s gym, we shared a space in a Karate dojo back then. My previous instructor had moved away so I decided to try a new gym. I came there with four stripes on my white belt and thought I was pretty special. I promptly got submitted by every person in that gym, and realized that I needed to start over from scratch, so that’s what I did. Going from white belt to black belt under Luiz has been one of the toughest and most rewarding journeys of my life, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Professor Alex , black belt under Luiz Palhares , He began training in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has competed in Amateur Muay Thai bouts, MMA, and many Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments.
Alex also has his Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, with a focus in Exercise Science. He has experience in both personal and group training.
Professor Tomas, Black Belt under Luiz Palhares.
Professor Matt, Black Belt under Luiz Palhares
Professor Dinesh, Black Belt under Luiz Palhares.
Professor Colin , Black Belt under Luiz Palhares.
Professor Stuart, Black Belt under Luiz Palhares.
2x IBJJF No-Gi Pan-American Champion
2x IBJJF Miami Open Champion
9x IBJJF Atlanta Open Champion
No-Gi Pan-American Champion
6x IBJJF New York Open Champion
IBJJF Miami Open Champion
2x IBJJF Atlanta Open Champion
5x IBJJF New York Open Champion
IBJJF Miami Open Champion
IBJJF No-Gi Pan-American Open Class Runner-Up
4x IBJJF Orlando Open Champion
2x IBJJF Nashville Open Champion
Professor Kris , Black Belt under Luiz Palhares.
Professor Joe is a black belt under Master Luiz Palhares.
I have been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 14 years and received my black belt in January, 2020. The last 9 years of training under Luiz, and his son Pedro, have been some of the most rewarding times of my life. They have helped me to accomplish goals which I set, and have supported me throughout my Jiu Jitsu journey.
I retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office as a Police Sergeant, after 32 years of service, and have been a Reserve officer with JSO since (4 years). Master Luiz, and Professor Pedro, have been instrumental in establishing Jiu Jitsu training at the JSO Police Academy. This training is available to all officers, and they regularly teach classes there.
2020 Pan American Champion Black Belt Masters 6 Heavyweight
2020 World Masters Champion Black Belt Masters 6 Heavyweight
2021 Miami Open Champion
Black Belt Masters 6
2021 Atlanta Open Champion
Black Belt Masters 6
These two photos really capture the beginning of the KY Army National Guard Combative program. The state conducted our first level 1 combative course in the summer of 2005, which set off a chain of events that led us to the program we have in place today. After that first course we put together our state combative team to go compete in the first All-Army combative tournament at FT Benning, GA that year. The top photo shows our team after a training event/seminar we had with Luiz Palhares
and Jeremy Akin in Louisville to prepare for the tournament. The bottom photo is our team just before heading over the weigh-ins at FT Benning. Our team was very fortunate to have Luiz Palhares, who is currently an 8 degree red and white (coral) belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as our team coach during the tournament. Our program owes so much to the insights, guidance, and vision of retired LTC John Luttrell and retired COL Michael A. Abell
for their drive to instill warrior ethos into our KY Soldiers and ensuring we had the resources to kick start our combative program and allowing the NCOs to run with it
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