Instructors

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Brian Jones – Head Instructor

Brian Jones has been studying martial arts for over twenty years. He is a second degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlson Gracie Jr. and a black belt in Judo under Donald Leach. Brian has trained and continues to train with a number of outstanding instructors including Helio Soneca, Michael O’Donnell, and Aaron Little. In addition to BJJ and Judo, Brian has experience in many other martial arts including boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, Tae Kwon Do, and Kenpo. He has even traveled to Iceland to train in the traditional viking grappling art of Glima.

In addition to martial arts training, Brian has extensive education and experience in exercise and fitness. He has a PhD in Exercise Science from the University of Kentucky and is a full-time college professor. Brian is the Kentucky state director of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a Fellow and Faculty member in the Institute of Martial Arts and Sciences (IMAS). He is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), USA Weightlifting certified Club and Sports Performance Coach, Crossfit Level 1 Coach, World Kettlebell Club (WKC) certified fitness trainer, and certified Functional Movement Specialist (FMS).

Brian has worked with clients of all types in fitness, martial arts, and combatives contexts. He has served as a strength and conditioning coach for high school, college, and professional athletes. Brian has trained military personnel and law enforcement officers and tactical units in both fitness and defensive tactics.

Assistant Instructors

Greg Greer (Black Belt)

Greg Taylor (Brown Belt, 3 stripe)

 

Ashley Lemaster (Brown Belt, 2 stripe)

Michael Jacobs (Brown Belt, 1 stripe)

Vince Tabscott (Purple Belt, 1 stripe)

Allen Crouch (Purple Belt)

Adam Conners (Blue Belt, 2 stripe)