Lexington’s Black Belt Academy
Jeb Brown, Head Instructor, is Lexington’s FIRST & ONLY Helio Gracie Jiu Jitsu BLACK BELT. He’s been training in Self-Defense since 2003 and is the areas’s top Gracie Jiu Jitsu Instructor.
Scott Richardson is a BLACK BELT Instructor under Mickey Swafford of Chattanooga Jiu Jitsu Academy. Scott began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2004 and in 2008 began training Gracie Jiu Jitsu with Mickey Swafford. Jeb & Scott trained together at Chattanooga Jiu Jitsu Academy for 3 years so when Scott moved to our area in 2016, it was a great joy to add him to our roster of qualified Gracie Jiu Jitsu Self Defense Instructors. Other experience: Scott has some experience in other martial arts including Wrestling and Boxing.
Craig Fredette is a Brown Belt Instructor who’s been training Self Defense since 2002 and specifically Gracie Jiu Jitsu since 2007. Craig received his Blue & Purple belts from Pedro Valente via Jack Walker of Chapin, SC. Due to work schedule Craig joined Lexington Jiu Jitsu in 2011 and in 2015 became an instructor with us. Craig teaches an amazing Sunday afternoon class!
Dr. Mike Wirth is a Brown Belt Instructor who started training with another Mickey Swafford student in 2009. In 2011, Mike joined Jeb in the garage for Gracie Jiu Jitsu Self Defense classes. Mike has served as a fill in instructor since 2012 and in fact ran his own program in Blythwood in 2015. In 2016, Mike brought his guys to train full-time at LJJ. Mike now teaches 1 night a week with us.
Mike McCormack is a 4th Degree Purple Belt Instructor who’s been training at Lexington Jiu Jitsu since 2012 and has completed our Certified Gracie Jiu Jitsu Self Defense Instructor Course. Mike is certified to teach Beginner Gracie Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals and privates lessons.
Matt McCormack is a 4th Degree Purple Belt Instructor who’s been training at LJJ since 2012 and has completed our Certified Instructor Course. Matt is certified to teach Beginner Gracie Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals and privates lessons. (Matt is the older brother to Mike & they’re on this journey together)
Mike Lewis is a 1st degree Blue Belt Instructor and has been training directly with Jeb and other Lexington Jiu Jitsu Certified Instructors since 2015. Michael is referred to as ‘Smiley Mike’ because of his constant smile and friendly demeanor. He truly will be one of the nicest dudes you’ll ever meet. …and he’s a fantastic Jiu Jitsu Instructor too! Join Mike on Wednesday mornings at 6:00am to start your day with some exercise, fun and self defense.
*Mickey Swafford is a Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Instructor who received his Black Belt & first stripe from Pedro Sauer. For more info on Mickey check out his website: www.chattanoogajiujitsu.com
**Eddie Camden (Mickey’s friend & instructor) is a 3 stripe Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Instructor. He received his Black Belt & Second stripe from Pedro Sauer and his 1st stripe from Helio Gracie himself. (One of only a few guys in the world to do so). Eddie’s Academy is a Level 4 Certified Training Center under Rorion Gracie/Gracie Academy of Torrence, CA and the Pedro Sauer Association. For more info: www.tigeracademy.com
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