Matt Taylor-Brown Belt
Adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor
Matt Taylor has been active in martial arts for well over 20 years. He started his martial arts career in the striking arts, but soon after watching the first UFC, he started exploring the world of submission grappling. That journey eventually led him to his intructor and mentor, Brock Larson. Matt has a unique style of teaching. HIs classes are both informative and fun. He likes to focus on the practical side of Jiu Jitsu, highlighting techniques that employ precise movement over strength or speed.
Kids Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Ages 5 - 13
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a great non-violent self defense for children and teens. Children learn positions, escapes, grabs,takedowns, falling, controls, and at the older ages, “tap-outs.” In the day-to-day classes we focus mainly on grappling. Through demonstration, students learn a series of techniques each day. After thorough preparation, our students implement the new technique in a controlled and supervised session, where they have the opportunity to practice techniques against a resisting opponent, thereby increasing their proficiency in the sport with each class. Kids of every age enjoy grappling and learning how to use their moves with their peers.
Meet your instructors!
Professor Brock Larson is a 2nd degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt (Rafael Gordinho Lima - Start BJJ).
Jiu Jitsu Tournaments:
3 X Naga Black Belt Champion GI
2 X Naga Black Belt Champion NOGI
4 X MN Submission Hunt Open Weight Champion GI
4 X MN Submission Hunt Open Weight Champion NOGI
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA):
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
UFC 98 Submission of the Night
World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC)
WEC 35 Knock Out of the Night
WEC 2008 Knock Out of the Year
WEC 29 fought for 170lb World Title
One Championship (One FC)
One FC 14 fought for 170lb World Title
Legacy Fighting Championship (LFC)
LFC 43 fought for 170lb World Title
Jessy McShane - Brown Belt
Adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor and Kids Instructor
Jessy McShane has been training Jiu-Jitsu with Minnesota's top instructors since 2002. As an instructor, she stresses the importance of spending time in the "gray areas" of the game, finding submissions, developing familiarity and bettering position. With a pro MMA record of 2-1, she has experience helping those with goals outside of the submission game, find their way to fruition. It's all about the students, their goals, their successes and failures. That's what develops a team from the inside out. Teaching others the art of Jiu-Jitsu is a dream come true. I am thankful for the journey that brought me here and I am looking forward to the years ahead!
Adult Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Ages 14-Adult
People's primary goal in joining Martial Arts may vary. Some join Martial Arts looking to get in shape or for its stress-relief effects. But most come to us for Jiu-Jitsu due to its efficiency on actual street self-defense. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gives anyone the ability to overcome any attacker regardless of size and strength.
The philosophy behind Jiu-Jitsu's success lays in the following strategy:
- Close the distance and clinch;
- Take the attacker/opponent to the ground;
- Establish a safe and dominant position;
- Finish the fight with the application of chokes or joint locks.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a Martial Art and a Self Defense System that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. This art promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique, leverage and most notably, taking the fight to the ground and then applying joint locks and choke holds to defeat the opponent. At UMA we only train with the best to teach the best! Class is open to both men and women.
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