Mike is a Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under 3rd Degree Black Belt Professor Allen Hopkins and holds a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Mike started training in martial arts in 1999 and in Gracie Jiu Jitsu in 2003. In 2006, Mike dedicated his full time devotion to Jiu-Jitsu and started assisting as an instructor. From 2006-2010, Mike was active MMA including professional from 2007-2010. He fought on Bellator 9 and 18. Mike has also competed at many Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, and is a former Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas State Champion. Mike currently teaches full time at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu of Shreveport/Bossier. On October 1, 2012, Mike married his wife Ashley and they now reside in Bossier City. On July 29th 2013 Mike and Ashley welcomed their son Levi Daniel Braswell into the world. Mike enjoys being involved in church, being with his wife, and in his spare time enjoys sports, and the outdoors of any kind.
Derrick is a Purple Belt under 3rd Degree Black Belt Professor Allen Hopkins. Derrick has been training Gracie Jiu-Jitsu since 2008 and he is a certified PSTAC (Pedro Sauer Tactical Arrest and Control) instructor. Derrick is dedicated to the Gracie lifestyle and is training full time as the assistant instructor at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu of Shreveport/Bossier. Derrick took first place in his division in both gi and no-gi at the 2014 NAGA Dallas Tournament. Derrick is the proud father of Dominic, his 14-year-old son who also trains with him in the children's class. He enjoys LSU football, the outdoors and working on his ranch.
Bassel is a Gracie Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt underneath Black Belt Mike Braswell and has been training since 2009. He was awarded his blue belt by 3rd degree black belt Allen Hopkins in May 2014. Bassel has attended Jiu Jitsu seminars taught by noted instructors including Master Pedro Sauer, 3rd degree black belt Professor Allen Hopkins, black belts Rener and Ralek Gracie and Pedro Sauer black belt Matt Strack. Bassel competed in the Europa Games in 2013 and won a Bronze medal in his division. Bassel enjoys time with family, training and the outdoors.
Joe is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt under Black Belt Mike Braswell and has been training since 2008. He was awarded his Blue Belt in January 2015 by 3rd Degree Black Belt Allen Hopkins. Joe has been dubbed "Shooter" at the Academy because of his extensive background in firearms which includes 20+ years combined experience in professional gunsmithing & firearms manufacturing. He holds the classification of Grandmaster in United States Practical Shooting Association (U.S.P.S.A.). His professional shooting career has taken him all over the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia to compete. Currently, Joe works as a Gold Certified Diagnostic Specialist for Porsche Cars. He is married, has 2 boys and loves cheeseburgers and French fries.
Jason is a Gracie Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt underneath Black Belt Mike Braswell and has been training Gracie Jiu Jitsu since 2012. He was awarded his blue belt by 3rd degree black belt Allen Hopkins in Jan 2015. Jason has competed at NAGA and won silver in his division. Jason is also a brown belt in Kajukenbo under 3rd Degree Black Belt William Ross. In addition to martial arts Jason also competes in triathlons. To date he has done one sprint, two olympic, and one half ironman distance races. He has also ran a half marathon. Jason's long term goals are qualifying and competing in both the Boston Marathon and the Ironman Championship in Kona Hawaii as well as competing in at least one grappling tournament every year. Jason has attended seminars by Kron Gracie(2), Matt Strack(2), Allen Hopkins(many), and Pedro Sauer. Jason is married with three children.
Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle - Psalm 144:1