Brentwood Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Academy's Free Demonstration at Crieve Hall Elementary

This past Saturday April 12 at Crieve Hall Elementray, Professor Jeremy Akin, Coach Eron Johnsey and Coach Ethan Fromme conducted a demonstration for children who were interested in learning Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.  Everyone had a blast at this intoductory lesson into the journey of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu!

If you are interested in having the Brentwood Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Demonstration Team come and visit your child's school, please drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Easter Holiday Hours at Brentwood BJJ

A quick note to inform students:  All Brazilian Jiu-jitsu class schedules (Saturday Kid's Class, Saturday Open Mat, and Sunday Drilling Class) will remain in effect and we will be open during the Easter Holiday. 

Happy Easter!

Brentwood BJJ Brings It to the 2014 IBJJF Boston Spring International Open

Brentwood Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Academy represented at the 2014 IBJJF Boston Spring International Open this past Saturday April 5th. With Professor Jeremy Akin in their corner Stan Mabry, Eron Johnsey, Chris Grady, Ethan Fromme, Miles Kirby and Stephanie Downing brought out their best to represent the Academy at this IBJJF event. 

Stan Mabry (Purple) brings home the gold in the Master 5/Heavy Division!

Miles Kirby (White) brings home his first IBJJF Gold in the Adult/Light Feather!

The team experienced some tough matches and made Professor Jeremy proud!

Take a moment to congratulate all of our team members for getting out there and giving their best!  Great Job Team!

Brentwood Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Academy's Youth Team Leaves It All On The Mat at NAGA Nashville 2014

 The Brentwood BJJ Academy's Youth Team competed at the February 2014 NAGA Nashville!  The kids have been training hard and this was visible in their matches and composure during their time at the event. 

Congratulations to the team for all their hard work and dedication!

Professor Jeremy and Coach Eron are very proud of our competitors!  Way to go Team!



Girls GI Beginner 53 to 66 lbs  10 year olds      
1st Place Ella Bullock - Papa Brentwood BJJ

Girls NO-GI Novice 53 to 58 lbs 9 & 10 year olds    
1st Place Ella Bullock - Papa Brentwood BJJ

Girls NO-GI Beginner 53 to 66 lbs  10 year olds
2nd Place Ella Bullock - Papa Brentwood BJJ


Kids GI Novice 60 to 69.9 lbs 7 yrs old
3rd Place Connor Gelfand Brentwood BJJ


Kids GI Novice 70 to 79.9 lbs 9 & 10 yrs old
2nd Place Ethan Russell Brentwood BJJ

Kids NO-GI Novice 70 to 79.9 lbs 9 & 10 yrs old
2nd Place Ethan Russell Brentwood BJJ


Kids GI Beginner 100 to 114.9 lbs 11 to 13 year olds
3rd Place Jack Wilson Brentwood BJJ

Kids NO-GI Novice 108 to 120.9 lbs. 8 to 11 yr olds    
1st Place Jack Wilson Brentwood BJJ 


Kids NO-GI Beginner 100 to 114.9 lbs. 11 to 13 yrs old
2nd Place Max Frasher Brentwood BJJ


Teen GI Beginner Cruiser Weight 16 & 17 yrs old    
1st Place Thomas Azpell Brentwood BJJ

Teen GI Beginner Heavy Weight 15 to 17 yrs old    
1st Place Thomas Azpell Brentwood BJJ

Teen NO-GI Beginner Cruiser Weight 15 to 17 yrs old    
1st Place Thomas Azpell Brentwood BJJ


3 Amazing Ways Teaching Children Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Has Improved My life

In the summer of 2013, I was invited by Brentwood BJJ Academy owner/BJJ Black belt Professor Jeremy Akin and Kid's Program Head/BJJ Purple belt Instructor Eron Johnsey to join the Brentwood Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Academy Kid's Program as an Assistant Instructor.  Of course, I accepted as this was a huge honor for me.  Six months later, I have found that the kids were not the only ones learning.  Teaching BJJ to children has made me a better teacher, father and BJJ player. 

Teaching has improved my BJJ Knowledge and my BJJ game.

Teaching runs in my family.  My father, an educator for 30+ years, has a passion for teaching and instruction.  He instilled in me a very deep respect for those people who take on the mantle, Teacher.  There is an old saying "Those who can do, and those who can't teach."  I dislike this saying and I think it minimizes the impact of education.  This phrase has "stuck in my craw" (I don't know what a craw is, but I know having something stuck in it sounds unpleasant.)  Well, I have a better saying that I have heard Instructor Eron Johnsey say and find myself repeating.  "Knowing a technique and teaching a technique are two completely different things."  If you train or have trained in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, there is a good chance you have drilled an armbar from the guard.  It is a fundamental closed guard attack.  I recently asked Eron how many times he had drilled this technique.  His answer was a thoughtful pause followed by,  "A lot."

I can tell you without a doubt, I know how to perform a closed guard armbar.  But the first time I ever tried to teach an armbar from the closed guard, I felt lost in the wilderness.  I explained the armbar technique and showed the kids how to perform it.  Things broke down, however, when I realized that my technique was sloppy.  See, I had learned ways to force the technique and developed bad habits along my BJJ career.  While I KNEW the right way to perform the technique, I rarely put my knowledge into practice.  Teaching the children how to PROPERLY do the armbar from the guard, re-enforced the knowledge in my own Jiu-jitsu. 

This past Saturday, I had a déjà vu moment as I was teaching the kid's class.  I showed the kid's my armbar technique full speed and my muscle movement had re-incorporated the GOOD HABITS.  I demonstrated a solid armbar from the guard.  It just felt right.  Everything was in its place.  Let me clarify:  My BJJ improved directly as a result of teaching a room full of wide-eyed, enthusiastic and intelligent children a technique.  And it's happening ALL THE TIME.

Another note about this: Sometimes Coach Eron and I will have different ways to approach the same technique.  I love when this happens because A) I'm a BJJ Nerd and B) I get to learn something from a different yet similar perspective.  In that moment, we evolved with the art and that evolution is also passed down to the children.

Children see you as a role model and you rise to it.

Children hold their heroes to high standards.  They are also eager for mentorship.  It is the way we are biologically designed.  In the primal sense, the natural state of children is one of learning.  Typically, children learn from their elders, or elders in the community.  Children NEED good role models, especially in today's world.  When you are teaching a martial art to a child, you are entering a pact of trust and responsibility with them.  They are trusting you to teach and be a good role model.  And you are trusting them to learn from you.  This bond to me is sacred.  I know, I know, I sound more than a little hokey right now (see: Too many viewings of the 1980's Karate Kid), but the important take away here is that CHILDREN REALLY BELIEVE IN THEIR HEROES and will hold them to the highest of standards. 

Coach Eron and I talk a lot with the kids about how to go about being a good member of society and community.  We share life lessons we have learned and give advice on how to handle difficult situations.  We mentor.  We teach.  But we, as instructors, also are charged with the responsibility of living out those same teachings and lessons in our daily lives.  I find myself rising to each day thinking more and more about BEING the example.  This permeates my entire life, not just who I am at the academy.  To me, this is an amazing feat because at 34 years old, I'm finally the hero I always wanted to be.  I have the children that I teach (including my own) to thank for that. I know that all of the instruction team at Brentwood Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Academy feel the same way.  You can see it in our passion and excitement when we are in the academy and you can see it in our daily lives.  

Teaching BJJ has made me a better father.

Both my sons train in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at Brentwood Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Academy.  As a lucky dad, I not only get to share the Gentle Art with my boys, but I am also fortunate enough to actively participate in their instruction. 

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is not only a team sport but also an individual life improvement plan.  In this way, BJJ is a very personal and unique experience for each individual.  My sons share a lot of qualities, but  their differences are as vast and intense as their similarities.  When I observe them learning BJJ, this becomes so obvious to me and I am shocked that I never REALLY noticed this before.  This has helped me to relate to each son as his own entity in the academy and at home.  I feel like I connect better with my sons because we share a bond that is forged through the Brentwood BJJ Academy core values.

core values

See what our students are saying

My 9-year-old daughter loves the kid's jiu-jitsu program! Eron and the other coaches are amazing with the kids. They also work with the parents to make everyone feel welcome.

- Bonnie D., Brentwood, TN

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