Head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor
Jay Nance discovered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) in late 1997 in Nashville, Tennessee. Jay insists BJJ is more than a martial art - it is a lifestyle you take with you in your every day walk. After two years training in Nashville with Shawn Hammonds he moved back to Ohio and met Eduardo Barros in 2000. For the next twelve years Jay trained with Eduardo Barros, a Brazilian Nationals 4 time champion and Nova Uniao Black Belt. After several tournament victories and competing at the Copa Do Mundo in Sao Paulo Brazil (finishing 8th in a bracket of 160) Jay was promoted to purple belt. As a purple belt Jay won two bronze medals at the Pan-American tournament in California. In 2008 Jay was promoted to his next belt. As a brown belt he won silver medal in the New York Open. In 2010, after 12 years of consistent training, Jay was promoted to Black Belt by Eduardo Barros. Some of the highlights Jay remembers most are training for six weeks in Rio in 2004, having a class with Carlson Gracie Jr. and training with legends such as Mario Sperry, Murilo Bustamante, Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro and Andre Pederneiras. Jay maintains his love for BJJ and its native land Brazil where he traveled four separate times. His biggest influences in the sport came from Eduardo Barros, Shawn Hammonds, Chris Chard and Ricardo De La Riva. His current passions are his family, students and passing along the BJJ lifestyle for those that want to learn it.