Background Information

I was fortunate to have trained with the absolute best jiu-jitsu practitioners/coaches in the world.  My journey started with Romero "Jacare" Calvalcanti in Atlanta, Ga in 1997.  It was under Jacare and the leadership of the Alliance team that I developed a base and strategy for Jiu-jitsu practice and competition.  I evolved my training under the tutelage of my master Roberto Traven and I am honored to have been awarded my black belt from Master Traven in 2007.  Since, 2007 I have represented both team Roberto Traven and Alliance respectively.  Using the skill set that I have developed over the years from my training partners and coaches I decided to branch off and form my own academy.  Thus, in 2010 Smithbjj was born. 

Smithbjj serves the metro-Atlanta community.  One thing that Jiu-jitsu has given me, is the ability to strive for something bigger than myself.  This goal driven paradigm typically took the form of competition but morphed into academia as well.  My goal is to bring this passion and continue the tradition of helping others overcome and achieve their goals in life and in the sport of Jiu-jitsu.  I am honored and privileged to have coached and mentored champions on and off the mats!

Academic Experience

Bachelor of Science in Political Science- Kennesaw State University, GA-2004

Master of Arts in Diplomacy- Norwich University, VT- 2007

Doctor of Philosophy in Peace Studies- Nova Southeastern University, FL-2014

Publications

 

  • Smith, Phillip A., and Joseph A. Rickert. 2009. Back to the past: Marxist concepts reborn. Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences 1(3): 951–962.

  • Smith, Phillip A. 2010. Dependency Theories and The Icelandic Pension Crisis. Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences 2(1): 446-454.

  • Smith, Phillip A. 2014. The Axe Without the Handle: An Exploratory Analysis of EcoTerrorism and its Relationships to U.S. Public Policy towards Terrorism: 1990-2010. Nova Southeastern University: Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution Theses and Dissertations.

Competition Experience

Mixed Martial Arts/Submission/Super fight Tournaments

  • 1997: Griffin Submission Open - Competitor

  • 1998: Griffin Submission Open - Competitor

  • 1998: Fight Night Submission Match- Champion

  • 1999: Griffin Submission Open - Champion

  • 1999: Calhoun Submission Open- Champion

  • 2019: NFC BJJ#3 - Competitor

  • 2019: NFC BJJ#4 - Champion

  • 2019:NFC BJJ#5 - Champion

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Competitions (Amateur)

  • 1997: Auburn University Championships- 2nd place at 175.

  • 1998 : Huntsville Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Championships- Champion at 175

  • 1998: Auburn University Championships- Champion at 175

  • 1999: Auburn University Championships- Champion at 182

  • 2001 Pro-Am of Grappling Championships- Gold medal: Heavy Purple belt.

  • 2001 Pro-Am of Grappling Championships- Invitee in Professional No-Gi Submission division. 

  • 2012: NAGA championships-Ultra heavy - 2nd place

  • 2019:FUJI Championship ATL: Gold Medal: Master blackbelt

  • 2019:American Grappling Federation ATL: Silver Master Black belt Open Class, Gold-Default weight division

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Competitions (Professional: IBJJF/CBJJ/ADCC)

  • 1998: Pan American Jiu-jitsu Championships Miami, FL- Quarterfinalist

  • 1999: World Championships RJ, Brazil-Competitor

  • 2000: Pan American Jiu-jitsu Championships KS, FL-Quarterfinalist

  • 2001: Pan American Jiu-jitsu Chamionships KS, FL- Bronze Medal: Ultra-heavy and Open Division, Purple belt.

  • 2009 : Pan American Jiu-jitsu Championships- Competitor

  • 2010 :No-Gi Worlds Championships- Bronze Medal: Master 1 Ultra Heavy blackbelt.

  • 2011: Pan American Jiu-jitsu Championships- Competitor

  • 2012: Pan American Jiu-jitsu Championships- Bronze Medal: Master 1 Ultra-Heavy blackbelt.

  • 2014: Atlanta International Jiu-jitsu Open Championships: Competitor

  • 2015: Atlanta Summer Open No-Gi: Silver Medal: Master 1 Ultra Heavy blackbelt.

  • 2016: Atlanta Winter Open: Silver Medal: Master 2 Ultra Heavy blackbelt.

  • 2016: Atlanta Summer Open: Silver Medal: Master 2 Ultra Heavy/ Bronze medal Open weight division blackbelt.

  • 2017:Atlanta Winter Open: Gold Medal: Master 2 Ultra Heavy-(default)/ Bronze Medal Open weight division blackbelt.

  • 2018: Atlanta Spring Open: Bronze Medal: Master 1 Ultra Heavy blackbelt.

  • 2018: World Master Jiu-jitsu Championships: Competitor.

  • 2018: Atlanta Summer Open: Silver Medal: Master 2 Heavy blackbelt.

  • 2019:Atlanta Winter Open: Silver Medal: Master 2 Heavy

  • 2019: World Master Jiu jitsu Championships: Competitor

  • 2019: Atlanta Summer Open: Bronze Medal: Master 1 Super heavy

Coaching Experience

I have had the honor and privilege to have trained, coached and belted students who have competed and won in the following venues. 

Smith Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

1461 Hwy 20 W.  McDonough, GA 30253

678-438-0739     info@smithbjj.com

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