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! We are also part of the Checkmat team!

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

  • 2020: NFC BJJ #6 - Competitor

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 black belt

  • 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- Quarter finalist

  • 1999: World Championships RJ, Brazil-Competitor

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

  • 2001: Pan American Jiu-jitsu Championships 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 black belt.

  • 2011: Pan American Jiu-jitsu Championships- Competitor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

  • 2020: Atlanta Summer Open: Silver Medal: Master 2 Ultra heavy

  • 2020: No-Gi Pan American Championships: Bronze Medal: Master 2 Ultra 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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