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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Wrestling, Physical Fitness, Yoga

PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES

CHAMPION COMPETITION TEAM

MEET THE COACHES

Owen Brickell

Owen Brickell

Head Coach

OWEN BRICKELL IS OWNER OF ILLINOIS BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU ACADEMY AND IS CURRENTLY A BROWN BELT UNDER RAY CASIAS.

OWEN STARTED WRESTLING AT THE AGE OF 5 YEARS OLD IN HIS HOME STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA. AT THE AGE OF 18 HE ENLISTED IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AND SERVED 11 YEARS ACTIVE DUTY.

IN 2009, OWEN WAS FIRST EXPOSED TO BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU AND SINCE THEN HAS BECOME AN INTEGRATED PART OF HIS LIFE. THROUGHOUT OWEN’S BJJ CAREER HE HAS CAPTURED SEVERAL STATE, NATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL TITLES. HE IS CURRENTLY AN ACTIVE COMPETITOR AND STRIVES TO CONTINUE TO COMPETE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF COMPETITION.

OWEN ALSO CURRENTLY HOLDS THE
RANK OF SANKYU (BROWN BELT) IN JUDO & JAPANESSE JUJITSU.
OWEN IS MARRIED TO HIS WIFE SHERAH AND HAS TWO BOYS, LOGAN &
LANDON. HE IS ALSO A YOUTH MINISTER AT CROSSPOINTE CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN MASCOUTAH.

MAIN ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

2018 IBJJF NOGI World Championship – Bronze

5x IBJJF Chicago Open Champion

1x IBJJF Nashville Open Champion

12x International Medalist

6x United States Grappling Champion

3x Newbreed Ultimate Challenge Champion

Fight2Win Pro Veteran

Submission Hunter Pro Veteran

Ray Casias

Ray Casias

Black Belt

RAY CASIAS IS A 3RD BLACK BELT UNDER ROBERT DRYSDALE. RAY STARTED HIS TRAINING AT AN EARLY AGE. HE STARTED WRESTLING WHEN HE WAS 5 YRS OLD AND IT HAS BEEN A PART OF HIS LIFE FOR OVER 35 YEARS.

RAY JOINED THE MILITARY STRAIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL AND STAYED IN 4 YRS ACTIVE DUTY AND 6 YEARS IN THE RESERVES. DURING HIS ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY CAREER, HE WENT TO SEVERAL LEADERSHIP SCHOOLS AND THE COVETED ARMY RANGER SCHOOL. DURING HIS TIME IN THE MILITARY HE CONTINUED HIS LOVE OF MARTIAL ARTS LEARNING KARATE, AND TAE KWANDO. AFTER LEAVING THE MILITARY RAY ENROLLED AT MIDDLE
TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY WHERE HE STARTED WRESTLING AGAIN ON A
REGULAR BASES AND FOUND A JIU JITSU ACADEMY.

RAY’S LOVE FOR THE ART ENCOURAGED HIM TO OPEN MIDDLE TENNESSEE’S FIRST MIXED MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL WITH CO-OWNER CHRIS HEFLIN CALLED THE FIGHTERS GUILD. THE FIGHTERS GUILD PRODUCED SOME GREAT INSTRUCTORS WHO CURRENTLY OWN SCHOOLS ACROSS TENNESSEE.

TODAY RAY CASIAS RUNS AND OWNS TENNESSEE BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU ACADEMY IN SPRING HILL TN. THE ACADEMY HAS BECOME A HOT SPOT FOR PRODUCING SOME OF THE BEST GRAPPLERS AND MMA FIGHTERS IN THE REGION.

RAY IS ONE OF THE MOST DECORATED BJJ PLAYERS IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE AND IS THE ONLY SCHOOL OWNER THAT IS ALSO A LEVEL 4 COMBATIVES INSTRUCTOR FOR THE UNITED STATES ARMY.

Robert Drysdale

Robert Drysdale

Black Belt

REGARDED AS THE MOST ACCOMPLISHED AMERICAN GRAPPLER OF HIS GENERATION, ROBERT DRYSDALE IS A BLACK BELT UNDER LEONARDO VIEIRA AND A FORMER ADCC OPEN WEIGHT CHAMPION (2007). BORN OF THE UNION BETWEEN AN AMERICAN AND BRAZILIAN, ROBERT DRYSDALE GREW UP IN BRAZIL, TRAINING IN ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED TEAMS OF THE 2000’S ERA (BRASA CLUNE DE JIU-JITSU), WITH WHOM HE BECAME THE 2ND US NATIONAL TO WILL AN IBJJF BLACK BELT WORLD TITLE (2005). ROBERT DRYSDALE ALSON COMPETED IN MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (MMA) REACHING THE PINNACLE OF THE CAGE FIGHTING, THE UFC. IN 2014 DRYSDALE JOINED FORCES WITH RODRIGO CAVACA TO FORM A NEW GRAPPING TEAM – TEAM ZENTIH BJJ. 

Main Accomplishments:

1st Place ADCC World Championship (2007, absolute)

1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2005)

1st Place CBJJO World Cup (2005/2006)

2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2006/2007)

3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2007*)

1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2004, weight class & absolute)

3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2004, weight class & absolute)