owner/ head instructor


Black Belt under Samuel Braga and World-Class Competitor. 

Accomplishments Include:

2018 IBJJF No Gi Pan American Medalist

IBJJF BJJ Pro Atlanta Champion

IBJJF Atlanta Open 2x Middleweight Champion

IBJJF Chicago Open Middleweight Champion

IBJJF Charlotte Open Middle Heavyweight Champion

IBJJF Chicago Open 3rd Place

IBJJF Charlotte Open 2nd Place

Battle Mountain Black Belt Champion

Competed multiple times in IBJJF Pan Ams and World Championships

After wrestling in high school and college, Logan found his true passion – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He prides himself on his technical understanding of Jiu Jitsu and his modern style of the game. 

Logan has been training for over ten years. Jiu Jitsu is not what he does, but rather who he is. He loves to share his passion to others with hopes to impact their lives as Jiu Jitsu has impacted his own. 

When Logan is not on the mats, you can find him spending time with his girlfriend and his family. 

An avid fan of extreme sports, Logan loves to ride his dirt bike and skateboard during the weekends. 


co-owner/ assistant instructor

Brown Belt under Samuel Braga and World-Class Competitor. 

Accomplishments Include:

IBJJF Atlanta Bronze Medalist

IBJJF Chicago Open Lightweight Champion

Competed multiple times in IBJJF Pan Ams and World Championships

Former collegiate basketball player, Taylor found his true passion on the mats. Athletically gifted, jiu jitsu has been a natural yet hard earned skill that Taylor has mastered at the highest levels. 

Taylor loves to help others improve on the mats, he is one of the most influential figures at Bristol Jiu Jitsu. Always charming and full of personality, people new and seasoned seem to fall in love with the energy that Taylor provides. 

Taylor is a full-time Financial Advisor for Edward Jones. Learning how to be passionate through Jiu Jitsu has translated into his career, giving him an edge that is extremely critical in the field.  

For fun, Taylor likes to shoot some hoops with his friends and workout. When it’s basketball season, you can find him cheering on the Los Angelos Lakers on game nights. 


Our Professor, Gracie Barra Knoxville Head Instructor

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Samuel started with martial arts young at seven years old, practicing Taekwondo. Ever since he was young, he has always loved to compete, winning a couple tournaments as a Taekwondo fighter. He practiced Taekwondo for several years until he got his black belt and took a break from martial arts when he was a teenager.


Samuel was planning to come back to his training in Taekwondo but his gym also offered a Jiu-Jitsu class that took Samuel’s attention. He was already watching UFC and a fan of Royce Gracie (one of Helio Gracie sons who spread jiu-jitsu to the world using the MMA fights and dominating the biggest events in that time), as well as a big fan Rickson Gracie (Royce’s older brother fighting in Japan’s Pride MMA, which became some the most watched MMA events during 21 Century until purchased by UFC).


After he watched this class his mind changed and he began his BJJ training. His parents supported him from the beginning until today, something Samuel is very thankful for, especially his father who gave all the support he needed to compete in tournaments. After winning six World Championships, Samuel is still practicing this beautiful art that changed his life, giving him more discipline, confidence, and respect in all areas of his life—inside and outside the ring.