christopher griffin

I have studied the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 1997. In August of 2014, I received my black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu from Carlson Gracie Jr 2nd Degree black belt Michael Odonnel. This was a life long achievement for myself. I have tested my craft through trial and error in numerous battles in the mixed martial arts arena and grappling tournaments. I want to convey this knowledge to you in the best way I know how, through detailed and aggressive instruction in the art I know and love.

Primary Art: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Secondary Arts: MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing

Qualifications, Experience, & Highlights

  • 1st Degree Black Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlson Gracie Jr.

  • Over 20 years Martial Arts Training

  • Black Sash Four Seasons Kung Fu

  • Black Belt Taekwondo

  • Over 10 Years MMA Competition

    • Combined Amateur and Professional Record: 21-9-2

    • Amateur Kickboxing Record: 2-1

rick williams

Accomplished Boxer


Rick Williams Started boxing at the young age of 15 in 1972 going on to become an amateur boxer out of former WBA Heavyweight Champion Greg Page’s gym from 1978-1980 in Louisville, KY.

Other accomplishments:

  • Won a Ind tournament in 1979

  • In 1982, he returned with Bud Bruner and taught former champ Jimmy Ellis

  • Fought in the Kentucky Golden Gloves in 1982 , which was his only loss

  • Finished w/a 15-1 (13 KO) record in 1982 and continued to spar/train until this day

  • Joined GSA in July, 2011 as a student training in Boxing, BJJ, and Muay Thai/MMA training

amanda griffin

Gym Manager | Blue Belt Brazilian 
 - Specialty Leg locks

Amanda handles the day to day activities of the gym and assists members with grappling and business related questions.

Damon Bell

Blue Belt Brazilian ​Jiu-Jitsu |
Black Belt Ninjutsu

Damon Bell is a lifelong martial artist, and runs our competition MMA,and kickboxing team 

bj combs

Brown Belt Brazilian ​Jiu-Jitsu |

Extensive grappling experience including wrestling and Brazilian ​Jiu-Jitsu


BJ leads the Saturday class and helps students perfecting their technique. A strong methodical training method, with a focus on the pure basic movements of Brazilian ​Jiu-Jitsu

dakota clements

Purple Belt Brazilian ​Jiu-Jitsu

Dakota Clements is a police officer, and a talented purple belt in Brazilian ​Jiu-Jitsu. He brings experience in many fields to the gym and assists in the adult program. 

matt love

Brown Belt Brazilian ​Jiu-Jitsu

Matt Love is a very technical brown belt, that leads our Fundamentals class. His attention to detail will definitely help your progression

erin palmer

Blue Belt Brazilian ​Jiu-Jitsu | 

Grappling and MMA experience


Erin is an accomplished grappler and MMA fighter, she has an extensive traditional Martial Arts background on top of grappling and striking. She leads the kids class striking program. 


3622 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Ky 40207

502-371-7883 |

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