Thomas Rumsey is the co-owner & head instructor at this location. He is a certified United States Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation & International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Black Belt under Master Claudio França Pires. Beginning BJJ at the age of thirty eight after he signed his three daughters up for classes and was hanging around the Dojo for a year Claudio convinced him to sign up and join his daughters simply by Claudio’s continued determination that BJJ can be the only sport required to get you into physical shape. From then it’s been a permanent part of his life. He has been training in BJJ for over sixteen years winning Gold & Silver medals in tournaments such as the US Open, IBJJF Pans, Master Worlds along with tournaments such as Copa Pacifica Jiu Jitsu Tournaments. During his travels in the United States, Thailand and the Philippines he has pursued meeting and training BJJ with great people. At the age of 56 he is determined to share what he has learned and to teach others how to apply these simple aspects of BJJ for conditioning, self defense and confidence. His goal is to use and share his knowledge and life experiences to make children and adults better people in the world we share. Earlier Thomas received his purple belt from Tim Cartmell, a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under legendary Cleber Luciano who is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist. Tim is a 8th Degree Black Belt (Master) in Kung-Fu San Soo and holds black belts in several other styles, and is a lineage holder in the Chinese Internal Systems of martial art.
While Thomas travels in the Philippines he trains with Stephen Kampuis who earned his Black belt from Anthony Lange and John Will, (Will-Machado Australia 2004) and 7th Degree Red and Black Belt Master Fabricio Martins of Equipe Fabricio of Brazil also in 2004, thus giving him the rare distinction of being one of a select few non Brazilians to earn Black belt degrees in Brazil. He currently is a 4th degree black belt.