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Gracie Jiu Jitsu of Kentucky Instructors

All of our instructors are specialists in our martial arts system. They will provide the most positive, educational and motivating program in a safe, fun & challenging classroom environment.

Scott Smith

Head Instructor Professor Scott Smith
Master Pedro Sauer Black Belt



At the age of six, Scott knew he was in love with the martial arts when he observed his father Roscoe Smith training in Japanese Karate. Scott immediately knew that was what he wanted to do. He was not able to start his training until the age of fifteen, at which point he enrolled into the Louisville Tae Kwon Do School. He then relocated to the Preston Martial Arts Academy where he received his black belt. Scott's journey did not end there - he has trained in Judo, Combat Hapkido, Shaolin Do, Wing Tsun, Mauy Thai, Jeet Kune Do, Filipino martial arts, and Gracie Jiu Jitsu, in which he currently holds the rank of Black Belt.

Scott knew as soon as he saw the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu Jitsu that he would spend his life training and perfecting his technique. Scott has trained with many greats in GJJ... Pedro Sauer, Royce Gracie and others. Scott traveled to Brazil in 1999 to train at one of the oldest academies in Rio - The Kioto Academy, which is owned by one of Helio Gracie's original Black Belts, Francisco Mansor.

Scott has a passion for teaching and loves watching people grow and develop in this wonderful art. Scott wants to stay true to the teachings of Gracie Jiu Jitsu and its self-defense, and has pledged to do so.

Scott says,

"We are all on a journey in life...just stay true to that journey and don't

fall off the path. Everyday you are able to train is a good day."

Black belt shadow Brian Phillips

Brian Phillips
Master Pedro Sauer Black Belt
Assistant Instructor Sauer Brown Belt
Teaches Junior Jiu Jitsu since 2008


Brian started training in the martial arts when he was nine-years-old. His original style, Shaolin Kempo, introduced him to the many positive lifestyle changes a student will experience through regular practice in the martial arts. He started teaching when he was 15 and received his black belt at age 17, the same time he began learning Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Like so many others who start out in the style, Brian was immediately taken by it's grace and fluidity, in addition to it's effectiveness and efficiency. He's been a student of instructor Scott Smith since the beginning and earned his purple belt under Master Pedro Sauer in May 2008.

A student of the game, Brian enjoys teaching individuals of all ages and physical abilities, and seeing them reap the benefits of training, both on-and-off the mat.

To those interested in beginning their journey in the martial arts, Brian encourages them to stop by and meet the family at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu of Kentucky. Whether it's for you and/or your family, you'll learn solid technique and self-defense, plus get in shape and have fun.

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Chad Cunningham
Black Belt
Adult Jiu Jitsu teaching since 2009

 

Chris Minks
Brown Belt
Assistant instructor for Spider Monkeys and Junior Jiu Jitsu teaching since 2008

 

Derick Goodman
Brown Belt
Teaches No Gi teaching since 2009

 

Abigail Minks
Purple Belt
Assistant instructors for Spider Monkeys and Junior Jiu Jitsu teaching since 2008

 

Dalton Smith
Blue Belt
Assistant instructor for Spider Monkeys and Junior Jiu Jitsu teaching since 2013

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