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Larry Shealy

Larry Shealy 

Owner and Head Instructor at Jacksonville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu And Founder of Kid-Jitsu® & Kid-Jitsu® University

Larry is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the legendary Master Rigan Machado, and is the Head Instructor at Jacksonville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Neptune Beach, Florida. He is also the Regional Director for the Rigan Machado Jiu-Jitsu Association; and Founder of the BJJ program for children…Kid-Jitsu®. Kid-Jitsu® is a ‘Teach the Teacher’ program on how to effectively teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to children in an organized, safe, and technically efficient manner; and includes our world class C.O.R.E. Character Development Program. 

Larry obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Florida State University, a Master’s Degree in Business from Jacksonville University, and a 20+ year career in the Medical Device Industry in Sales, Sales Training, Sales Management, and Director level’s. He retired from the Medical Device Industry in 2001. 

Looking for new ventures, and having been one of the first of the original Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Associations back in the mid 1990’s, Larry continued training in and teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as a hobby. Over the next few years that hobby began to evolve into a full time program and he opened Jacksonville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2005, as a new career in the Martial Arts. During this transition, he saw a need for a curriculum for children in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the development of Kid-Jitsu® began. The Kid-Jitsu® program has evolved to become a full scale online BJJ program for kids, online; in a ‘teach-the-teacher’ format. 

Larry is also a former City Councilman in Neptune Beach, Florida and has been active in his community with church, his school, homeschooling his 9 year old, and is known to be a big family man! God, Family and BJJ are his main interests and he has dedicated his life to this lifestyle. 

Ranks and Certifications:

  • Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Confederation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Carlos Gracie, Jr. January 27, 2008 
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Master Rigan Machado, February 15, 2014 
  • Sandan 3rd Dan Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu, Contemporary Combatives: Dr. Tobias Voght, June 1, 2013 
  • Certified Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Referee: Alvoro Mansor, CBJJ & IBJJF Referee Director, 2008 
  • NRA Instructor: Refuse to Be a Victim, First Steps Pistol, Pistol, 2013