Tom feels that while competition is a great tool in helping students progress, there’s so much more to Jiu-jitsu. Several key aspects shouldn’t be neglected in becoming a well rounded martial artist. Self defense, grappling with strikes, situational awareness etc. Tom comes from a military family and is passionate about teaching Law Enforcement & military personnel. He has coached in the UFC, regularly gives free clinics to women, police and military and has taught special needs groups. Tom’s goals are to continue helping his students exceed his personal accomplishments while growing the Carlson Gracie Team. “I will always be a student, & I will always keep treating people the way I would like to be treated.” Tom has coached many students from White to Black belt that became champions and some who have even opened their own academies.