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About The Instructor:

Second Degree Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt

Fourth Degree Black Belt in Judo

Second Degree Black Belt in Japanese Jujutsu

First Degree Black Belt in Hapkido

Level III Military Combative Instructor









Born in August 1972 in Baltimore, Maryland, Lamonte Bryant Tyler graduated high school in June 1990. Two weeks after graduation, I joined the US Army, where I committed myself to four years. During that time, I experienced combat twice (Operation Desert Storm and Black Hawk Down). I also wrestled two years for the Fort Bragg post wrestling team. I departed the Army as a decorated combat veteran. One year after the military, I attended college for six years, and during that time, I receive 5 degrees (AA, BA, MA, MIS, and MLS). I received my 4th masters in 2016. In 2018 while attending two schools at the same time, I completed my MBA and doctorate. While in college, I also played football for two years. After injuring my knee, I thought that would be it for me to contact sports. In February 2000, I began training in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Western Boxing, Vale Tudo, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I am currently a First Degree Black Belt under the legendary Royce Gracie. Thanks to Greg Thompson, I am also a Level III Modern Army Combative Instructor. In January 2004, I began training in Judo. Three years later, I received my black belt under Tim Redden of the Charlottesville Judo Academy, which made me his 1st student to go from white to black belt and his fastest promoted student. I received my 1st-degree black belt in Hapkido in May 2008. From December 2003 - June 2007, I ran a successful BJJ academy, where I helped many promising BJJ students with their foundation in the sport. I also spent two years as an assistant Judo instructor