Bryan Baldwin started his Martial Arts training when he was 13 years old. He began with Terry
Varnadore and Jeff Thompson at the Tae Kwon Do School, sponsored by the Hendersonville City Recreation Department.
In 1993, started his training in Tae Kwon Do with T.J. Kwon, 6th Dan Black Belt and also with and Shorin-Ryu Karate under
Kyoshi Doug Perry.
In 1993 and 1994 he competed in several full Contact TKD championships placing in all. He also
was a referee and competitor of the 13th annual Junior Olympic TKD Championship in Dayton, Ohio. In 1994 he was
given a Presidential Sports award and a TKD Recognition Award from the Tae Kwon Do Times magazine.
He earned and received his 1st Dan Black Belt on November 17, 1995 from
In 1995 Bryan began his training in Jiu Jitsu with Master Romero "JacareŽ" Cavalcanti and transitioned to Master Relson Gracie While training with Relson he met and became friends with Joe Hurst.
Bryan attended a Certified Self Defense Seminar under Carlson Gracie Jr. in 1997. He also trained some in Judo,
competing in several tournaments. Since 2001 he started competiting in area grappling and submission competitions, usually
placing in each division he competed in.
has also had the opportunity to train with Sensei Troy Price, Shihan Fumio Demura, George Kirby, and many BJJ and MMA artists
such as Carlos Machado, Daniel Moraes, Saulo Ribeiro, Royce Gracie, Marcello Clemente and Joa Jr., Marcos and David Avellan,
Bas Rutten, Tim Lajcik, and Roberto "Spider" Traven
Bryan took a year off from training regularly to pursue becoming a Law Enforcement Officer. He
attended BLET in August 2000 and graduated in April 2001. He worked at the Hendersonville Police Department for 5 years and
transfered to the Henderson County Sheriffs Office where he worked for 4 years. Bryan was a member of S.W.A.T and K9 while
serving in Law Enforcement.
Bryan earned his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and continues teaching his two children,
Brandon and Preston.
"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds
could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat
and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or
shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the
best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring
greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." THEODORE ROOSEVELT