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Bruce Elliot
Bruce Elliot

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Last Name: Shealy
City: Jacksonville
State: FL
Country: USA
School: Jax BJJ - Rigan Machado

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1. Submitted by Me on Friday March 6, 2009 7:09 PM
Larry has been a great instructor and a strong advocate for technique and Gracie Jiu Jitsu. He's been practicing BJJ for 14 years, so I don't understand how that equates to buying a belt.

2. Submitted by cw on Wednesday May 20, 2009 9:43 AM
Larry was a 4 stripe purple for over 10 years. He got his brown from carlos gracie jr. and black from charles do anjos. Why dont you take up his "belt buying" with them or better yet go roll with him and find out if he deserves it.

3. Submitted by cw on Wednesday May 20, 2009 9:58 AM
PROS:very indepth and he always helps you out. His open mat days is more like a free roll with a blackbelt. His schedule is great and he is opening more schools all the time to give variety of choices. He loves BJJ and it shows. Large class base and range of belts. Friendly atmosphere and great students to roll with. His cardio days are brutal and his progression drills not fun but you leave school feeling like you just fought and now want to soak in ice. I love it. CONS: Main school is at the beach 45 minute drive but worth it.

4. Submitted by Darnel on Thursday May 21, 2009 11:43 AM
CW, obviously youre not from Jax. There is no debate about how long it took Larry to progress through the belts. Everyone from Jax knows. He was NOT a purple belt for 10 years. in 2003 he was a blue belt. 2003 is when he resumed his training after a 8 year hiatus. Larry might have 7 or 8 years of consistent training. He certainly hasn't been training for 14 years. JAXBJJ was started in 2003 in Alex Limbaugh's old school at Mayport. Prior to that there was no school. The last time he trained prior to that was when he ran a Rorion Gracie satellite school in the mid 90s. He had knee surgery and took off from that time (circa 1995) to 2003. Know your facts. Since you know so much about his time progressing, why don't you educate those of us from Jax who have trained all that time where Larry trained between 1995 and 2003? If you want to feel what a black belt feels like, roll with Luiz Palhares or Daniel Moraes.

5. Submitted by cw on Friday May 29, 2009 10:23 AM
Darnel, I am going by what he told me so take that how you will. But obviously your missing the point, and question at hand. Did larry buy his belts? No. What is your proof? Time in training? So that is the sole determination for getting your black or brown belt? Like i said before take it up with carlos gracie jr. or charles dos anjos, i hope you paid attention this time. I am defending a good mans honor from an accusation that is completely unfounded or supported by evidence. He didn't give himself a belt he was awarded those belts by guys whose credentials are beyond reproach. Maybe you should educate yourself on basic courtesy and respect for others. He is a good instructor and his students do very well in tourneys and in mma. But most importantly he is very good person. When one of our students died he went out of his way to present a blackbelt and certificate to his wife at the funeral to be buried with him. That is respect and I for one appreciate that kind of care for his students. And i do roll with black belts especially when I am back in san diego, makes no difference to me because getting crushed is getting crushed. It doesn't hurt less when larry does it compared to saulo.

6. Submitted by Mr. Redwine on Wednesday June 3, 2009 7:01 AM
Larry is the perfect example of a belt-buyer who is trying to turn BJJ into a McDojo joke. The original comment thread was deleted for no obvious reason. I guess the guy who owns the site trains with Larry or something? And cw: you are a moron. Giving a black belt at a funeral is a disgusting tactic, it doesn't take much cynicism to see that for *exactly* what it is. What do Larry Shealy, cw, and this site have in common? They are all jokes.

7. Submitted by Former JaxBJJ student on Thursday February 18, 2010 5:12 PM
It's been a while since I trained with Mr. Shealy. When I started he was a 3 stripe purple, then within 18-24 months he was a black belt.. Thats a rather fast.. or suspicious run from purple to black if you ask me. He has no competition background and when I was there I rarely saw him roll. I also question his promotions. I personally saw guys who had about 6 months of training and no prior experience get their blue belts.. In my opinion Mr. Shealy's school treads dangerously close to becoming a full McDojo. There are much better schools in the area and almost all of them have students that used to train with Mr. Shealy and they all pretty much have the same stories of why they no longer train under Larry.

8. Submitted by Also former jaxbjj student on Thursday May 20, 2010 11:41 PM
I agree with the former jaxbjj student. his instruction is great for basics, which are the most important things for BJJ. Yet if you want to truly progress and hit your full potential, Larry is not the man.

9. Submitted by Never a jaxbjj guy, but I know BJJ in Jax on Tuesday June 15, 2010 5:45 PM
In reference to cw, Charles Dos Anjos did NOT promote Larry Shealy to black belt. Larry jumped ship from Royce Gracie because Royce would not promote him to brown belt. Those of us who want to our certificate for black from the Confederacao and compete in IBJJF events know that the "cost" for dealing with Carlos Jr. is high. If you pay, it can be obtained. Darnel's time table on Larry's training is correct, and Larry will not train today due to heart problems. Plus, his dealings with the ITA are downright shameful.

10. Submitted by Former JaxBJJ student on Wednesday July 14, 2010 7:15 PM
Just the other day I ran into someone I used to train with at Larry's. I asked if he still trained there and said "no" Followed by "I decided to leave when he gave me my blue belt after only being there 3 months". I followed up by asking if he'd had any previous training (which may have legitimized the fast promotion) and he said that prior to that he'd never trained or wrestled before.

11. Submitted by Another Former Student on Wednesday July 14, 2010 8:26 PM
I've seen a Gracie give out a belt that fast as well. The blue belt signifies a basic understanding of jiu-jitsu and it can be obtained in 3 months. Different people have different aptitudes - hence BJ Penn. There are alot of hard feelings about Larry getting his black belt ahead of some people. If Larry wasn't deserving of a black belt then, he is now. You have to admit, his academy is a well oiled machine. I don't think there's a more successful academy. Give Larry credit where credit is due. He's trained a long time and he's not a dumb person by any stretch. I think he knows what it means to be a black belt and I'm sure he's earned it by now.

12. Submitted by Just Another Former Student on Tuesday September 7, 2010 2:32 PM
I used to train there as well, and the only good thing about Larry is that he has students who are willing to do the "heavy lifting" for him. He barely teaches, and cares more about the money, than BJJ. The only black belt he deserves is one in marketing, because his actual BJJ is subpar. Not only that, but his MMA program is a joke. He created a "wrist band" system that mirrors BJJ ranks and gave himself a "black" band. Last I checked, he doesn't have any competition success or coaching accolades that warrant his "self-promotion." Adding to that is the fact that he has switched affiliations 3 times in 7 years. Royce, then Gracie Barra, now Roberto Traven. Apparently, loyalty is not a two way street for him.

13. Submitted by Formerjaxbjj on Tuesday January 25, 2011 7:58 AM
Lets get some fact out here right now. 1. Larry is a really nice guy, loves BJJ and nearly trained to death, literally. 2. jaxbjj is a business, it is his sole income to provide for his large family. What is wrong with that? Mcdojo? Whatever. 3. Who cares about the color of his belt. He teaches solid jiu-jitsu. His students are solid performers and more importantly they learn what bjj was meant for, self defense period. 4. He has no competition record? And that is relevant how? BJJ is self defense, which is what he sells, go to his site and see. Should greg jackson be considered a bum? his fight record is 0-1, can he teach? coach? do his fighters perform? This forum is well meaning but might be taking a downward spiral due to bjj academy loyalty. Want to know why larry changes affiliations? Go ask him yourself, think he is a joke? Go roll with him. period.

14. Submitted by Anonymous on Friday January 28, 2011 1:55 AM
Formerjaxjj, where did you train before you trained at Larry's? You say to roll with Larry. This makes it blatantly obvious where your skill level is. My guess is Larry was your only instructor...

15. Submitted by Steven Patrick on Thursday March 31, 2011 10:24 AM
I am absolutely repulsed by some of the disrespectful comments on this blog. Professor Larry Shealy is an outstanding person and very knowledgeable with Gracie Jiu Jitsu /BJJ. He runs a successful academy. I have been training there for little over a year. I have the utmost respect for him and the instructors he has training at the school. Currently, Professor Shealy is directly affiliated with Professor Roberto Traven (a Jacare’ six degree black belt). Professor Shealy’s program is directed by Professor Traven (ADCC Absolute Champion, former UFC fighter, and multiple championships in BJJ matches). It is correct that Professor Shealy does not compete. JaxBJJ is not a BJJ tournament school. Professor Shealy prioritizes Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (Street Jiu-Jitsu). Most people that are caught up with the tournament side of BJJ and forget the main purpose of BJJ. BJJ was designed as a self-defense system. Professor Shealy stays true to those concepts. Recently, he held a tournament that stayed true the original concepts…..”Submission Only”. “Submission Only “rules is the only way to go. Even though Professor Shealy doesn’t focus on the tournament aspects of BJJ, he is directly responsible for training our students that have been extremely successful in the Worlds and Pan Ams. You know what is really funny? We don’t train for tournaments and our school still ends up with Team Trophies from tournaments…… how can JaxBJJ not be legitimate as some accuse? In my year at the school, I have seen several people leave to train with other reputable Brazillian high ranking instructors in town….. they come back once they realize that the grass isn’t always greener. The sad part is there skill levels never increased on their hiatus. Are you going to learn a “Flying Go-Go Plata” or some other ridiculous technique at JaxBJJ? NO! You will learn the basics and learn how to become proficient in them. Doesn’t Roger Gracie win top level BJJ tournaments with a basic collar choke from the mount? On the training time, we all know that two different people training for three months might actually not have the same amount of mat time. A person that trains twice a day, five days a week (those training times are offered at JaxBJJ unlike any other school in town) is going to progress faster than someone that only goes two or three times a week. So it is perfectly reasonable for someone to achieve a blue belt in three months. The learning curve is also different from person to person. For all doubters, come by the school and sign a waiver. Then call the professor and some of his brown belts out like you are on this blog …. Lemme know how that works for you.

16. Submitted by Anonymous on Saturday April 9, 2011 5:25 PM
Steven, Since you've been there only a year I guess its possible that Larry has changed his ways. No one can argue that Larry excels at running his business exceptionally well but it's clear that Larry has rubbed many people (former students, etc) the wrong way. If you talk to former student many of them share the same opinion. Is that a coincidence? Perhaps its some sort clandestine and organized conspiracy? Or maybe it's the product of Larry's own doing? Recently, a friend of mine who trains at another school in Jax had one of Larry's senior belts come over and train. At the end of the class he said that he felt "embarrased to be wearing his belt". From my own personal experiences, after moving and going to another school I learned that several of the techniques I'd learned at jaxbjj were flat out wrong. You know who corrected me? It was one of Helio's elder sons (you know.. the guys who are closest to the source) while I was attending a seminar. Many people also question Larry's rank. Theres no doubt that it's "legit" because he was awarded it from a Gracie Barra black belt. He didn't just buy it and put one on. But just wearing a black belt doesn't mean you're a black belt. The question is if Larry's technique, knowledge and experience are truly at the level of a legitimate black belt. Having trained with Larry and with well known black belts I too don't believe that Larry's training and knowledge are on par with other black belts. Also, my very first instructor who was the same rank as Larry when I started is currently only a brown belt (and larry has been a BB for 3-4 years now??). This is a man is about the same age, trains directly under Pedro Sauer, runs his own school that is also very successful, competes at national events and does very well, trains constantly and is still a ways off from getting his black belt. In short, many people call BS on his black belt because many people feel that Larry has put nearly as much into his belt as others have. Another thing thats BS is that jaxbjj is being marketed as being "not a tournament school".. I'm sorry but I hear that and think its ridiculous. To me thats just a nice way of saying "we're afraid of being exposed" but thats just my opinion. Sure you guys have a few guys do well in tournaments but my current school CLEANS UP at tournaments.. meaning we regularly have more competitors coming home with hardware than without and many coming home with multiple medals. Also, I've never seen in a tournament, nor have I actually been trained in the proper execution of a "flying gogo-plata". I wouldn't try one in a tournament because it has a high possibility of failure. And yes.. from my own personal experiences the grass on the other side is indeed greener.. the training/instruction is better the talent is deeper and the competition is tougher. If you've only been training a year you're still new. If you haven't done so yet just take a week and try another black belt school. You owe it to yourself. If you find that Larry's school still works best for you then good luck to you and safe training :-)

17. Submitted by Chip Coffey on Wednesday April 13, 2011 9:45 AM
Its very funny peoples opinion seem to question if someone is a true black belt or not by if they are world class...example being a world champion or some guy who has won tons of tournaments...thats not the case and if it was, then there would only b a handful of blackbelts anywhere....on another note...Im a blackbelt under Roberto Traven and friends with Larry Shealy for a long time..Its always funny with only one side of a story...there have been people that have left, but i can tell you I have seen Larry help people in ways you will never read about on here...Im not gonna sit on here and go back and forth with anyone..My opinion is simple..Larry is a Blackbelt in Jiu-Jitsu, he runs a great school with some very awesome people. I have his back along with the whole team Roberto Traven..If anybody on here wants to continue to bash and talk trash, please send me a personal message I said, everyone has a right to there own opinion, but I will not sit here and read something that i see as untrue..

18. Submitted by Devan Kidd on Tuesday April 3, 2012 2:14 AM
larry is now at lee jacobs mms in brnadon fl. him, pancer, and lee jacobs i think are all shady and have questional bjj skills. lee jacobs is legit in karate but is def not a purple belt in jim-jitsu in any way. plus i thin that girl hannah jackson is pretty hot. lol. real talk, kmt muay thai in tampa, and gracie fight for bjj, or fabio's is the way to go. fuck what u heard!

19. Submitted by jaxman not jaxbjj on Sunday April 29, 2012 12:40 AM
very shaddy guy but alot of his higher belt students are good so he does somthing right imo

20. Submitted by excorte girl on Saturday March 30, 2013 7:25 AM
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21. Submitted by Blake Moody on Wednesday May 1, 2013 6:19 PM
i can only speak from my own personal experience. professor (and yes i said PROFESSOR) larry is a GREAT man and a GREAT practicer & teacher of martial arts. i trained there for 3.5 years and had to leave for family & financial commitments. with those challenges behind me, you know who the FIRST person i called was? MY professor larry. i dont put ANY stock of someone that is going to post on this site under a fake name. thanks to chip for telling the truth. running a gym is a business. teaching jiu jitsu is a serious art. professor larry does both and that is why he is still around. professor trains students that want to compete, people that are there to get in shape & those that want to learn how to protect themselves. if you want to learn in a safe family-centered environment then you should give the man a call and not put your trust in anonymous posters.

22. Submitted by Ryan O on Monday August 12, 2013 3:51 AM
He is not fake, he is the real deal. I trained FCF which is affiliated to his gym. All the people there were amazing and extremely knowledgable in BJJ. I got my foundation from that school and have continued to build on it. I remember the first tournament I went to was at JAXBJJ, I ended up getting caught in an arm bar but it wasn't tight. The ref called the match immediately just in case and I was pretty pissed. Larry allowed me to roll again and applauded my attitude for not throwing a fit. I won my second match and later that week Larry gave me a T shirt for showing good sportsmanship... anyways what I am trying to say is if you cannot look past the belt at the person that wears it then you will never realized the true skill level of somebody. And Im sure all these people talking smack never rolled with the dude.

23. Submitted by Willie Stroker on Sunday March 2, 2014 4:38 PM
Now teaching kids TKD and shooting guns. Really? What's next? Women's gymnastics?

24. Submitted by Mike on Sunday March 2, 2014 7:02 PM
I trained at Larry's school for a little over a year, I moved away from Florida and began training at another school and realized I was way out classed. Can't say I had any bad experiences with Larry's school and a few of the instructors were really great guys. I just felt I wasn't at the level I should have been for as long as I had trained there and realized I had gotten my blue belt way to quickly. I don't know anything concerning his falling outs with the different professors and affiliations. However he always seemed like a pretty good guy to me...

25. Submitted by Bogus on Monday May 19, 2014 7:17 PM
What kind of site hides comments? The truth hurts huh?

26. Submitted by Lame on Tuesday May 20, 2014 4:30 AM
"Shady" Shealy strikes again! Makes comments private when they are the truth, and don't benefit him. Consistent with his character.

27. Submitted by SOOOO Shady on Tuesday May 20, 2014 8:49 AM
Can't even be honest without being censored.This site is shit

28. Submitted by Site Admin on Tuesday May 20, 2014 3:17 PM
Hey asshole, You're the reason I wrote the code. Two IP addresses from Neptune beach have left every single negative comment posing as different people. The comments are visible to paying members of the site - but this comment will be here in Larry's case. Leave any more negative comments and I'll not only share your Comcast IPs with Larry and the BJJ community, but I'll have my IT buddys at Comcast let me know exactly who the assholes are and I'll post that here as well. Everyone has the right to free speach, but damn man, you're taking it to a whole other level. You've said your piece. Your comments are there for site subscribers. Give being a dick a break for a day.

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