Florence Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is located in the beautiful City of Florence Alabama.  We are extremely proud to be a part of the Carlson Gracie Team.  The Carlson Gracie team is a national champion team which has world recognition for it's tough and hard nosed style of Jiu-Jitsu.  The head of our team in Alabama is 3rd Degree Black Belt Samuel Puccio under Rodrigo Medeiros.  Professor Samuel Puccio continues to compete around the world, and has placed at the Nationals, Pan Ams and World Championships.  Our Florence Location is headed by Black Belts Michael Mann and Dustin Key.  Professor Michael Mann competes regularly in the most prestigious tournaments in the world and has won many championships for IBJJF, Naga, and State Titles.  Professor Dustin Key has also competed and won many titles in his time in Arizona as well as Alabama.  Many of the students from our Academy also compete regularly in IBJJF, Naga, Fight to Win, amatuer and professional MMA bouts as well as other local tournaments.  Our students often find themselves on the podium during these contests and tournaments.  If you are interested in training authentic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at a high level, then we are the place to train in the Shoals area, as we have a proven pedigree with the wins at high levels to prove it.No matter your motivation, be it self-defense, getting into better shape, or to become a professional fighter, we can help you achieve your goals in a safe and fun atmosphere.  

Professor Michael Mann- Owner/Head Instructor

Professor Michael Mann began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2007.  He was awarded his Carlson Gracie Black Belt by Professor Samuel Puccio and Professor Rodrigo Medeiros in February of 2016.  Michael has won gold medals and  titles at multiple tournaments and championships including IBJJF, Naga, and State Championships.  Michael is still a very active competitor and his goal is to become the absolute best practitioner that he can become while also offering the highest caliber of Jiu-Jitsu to the Florence and Shoals area.He also serves his community as a career firefighter for the City of Florence.

Ivan Lucas-Striking Coach

​Ivan is a very promising amateur mixed martial artist and a Carlson Gracie Blue Belt.  Ivan has won fights in multiple formats of combat including boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, and MMA. Ivan is a very talented striker with a background in boxing.  He shares his knowledge with the team and coaches our striking class on Tuesdays at 5:30.

Company Profile

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Florence Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy


Founded: 2007

Owner: Michael Mann

Certifications: Carlson Gracie Black Belt


Whether you are looking to get in shape, learn self defense, or become a champion, this is the place!


Walking through the doors of a Jiu-Jitsu academy can be intimidating, we understand that.  That is why we are dedicated to sharing our art as well as building a championship caliber team.  Jiu-Jitsu is tough, anyone who tells you otherwise is lying to you, but it is one of the most worthwhile endeavors that you could ever embark on.  You will not only learn how to defend yourself against bigger and stronger opponents, but you will also make new friends and earn about yourself along the way.  Lessons of persistence, grit, and character accompany the "Gentle Art" on a daily basis.  Looking for self growth and a chance to improve your physical self as well as your mental capacity?  Not many places can truly offer this like the Jiu-Jitsu mat can.  Because we believe this so strongly we want to give you a gift so that we can prove it to you.  Everyone that comes in for the first time gets ONE FREE CLASS!!!!

Brad McCullar- Assistant Instructor

Brad is a Carlson Gracie Brown Belt that has shown extreme dedication and promise since he started training over five years ago.  One of the most dedicated practitioners in the gym, Brad has dove head first into Jiu-Jitsu over his time on the mats.  His dedication to the art has been rewarded with multiple tournament wins at every level so far.  Brad teaches the fundamentals and adult Jiu-Jitsu class where he helps to improve other grappler's skills and develop a proper base and understanding of Jiu-Jitsu on which our students will build their future techniques for many years.

​Brad is also an extremely proud member of the Army National Guard.

About Us



Florence Brazilian

Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Carlson GRacie Team

Dustin Taylor- MMA/Striking Coach

Dustin Taylor is a professional MMA fighter and a Carlson Gracie purple belt.  Dustin distinguished himself as one of the better strikers in amateur MMA in the Southeast region.  He is a veteran of many well known MMA promotions including Strikehard and V3.  Primarily focusing on his family now, Dustin stays active and keeps his skills sharp by sharing all of the knowledge and strategies that he has acquired with the up and coming fighters at the Academy.