What We Offer

Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

We offer a style of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that focuses on self defense utilizing both technique and pressure both in the Gi and without the Gi.


We apply an array of different striking techniques in our training.  These techniques include Boxing, Muay Thai, and Kickboxing.





Our promise to you is that we will do everything possible to help you maximize your potential in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  We want you to learn, grow, and become better in every area of your life and we think Jiu-Jitsu can help with that.  We are confident in what we do and what we offer. We want you to come and experience what we have to offer for yourself.  The first class is free because we know that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can change your life! We won't stop working until you achieve the goals you have set for yourself.  Come and see why champions train here!

Florence Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been in business since 2007 and offers world-class martial arts training.  We are known for our  Carlson Gracie inspired hard nosed, tough style which uses techniques that work in real life self defense as well as sporting scenarios.  Our instructors have went through years of extensive training and continue to learn and teach techniques as they continue to grow and evolve.  Many of our instructors and students continue to compete in both grappling tournaments and MMA  fights all over the Southeast.  Whether you are looking for self-defense, sport Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, or you are just looking to get in shape and have some fun, we are the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in the Shoals area!

Brad is a Carlson Gracie Purple Belt that has shown extreme dedication and promise since he started training over five years ago.  One of the most dedicated guys 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 class where he helps to hone young 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.

Dustin Taylor-MMA/Striking Coach

Justin Cavender is a Carlson Gracie brown belt under Professor Michael Mann and Professor Samuel Puccio.  Justin is a very active competitor in the Southeast grappling scene and has amassed an impressive amount of wins and podium finishes in his competitive career.  Justin is an active instructor at FBJJ and helps the students of the academy by sharing the knowledge that he has acquired over a long and successful grappling career.

Dustin Taylor is a professional MMA fighter and a Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu purple belt.  Dustin distinguished himself as one of the better strikers in amateur MMA in the Southwest 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 strategies and knowledge that he has acquired with the up and coming fighters at the Academy.

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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 multiple tournaments including Naga and many Alabama State Championships at various levels throughout his years of competition.  Michael's goal is to continue to offer the absolute best caliber of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu possible to the Florence and Shoals area.   He also serves proudly as a firefighter for the City of Florence.  

About Our Academy


Justin Cavender- Assistant Instructor

Professor Michael Mann- Head Instructor

Carlson Gracie Team

Brad McCullar-Fundamentals Coach