Professor Samuel Braga is well known competitor and has been competing for many years and currently He is sharing all the knowledge and experience with his students.
Main Competition Achievements:
- 6x World Champion (2002 purple, 2004 brown, 2005, 2006, 2008& 2010* black)
- 5x Brazilian Champion (2001 blue, 2002 & 2003 purple, 2004 & 2005 brown)
- World Nogi Champion (2007 black) Pan American Champion (2004 brown)
- Brazilian Teams Champion (2003 purple)
- 2x World Silver Medallist (2003 purple, 2007, 2009** black)
- Pan American Silver Medallist (2008 black)
- 3x World Bronze Medallist (2001 blue, 2006 & 2011black)
Richie has been training in the martial arts most of his life. He began Kenpo during his teenage years. After joining the military he learned Gracie Jiu-Jitsu when the Gracies would train his unit. After leaving the Army he studied Shotokan, Judo, and Aikido. Upon earning his Black Belt in Aikido he devoted his time to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He earned his purple belt under U.S. Army Combatives Black Belt, the late Pedro Lacerda. He earned his Brown Belt under World Champion Black Belt Samuel Braga. Richie has cross trained in boxing and Muy Thai. He has been fortunate to spend time at various camps, including Greg Jackson's, Extreme Couture, Wanderlai Silva's and American Top Team. He is a Crossfit Kettle Bell Instructor and Tactical Athlete Instructor. He is also a current conditioning coach and writes programs for people around the country. He enjoys training and is very blessed by God..
Assistant Mike Truitt
Mike Truitt started martial arts by taking Taekwondo while in college. After a year Taekwondo Iearned about the first UFC events by watching them on VHS tape and becomes interested in learning the grappling used by Royce Gracie. I did not know of any place in East Tennessee that offered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the time, but the UT martial arts club offered Judo and Shingitai Jiu-Jitsu so He begans taking those. After one semester, He learns that Shingitai Jiu-Jitsu was nothing like Brazilian Jiu-jitsu so I focused solely on Judo for the next 2 years eventually earning my brown belt.
He was out of Martial arts completely for the next 8 years, but after starting his business He was able to find the time to begin training again. Despite his background in judo , His interest in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu remained strong from watching the early UFCs so He begans his Training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 2.5 years ago. He became interested in competing early in his training and learned about Samuel Braga about a year after he Begans. He wanted to improve and become the best competitor that He could be He tried class with Samuel and immmediately knew that Samuel schools could maximize his potential. Mike has trained with Samuel for 1.5 years no, earning his purple belt in Sept. 2010, and Mike still amazed by the amount that he has learned and continue learn under Samuel guidance.