Glory BJJ is Jackson’s premiere Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training Academy. Led by 3rd-degree Black Belt Ashley Wheat, the program offers instruction in all things related to BJJ. From classes for kids and adults to self-defense to sports, competitive classes are available for all ages and skill levels. Glory BJJ is located at 117 Bowling Drive inside the Fight Shop.
In addition to being a Gracie Brazilian Academy, Glory BJJ is a proud member of the Luiz Palhares Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association.
The association is named after Master Luiz Palhares: a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor and instructor who is widely accredited in his art. In 2010, Palhares was presented his 7th-degree black and red belt by the president of the Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Rio de Janeiro, Carlos Robson Gracie. For over 23 years, Palhares was trained directly by the Gracie family—first under Rolls Gracie until his tragic hang gliding accident, and later under Rickson Gracie. Palhares was awarded his black belt in 1984 by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu co-founders Helio Gracie and Rickson Gracie.
During his lifetime, Palhares has also accumulated a number of world-class competitive victories. In 1998, he won both senior heavyweight and open divisions of the Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championships. Later, in 2000, 2003, and 2004 he, took 1st place at the Pan-American Championship in both the senior heavyweight and open divisions. In 2002, Palhares claimed 3rd place at the Masters and Seniors International Championship.
As an instructor, Palhares has taught throughout the US and Europe. He teaches seminars and conducts private lessons around the globe. He developed a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Combatives program for the US Navy SEALS at Dam Neck, Virginia, while serving as a certified Army Combatives instructor. In 2010, Palhares taught a five-month-long Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program for the 3rd Battalion 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Camp Blanding, Florida, prior to their deployment to Afghanistan. He has taught Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminars for the US Marines in Tennessee and at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Palhares also enjoys a long-standing relationship with the Jacksonville Florida Sheriff's Office (JSO) where he provides instruction.