Brandon Bryant has been training in various forms of martial arts since he was nine years old. He got his start with traditional karate at Wilcoxen’s Academy — where he also taught — and has never stopped participating in some form of combative martial arts since.
When it comes to hard work and achieving goals, Bryant knows exactly what it takes. He has been training under Carlos Machado of RCJ Machado Jiu-jitsu for 16 years and on May 7, attained his black belt in Brazilian jujitsu under Machado. The belt, however, was not just any belt. Machado himself wore the belt he awarded to Bryant.
For those not familiar with Machado, he is considered the Godfather of Brazilian jujitsu in the Southwest and holds the highest rank in the southwest as well — ninth degree coral belt. He is endorsed by Chuck Norris and is the nephew of one of the founders of Brazilian jujitsu, the late Carlos Gracie. Also, there have been such celebrities as Ashton Kutcher, Usher, the late Paul Walker and Mickey Rourke have trained under RCJ.
To say Bryant knows what he is doing would be an understatement. Bryant has trained in kickboxing and wrestling. He is fully certified in Jeet Kune Do, which was heavily influenced by the late Bruce Lee. He is a black belt in karate, which he achieved at the age of 16. Bryant also competed in the Junior Olympics as a child, was ranked number three in the nation and was consistently a top competitor in his class.
Bryant started fighting professionally in mixed martial arts and achieved a knockout in 52 seconds against former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Tim Elliot. But what is most impressive is the 125-pound class World Title he won out of Fight World MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Bryant has been teaching his discipline for a very long time in his hometown of Altus and has trained many professional fighters — all of whom have winning records. It has not always been easy for Bryant, he has faced a lot of adversity since opening his studio.
“It is what it is. I’ve seen a lot of businesses in Altus come and go. I’ve moved around a lot, it has been a rough road,” Bryant said. “This is probably my tenth location. I’ve had things happen to me. I’ve had competitors buy buildings out from underneath me and try to put me out of business, but you can’t stop what’s in somebody’s soul.”
Loyalty and respect are the most important things to Bryant. He says his martial arts studio is like a brotherhood. His students sweat, bleed and spend time together on the mats and form a bond that is unbreakable. He is a North American Grappling Association — or NAGA — accredited school and he is the only teacher at his studio because he takes a lot of pride in his business and he has the accomplishments to prove just how good he really is.
For more information on Bryant’s studio or to get started, visit his website at brandonsmartialarts.webstarts.com or call him at 580-471-2219.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.