Larry Shealy, BS, MBA
Rigan Machado Black Belt
Kid-Jitsu® Founder and Main Instructor
Larry Shealy began studying Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1994 at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, California. He is a Black Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu under the direction and instruction of Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and is the Gracie Barra Representative in Jacksonville, FL.
He has also learned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique over the years from Royce Gracie, Rorion Gracie, Rigan Machado, Rickson Gracie, Royler Gracie, Rolker Gracie, Relson Gracie, Rodrigo Gracie, Carlos “Caique” Elias, Jacare’ Cavalcante, Flavio Almeida, Charles Dos Anjos, Steve Hall and Aparacido Bill. He has traveled extensively in the United States to study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and also two times to Rio de Janiero, Brazil to further his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu studies. He has trained at the world famous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies: The Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, California (Rorion and Royce Gracie), Gracie Barra in Barra de Tijuca, Rio de Janiero, Brazil with Carlos Gracie Jr. and Marcio Feitosa and Gracie Humatai in Rio de Janiero Brazil with Royler and Rolker Gracie.
In 2003, Larry began developing the “Kid-Jitsu®” program along with the “Kid-Jitsu® Values Program”. This trademark registered program teaches children the fundamentals of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, while weaving targeted values into each lesson within the “Kid-Jitsu®” Children’s Curriculum.
His career has been quite varied with a Marketing Degree from Florida State University, a Masters Degree in Business from Jacksonville University and over 20 successful years in Sales, Sales Training, and Sales Management in the Medical Device Field.
Larry received a black belt in TKD in the mid-1990’s and had the good fortune of being given a ticket for admission to a Rickson Gracie seminar in Jacksonville, Florida. What he learned in a 2-day seminar was the catalyst for making not only an immediate change in his martial arts disciplines, but also a long-term change in his lifestyle and eventually his career.
During this same time frame in the mid-1990’s Larry was at the height of his success in the Medical Device Sales Industry and he spent a significant amount of time in California where he began training at the Gracie Academy in Torrance. It was also around this time that a rather strange and unique event at the time began appearing on Pay-Per-View: The Ultimate Fighting Challenge. (Later the name was changed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship). It was at this time that Larry, like many others, observed a skinny Brazilian kid beat all comers in 3-4 no holds barred, bare fisted fights in a given night.
Of course that skinny kid was Royce Gracie, and along with his family-style of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu he single handedly changed the way fighting would be done forever.
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu became a household name and the fight game was changed forever; and so was Larry’s life.
For Larry, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has morphed from a hobby and a means to stay in shape, to a total way of life. Along with the 1st Degree Black Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under Master Rigan Machado, He is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Contemporary Combatives with Team Combat USA.
Larry Shealy’s TOTAL Defense & Fitness Academy is at 1475 Atlantic Blvd, Neptune Beach, FL 32266