#247: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the United States Army

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Action from the first day of the 2011 Army Combatives Tournament held at Fort Hood, Texas. Image courtesy Fort Hood.

Since emigrating from Brazil, jiu-jitsu has become a cherished part of many lives around the world and has been adopted in countries everywhere (just ask the BJJ Globetrotter!). In addition to keeping everyday people safe, jiu-jitsu has been adopted in law enforcement environments and has even been formally integrated into armed forces in countries around the world.

This week on the show we interview Relson Gracie Black Belt and old friend Garth Spendiff who recently trained and coached the 3rd Infantry Division All Army Combatives Team along with BJJ Black Belt Monte Massey, and UFC Veteran Derrick “The Eraser” Noble.

Mr. Spendiff works as an exercise physiologist for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) where he provides professional training and consultative services to six Department of Homeland Security training academies. Away from his government work Mr. Spendiff serves as the president of Coastal Combatives Inc., Relson Gracie Academia De Jiu-Jitsu in Pooler GA and as an Adjunct Professor at Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Department of Health Science where he teaches graduate level courses in exercise physiology and human performance. Prior to working with CBP, Mr. Spendiff served as the Chief of Combatives and Physical Training for the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division. Mr. Spendiff is a black belt instructor under Relson Gracie & Scott Devine, a Certified Controlled Tactics Instructor through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and a Level IV subject matter expert in Modern Army Combatives. Mr. Spendiff’s educational background includes a B.S. in Nutrition and a M.S. in Exercise Science.

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4 Replies to “#247: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the United States Army”

  1. That last Paragraph is Hard To Read, because There are Too Many capital letters. Stop that, please.

  2. You’re right – I think there were a couple gratuitous capital letters thrown in there. I made them lower case. Thanks San Diego Fan!

  3. Great podcast, it was interesting to here that Garth is from Savannah, I wish I would have known he had a school in the area as I grow up in the Hinesville/Savannah area, I thought all we had was TKD and Karate. Now I can tell my friends where to go train at. Keep up the good work Caleb!

  4. Great podcast! I’m in the Army and have bounced from Bjj School to bjj school over the years do to moves. I wanted to thanks all the schools that give financial discounts to military and police. We know this is something you don’t need to do it is much appreciated. Thanks for your support. You guys are great keep up the good work.

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