“I remember the first class I ever took under Jay back in 2003 when he was still under Royce. He taught a move I had practiced endlessly under another Gracie but could never quite make happen in sparring. This was due to a combination of odd body position, jerky movements, and over-reliance on strength–as it was taught to me. It was the standard scissor sweep from the guard, which is a simple enough move–unless you don’t know how to apply it correctly.
When Jay taught this move to the class he was able to convey his conceptualization of proper jiu-jitsu execution, demonstrating pure technique with smooth, fluid movements. I was amazed; I had never seen it done such an effortless way. Armed with this new approach, I was able refine my scissor sweep, which is now a regular tool in my jiu-jitsu arsenal.
In the years that followed, Jay and I trained together many times, and I picked up something valuable from every one of those experiences, whether it was implicit from being on the receiving end of sparring with him or explicit from him teaching/coaching in some aspect I was missing. Beyond this, Jay was always available to answer questions and practice unfamiliar techniques. Indeed, he was a key element in me retooling my entire jiu-jitsu game and going from blue to where I am now.
At the time Jay was a combination of very good jiu-jitsu fighter and very good instructor, with the clarity of vision to identify exactly which points students needed to tighten up. I have no doubt that his skills and abilities have improved and will serve his current and future students well.”
Gracie Sports Academy – Brown Belt
Soulcraft – Jiu Jitsu & Muay Thai Coach