Garth Taylor is co-owner and head Jiu-Jitsu instructor at Kaijin MIxed Martial Arts. Garth began his martial arts career as a wrestler at Santa Cruz High School and, subsequently, at West Valley College. He went on to coach wrestling at Santa Cruz High School. Garth was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at a seminar held by Jiu-Jitsu master Rickson Gracie and began his formal Jiu-Jitsu training with Master Claudio Franca. After only six years of training, Master Franca awarded Garth his black belt in 2000.
Voted the Santa Cruz County Martial Arts Instructor of the Year in 2010 and 2011 (Good Times weekly magazine), Garth has been teaching and competing in Jiu-Jitsu for 18 years. One of the most decorated Americans in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he has won or medaled in many national and international competitions, medaled at every belt level at the World (Mundial) Championship, and competed in the invitation-only Abu Dhabi Combat Club World Championships.