Garth Taylor may be the most highly decorated non-Brazilian black belt in the world. Garth received his black belt from Master Claudio Franca in 2000 and has medaled at every belt level IN BRAZIL at the World Championships (Mundials). If you are new to the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, that means he competed with ALL the Brazilians at every level of competition. Garth is also a five-time US Open gold medalist in his weight and the open-weight. Probably his most recognizable achievements are Garth’s successes as an Abu Dhabi competitor. Garth has multiple wins over former UFC heavyweight champions Ricco Rodriguez and Josh Barnett as well notable wins over Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga, Sean Alvarez, Eduardo Telles, and many others.
Clement Shields is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and a wrestler. He has had a lifelong love of grappling, from wrestling to jiu-jitsu and MMA. His grappling style and philosophy is of seeing jiu-jitsu as a fighting art first, and a sport second. He teaches mostly moves that can be done with or without the Gi, and try’s to always stay aware of the possibility of punches from grappling positions. Clem Teaches a grappling style of aggressively pursuing dominant positions where opponents could be finished with strikes or submissions. He teaches with less emphasis on moves and positions that could be effective in sport jiu- jitsu, but would leave you exposed to hard strikes, and with more emphasis on takedowns, avoiding strikes and moving quickly out of bottom positions and finishing from dominant positions. Puts a high value on fitness, strength and conditioning to create better jiu jitsu and better living.
Clements grappling is influenced by growing up wrestling, by training and competing at bjj and by training with brother and UFC contender Jake Shields and other members of his fight team in the bay area.
Sam Radetsky, Kickboxing Instructor