Dynamic Edge Martial Arts
2768 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65807 417-889-8900

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Team Vaghi - St.Charles MMA affiliate


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This martial art combines self-defense with combat sport in a practice that emphasizes grappling (wrestling moves teaching; control, escape and submission). Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) teaches successful defense against a larger, stronger attacker with proper technique and leverage.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu also teaches how to control an attacker while protecting yourself. You will learn how to takedown an opponent, improve your position, transition to a submission to finish the fight with various joint-lock and choke techniques.

Training with resistance and Randori (free grappling, sparring a.k.a. "Rolling") are key component's to BJJ's continuing evolution as a Martial Art and Combat Sport. This makes it both an effective martial art and a challenging workout.

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Alan Smith coaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is the program director for Dynamic Edge's Team Vaghi-St.Charles MMA affiliate.

Alan is a three stripe Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt under Mike Rogers and Rodrigo Vaghi. Rodrigo is a 4th degree black belt under the legendary Rickson Gracie.

Alan recently moved to Springfield MO and opened an affiliate Brazilian Jiu-jitsu program at Dynamic Edge Martial Arts. He began his training in Little Rock, AR in 2006, at what is now Westside MMA. Then he moved to St. Louis and joined SCMMA and Team Vaghi, training under Rodrigo Vaghi and Mike Rogers along with UFC and pro fighters Tyron Woodley, Josh Sampo, Alp Ozkilic, Lance Benoist, Matt Ricehouse, and EJ Brooks.

Alan won his MMA fight debut after which he decided to strictly focus on Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Alan has trained and competed all over the world with various world champions. Alan moved to Las Vegas in 2010 where he trained with Team Carlson Gracie under 5th degree balck belt Master Ricardo Calvacanti. in 2012 Alan returned to SCMMA and became an assistant instructor and leader of SCMMA BJJ before moving to Springfield and coaching BJJ at Dynamic Edge.  

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