Professor Larry Shealy

2nd Degree Rigan Machado Black Belt


kidjitsu bjj larry shealy 1Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing, The Florida State University
  • Masters in Business, Jacksonville University


Professional Honors 

  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu under Rigan Machado
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt in Contemporary Combatives under Rigan Machado
  • Founder of Kid-Jitsu & Kid-Jitsu University
  • Head Instructor of TOTAL Defense & Fitness



  • Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
  • Rigan Machado Jiu Jitsu Association
  • President: International Kid-Jitsu Association


Presentations and Publications 



Professor Larry Shealy began training in 1994 with his first "seminar" being taught by the Legendary Rickson Gracie.  He was hooked from that time forward.  He was one of the first "Gracie Jiu Jitsu Training Association" Coaches in the mid-90s under Rorion and Royce Gracie as a Blue Belt.  In addition, he was trained or had seminars with Rolker Gracie, Royler Gracie, Rodrigo Gracie, Charles do Anjos, Carlos Gracie Jr., Aparacido "Bill" Faria,  Flavio Almeida, Marcio Feltosa, Roberto Traven, and many other of the greats in the sport.  His instructor is one of the nicest guys yet fiercest competitors the sport has ever known, 8th Degree Red and Black Belt Master Rigan Machado. 

Fast forward to now and Larry has retired from his first successful career in Medical Device Sales and Sales Management.  His career spanned over 20 years with Fortune 500 Companies; Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific and Guidant.  In 2005 he decided to take his "hobby" of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to the local masses and teach Jiu-Jitsu full time.

The TOTAL Defense & Fitness Academy/Jacksonville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has morphed from a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu only school of about 40 students in 2005 to a full time Academy with well over 100 students in tiny Neptune Beach, FL.

He is most proud of the student base that is filled with above all else "good people doing good things" in their lives and in the community.

Professor Larry is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Grcie Jiu-Jitsu under legendary Master Rigan Machado.  He is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Contemporary Combatives under Team Combat USA - Master Rigan Machado.  He is also a Certified NRA Instructor in Pistol, Home Safety and "Refuse to be a Victim" NRA Programs.  He offers classes in BJJ, Combatives, Pistol Safety and Florida Concealed Weapon Permitting.

Larry graduated from The Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and earned his Post Graduate Degree at Jacksonville University with a Master's Degree in Business.

He is also a former Neptune Beach City Councilman, is in the Fletcher High School Hall of Fame, and is the Founder of the Fletcher High School 12 Man Club for Athletics.  He has a wife named Gail and three kids; Todd, Kristi and Joshua.