Kent is Co-owner and a certified instructor at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Appleton. He began training Jiu-Jitsu in 2006. Kent has experience in several martial arts including American freestyle Karate (3rd degree Black Belt) and Krav Maga. He has been been an Inspector & Judge for the state of Wisconsin since 2010 when Boxing and MMA was regulated. In 2016 Kent co-chaired a committee that regulated Unarmed Combat for the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. Kent completed the Gracie Instructor Certification Program in July 2012.
Jeff is Co-Owner and a certified instructor at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Appleton in addition to being owner of The Academy - Martial Arts Leadership in Appleton, WI. He has been heavily involved in martial arts since 1993. Jeff is a 7th degree Black Belt in American Karate with a background in sport karate and kickboxing. He started training in Jiu-Jitsu in 2005 at a weeklong camp with Pedro Sauer. Jeff went through the Gracie Instructor Certification Program in July 2012.
Gary is a certified instructor at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Appleton. He began studying martial arts in 1992. Gary currently holds the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt in Shorei-Kempo Karate, and teaches a youth program at a local private school system. In 2019, Gary was made a board member of the North Central Instructors Black Belt Federation. His Gracie Jiu-Jitsu journey started in 2016. Gary completed the Gracie Instructor Certification Program in July 2019.
Cari is a Women Empowered Certified Instructor at Gracie Appleton. Cari began training Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in 2016. She has earned her Pink Belt, Combatives belt, and continues on her lifelong journey as a student of the art. As an instructor of the Women Empowered program, Cari is committed to teaching self-defense to as many women as possible. She was honored to be among the first group of instructors to complete the Women Empowered Instructor Certification Program in July of 2020.