Tyrone Gooden began studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1996. He is a 2nd degree black belt with a passion for understanding and teaching the technical details necessary for executing proper technique. He also has an extensive and highly successful record of competition in both tournaments and superfights (invitation-only exhibition matches). In addition, Tyrone has an extensive background in Tang Soo Do, Boxing, Wrestling, and Sambo. In each of these arts he has substantial experience in competition. Here at Vision BJJ, Tyrone prefers to be thought of as a coach, rather than an instructor or master. This is due to his desire to help each student enhance their own skills to the best of their ability, and also to encourage them to carry the discipline of their training into their daily lives outside the dojo.
While teaching BJJ, Tyrone emphasizes two things. First, he is true to the tradition of BJJ as a comprehensive self-defense program. So, he teaches practical ways to defend oneself against an aggressor in real-life situations. When the fight “goes to the ground,” Tyrone’s second passion really comes out. He teaches the details and principles underlying the how and why of successful technique in BJJ. The result, for dedicated students, is a real understanding of what makes BJJ so successful and popular in its own right and as the most common aspect of mixed-martial arts.
Mark Kelland has a brown belt in BJJ and black belts in Taekwondo (2nd degree), the American Cane System, and Defense-Ability (Hapkido-based self-defense for people who use a wheelchair). He has also trained Muay Thai. His first boxing and wrestling class was over 50 years ago, and in the interim he served 9 years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, earning expert marksmanship with the M-16 and the Dragon Missile. He has competed in dozens of BJJ tournaments, and occasionally referees local tournaments. Mark regularly helps with the children’s class, as well as helping the BJJ beginners.