inst_jnJeff Neal

  • Professional and Amatur Certified MMA Coach and Cornerman
  • 3rd Degree Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
  • Over 1600 Coaching Victories
  • USA Boxing Certified Coach and Cornerman
  • Judo Black Belt
  • Coach to UFC Fighters
  • Strength and Conditioning consultant to the Northwestern Wildcats Football team during the 2012 season
  • As seen on PPV, Spike, the former Versus Network, and Fox
  • Instructor to members of the military, FBI, Secret Service, Air Marshals, Correctional officers, and Police
  • Jeff provides …….Testimonials


Brian Bishop

  • Carlson Gracie Team Member since 1999
  • 1st Degree Black Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Over 1000 coaching victories in MMA, sport Jiu-Jitsu, and boxing
  • BJJ and MMA coach since 2004
  • USA Boxing certified coach



Ed Geise

  • 13 gold metals in international competition for the USA
  • University of Minnesota all-time winningest wrestler
  • 2x Big Ten Champion
  • 2x freestyle and Greco Illinois Champion
  • Coached at Northwestern, North Dakota, and Minnesota Universities
  • Coached 2 NCAA Champions and 16 all Americans
  • Dave Schultz Wrestling Club.
  • Head Coach and director of Overtime Wrestling
  • Former teammates include Dave Schultz, Mark Schultz, Mark Kerr, Mark Colman, Dan Severn and more


bill-highresBill O’Connell

  • Chicago Challenge MMA lightwieght champion
  • Joined Carlson gracie team 1996
  • Black Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • MMA Coach Since 1997
  • 5 -1 Pro Kickboxing
  • Military Combat Instructor and Former Army Ranger


inst_amHulices Davalos

  • Joined the Carlson Gracie Team in 2006
  • Medal winner at every BJJ tournament entered
  • 2-1 MMA 


larry lindenmanLarry Lindenman

  • Began training in martial arts in 1980
  • Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • 1-0 in MMA
  • Active BJJ competitor, winning multiple gold medals in tournaments like IBJJF, NAGA, S7, and the Arnolds
  • Illinois State Police Investigations Lieutenant and has worked in narcotics and SWAT
  • Teaches close quarter fighting for law enforcement, military, and civilians


Blaine Woodsblaine2

  • Joined Carlson Gracie Team in 2008
  • Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Former competitive power lifter with 15 first place finishes
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning consultant to the the Northwestern Wildcats Football team during the 2012 season
  •  7 Gold medals in IBJJF and NAGA tournaments