Tanner Gott – BJJ Purple Belt – Instructor BJJ Stapleton


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Tanner Gott began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Professor David Ruiz in 2007, at the original Colorado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy.  In the beginning, Tanner was training both Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. After a couple years of doing two martial arts at the same time, he could see that he was starting to plateau in both and thought it might be time to put all his effort into one or the other.  A kickboxing match left him with a broken hand and, without being able to punch, he began focusing on Jiu Jitsu only.  About this time, Tanner started training at UFC veteran Mike Nickels’ gym.  At “Big Mike” Nickels’ gym there were several bigger opponents with wrestling backgrounds which often (most of the time) left Tanner on his back fighting to stay alive.  Not being able to rely on his strength, Tanner became obsessed with technique and started studying smaller Jiu Jitsu practitioners, studying how their technique could conquer the bigger, stronger, opponent. After two years of training at Big Mike’s gym, Tanner had learned not only to defend himself from his back, but how to consistently reverse the position and use offense on these bigger opponents that once caused him so much trouble.  Around this time, Tanner had been hearing that Sean Stewart, with whom Tanner had trained for a short time back at the original Colorado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, had opened a new gym and had a 6 a.m. class called the “Wrecking Crew.”  Tanner started training at the  6 a.m. Wrecking Crew up at Colorado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Stapleton and became officially hooked on Jiu Jitsu.  Training with the guys at Wrecking Crew put Tanner in a position where he had to either sink or swim. He begin researching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for countless hours trying to learn all he could to get the advantage so he might be able to compete with the Wrecking Crew regulars:  This was 2010 and Tanner has remained at CBJJ Stapleton ever since, training under the watchful eye of Professor Sean Stewart.  Jiu Jitsu remains Tanner’s passion and to this day he still researches and drills Jiu Jitsu as much as he can.  Tanner loves being able to teach BJJ to his son and some of Tanner’s proudest moments are being able to compete alongside his son in Jiu Jitsu tournaments. Tanner truly believes that knowing Jiu Jitsu is like possessing a superpower that helps him in all aspects of life. He knows that anybody can possess this superpower if they just put in the work.

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