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Downriver Jiu Jitsu’s Lineage:

Helio Gracie ⇒ Royler Gracie ⇒  Saulo & Xande Ribeiro


Downriver's highest ranking BJJ black belt
Downriver Jiu Jitsu’s Brent Insco

Professor Brent is the first and highest ranking Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belt in the Downriver area.  On June 21, 2022, Brent was honored to receive the third degree to his BJJ black belt.  He holds numerous medals from regional competitions and won a bronze medal in the 2012 Master World Championship.  Having trained for years with world renowned champions Saulo Ribeiro and Xande Ribeiro during their time in the midwest, Brent was personally awarded his black belt by Saulo Ribeiro.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has it’s roots from Helio Gracie, one of the originators of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Professor Brent received his black from Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, who received their black belts from Royler Gracie, one of Helio’s sons.  Downriver Jiu Jitsu can be considered only a few generations away from the original source of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The execution of his grappling style is directed descended from the teachings of Gracie’s.

Aside from his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructional qualifications, Brent also holds a black belt in NAAMA (North American Alliance of Martial Arts) Karate. He taught Karate for 9 years before starting his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey and holds an Elementary Education degree from Eastern Michigan University.

His passion for teaching and coaching continues in his other occupation as a strength and conditioning coach.  When Brent is not teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he is working as a strength coach in the attached gym, Insco Strength Training.  Brent is a certified functional strength coach, TFW (Training for Warriors) Level 1 and 2 certificate holder, IKFF (International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation) kettlebell certificate holder and NSPA (National Sports Performance Association) Certified Program Design Specialist.

Professor Brent continues to advance his jiu jitsu skills by traveling locally and abroad to challenge his skills with association mates in the region.