Garth Taylor is the co-owner and head jiu-jitsu instructor at Kajin Mixed Martial Arts in Santa Cruz, California, USA. Garth began his martial arts career as a wrestler in high school and, subsequently continued in college. He later went on to coach wrestling. Garth was introduced to Brazilian jiu-jitsu at a seminar held by jiu-jitsu master Rickson Gracie and began his formal jiu-jitsu training with master Claudio Franca. In 2000, after only six years of training, Master Franca awarded Garth his black belt.
Garth has been teaching and competing in jiu-jitsu for over 20 years. One of the most decorated Americans in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, he has won or medaled in many national and international competitions, medaled at every belt level at the World (Mundial) Championship, and competed in the invitation-only Abu Dhabi Combat Club Word Championships.
Garth has multiple wins over former UFC heavyweight champions Ricco Rodriguez and Josh Barnett as well notable wins over Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga, Sean Alvarez, Eduardo Telles, and many others.
Bryan currently holds a brown belt in BJJ under Professor Garth Taylor. In addition to training jiu-jitsu for over 10 years, he’s also enjoyed studying other martial arts such as freestyle wrestling, judo, Muay Thai, and western boxing.
His goal is to share what he’s learned with Thai nationals and foreigners while expanding his own knowledge of BJJ while in Chiang Mai. He focuses on technique, concepts and theory essential to establishing a fundamental understanding of BJJ. Bryan maintains a fun yet very structured learning environment ideal for both adults and children to reach their best potential.