Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a ground-based martial art focused on using leverage and positions to apply submission holds against the opponent or subdue him with superior positioning. BJJ was made famous by Royce Gracie as he showcased the superiority of the art against larger opponents in the early UFC's.
BJJ is still used by all mixed martial artists. It has been adopted by law-enforcement and military personnel as well. It has become one of the most widely-studied martial arts in the United States and is an excellent self-defense mechanism. The techniques used in BJJ allow all ages and body shapes to excel in martial arts.
Professor Lennon started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2006 in Columbia, Missouri, with American Top Team under Francis Kiko France. He earned his 1st degree black belt in 2011. He is a 2012 Pan Am silver medalist and 2012 World's Bronze Medalist. A few of his accomplishments include a 2014 and 2015 World Championship Invitee, 10-time NAGA Champion, and Missouri State BJJ Championship Super-Fight Champion. He currently trains and teaches in St. Louis, Missouri.
Cavalo BJJ was founded in 2010 by Zach Lenon. Zach began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2003 and earned his black belt in 2010 under Francisco "Kiko" France. Zach competes regularly and is one of the most accomplished grapplers in the Midwest, with multiple tournament victories at the black belt level. Zach has won the Arnold classic in each belt level of gi and has won the no-gi advanced three consecutive years. He is a 6-time NAGA champion and NAGA absolute no-gi champion, EGO advanced no-gi champion, and holds several other regional tournmanet titles. Zach competes nationally and internationally in the IBJJF and ADCC tournaments. Additional accomplishments below: • 2013 Pan American Masters No Gi Champion • 2nd Place – 2012 No Gi World Championships –Black Belt Master Lightweight • 3x IBJJF Chicago Open Champion • 2013 No Gi – Black Belt Master Middle Weight No Gi Champion (Silver in Gi Lightweight) • 2012 Gi – Black Belt Adult Lightweight Black Belt Champion • 2011 Gi – Black Belt Adult Lightweight Black Belt Champion • 2x IBJJF Chicago Open Adult Absolute 2nd Place • NAGA Absolute Champion and 7x Expert Division Champion