Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Relson Gracie > Robin Gieseler > BJ Nelson
BJ Nelson: 1st Degree Black Belt
BJ was drawn to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and grappling following Royce Gracie’s successes in the early Ultimate Fighting Championships. BJ’s grappling began with wrestling and continued during his service in the United States Marine Corps. In 2007, BJ started training Jiu-Jitsu at the Brown Institute in Centerville, OH. After moving to Columbus in 2008, he began seriously training Jiu-Jitsu with Dr. Jeff Hudson and Robin Gieseler at the Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy. In 2014, BJ was awarded his black belt from Robin Gieseler.
An active competitor and firm instructor, BJ pushes himself and his students to do more than they think possible. He believes the true benefit of Jiu-Jitsu is the confidence that comes from overcoming difficult situations. Jiu-Jitsu is both physically and mentally challenging and BJ’s goal is to guide his students to embrace and overcome these challenges on a daily basis.
Tyler Buechner: Brown Belt
Tyler is a brown belt under Relson Gracie. He was introduced to jiu-jitsu through his father, who after watching the early UFC’s began training and quickly realized its effectiveness. At the age of 5, Tyler started training in the first kids jiu-jitsu program in Ohio under Dr. Jeffery Hudson and Robin Gieseler. Tyler worked his way through the program, ultimately achieving his green belt. As a yellow belt, Tyler was introduced to Ryron Gracie and through Ryron discovered the love and importance of teaching jiu-jitsu. Despite his youth, Tyler has significant experience, having competed against adults since the age of 13 as well as teaching adult classes since the age of 14.
Tyler believes in the perfection of basic jiu-jitsu over flashy techniques. He also enjoys teaching the philosophical side of jiu-jitsu to help students incorporate basic techniques at a more advanced level. His goal is to preserve and pass on to the future generation of grapplers the self-defense aspect of BJJ that the art was built upon.