Brian Marvin served in the United States Army for 20 years with multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan while attached to the 160th SOAR(A). In his off-time, Brian coached high school wrestling and decided it was time to get himself back into competition. Jiu-jitsu and submission grappling was the natural next step for a wrestler. After years of training and honing his skillset, Brian became a Brazilian jui-jitsu coach for the 5th SFG(A). He received his black belt from Carlos Gracie Jr. in 2011, retired from the Army in 2014 and opened Renzo Gracie Jui-Jitsu in Houston, Texas. His accomplishments while serving his country are honorable, but his support of fellow veterans with the We Defy Foundation make him a man you should know.
The We Defy Foundation
SS: Tell us about competition and the brotherhood among fighters in your schoolhouse, Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Is it similar to the bonds you made in the Army?
BM: We are a great team and family. We support each other’s success, and together we work to increase everyone’s level of jiu-jitsu.
SS: What is it about Brazilian jui-jitsu that makes it stand out among other martial arts?
BM: It’s the most realistic…