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BYOB: Brian Marvin, We Defy Foundation


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. 

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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…

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