In 1997, Greg Wood was the first student in the first school for Gracie Jiu Jitsu in CT (and one of the first in the country). Greg’s advancements through the ranks come directly from “Godfather of MMA,” Royce Gracie, his father Helio Gracie, and award-winning instructor Master Pedro Sauer, under whom Greg earned both his black belt in 2016, and Pedro Sauer’s highest level teaching certificate.
Weighing only 150 pounds for most of his training career, Greg’s philosophy on jiu jitsu emphasizes jiu jitsu as a complete self-defense martial art, and the smartest, simplest, and most effective choice for anyone, any size or ability, who wants to prepare to defend themselves or loved ones against a potentially larger, stronger attacker. Greg also strongly espouses the path of learning the art of jiu jitsu as a powerful means of personal development for kids and adults.
Greg’s passion for teaching is life-long, having taught instrumental music for over 20 years, earned his K-12 music teacher certificate, and taught entrepreneurship, art, business, personal development, and leadership and team-building classes for kids, at various institutions, over his life. Greg has taught jiu jitsu to police and SWAT team members, and he has helped create a number of self defense programs for women at jiu jitsu schools around the state.
Opening Plainville Martial Arts was the culmination of a quarter century of Greg’s training BJJ, and learning from the best instructors in jiu jitsu. The school synthesizes Greg’s loves for jiu jitsu, teaching, entrepreneurship, and for helping people of all ages achieve their best selves. If you’re interested in making a meaningful change in your life with the help of jiu jitsu, Greg is looking forward to meeting you!