We are a martial arts academy offering adult and kids classes located within the Crosswhite Athletic Facility in Lynchburg, Virginia. We specialize in grappling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but our instructors have a broad range of knowledge and experience in self-defense and fitness training. Our students are diverse in their goals and backgrounds. We have active BJJ competitors, those looking to learn how to defend themselves as well as those who primarily just want a fun way to get in or stay in shape. In addition to our dojo, the Crosswhite facility boasts both indoor and outdoor gym space, large pool, and tennis courts.
Professor Brian Ernst is Lynchburg’s only IBJJF Champion Black Belt. He has been training full time since 2005, in both Virginia and New York under instructors such as Victor McLeod and Ryan Clark. He received his Black belt from Tim Mannon in 2015. He remains an active competitor, and he is 2021 Pans No Gi Silver Medalist & 5x IBJJF Black Belt Open Champion.
Coach Josh Gibbs is an avid competitor and purple belt under Professor Brian. He has a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Liberty University, and he is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Trainer.