JOHN LEWIS – Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

newthreeJohn Lewis has been an innovating force in mixed martial arts for more than 25 years. He holds black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Sho Kon Do (a Thai Boxing variant), and Japanese Ju-Jitsu. He is also well versed in many other martial arts. John has fought more than 30 MMA bouts worldwide throughout his professional career. He has competed in many different fighting organizations, like the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Battlecade Extreme Fighting, and Vale Tudo Japan.

Lewis’ eclectic style of fighting with its Nova Uniao Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu foundation is known worldwide as J-Sect (John’s Sect). This combination of battle-tested strategies and techniques is implemented today by many of the world’s greatest fighters. He has been the teacher and coach to legendary UFC champions such as Tito Ortiz, B.J. Penn, Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Frank Trigg, Rico Rodriguez, and Gilbert Yvel, just to name a few. These athletes rose to become world champions on John Lewis’ watch.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Judo, Western Boxing, and Muay Thai are a few of the arts combined in this complex system, but the magic of what Mr. Lewis teaches is in how these various styles are merged and how their combined strategies are executed.

The most celebrated samurai of all time, Miyamoto Musashi, said it best: “The important thing in strategy is to suppress the enemy’s useful actions but allow his useless actions.”

A few of John Lewis Martial Arts Credentials:

  • 6th Degree Nova Uniao Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (under Andre Pederneiras)
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Sho Kon Do (Japanese Kickboxing under founder Dan Koji)
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo (under the legendary “Judo” Gene Lebell)
  •  Master Grappler ranking (under the legendary “Judo” Gene Lebell)
  • Master Grappler ranking (under the legendary “Judo” Gene Lebell)
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Japanese Ju-Jitsu (under Sensei Porter)
  • Professional level Boxer (trainer “Siagon” Skipper Kelp)

SPECIAL NOTE: John Lewis is an elite member of the infamous Dirty Dozen in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is the 4th American out of 12 individuals Worldwide to earn a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is also the first man to receive a Black Belt from grappling and Judo legend Gene Lebell from white to black belt. As a barometer, Sensei LeBell was also the teacher of Bruce Lee, Dan Inosanto, Chuck Norris. Benny “The Jet: Urquidez, and so many other world class martial artists.

See: The “Dirty Dozen of BBJ”