Owner/Instructor – Stan White
Stan began his martial arts journey in 1993 at Steve Sanford’s Memphis Karate Institute. He received his black belt in American Shotokan Karate in January of 1996 from Steve Sanford.
In 1999, Stan developed a debilitating autoimmune muscle condition, known as Polymyositis which rendered him unable to walk or raise his arms above his head. After years of physical therapy and recovery, Stan was determined to continue his martial arts journey. Lacking the physical strength to practice traditional stand-up arts due to their athletic requirements, he instead turned toward the art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu which was advertised to allow the smaller, weaker opponent the possibility of defeating a stronger, larger one.
In 2009, Stan began training Gracie Jiu Jitsu at Chilcutt’s Premier Martial Arts, a Royce Gracie affiliate. He received his blue belt in 2010, and his purple belt in 2013 under the Royce Gracie affiliation. Shortly after receiving his purple belt, Stan was introduced to Professor Luiz Claudio, a 4th degree Rickson Gracie Black Belt. Upon his first visit to Professor Claudio, Stan realized some significant differences in the Jiu Jitsu being practiced by Luiz’s students, and how well it worked for all practitioners. Stan fell in love with the program and Rickson’s Invisible Jiu Jitsu. Over the next year he continued to practice both styles. Stan earned his blue belt under Professor Claudio’s system in December of 2014, and re-tested for his Purple Belt in December 2015 under the LCCT affiliation guidelines and was officially certified to teach the LCCT Foundations and Advanced curriculum.
On July 14, 2015, Midsouth LCCT was formed to allow others the opportunity to experience the magnificence of this style of Jiu Jitsu and to further share the art with practitioners in the greater Memphis, TN area.
Martial Arts Timeline
- November 1993 – Began studying American Shotokan Karate.
- January 1996 – Received Black Belt in Shotokan Karate.
- August 2009 – Began Gracie Jiu Jitsu
- November 2010 – Received Blue Belt from Royce Gracie
- November 2013 – Received Purple Belt from Royce Gracie
- July 2015 – Created Midsouth LCCT Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy
- December 2015 – Retested for Purple Belt under Luiz Claudio
- November 2017 – Brown Belt under Luiz Claudio