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Great staff that patiently guides and encourages you every step, movement, sequence.

Christie Raper reviewed Rock Solid Martial Arts
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Thank you so much Shayne Simpsons for all the great classes and instructors! Our whole family has been coming here for about 4 years and we love it! We do kenpo, BJJ, Muay Thai and MMA and we love it all! We also really love the family atmosphere and community!

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Great atmosphere. Great people and superb training programs to help! Love this place.

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JT Taylor

Teaching Certifications

California Community College Instructor Credential

American Teachers Association of the Martial Arts, Certified Senior Instructor

Self Defense/Defensive Tactics Instructor Certification, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Self Defense/Defensive Tactics Instructor Certification, California Department of Justice (DOJ)

Black Belt, 1st degree Judo

Black Belt 6th degree Zen Budokai Aki-Jujitsu

Black Belt, 2 stripes, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Professional Experience

Santa Rosa Police Department, 9/79-4/84

As a police officer and detective I also acted as the self-defense/defensive tactics instructor for the department as well as with the Northern California Criminal Justice Training Center police academy.

California Department of Justice, 4/84-6/04

As a special agent, special agent supervisor and special agent-in-charge, I was a certified instructor in self-defense, arrest and control, firearms, high risk tactics and a variety of other related topics to in-service agents, academy trainees and allied law enforcement throughout the state. Other relevant achievements include my management of the creation of the DOJ Use of Force Policy and Defensive Tactics Programs and my management of the DOJ Advanced Training Center.

Western Washington University, 9/05-2015

Taught martial arts (PE168) and self-defense (PE169) for the PEHR/Community Education Departments

Whatcom Community College, 3/05-present

Currently the Criminal Justice Program Coordinator

Developed and teach CJ 120, Self Defense, 2017 to present

Shayne Simpson’s Rock Solid Martial Arts, 4/05-present, Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Euphrates Green

I began my martial arts journey by seeking up additional exercise and self defense opportunities after leaving the military at the end of 2003.  We had done some self defense and grappling training during basic training as well as during special duty cycles but I found the instruction to be lacking.  I began training under Sifu Henry Bailey of LKC Martial Arts running classes out of the Lakewood, WA YMCA.  It was there that I received a more detailed introduction to grappling.  Seeking additional training, I searched around until I found James Foster, a purple belt under the Lotus Club BJJ association.  I training with James for roughly 3 months until I quit martial arts completely to focus on school.  I started back martial arts, taking up Judo at the same Lakewood YMCA for a month before moving to Bellingham, WA after school was completed for employment.

My goal was to continue my Jiu-Jitsu instruction in Bellingham, but I could not find instruction at the time.  I began training under Rob Eis of Unbriddled Martial arts training grappling, kickboxing, and Escrima.  In January 2006, I found Shayne Simpsons Pacific Northwest Karate Center/Shayne Simpson’s Martial Arts and Fitness school which had classes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under JT Taylor, then a brown belt and affiliated with Tim Shears and Gracie Barra Vancouver, BC, and knew I had found what I was looking for.  While training I also began competing locally including the first 3 Lockflow Submission Challenge grappling tournaments.  I eventually decided to continue my training exclusively under JT to focus on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  In January of 2006, I earned my blue belt under JT.

Due to scheduling reasons, training was limited to twice weekly.  I would supplement my training with occassional training at the WWU Grappling Association and WWU Judo club.  so, in 2007, I began supplementing my training with Cody Houston, a Purple Belt under Matt Thornton (Staight Blast Gym founder) who, at the time, was opening a MMA gym, West Coast Fight Club, under the SBG affiliation.  I continued to compete occasionally in 2007 and 2008, and, in September 2008, I earned my Purple Belt under JT.  Eventually, I ended my training at West Coast Fight club due to financial constraits as well as additional classes being offered Shayne Simpson’s school.  In August 2008, my instructor, JT, was promoted to Black Belt under Tim Shears and MarcioFeitosa.  In June 2010, I was promoted to brown belt under my instructor JT and his instructor, Tim Shears.

In 2011, I began teaching classes 2 days a week at the gym as a way to supplement my own training as well as to help provide additional training for who could not make the main evening classes or day/afternooonclasses and to help grow the BJJ community.  2012 was when I competed for the last time as I began focusing on teaching as well as my work responsibilities.  In August 2012, I was promoted to black belt under my instructor, JT, a (1st degree at the time) and his instructor, Tim Shears (2nd degree at the time).

During the next few years, there was a split between  Gracie Barra Vancouver and several students, with many opting to leave and start their own organization (Pacific Top Team).  After much time being an independent school, JT reconnected with his previous training partners and we affiliated our school with their organization.  In December 2017 JT was promoted to 2nd Degree Black Belt under Tim Shears of the Pacific Top Team organization and promoted me to 1st Degree Black Belt under him.

Today, I continue to teach and train 5-6 days a week helping to share my 13 years of grappling knowledge and experience to the next generation of Jiu-Jitsu practitioners.