Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts has become the hottest, most demanded, and fastest growing martial arts disciplines in the world. It is hard to find legitimate and reputable world class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA instructors that you can learn from, but if you live in the Atlanta area then you are in luck! Paul Creighton earned and was awarded his black belt under world renowned Renzo Gracie. Renzo Gracie will go down in history as one of the world’s best Mixed Martial Arts fighters. He is also known for being one of the worlds most technical and thorough Brazilian Jiu-jitsu instructors. With Paul’s extensive competition background and training he has developed curriculums for each program at his academy.
Paul Creighton – Head Instructor - 4th Degree Black Belt
Paul Creighton began studying martial arts at the age of five. He started with wrestling, and wrestled competitively throughout high school and college. As a competitive wrestler in high school and college, Creighton compiled a 134-16-1 (win-loss-tie) record and was a Junior Olympic Gold Medalist. While obtaining his Bachelors degree in health science at SUNY Brockport, Paul began goshin jutsu karate, Japanese ju-jitsu, and judo where he went on to obtain a Black Belt in each of these disciplines.
Josh Bowie – 2nd Degree Black Belt BJJ
Josh originally started training Jiu-jitsu with Paul in 1998 and was actually Paul’s first student. When Paul went back to NYC to continue his training under Renzo Gracie, Josh went on to obtain his Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice at Georgia State University.
After a three year hiatus, Josh began his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training once again when Paul moved back to open his academy and has since then earned the rank of 2nd degree Black Belt. Josh has placed in multiple sport jujitsu and grappling competitions, but his true passion is in teaching the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the students at Creighton Mixed Martial Arts Academy. As an instructor Josh has a way of breaking down each technique so that everyone, regardless of their rank, can understand it.
Bray Deavours – 3rd Degree Black Belt BJJ
As a competitive wrestler in high school Bray has always had a passion for the grappling arts. After completing his Bachelors Degree at James Madison and his Masters in Business at UGA, Bray was looking to continue his passion of competing and training in the grappling arts.
In May of 2003 Bray found Creighton MMA Academy and was one of Paul’s first students and since then has earned the rank of 3rd degree Black Belt. Bray loves to compete and is a Silver Medalist in the no-gi Masters/Seniors Pan American Games, and Casca Grossa and NAGA champion. It is hard to find an individual that is both a great competitor and instructor, but Bray is blessed to have both of these attributes.
Justin Parsons – 3rd Degree Black Belt BJJ
Justin has an extensive background in grappling as he wrestled for 12 years before discovering the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has trained exclusively under Paul and is currently a 3rd degree Black Belt. Justin pays very close attention to detail and it shows in his technical ability on the mat.
He is a true student of brazilian jiu-jitsu who puts a lot of extra time into studying the art. As an instructor at Creighton MMA Justin enjoys passing on his technical knowledge to the students at the academy.
Isaac Eberle – 2nd Degree Black Belt BJJ – Black Belt CMMA
Since Isaac began training at Creighton Mixed Martial Arts Academy he has become a well rounded fighter by focusing his efforts on blending both his stand-up striking and grappling techniques together. As a competitor Isaac is very technical, calm and patient which has made him successful in both grappling and MMA events. He brings this technical and patient demeanor with him as he teaches our kid’s program, MMA striking and Fitness Kickboxing classes at Creighton MMA Academy.
Isaac was undefeated as an amateur MMA competitor and has recently began fighting professionally in MMA and also holds an undefeated record. Isaac is a 2nd degree Black belt in brazilian jiu-jitsu under Paul and a Black belt in Creighton’s Mixed Martial Arts ranking system. Isaac is the first student to receive a Black Belt in Paul's inner academy MMA ranking system.
Tyler Driskell – 2nd Degree Black Belt BJJ
Tyler Driskell started training with us full time after he graduated from Georgia College and State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health and Human Services. Tyler trained and taught brazilian jiu-jitsu while at college under Matt Serra’s manager Frank Mullis at the Milledgeville academy of Mixed Martial Arts.
Tyler is a 2nd degree black belt under Paul. Tyler has competed extensively in many tournaments and has many titles in each of these competitions. Tyler recently competed at the world championships and is now an IBJJF (No-Gi) World Champion 2017 and Open weight IBJJF (No-Gi) World Champion 2017. Each time Tyler steps on the mats whether it is to teach, compete, train or teach our kid’s program at Creighton MMA he always has high energy and is excited to learn or help other’s in becoming a better brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner.
Chris Hughes – 1st Degree Black Belt BJJ
Chris Hughes began his training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in 2001. He loves to compete and began competing in BJJ in 2003. Chris has competed in many tournament circuits throughout the state of Georgia and some International IBJJF competitions. He received his Black Belt in BJJ under Paul in 2016.
Chris went to college at Eastern Illinois in Chicago and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
Chris Jones – 1st Degree Black Belt BJJ - Yellow Belt CMMA
Chris Jones came to Creighton MMA & Fitness with a wrestling background and was a natural in the gentle art of jiu-jitsu since day one. Chris loves to compete, and has been very successful in many international competitions. In IBJJF Masters competitions Chris has compelled a very strong resume with a gold medal at the 2017 IBJJF (Gi) World Championships, 2017 gold medal at the IBJJF (No-Gi) World Championships, 2017 gold at the (Gi) Pan American Championships, 2017 gold at the (No-Gi) Pan American Championships, a 2-time silver medalist at the IBJJF World Championships and over 10 gold medals at the Atlanta Open. Chris is a black belt under Paul Creighton in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a yellow belt in our MMA ranking system. In addition to this, Chris has also lost a total of 55 pounds since his first day at Creighton MMA & Fitness. You can find Chris teaching and assisting in our BJJ classes each week.
Chris is also a Marine where he joined straight out of high school and is an Iraq combat action veteran. We thank you, and all the military, for your service Chris.
Alex Jutis – 1st Degree Black Belt BJJ
Alex Jutis is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under Paul Creighton and makes it a habit to compete ALL the time all over the world. Some of his International competition achievements are: No-Gi IBJJF Masters World Champion; 3X No-Gi Pan American Masters Champion, Pan American Masters Silver Medalist and Masters World Championships bronze medalist. He also has countless medals from many other IBJJF Open tournaments he travels to around the country. Alex instructs and leads our 6:30am BJJ classes on Tuesday mornings.
Alex, originally from New York, went to Binghamton University in New York for his Bachelor degree in History. He then moved to Georgia and went to Life University for his Chiropractic degree. Alex owns and operates his very successful chain of chiropractic offices in the Atlanta area.
Logan Santos – Black Belt BJJ – Yellow Belt CMMA
Logan Santos started training at Creighton MMA & Fitness at the early age of 12 years old. As Logan was climbing the belts of our teenage ranking system, he competed in, and won, just about every competition on the circuit. With countless gold medals, a battle of the ages (14 year olds) world title, and recently an IBJJF Adult No-Gi Sliver medal at the World Championships in Los Angelas California you can expect even bigger things from this young man in the very near future. Logan holds a black belt in brazilian jiu-jitsu and a yellow belt in our MMA system. He is a perfect fit to help in assisting our kid’s classes as many still remember him when he use to actually participate in our kids program. You can see Logan teaching our fitness classes, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and kid's classes.
David Toranzo – Brown Belt BJJ – Black Belt CMMA
David teaches our Introductory to MMA Striking classes. Throughout the many years that David has been training at CMMA, he has stayed very dedicated and persistent in both our BJJ and MMA curriculums. This explains why he has been very successful in his MMA fighting career. David has fought 10 amateur fights for our team and plans to turn pro in the very near future. David is a very humble and patient instructor that looks forward to helping others progress in their striking arts. Displaying a lot of experience and knowledge in MMA competition and our curriculum, David was a perfect match in helping others get better in our MMA program. David holds a brown belt in BJJ and a black belt in Creighton’s Mixed Martial Arts ranking system.
Orlando Correa – Black Belt BJJ – Blue Belt CMMA
Orlando has been an active member in both our BJJ and MMA programs for 6 years. During this time he has become very proficient in both disciplines and likes to actively compete in BJJ competitions. Orlando is a silver medalist at the ATL Open IBJJF championships and has competed at the international level. He is very patient, humble and passionate when instructing the basic MMA striking skills needed to our new introductory students. Orlando holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu and a blue belt in our MMA system. Orlando grew up in Georgia and went to Collins Hill high school.
Randy Toussaint – Black Belt BJJ – Green Belt CMMA
Randy began training with us 5 years ago and has been one of the most consistent students throughout these 5 years. If he is not at his day job, you can most definitely find him training in one of our martial arts or fitness classes. During these 5 years he has earned the rank of black belt in our BJJ program and green in our inner academy MMA system. Randy grew up in Georgia and went to high school at Central Gwinnett. Randy is a very technical student that loves to help others. With these qualities we have found him to be perfect in assisting our kid’s BJJ/MMA programs.
Martin Jimenez – Black Belt BJJ - Blue Belt CMMA
Martin teaches our intro to Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes each week. As a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu he is a very active competitor and has produced some very impressive results throughout his competitive career. He has placed multiple times at each belt rank at international competitions. As a brown belt Martin took the gold medal in his weight division and the absolute division at both the No Gi Masters World Championships and the No Gi Pan American Games. In the Gi he took the bronze medal at the Masters World Championships and the gold medal at the Pan American Games Masters division.
Michael Croghan – Brown Belt BJJ – Blue Belt CMMA
When Michael came to work at Creighton MMA & Fitness academy he was a perfect fit right from day 1. He displays a work ethic and attitude that any organization would desire. Michael assists in our kid’s program and also assists our program director’s in every day duties at the academy. Michael always works hard whether he is on the mat or off and currently holds a brown belt in brazilian jiu-jitsu and a blue belt in our MMA ranking system. Michael holds a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Georgia Gwinnett College.
Nathan Drake – Brown Belt BJJ
Nathan Drake walked through our doors when we first opened our current location and has now transformed into a very technical BJJ student. He caught on quickly to brazilian jiu-jitsu and continues to grow as a student each day he is here. You can see Nathan on Saturday mornings where he loves to assist in our kids BJJ program and instill knowledge into the next generation coming up the ranks. Nathan graduated from Georgia Northwestern with an Associates in Radiation Therapy and Georgia Gwinnett College with a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry. At Creighton MMA & Fitness he holds the rank of a brown belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu.
Dan Shapiro – Brown Belt BJJ
Dan Shapiro walked into our old location many years ago and still continues to train and expand his extensive martial arts background. At 68 years of age Dan is an inspiration to us all when he steps on the mat. He holds a 5th degree black belt in Isshin Ryu Karate, a 1st degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and currently a brown belt under Paul Creighton in Brazilian Jiujitsu. “Diamond” Dan Shapiro has started back assisting in the kid’s program. A great fit as he had already assisted in this program back at our old location for 3 years.
Dan also is a graduate from Kent State University in Ohio and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Communications.
Jared Frampton – Purple Belt BJJ
Jared started training with us in 2015 and truly loves the art of BJJ. He is a student of the art and it shows in his technique and love for the game. His daughter, Teagan, also trains in our kid’s program, so when asked to assist in our youth classes Jared immediately was excited to help. Jared has experience in teaching kid’s as he also coaches youth softball in Gwinnett County. Jared couldn’t be a better pick and we are very happy to have him part of the CMMA team. Jared holds a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Paul Creighton.
Nolan Steinberger – Purple Belt BJJ
When we asked Nolan if he would like to start assisting us in our kid's program I knew he would be the perfect fit. With his daughter, Ariah, in our kid's classes coupled with Nolan's technical Brazilian jiu-jitsu style, I was excited to have another great instructor helping out our future generation. Nolan loves to compete and is a Submission Hunter Champion and plans on competing more in the near future. Nolan also is currently active in our MMA program at Creighton MMA & Fitness as well. Nolan holds a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Paul Creighton.