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Jason Smith - Owner S2 BJJ

Brown belt under Leo Pecanha

Jason began studying martial arts as a child and has maintained a life-long interest in various forms and disciplines varying from Karate to Judo, wrestling and western boxing. He began training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) in August of 2000 and has taught grappling/MMA at Destruction MMA Academy in Farmington, Mo since September of 2010. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Jason was awarded his Brown belt by the world famous, Nova Uniao association. Jason has medaled and/or won at the Relson Gracie US Nationals, International Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Federation Championships and the North American Grappling Association championships.

Nick Sanders - S2 BJJ General Manager

Black belt under Leo Pecanha

Nick started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) while in the Army in 2002. After serving a combat tour in Iraq (Combat Infantryman and Purple Heart recipient), he left the Army to attend college in Ohio. While in college he began training BJJ under Relson Gracie Black Belt Shawn Chitwood. After college, Nick moved back home to St. Louis and dedicated his life to training and teaching BJJ. Nick is an active competitor on the international circuit and has been on the podium at every tournament since 2009. Nick is also a certified Defensive Tactics (DT) instructor through the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Notable Tournaments:

  • 13x International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) medalist
  • Pan Am medalist
  • Grapplersquest Champion
  • Gracie National Champion
  • 7x NAGA champion