Tyrone Gooden, Instructor
Tyrone Gooden began studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1996. He is a 2nd degree black belt with a passion for understanding and teaching the technical details necessary for executing proper technique. He also has an extensive and highly successful record of competition in both tournaments and superfights (invitation-only exhibition matches).
In addition, Tyrone has an extensive background in Tang Soo Do, Boxing, Wrestling, and Sambo. In each of these arts he has substantial experience in competition.
Here at Vision BJJ, Tyrone prefers to be thought of as a coach, rather than an instructor or master. This is due to his desire to help each student enhance their own skills to the best of their ability, and also to encourage them to carry the discipline of their training into their daily lives outside the dojo.
While teaching BJJ, Tyrone emphasizes two things. First, he is true to the tradition of BJJ as a comprehensive self-defense program. So, he teaches practical ways to defend oneself against an aggressor in real-life situations. When the fight “goes to the ground,” Tyrone’s second passion really comes out. He teaches the details and principles underlying the how and why of successful technique in BJJ. The result, for dedicated students, is a real understanding of what makes BJJ so successful and popular in its own right and as the most common aspect of mixed-martial arts.
Mike Alexander, Instructor and Director of the Children’s BJJ Program
Mike Alexander began studying BJJ in 2003, and earned his black belt in 2013.He also has a background in Judo, Hapkido, and Boxing. He has competed successfully in tournaments and superfights in both BJJ and Judo.
His passions include developing the children’s program at Vision BJJ and teaching details of guard passing and defending the guard. He continues his own training in all aspects of BJJ and self-defense with Tyrone. Very technically proficient, Mike is responsible for teaching many of the private lessons for our students as well as preparing students for promotion to higher ranks.
Under Mike’s guidance, the children’s program at Vision BJJ focuses on the traditional self-defense aspects of BJJ. However, we also help prepare students for the competition of sport BJJ. In order to keep the program fresh and the children motivated, important components of both fitness and fun are always included as well.