Black belt under Carlson Gracie Jr. Alex got his start in Brazilian jiu-jitsu through MMA. He trained MMA from 2009-2012 taking an amateur fight in 2011 and winning by first round submission. After deciding to no longer pursue MMA Alex started competing and training almost exclusively in BJJ at the end of 2011. While still an active competitor on the local and biggest circuits Alex has also been teaching BJJ since 2014. Training directly under Carlson Gracie Jr. Alex received his black belt in December of 2021 after 10 years of training jiu-jitsu. Alex is hoping now to pass on his love and dedication for jiu-jitsu and the Carlson Gracie team to the next generation of students and competitors.


Troy White began training jiu jitsu 12 years ago and is currently a black belt under Carlson Gracie Jr. Prior to discovering jiu jitsu he became a Marine and joined the infantry, eventually attaining the rank of Sergeant. He completed two combat tours to Iraq, once as a fire team leader and once as a squad leader. After returning home he attended college and earned his degree in criminal justice. After graduating from the police academy in 2010 he worked for several departments before eventually settling in Grand Rapids and working for the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. He is currently assigned as a road patrol deputy and is a member of the tactical team. He is also a defensive tactics instructor and is certified as an instructor in the Gracie Survival Tactics program which focuses heavily on grappling for law enforcement situations.