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Mar 28, 2022

Scott Burr is a Martial Arts practitioner and second-degree black belt professor of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at the Enclave Jiu-Jitsu.

There’s a fine line in Martial Arts around the idea of respect. Which is that if I demand that you never challege me, you respect me… I create an environment where teaching my technique never gets tested and eventually I drift away from legitimacy…

Scott Burr - Episode 696

Scott Burr is a second-degree black belt professor of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He is the first person to earn the rank of black belt from American BJJ pioneer and sixth-degree black belt professor Steve Maxwell. To date, he is one of only a handful of people to have earned the rank of black belt under Steve.

Scott also holds black belt rank in Kodokan Judo (Nidan/second degree: Shodan awarded by representatives of the Konan Yudanshakai and certified by the Kodokan Judo Institute; Nidan certified by the USJA) and the Korean art of Kuk Sul Do (jo kyo/first degree, awarded and certified by Federation President and Grandmaster Choon Shik Yang). He has trained extensively in Muay Thai, Western Boxing, and Submission Grappling.

Scott is a Level 1 certified Ginastica Natural instructor under system founder Professor Alvaro Romano. He is also a MaxwellSC-certified Pro Trainer and holds Level 1 and Level 2 certifications in both the MaxwellSC Kettlebell and Bodyweight Training systems. He has traveled all over the world with Steveófrom El Salvador to Croatiaóassisting at seminars on everything from joint mobility to breathwork to kettlebell training to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. You will also find him in many of Steve's instructional videos as Steve's assistant and designated demonstrator.

Scott was the head BJJ instructor and Strength & Conditioning coach at The Fight Gym - originally an all-in-one MMA gym, and later a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school and Strength & Conditioning facility - for over a decade.

Scott is the author of the strength & conditioning and martial arts books Suspend Your Disbelief: How to Build and Build Strength with the World's Most Rugged Suspension Training Device, Superhero Simplified: Collected, Selected, Revised and Expanded, and Get a Grip: A Practical Primer on Grip Strength and Endurance Training... and More. He is the co-author of Worth Defending: How Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Saved My Life, Richard Bresler's memoir of his time with the Gracie family and his over 40 years' involvement with Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

In recent years Scott has had the opportunity to train with and learn directly from Master Rickson Gracie. He now takes every opportunity to travel to Southern California to do so.

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