“Finally, an academy and an instructor that make you feel welcome.  A true home away from home.  The perfect place to accomplish your goals both on and off the mats.”


Brian Brown

Brian Brown

Owner/Head Instructor

Brian started his formal martial arts training in folk style wrestling in 1985 and has been training non-stop in a variety of martial arts disciplines ever since. Today he spends his time focusing on training in Brazilian Jujitsu & Filipino Martial Arts. When not teaching/training in the martial arts, Brian is a senior territory manager selling medical devices to neonatal intensive care units throughout the south east and spends his downtime with his lovely wife Lisa and their rescued pitt bulls (Kazh & Emma).

Trainings & Accomplishments:

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt American Karate
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt Ed Parker Kenpo Karate
  • Handgun Combative Practitioner Level 3
  • Student Level 3 Combat Submission Wrestling
  • 3rd Grade Black Belt Cacoy Doce Pares Escrima
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt Counterpoint Tactical System
  • Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Nova Uniao)
Alex Mcguinness

Alex Mcguinness

Assistant Instructor

Alex McGuinness has been a student of martial arts since 1996. His primary passion has been Filipino Martial Arts, but he has also studied Ed Parker Kenpo, Brazilian Jujitsu, Wing Chun, Jun Fan Gung Fu, American Kickboxing and Muay Thai. In 2010, Alex joined the Atlanta Martial Arts Club so that he could focus his training in the Counterpoint Tactical System (CTS) and Cacoy Doce Pares Escrima.

Trainings & Accomplishments:

  • 2000 – Ed Parker Kenpo – Black Belt

  • 2006 – Wing Chun – Green Sash

  • 2007 – Jun Fan Gung Fu – Green Belt

  • 2007 – Inosanto Lacoste Kali – Brown Sarong

  • 2012 – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Blue Belt

  • 2014 – Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrima – 2nd Degree Black Belt

  • 2015 – Counterpoint Tactical System – 2nd Degree Black Belt

Our Facilities

We are located inside The Dojo in Alpharetta/Johns Creek near the intersection of Jones Bridge Road & Old Alabama Road at 9945 Jones Bridge Road.

 Newly Renovated

our Team

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Nova UniÃo

Diego has represented Team Nova União for over 20 years, and our academy is the Atlanta affiliate – Nova União Atlanta.  Nova União has an enduring history in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts.  As one of the most accomplished MMA teams in the world, it is the team of Jose Aldo, Renan Barão, Tales Leites, and Wagnney Fabiano.  Its Brazilian Jiu Jitsu history includes some of the most famous athletes in history: Vitor Shaolin, Robson Moura, Shaolin, Leo Santos, Bruno Bastos, and Marcio Andre.

In addition to its athletic successes, Nova União is famous for charitable contributions – especially by providing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in impoverished communities.  It is known for its friendly, familial atmosphere that prioritizes highly technical jiu jitsu instruction in a fun & encouraging setting.

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