About Us

Spring BJJ instructor Matt SmithOwner Matt Smith is the head instructor here at Halcyon Jiu-Jitsu. Matt is a decorated Army veteran (Purple Heart) who began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu while on active duty. Matt eventually became a Modern Army Combatives instructor, and continued to teach combatives to active duty soldiers as a civilian contractor after leaving the service.

Matt has extensive qualifications as a jiu-jitsu and combatives instructor. In addition, he is an experienced and accomplished competitor with a long list of wins in jiu-jitsu, grappling, and mixed martial arts competitions.

But despite his experiences teaching soldiers and competing in MMA, Matt’s current interests are in teaching families and children the life-changing benefits of Brazilian jiu-jitsu training. “I named the school ‘Halcyon’ because it means calm and tranquil, and that’s what jiu-jitsu practice has given me – an inner peace,” Matt says. “And that’s what I want to share with other people; how to have peace through studying jiu-jitsu.”

If you’d like to speak with Matt about starting Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes, you can reach him at 281-394-1726, or email him directly at spring.texas.bjj <at> gmail.com.

Matt’s Resume:

Summary of Qualifications

  • Holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Level 4 Combatives Instructor
  • 11B Combat Veteran with CIB, Purple Heart
  • Head Instructor for post-level Combatives programs at Fort Riley & Fort Carson
  • Head instructor for Army Logistics University (ALU)
  • Awarded an AAM for Combatives Proficiency
  • Extensive civilian & military martial arts coaching experience
  • Skilled instructor able to manage large groups and mentor assistant instructors

Military Coaching Experience

  • Instructed in excess of 4,000 military personnel total
  • Head instructor for Army Logistics University (ALU) ’13-‘14
  • Head Coach Ft Carson Combatives All Army Team ‘10
  • Head Coach Ft Carson Combatives All Army Team ‘09
  • Coached All Army Champion CPT Ken Laird to 1st place All Army ’09 (140lb)
  • Assisted Ft Jackson Combatives with advanced training ‘09
  • Head Combatives Instructor Ft Riley/1st ID  ’08-‘09
  • USAF Combatives Instructor Maxwell AFB ‘08
  • Assistant coach under Jason Keaton, 16th Cav Ft Knox ’05-‘06
  • Combatives Instructor 1-1 B-CO 3/502INF, Ft Campbell ’02-‘04

Civilian Coaching Experience 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  • Head coach for ACAC Brazilian JiuJitsu, Midlothian, VA
  • Head coach Castle Rock- Easton Training Center, Castle Rock, CO
  • Instructed Fundamentals, Intermediate, and Black Belt courses at Easton BJJ, Denver
  • Instructed Beginner and Advanced BJJ for Cyclone MMA, Elizabethtown, KY
  • Instructed adults and kids BJJ for Rick Lewis TKD, Lexington, KY
  • Instructed Beginner & Advanced BJJ for Four Seasons Martial Arts Gym, Lexington, KY
  • Instructed Beginner BJJ for Clarksville Mixed Martial Arts Academy, Clarksville, TN

Mixed Martial Arts

  • MMA assistant coach, Four Seasons Martial Arts Gym, Lexington, KY
  • MMA assistant coach, Cyclone MMA, Elizabethtown, KY
  • MMA assistant, Clarksville Mixed Martial Arts Academy, Clarksville, TN
  • Head coach, Crossface Combatives, Morehead, KY

Skills/Certifications/Military Experience/Awards

  • Level 4 Combatives Instructor—27JUN08
  • Level 3 Combatives Instructor—22OCT04
  • Airborne School—30MAR01
  • Air Assault School—08NOV02
  • Infantry School—23FEB01
  • Field Sanitation Team Training—01AUG02
  • Deployment supporting 5th SFG Operation Brightstar/Early Victor ‘01
  • One year Deployment OIF 1 B Co 3/502INF—101st
  • CIB Awarded 13JUL03
  • Purple Heart Awarded 24JUN03

Competitive Achievements

Modern Army Combatives Competition 

1st place, Absolute Champion B-Co 3/502INF Tournament 20 DEC ‘02 (AAM awarded)

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

  • 3rd place, IBJJF Pan American, Brown belt Masters ‘12
  • 2nd place, IBJJF No Gi Worlds Brown belt Adult ‘11
  • 1st place, Masters Absolute GQ Midwest Championship ‘12
  • 1st place, Advanced Fight to Win Colorado Open ‘11
  • 1st place, Purple belt Fight to Win Colorado State Championships ‘10
  • 1st place, Purple/Brown belt Fight to Win Tournament of Champions 6
  • 1st place, No-gi Advanced division Fight to Win Tournament of Champions 6
  • 1st place, Absolute division Fight to Win Tournament of Champions 6
  • 2nd place, Expert no-gi division NAGA Southwest Championship ‘09
  • 2nd place, Purple belt NAGA Southwest Championship ‘09
  • 1st place, Purple belt RMBJJF 4th National Open
  • 1st place, Advanced no-gi Fight to Win Colorado Open ‘09
  • 2nd place, Purple/Brown belt Fight to Win Colorado Open ‘09
  • 2nd place, Expert no-gi NAGA Battle at the Beach ‘09
  • 3rd place, Purple belt NAGA Battle at the Beach ‘09
  • 1st place, Purple belt NAGA Midwest/Chicago Championship ‘08
  • 2nd place, No-gi Expert NAGA Midwest/Chicago Championship ‘08
  • 2nd place, Purple belt Louisville Open ‘08
  • 1st place, No-gi Advanced Hayastan Challenge-KY ‘07
  • Most Technical Fighter Award Hayastan Challenge-KY ‘07
  • 1st place, Blue belt NAGA Ohio ‘06
  • 1st place, No-gi Intermediate NAGA Ohio ‘06
  • 2nd place, Blue belt Hoosier Open ‘06
  • 1st place, Blue belt Absolute ABKJ Tri-State ‘06
  • 2nd place, No-gi Expert/open ABKJ Tri-State ‘06
  • 2nd place, Team Grappling Hook n Shoot : Live 3

MMA Record

  • 2-0