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Gracie Jiu Jitsu Jacksonville

Head Instructor

Coach Robert Heath

Coach Robert is the Head Instructor for the Legacy Empowerment Academy Programs at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Jacksonville (A Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy Certified Training Center).  Coach Robert is a firm believer that learning to defend oneself is essential education for everybody, especially those in society who are naturally smaller or weaker.  No one should have to live in fear of those that are bigger and stronger.  Whether a child or an adult, it is nearly impossible to stand up for yourself until you know that you can deal with the consequences of doing so, including getting physically attacked.  Self-Defense is about Empowerment.  Coach Robert’s passion to teach comes from his belief that learning to defend oneself allows a person to fully participate in their community and share all of the wonderful gifts that they have with the world.  By learning to defend yourself you are empowered to be confident, be compassionate, and be engaged in your community.  Empowering others through Gracie Jiu Jitsu is Coach Robert’s passion and why he will continue to teach for the rest of his life. 


Coach Robert's qualifications include graduating from the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy Instructor Certification Program in January of 2016 and the Women Empowered Instructor Certification Program in July of 2016, both at Gracie Headquarters in Torrance, California.  Coach Robert has studied martial arts for the past 16 years including Shaolin Kung Fu, Shorinji Kempo, Tai Chi, Ninjutsu, Aiki-Jiu-Jitsu, the Marine Corp Martial Arts Program.  He has been a student of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy since 2012.  His focus in learning and teaching martial arts has always been for self-defense. 


Coach Robert is also an active duty United States Marine Corps Officer, and serves as a Judge Advocate.  Before becoming a lawyer and joining the Marine Corps, he earned his M.A. in teaching, and taught Spanish for 6 years at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  He also coached girls’ and boys’ basketball for 4 of those years both in high school and middle school.