Professor Eliot Marshall started his martial arts training after seeing The Karate Kid for the first time. At the age of six he began training in Soo Bahk Do under the instruction of Grand Master Hwang Kee and Michael Garaguso. Eliot achieved the rank of 3rd Degree black belt and went on to win 2nd place at the national tournament in 1997. Eliot began studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in October of 1999. Upon graduating from CU in 2002 with a BA in Mathematics, he devoted himself to Jiu Jitsu full-time under the direct instruction of Professor Amal Easton. He lives with his wife Renee and their two sons Kannen and Simon. When he is not teaching or training, he loves trying out new barbecuing techniques.
Eliot has competed at the highest levels of martial arts. He is a four-time Pan-American Jiu Jitsu champion, took home third place at the Jiu Jitsu World Championship as a brown belt, and is a six-time veteran of the UFC. He has since retired from professional fighting, and is now the co-owner of Easton Training Center. He now spends most of his time teaching, and managing the new facility. Eliot currently holds the rank of Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
A truly unique quality of Eliot’s is that he is equally adept fighting in the octagon, teaching a class of adults, or effortlessly commanding the attention of a packed room of five-year-old students! He describes his teaching style as being very basic. Though many instructors like to teach elaborate moves, and base their classes around whatever new technique they are practicing, Eliot prefers to stick to the fundamentals. He believes that however effective a particular move might be, solid fundamentals are what make a person a skilled martial artist.
2001 Pan-American Silver medalist
2002 Pan-American Gold medalist
2002 USA Team Trials 1st place
2002 USA Team Trails 2nd (Absolute)
2002 Grapplers Quest West Bronze medalist
2003 IBJJF Open Purple belt 1st place
2003 IBJJF Open Purple belt Absolute Champion
2003 Pan-American Gold medalist
2004 IBJJF Brown Belt Super Heavy Champion
2004 IBJJF Brown Belt Open Weight Champion
2004 ADCC North American Trials participant
2004 GQ North American Championships Open Weight Champion
2004 #1 Rated Absolute Weight Grappler of the Year.
2005 Pan American Champion Super Heavy Weight Brown Belt
2005 GQ USA Trials 200-210 lb Champion
2006 IBJJF Pan Ams Brown Belt Champion
2006 IBJJF World Chamionsships 3rd place
17-5 MMA record
Ring of Fire Light Heavy Weight Champion
Topping it off…
Eliot was the first American to ever win gold at blue, purple, and brown belt levels at the Pan American Games in the adult division.