2011 IBJJF Houston International Open - 2nd Place, Medium Heavy, Purple Belt 2011 USBJJF American National No Gi - 1st Place, Medium Heavy, Purple Belt 2013 CBJJO Mundial Championships - 1st Place, Medium Heavy, Brown Belt 2013 Brazilian Cup - 1st Place, Medium Heavy, Brown Belt; 2nd Place, Absolute, Brown Belt 2013 USA Abu Dhabi World Pro East Trial - 2nd Place, Heavy, Brown Belt 2013 Grapplers Quest Las Vegas World Series - 1st Place, 190+ lbs., Advanced No Gi; 1st Place, -200 lbs., Brown Belt 2013 Long Beach Open - 1st Place, Heavy, Brown Belt; 1st Place, Absolute, Brown Belt 2014 San Francisco Open - 1st Place, Medium Heavy, Brown Belt; 1st Place, Absolute, Brown Belt 2014 Houston Open - 1st Place, Medium Heavy, Brown Belt 2014 CBJJO Estadual Championships - 1st Place, Medium Heavy, Brown Belt 2014 IBJJF Boca Raton Open - 1st Place, Heavy, Brown Belt; 1st Place, Absolute, Brown Belt 2014 IBJJF Las Vegas Open - 1st Place, Heavy, Brown Belt; 3rd Place, Absolute, Brown Belt Dream BJJ Baddest Brown - 1st Place, Brown Belt 2014 Five California 2 - 3rd place, Black Belt, Light Heavy; 2nd Place Black Belt Absolute 2014 RevGear World Championship, Winner in superfight against Nick Sanders of Nova Uniao
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Coach Brian Carlsen was born and raised in Boulder. He attended Boulder High School and graduated from CU with a BA in Math and dual minors in physics and computer science. His mother, father, and brother, and uncle all live in the Boulder / Denver area. Like many people who grow up in Boulder, Brian loves the outdoors. He climbs, kayaks, skis, snowboards, kayaks, and mountain bikes when he is not at the academy.
When Brian was 11 years old, his uncle brought him to his first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class with Professor Eliot Marshall. Brian enjoyed Jiu Jitsu, but stopped training after a few years to play high school football. After his sophomore season, however, Brian returned to Jiu Jitsu, and had been practicing ever since. He also began training Muay Thai under Duane “Bang” Ludwig when Professor Ludwig was the head Muay Thai coach at Easton. When Bang left, Brian started training with Tyler “Thunder” Toner.
Brian has been teaching and coaching in one form or another since he was 13 years old. He began teaching skiing, snowboarding, and wakeboarding when he was in high school. In his junior year of high school he became interested in teaching BJJ, and became an official Easton instructor at the age of 17. During Brian’s sophomore of college he became a head BJJ instructor, and also taught the occasional Muay Thai class. He takes a very logical and detailed approach to his teaching. He strives to help his students not only to execute techniques correctly, but to understand why a particular technique works, and when to use it, allowing his students to use those same concepts to improvise when necessary.
Brian has competed extensively as a Brown Belt, placing in multiple IBJJF tournaments, and is now the Operations Manager of Easton Training Center Boulder. In the future, he hopes to pursue a research career in technology. He would like to earn a PhD in either Computer Science with a specialization in Robotics, or Electrical Engineering, and has dreams of one day owning his own high-tech start-up. He is confident that the focus, discipline, and work ethic that he has learned from Jiu Jitsu will provide him with the framework to reach his goals.