Head Instructor Professor Raymond Morrow
BJJ RANK: Black Belt
Prof. Ray is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Prof. Otavio Sousa and Prof. Scott Carr. Born in Southern California but later moved to Idaho, where he was introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu back in 1999. In 2008, he decided it was time to move back to Southern California to take his training to the next level. This is where he started training at Gracie Barra. Since then, he has dedicated his time in improving the lives of others through The gentle art of Jiu Jitsu. Working at Gracie Barra Headquarters in Irvine, California, Ray taught all age groups and levels the values of Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
While having numerous success in competitions around the world, Prof. Ray has had the opportunity to learn under some of the best Black Belts in the world including, Master Carlos Gracie Jr., Marcio Feitosa, Flavio Almeida, Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes, Braulio Estima, and of course his Professors, Otavio Sousa and Scott Carr.
While competition is still in his future, he uses the tools he has developed over the years and focuses his attention on teaching the art and philosophy of Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to others.
A.M. Instructor – Professor
BJJ Rank: Black Belt
Phil Lott was first introduced to the martial arts in 1992 while serving an LDS mission in Seoul South Korea. During this time he often spent a portion of his preparation day training Kyuk Too Ki (a form of kickboxing) with a local gym owner An Hyun Wan. Phil became quite good friends with Professor An and many of the students at his gym.
Following his return home, Phil’s life became centered on education and family. He attended BYU where he earned a Mechanical Engineering degree, married his high school sweetheart Jeralyn and had their first child. Later Phil would go on to attend graduate school at BSU where he earned an MBA. He and Jeralyn now have 5 children and enjoy spending time watching them play sports, skiing, and just hanging out.
It wasn’t until a job change in 2006 brought Phil to HP that his interest in Martial Arts was rekindled. Phil began attending an MMA class taught by coach Brian Wieber on Fridays at HP. It was during these classes where Phil first realized that grappling was the Achilles heel to any pure striker and decided that he needed to supplement boxing/kickboxing with grappling. Phil enrolled in a local BJJ class and began attending regularly. Over the next 12 years Phil was an active participant in local competitions, winning multiple medals as he climbed through the belt ranks. Phil was awarded his BJJ black belt in February of 2019 by Gracie Barra Boise head instructor, Professor Ray Morrow.