"He's as good as it gets in submission arts and these guys all call him Coach. That's important, they ALL call him Coach."
– Daniel Cormier, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion

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Professor Robert Drysdale


Robert Drysdale is a father, a student of History, and an accomplished martial arts athlete.


He started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when he was 16 years old. Having lived in Brazil for 18 years (half of his life) he was exposed to some of the world's best training and competition.

Some of his sporting accomplishments include:
Brazilian Jiu-Jistu Black Belt (4th Degree)
IBJJF World Champion
ADCC World Champion (Absolute Division)
Undefeated MMA fighter

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Robert retired from professional compeition a couple of years ago to concentrate on teaching Jiu-Jistu and developing Team Zenith. He is the owner of Drysdale Jiu-Jitsu in Las Vegas, and a co-founder of the Zenith Jiu-Jitsu Team.

What is perhaps less well known about Robert is that he is a graduate of History. When he is not teaching out of his Las Vegas gym, or giving seminars at Zenith gyms around the world, he works towards completing his Masters Degree in History.

One of his latest projects is producing a much anticipated documentary on the history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. You can follows its progress by visiting the social media pages below:

Further reading:
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is an art derivative of Judo and that through many decades of isolation developed into a new martial art. Our art consists of throwing techniques, grappling techniques such as joint-locks, manipulations, and chokes, as well as the transitions linking these submission attacks.


One of the ways that BJJ differs from other martial arts is that it is in a constant state of evolution; it isn’t tied to rigid, static techniques and stances. It is dynamic and adaptable and that is one of the reasons it is so highly regarded and so effective. This was highlighted in the 1990s when Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu exploded on to the international stage in fighting championships like UFC and Pride. The BJJ competitors from Brazil dominated the matches and showed just how effective their system was.

Another way that BJJ differs from other systems is that it is not based around kicking and striking. Its practitioners follow a simple but effective strategy: defend – control – submit. That makes training safer than many other systems and is very well suited for children to learn.

One of the key concepts underlying BJJ is the principle of leverage. By utilizing fulcrums and levers it is possible for smaller people to overcome much larger opponents. This makes it an ideal choice for self-defence, one of the original purposes of the system. These same concept of leverage apples to takedowns, throws, and sweeps, as well as the submissions the martial art is so well known for.

These days BJJ is truly global in scope and no matter what city you are in there is usually an academy nearby. It is arguably the fastest growing martial art in the world. True to its origins, it continues to evolve in top-level competition where competitors are constantly looking for an edge over their opponents..

As a sport, BJJ truly excels. Not only is Jiu-Jitsu regarded as an integral component of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) but even within Jiu-Jitsu competition itself there are now many options. In addition to wearing kimonos there is also a no-gi variation where it is forbidden to grip the opponent’s clothing.

Regardless of whether you are training for self-defence, fitness, or competition, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has something to offer everyone. That makes it one of the most versatile martial arts on the planet!
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Team Zenith


Zenith is a global Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu organization founded by Professors Robert Drysdale and Rodrigo Cavaca.


Founded in October 2014, Professor Drysdale and Professor Cavaca, have created one of the fastest growing BJJ associations in the world with over 150 affiliate schools worldwide and growing. The organization exists to provide support for our members, both in terms of the development and evolution of cutting-edge Jiu-Jitsu techniques, as well as running professional businesses.

You can read more about Professor Drysdale above ( ). For more on Professor Cavaca visit his Facebook pages: Cavaca Fight Trainer and Rodrigo Cavaca (Athlete).

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