Professor Jimmy Thompson began his journey into Jiu Jitsu in 1997 at the Seattle School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu while attending The University of Washington. He successfully competed in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments throughout the late 90’s and early 2000’s as a white belt and blue belt. In 1998, he entered into the arena of MMA but in 2006, due to injuries, he exited sport. He has a professional record of 6 – 2.
Upon retirement he founded Tacoma Mixed Martial Arts (aka. T – Town MMA / Checkmat Tacoma) in Tacoma, WA, which currently has the longest running Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program in Tacoma, WA (12+ years and running). In 2017, he returned to the competition mats as a Black Belt. He currently oversees 2 other BJJ programs that include Gig Harbor MMA and our community project at Quincy BJJ – collectively known as the Narrows Fight Team, a division of Checkmat Jiu Jitsu.
[ Belt Bio ]
- 2016 | Awarded 1st degree Black Belt via Professor Leandro Vieira (Checkmat)
- 2020 | Awarded 2nd degree black belt from Professor Leandro Vieira of co-founder of team Checkmat
Professor Jimmy Thompson | Lineage
- Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leandro Vieira [Vieira Bros] > Jimmy Thompson
Coach Elliot has been boxing and kickboxing since high school.
He trained at Gilkey’s karate in Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Westside Kickboxing in Cleveland, Ohio; Houston Kickboxing in Houston, Texas, and Kalakaua Boxing Gym in Honolulu, Hawaii; before coming to T-Town MMA.
Coach Elliot fought in Arkansas, Ohio, New York, Texas, Colorado, and Hawaii. He loves training fighters and teaching the concepts he’s learned over the years.
In addition to training, Coach Elliot is a certified USA Boxing judge and referee.
CJ joined the Ttown MMA team in 2014 after being introduced to Jiu-Jitsu by his brother-in-law (black belt Coach Justin) choked him out repeatedly.
Rodolfo moved to California shortly after that where he joined the Checkmat team. Rodolfo moved to Tacoma in 2020 where he started training with Professor Jimmy Thompson and he has been a valued member and coach ever since.