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Meet The Professor

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


Meet The Professor

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 Moranski is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt. CJ is originally from Georgia. He joined the Army in 1998 and is currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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 Pinto received his black belt from Checkmat founder, Leo Vieira, in 2021. Rodolfo started training Jiu jitsu in 2006 in his native Brazil. Rodolfo moved to Mexico in 2015 and started training kids in the poorer communities in Mexico.

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.

Rose Singer

Coach Rose started Jiu Jitsu in June of 2019 shortly after moving to Washington. She started off with the goal of wanting to get into better shape. Now, she is in love with the sport and has taken over running the women’s jiu jitsu program. She wants women who are interested in Jiu Jitsu to know the following: “Our women’s program is currently small, but we are like a family. We support each other and you will almost always have another woman in class to train with. We are a family who looks after each other that is looking to grow and become an even more so inclusive part of the community. Whatever your goals may be, we will find a place for you!”