Tim Spriggs Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Tim Spriggs

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Belt

Major Awards:
2015 Black Belt Worlds – Bronze
2014 Black Belt No Gi Worlds – Bronze
2014 Brown Belt World Champion
2013 Brown Belt No Gi Pan Champion (Weight & Open)
2013 Brown Belt Pan Am Champion (Weight & Open)
2011 Purple Belt No Gi World Champion
2012 Purple Belt Pan Am Champion
2013 Purple Belt World – 2x Bronze (Weight & Open)
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Instructor Profile

Tim Spriggs was born on the 10th of October, 1991 in Columbia, Maryland, in the United States of America. Spriggs became interested in martial arts at the age of 16, after watching the first season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) series, a reality show where the participants are mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters.

In an interview given to the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Eastern Europe website in 2013, Spriggs mentions that after an unsuccessful football season as a freshman, he decided to abandon the sport to focus on martial arts. He first took karate lessons, which lasted about 1 year. Noticing that these sessions lacked efficiency in a real life situation, he quit, looking for a more realistic form of combat.

After leaving Karate aside, Spriggs found that there was a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy near his house and decided to try it. That place was the Crazy 88 academy, led by Julius Park, a coach that was with Tim throughout all belts, including his black belt, received on August 2014. The belt ceremony was hosted by Lloyd Irvin, leader of the team to which the ‘Crazy 88′ academy is affiliated.

Already a well known figure in the American circuit, Spriggs really made a mark as one of the top athletes in the world after his victory at the World Expo GP in 2013. Beating most of the top brown belts in the world, including a tough final against another highly regarded brown belt, Thiago Sá Fortes.

from BJJ Heroes

Get to Know Tim Spriggs

Who would you want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island?

Nightcrawler from XMen so I could teleport off the island.

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?

Alaskan wilderness so I can hunt bears and moose

What is your favorite memory about training?

When I was a white/blue belt and everyone was bigger and stronger than me and I used to get beat up all the time.

Who is your favorite author? What is your favorite book?

Chuck Palahniuk. The Undisputed Truth (Mike Tyson autobiography)

Do you have a favorite quote? If so what is it?

“I am the master of my faith, I am the captain of my soul”

Do you have a favorite art piece? If so what is it and why?

I don’t have a favorite art piece, but I really like Jean Michel Basquiat.

What was your favorite activity in gym class?

I liked dodgeball, and running under the parachute

What has been your biggest challenge in martial arts?

Blocking out negative thoughts when I hit rough patches in training and disappointing losses.

What is your biggest success up until now?

Placing 3rd at No Gi Worlds at Black Belt.

University or life experience, which do you feel best prepares you for life?

Life experiences by leaps and bounds, I’ve learned more in the last two years than I have in my entire academic life.

What is the one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t already?

How to be an independent adult. How to look for a job, balance a check book, and social graces.

If you were to create a piece of art, what would the subject be?

The human condition

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?


How would your friends describe you?

Comes off as mean and unapproachable, but fun loving and caring once you get to know him.