Randy Brown

Coach of Mantis Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Artist, Writer, Pilot (Hang-Glider & Para-Glider).

  • Founder/Head Instructor - 2004

  • Black Belt - Mantis Boxing

  • Black Belt - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - under Andre 'Dedeco' Almeida

  • 2x Gold Medalist, 1x Silver Medalist U.S. National Kung Fu Championships 2004

  • Gold Medalist (Featherweight - White Belt Division) - IBJJF Boston Open 2012

  • Yang style Tai Chi Instructor

  • BS - Computer Science - Franklin Pierce University

20 years experience Praying Mantis Boxing. Cross-disciplinary training in various Chinese Martial Arts (Eagle Claw, Hung Gar, Long Fist, Yang, Xingyiquan).

Trained in 17 ‘Chinese Martial Arts weapons’. Specializing in staff, saber, sword, and military saber.

Randy has been FEATURED IN...

  • Guest Lecturer - 5th Annual Martial Arts Studies Conference 2019 - Chapman University

  • Happy Life Martial Arts - Video - with Ando Mierzwa

  • SenseiAndo.com Channel with Sensei Ando Mierzwa

  • Strenuous Life Podcast Episode 128 with BJJ Black Belt Stephen Kesting

  • Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine - July/August issue 2017

  • Journal of 7 Star Mantis Boxing

Publications


Background

I started my martial arts school, gym, dojo, with a strong desire to share my knowledge to benefit others. To empower them with real martial arts training. I continue to live and share a healthy lifestyle, along with my passion for martial arts. I enjoy helping others achieve their goals, and I believe strongly in being a student for life, as my mentors before me.

I have traveled across the United States to train with some of the best martial artists/teachers/coaches I could find. From Boston to San Diego and many places in between, I continue to seek the best for myself and my students.

Since childhood I have been fascinated with martial arts. After my early machinations of becoming a highly skilled ninja by age 10 were thwarted by my mother, I finally began formal martial arts studies in tae kwon do/hapkido for a brief period while serving in the U.S. Army in the early 90’s.

Having encountered Chinese boxing (wu shu, or commonly known as kung fu) while sparring a friend in the Army, I was amazed with the efficiency (he whooped me). After leaving the military, and briefly retrying tae kwon do, I eventually sought out an instructor in Chinese boxing. That is, once I was done diligently trying to screw up my life for a few years.

On my quest to right the ship, as it were; I began studying praying mantis boxing, and Chinese martial arts weapons, in 1999. I continued with mantis for a few years, and then went on to explore other styles of Chinese boxing. After 5 years of training and competing, I opened my school.

Teaching students full-time, I quickly realized how scattered my interests had become (mantis, eagle claw, taijiquan, xingyiquan, southern fist, long fist, hung gar), and my students were not benefitting from it. I quadrupled down on mantis boxing, delving into the variations of seven star, and 8 step and the practical application of these.

Being smaller, I saw the value in knowing some basic ground fighting techniques, so I took up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Initially I had planned to get to a ‘blue belt’ level of proficiency. Shortly after diving in, I became lucid, not only realizing how important this layer of training is, but also how much fun.

I have been training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu since 2011; melding the ground fighting art with my mantis boxing techniques. You are welcome to join me in either mantis boxing, or BJJ, as I share these excellent arts in my school, and online. I am happy to see you better than you were yesterday.

Scraping clouds - overlooking Mt Washington in New Hampshire from my Hang-Glider @ 7000 ft (2136m). My favorite flight.

Hanging out with Wang Lang the day I got the new shirts. (not photoshopped!)

Studying with Wang Lang in my garden.