John Lawrence //// Black Belt under Pedro Vianna
Head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor
Adult & Kids Classes

 

IBJJF Atlanta Open  -  2015

Hurricane Jiu Jitsu's roots took hold in Chicago when John began training under Pedro and Daniel Vianna of Vianna Brothers Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Vianna Brothers started out sharing a small space with a capoeira studio, and over the years grew into one of the most respected competitive jiu jitsu academies in Chicago. John started teaching the kids' classes when he earned his blue belt, and helped grow their kids' program into the competitive force that it is today. As John advanced through the ranks, he began teaching weekly adult classes and occasionally substituting for Pedro, all while traveling and competing as frequently as his schedule allowed. John has had the privilege of competing at the World and Pan American Championships, and has fought countless gi and no-gi submission matches. His competition experience includes:

IBJJF Chicago Open  -  2017

IBJJF Miami  -  2016

Fight To Win Pro 32  -  2017

  • 1st Place Purple Adult Light: C3 Patriot Games 2009
  • 1st Place Purple Adult Light: C3 Grappler Fest 2009
  • 3rd Place No-Gi Advanced Feather: US Grappling 2010
  • 3rd Place Purple Adult Feather: IBJJF Chicago Open 2010
  • 3rd Place Purple Adult Feather: USBJJF US Open 2010
  • 2nd Place Purple Adult Super Feather: EGO Indianapolis 2011
  • 3rd Place: Tohkon Judo Classic 2011
  • 2nd Place No-Gi Advanced Feather: C3 Patriot Games 2011
  • 3rd Place No-Gi Expert Feather: NAGA Midwest Championships 2011
  • 2nd Place No-Gi Advanced Light: US Grappling 2011
  • 3rd Place Purple Adult Absolute: EGO Indianapolis 2012
  • 2nd Place Brown Adult Light No-Gi: IBJJF Chicago Winter Open 2013
  • 1st Place Brown Open Weight: American Grappling Challenge
  • 2nd Place Brown Adult Light No-Gi: IBJJF Chicago Fall Open 2014
  • 3rd Place No-Gi Expert Light: NAGA Pittsburg 2014
  • 2nd Place No-Gi Expert Light: NAGA Michigan 2014
  • 2nd Place Brown Adult Light No-Gi: IBJJF Chicago Summer Open 2014
  • 2nd Place Brown Adult Light: IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open 2015
  • 1st Place Brown Adult Light: American Grappling Challenge 2015
  • 2nd Place No-Gi Expert Light: NAGA Pittsburg 2015
  • 2nd Place No-Gi Expert Light: NAGA Cincinnati 2016
  • 2nd Place Black Adult Light: IBJJF Dallas Open 2016
  • 2nd Place Black Adult Light: IBJJF Miami Open 2016
  • 3rd Place Black Open Weight: American Grappling Challenge 2017
  • 2nd Place Black Adult Feather: IBJJF Chicago Spring Open 2017 
  • 2nd Place Black Adult Light No-Gi: IBJJF Chicago Spring Open 2017 


      In 2012, John moved to Cleveland to be closer to family. After training locally for a couple of years, he decided it was time to move on and lay the foundation for what would become Hurricane Jiu Jitsu. 

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