Coach Mat Polley is a 1st Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has been training under 4th Degree, Carlos Machado, Black Belt Roman Kilgore for the past 10 years. He received his Black Belt from Professor Kilgore in 2013. Prior to beginning his journey in BJJ, he practiced Boxing, Karate, Aikido, and has been wrestling since elementary school. He also served in the United States Marine Corps. A Software Engineer by profession, Mat utilizes an analytical approach to teaching with an emphasis on the physics behind the techniques. Coach Polley has won numerous medals at local and NAGA tournaments as well as double Bronze (lightweight and open weight) at the 2011 IBJJF NoGi World Championships as a Brown Belt.