Q&A with Alliance Miami’s Javill Byron

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Alliance Miami is well known for producing highly skilled competitors each year.We caught up with the head instructor of Miami WMB Javill Byron to talk about his school, his teaching methods and much more.

Hi Javill, thanks for taking the time can you just tell me a little but about yourself and your background in Jiu-Jitsu.

Well Emilio, thank you as well for taking the time in spreading the art of Jiu Jitsu throughout Florida and beyond.  My name is Javill Byron and I began getting curious about Jiu Jitsu in 1997 when it was still not very well know in the states.  I came to Miami after living in St. Thomas Virgin Islands most of my life and began taking classes in the early days with various people/ instructors like the Silvera Brothers, Elian Rodriguez, Mike Cardoso, Din Thomas, and Edson Diniz.  The journey began from there and the rest as they say is history.

2.      Where is your school located and how long have you been teaching?

My school is located in the South Kendall area @ 16300 SW 137th Ave Miami FL 33177, I have been teaching since I was a purple belt so about 7 years. Give or take.  The school is called Miami WMB.  We are a member of Alliance as Alliance Miami. 

3.      Can you talk about your approach to teaching?  (Class structure, beliefs etc)

Most instructors focus on the kids with athletic ability and natural talent.  Since I have played multiple sports all of my life at the highest levels, I understand that hard work will always beat talent when talent doesn’t work hard.  I believe that everyone has a chance to be good.  I approach classes with the thought that Jiu Jitsu is an individual perspective.  So if I can teach a student how to understand fundamental principles and empower them to be creative; the jiu Jitsu will be beautiful. 

4. What was your biggest obstacle in building your school?   

I see many schools who make a ton of money on gimmicks but they produce no good students.  Then I see other schools that produce awesome students but cannot keep their doors open.  The biggest obstacle for me is finding a balance between keeping our program on a world class level without selling our soul for profit and making enough money to keep our doors open.  So far I have found a good formula for both.

4.      You have managed to create some accomplished competitors at your school. What do you attribute this to?

There are several factors.  I teach my students Jiu Jitsu and how to understand Jiu Jitsu.  They have a better fundamental base than most students because I challenge them to understand why things happen in bjj the way they do.  2nd– I have set out to prove that there is nothing right or wrong when it comes to Jiu Jitsu.  Jiu Jitsu is an art; and as the lead artist, it requires creativity.  This is Jiu Jitsu.  Although our Jiu Jitsu is fresh, different, and creative- we follow the principles of leverage handed down by the great Jiu Jitsu practitioners.

5.      What do you think scout the level of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in Florida?

The level of Jiu Jitsu in Florida is very high right now; you have teams like Miami WMB, Fight Sports, Popovitch BJJ, Alliance Orlando, Gracie Barra Orlando, etc all producing awesome BJJ students and because of the weather; new big name competitors keep moving to Florida to call it home.  At the World Championships; I see many of the people we see at local tournaments on the top of the medal podium so this tells you that Florida BJJ is right up there with the level of NY and California.

6.      Will your school be competing at the state?

We always compete at the state tournament because the guys that run the tournament are very fair and have a good interest in mind for the overall spread of Jiu Jitsu.  Couple that with the excellent competition in Florida and it is a good tournament for my students. 

7.      Anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you Emilio for your time and I look forward to the battle at the state tournament.