Gracie 601 is Meridian, Mississippi’s most winning MMA and Jiu Jitsu team. We are proud to be the home of state and national Jiu Jitsu champions. Head instructor, Paul Joyner, trained under Master Relson Gracie in Hawaii for over 15 years. Relson regularly visits the Meridian school and gives belt promotions to deserving students.
We are home of Tim Edmonds T-N-T Boxing team, the winners of the Toughman Lightweight and Middleweight Divisions. Our school offers a diversity of mixed martial arts that includes Gracie Jiu Jitsu, American boxing, and Muay Thai kickboxing. We also offer an excellent Kids Program where kids can learn to defend themselves in a variety of martial arts in a safe and fun environment.
Instructor Paul Joyner served in the United States Marine Corps. While in Okinawa Japan, he trained in Okinawain Karate. He then trained in Chinese Kempo under Chief Vierra, as well as Muay Thai, while in Hawaii. He started training in Gracie Jiu Jitsu in 1994, under Relson Gracie. Paul is a two-time Hawaii State Jiu Jitsu Champion, and he’s earned two silver medals in the Pan-Am Games for Relson Gracie’s Competition Jiu Jitsu team. He has a black belt in Namido Yudanshakai Jiu Jitsu, and a brown belt in Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu from Relson Gracie.