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Vanguard BJJ Instructors

Roy Shaw- Brown Belt


Coach Roy has studied multiple forms of martial arts, but his passion is in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, founded by the Gracie family from Brazil.  It's his passion to help people become self-confident, self-controlled, and healthier individuals so that they can be the best person, professional, and citizen that they can be.

Coach Roy Shaw has been studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2008 under Professor Clint Crabtree, a 3rd-degree black belt.

Roy has earned his brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Professor Crabtree, where he continues to study on his journey to black belt.  The brown belt is an advanced level belt and accredits Roy to coach new students and continuing students from any background.  

In addition to the brown belt, Roy earned his red belt in Tae Kwon Do, which is an advanced belt.  Roy is a well-recognized educator and is co-founder and CEO of, a leading provider of continuing medical education.  Roy has authored and produced self-defense courses and especially loves to teach people in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Self Defense.  

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Andy McCreight- Black Belt

Coach Andy is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt instructor at Vanguard BJJ.  He began training Jiu-Jitsu in 2009 at URSA Academy / Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu in Ann Arbor, MI. Here he trained under Kris Magers, a student of Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, where he earned his purple belt.


After moving to West Michigan in 2014 he joined GRBJJ where he earned his black belt under 3rd-degree black belt Clint Crabtree. Andy has competed in, and won, several tournaments throughout the area; including both the Michigan and Toledo Open, as well as the Wolverine Classic.  

Coach Andy is a family man with two young boys that are also beginning to learn the “gentle art.” He enjoys weightlifting and golfing in his spare time.  He is an experienced teacher who looks forward to inspiring generations of jiu-jitsu practitioners at Vanguard BJJ

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Mike George- Purple Belt

Coach Mike began studying judo in 1987 at Michigan State University because he had also enjoyed wrestling in high school. After competing on the mats with various BJJ practitioners he was impressed with the effectiveness of the martial art and began training jujitsu in 2012. Coach Mike earned his 3rd degree brown belt in Judo and Purple Belt in BJJ.

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Jesse Cecil- Purple Belt

Coach Jesse is a dedicated BJJ Coach with a passion for excellence. Jesse teaches Gi and No Gi, helps prepare students for street defense and preparation for competitions and will certainly help you grow in your Jiu Jitsu.

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Sean Flikkema- Blue Belt

Coach Sean started training BJJ in March of 2018. Sean has competed in multiple BJJ tournaments and is now teaching BJJ Basics.  Sean is excited to help others on their BJJ journey and help them with their competition, self defense and over all self improvement.

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