Instructors

Instructors

As we grow in any field, we will undoubtedly meet many people who influence our training and lives.
Here at UndergroundBJJ, these are just a couple people you will have the opportunity to learn from.


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Michael Rooney

Owner/Head Instructor - Faixa Preta (BJJ Black Belt - 1st Degree)

Having trained in a variety of martial arts during the course of his life, Michael believes in the value of continued training and learning. He recommends that all his students compete (at least once), and stay active in their training.

Having trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over 15 years, on November 5th, 2011, he was promoted to Black Belt by Roy Harris (5th Degree BJJ Black Belt).

With the success and growth of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the last decade, there is no standstill, and to increase his knowledge and stay current, Michael continuously trains with other top instructors.

Lineage

Helio Gracie -> Francisco Mansor -> Joe Moriera -> Roy Harris -> Michael Rooney

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Scott McCausland

Instructor - Faixa Marrom (BJJ Brown Belt)

Scott began studying the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (formally) in 2007, in Cleveland, OH. He made the drive from Erie to Cleveland (1.5 hours each way), 3x per week for the first year and a half, before eventually finding Michael Rooney and UndergroundBJJ.

On November 5th, 2011, he had the opportunity to earn his purple belt; the same day Michael Rooney earned his black belt.

Then on February 12th, 2015, he was awarded his brown belt by Michael Rooney.

Having competed at every level during his journey, Scott believes in Jiu-Jitsu and feels that the best way to succeed is to just "come to class".

Lineage

Helio Gracie -> Francisco Mansor -> Joe Moriera -> Roy Harris -> Michael Rooney -> Scott McCausland