Brian J Brown

Owner/Chief Instructor
Brief info

Brian started his formal martial arts training in folk style wrestling in 1985 and has been training non-stop in a variety of martial arts disciplines ever since. Today he spends his time focusing on training in the two Filipino Martial Arts disciples of Cacoy Canete Doce Pares Escrima & Counterpoint Tactical System under Master Zack Whitson ( He also teaches and trains in Brazilian Jujitsu with team Nova Uniao Atlanta alongside his instructors and training partners Professor’s Diego Saraiva, DJ Wegesin. When not teaching/training in the martial arts, Brian is a territory manager selling medical devices and spends his downtime with his lovely wife Lisa and their Pitt Bull Kaz..

Trainings & Accomplishments
  • 1984-1992: Folks Style Wrestling
  • 1986-1997: American Karate
  • 1991-2004: Ed Parker’s American Kenpo
  • 1993-2005: American Freestyle Kickboxing
  • 1993-1995: Arnis De Mano
  • 1999-2004: Serrada Escrima
  • 2003-2005: JKD, Inosanto Kali
  • 2003 – Present:  Brazillian Jujitsu
  • 2005 – Present:  Counterpoint Tactical System (CTS)
  • 2005 – Present:  Cacoy Doce Pares Escrima
  • 2nd  Degree Black Belt American Karate by Master John Simeone
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt Ed Parker Kenpo Karate by Robert Ray/Lee Wedlake
  • Handgun Combative Practitioner level 3 presented by Sifu Steve Mosley
  • Student Level 3 Combat Submission Wrestling presented by Sifu Alan Baker
  • 3rd Grade Black Belt in Cacoy Doce Pares presented by Master Zach Whitson
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt Counterpoint Tactical System presented by Master Zach Whitson
  • Black Belt Brazilian Jujitsu presented by Professor’s Diego Sariava & D.J Wegesin
  • 1990-1995: US Army Combat Medic
  • 1993-2003: EMT/Paramedic (retired)
  • 2000: B.S. Jacksonville State University
  • 2003: M.S. Life University
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The Counterpoint Tactical System, also known by the acronym CTS, is a weapon-based integrated martial art designed for the street with an emphasis on real-world tactical counter offense. Although an eclectic martial art, the counterpoint tactical systems largest traditional influence can be found in the Filipino Martial Arts. The purpose of CTS is to train and certify students and instructors, making them well versed in every phase of civilian armed and unarmed combat. The CTS curriculum is designed with a survival based philosophy and is not intended to be practiced or used as a sport. CTS uses a “Civilian Use of Force Continuum” to help students better understand real-world self-defense and how to appropriately respond to a bad situation.

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The ‘Doce Pares’ is an Escrima/Arnis Martial Arts Club that was founded in Cebu City in January 12, 1932. Originally it was a breakaway group of students and instructors from the ‘Labangon Fencing Club’ of the 1920’s which was influenced heavily by the Saavedra and Cañete families. The original instructors of the Doce Pares taught their own particular families, island’s or region’s styles of Escrima and their particular interpretation of their own styles. The Doce Pares was made famous in the international scene during the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s by the Cañete family, especially Ciriaco ‘Cacoy’ Cañete and later by his nephew Dionisio ‘Diony’ Cañete. The specific style of Doce Pares that we practice is Cacoy Doce Pares Escrima/Escrido. It is a very fast close quarter single stick system that helps the student develop physical and mental attributes and spontaneity that translate in all areas of self-defense.

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Brazilian jiu-jitsu (‘BJJ, or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self-defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting (Ne-Waza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie by master Mitsuyo Maeda. Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Helio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge onto their family. Today, BJJ is one of the most popular martial arts around the world and can be seen in MMA/UFC due to its effectiveness in controlling and submitting opponents in all forms of combat sports. The Atlanta Martial Arts Club BJJ program is Under the Novan Uniao Atlanta Team lead by MMA/UFC veteran and BJJ champion Professor Diego “The Octopus” Sariava and MMA veteran Professor DJ Wegesin.


I have been teaching and training with Brian for many years and I can tell you how passionate he is about Jiu-Jitsu. He has a lot of knowledge and he is aso a great instructor. He is the type of guy that goes out of his way to help others and I am honored to call him a friend

Professor Diego “The Octopus “ Saraiva

Brian Brown began training in the Counterpoint Tactical System in 2005 and completed testing requirements for promotion to First Degree Black Belt at the Iron Mountain Instructors Camp in September of 2010. Brian is a first generation student and a Charter Member of Counterpoint Tactical International.

Master Zach Whitson Founder

Brian, or should I say Professor Brown, has been training with me for over 15 years.  His constant and unwaivering dedication to the lifestyle of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has led him to the rank of Black Belt, and Professor.

Professor DJ Wegesin