Henry Akins is the third American to receive a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt from legendary fighter Rickson Gracie. Akins trained under Rickson Gracie for 15 years. Akins became the head instructor or “Professor” at the Rickson Gracie Academy from 2005 to 2008 before resigning due to a back injury.
Earlier this year, Akins t announced that he has joined Straight Blast Gym International, a BJJ association of over 35 gyms worldwide .
Akins talked about his new position:
“I’m really honored and proud to announce I’ve joined the incredible team at SBG. I’m really happy to be a part of a team that shares similar ideas, values and philosophy in martial arts.
By aligning myself with so many other great martial artists, teachers and students around the world I believe we are stronger and can accomplish more together!
Be ready for more great things to come!”
Henry Akins competing as a purple belt Copa Pacifica 2001:
Henry Akins Is Here To Redefine The Way You See The Turtle Position – As a Rickson Gracie American Black Belt He Understands The Technicality In Simplifying HIDDEN JIU JITSU – Turtle Will Become Your Favorite POSITION.