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Positive Balance Grappling
111 S. Magnolia Street-2nd Fl
Tallahassee, FL 32306
About Us2018-12-11T11:12:49+00:00



James Whyte IV


Professor Whyte is a life long martial artist. His martial arts career spanned much of his 22-year military career. Professor Whyte was a United States Marine for 2 enlistments prior to being selected for a commissioning program. After college, he was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy Nurse Corps. Professor Whyte went on to retire from the Navy and Enter Life as an academic. He is currently a full Professor at the FSU College of Nursing. Dr. Whyte is a certified Family and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. He is a highly experienced clinician with a special interest in sports medicine and pediatrics. In particular, he is skilled in working with special needs children.

After completing military service and an extensive education including two doctorates, Professor Whyte longed for the grappling days of his childhood. He was drawn to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. All of Professor Whyte’s belts were awarded by Professor Felipe Neto, including the distinction of being Professor Neto’s first black belt. Dr. Whyte has won the Master’s World and Pan American Championships at Blue-Purple and Brown, and has won a variety of IBJJF open tournaments at the Black Belt masters level. He continues to compete actively, primarily in the IBJJF.


Jeffrey Timothy Cummings


Professor Cummings began training at the World famous Alliance Headquarters in Atlanta Georgia in 2007. He was awarded all of his belts by the founder of the Alliance Team, Romero Jacare Cavalcanti.  Professor Cummings was also guided by multiple times World Champions Rubens Maciel Charles (Cobrinhia), Lucas Lepri and Leonardo Nogueira. In addition to training at the Alliance Headquarters, Professor Cummings began his teaching career in Atlanta, teaching at Alliance Headquarters and at the Alliance Affiliate, Atlanta Budokan. He recently was a special guest instructor at the Fight Centre in Gothenberg Sweden. Professor Cummings was fortunate to progress through the ranks with high-level competitors such as Alec Balding, Chris Moriarty, Jonathan Thomas, Ian McPhereson and Pedro Torres.


Dylan Whyte


Dylan aka “El Papagayo” began his Jiu Jitsu career in 2010. He trained briefly with Felipe Neto in Tallahassee Florida before moving to Atlanta for school. While in Atlanta, he was fortunate to train under Master Romero Jacare Cavalcanti, Rubens Charles Maciel (Cobrinha) and Lucas Lepri. After school, Dylan Returned to Tallahassee briefly before following his dream to Orlando Florida, where he moved to train with 9 times IBJJF World Champion Bruno Malfacine. During his time with Professor Malfacine, Dylan’s game underwent a very rapid period of growth. After so much training under world class Alliance instructors, Dylan has returned to Tallahassee to open his dream academy and follow in their footsteps.


Evan Noah Whyte


Evan began training Jiu Jitsu, initially due to his experiences with bullying, at age 12. He is currently a Brown Belt in Jiu Jitsu, a rank he achieved after 9 years of training. Evan is skilled in teaching both adults and children. As a child, Evan won a variety of tournaments ranging from Yellow to green belt. Evan has been very busy with his schooling as of late, but has won IBJJF Open tournaments at Juvenile Blue Belt, Adult Blue Belt and Purple Belt. He has a very aggressive submission oriented style. He will finish his Nursing degree and become an RN during summer 2018.

John Harrison

Striking for MMA Instructor-BJJ Purple Belt

Mr. Harrison has trained Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing and MMA for more than 10 years. His training began in his teen years and spanned his tour in the United States Marine Corps. Following his military service he intensified his training, and embarked on a highly successful amateur MMA and kickboxing career. He has now made his transition to the professional ranks, and is a sponsored fighter with the Combat Night organization. John has extensive experience coaching striking, having learned under the watchful eye of Richard Cox in his native South Georgia. John teaches group classes and is available for private lessons.

Eric Bernstein


Mr. Bernstein is a highly experienced grappler. While he does train in the gi, Eric specializes in no-gi grappling, and more specifically, is a skilled leg locker. Eric is a true student of the art, and while he has a well-rounded game, his depth of knowledge regarding leg attacks is considerable. He teaches the leg lock segment in the Friday night leg lock class. The academy has grown considerably in the area of leg locks since Eric came aboard. Eric is a very attentive teacher who will help you develop a leg lock game that is right for your level and physical abilities. He personally prefers the submission only competition game.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Historically, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was taught in the gi. The majority of positions and techniques were originated in the gi. Our primary focus is gi jiu jitsu. This class focuses on the all of the major positions seen in sport and self defense BJJ.

No Gi Submission Grappling

Our academy embraces the modern approach to no-gi grappling. As such, we focus on the ADCC rule-set, which is heavy on wrestling and incorporates the full range of leg locks. Our primary instructors are world medalists (IBJJF) without the gi, including one who is a no-gi World Champion at weight and open weight.

Striking for MMA

We are excited to offer our striking program, which is based on the common striking techniques in Mixed Martial Arts. Our staff focuses these classes on technique, while offering an excellent cardiovascular workout at the same time. The class is a great supplement to our grappling program, and is ideal for people ranging from beginners to experienced MMA fighters.

PBG Fighter Fit

This class offers an intense and highly functional workout. While we use a variety of approaches, the class heavily utilizes steel bats, which were derived from the ancient Persian wrestling culture. Steel bats allow for compound movements that work multiple muscle groups, profound core strengthening, all the while building incredible grip strength. The workouts use a High Intensity Interval Training Approach, and thus offer an intense and effective workout in just 20 minutes time.


Little Tigers Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Ages 6-13

Children are unique physically and developmentally. In many ways, they can learn more easily than adults, and are physically far more flexible. We focus on teaching the art to kids in a developmentally appropriate way, all the while integrating the full range of Jiu Jitsu techniques. For children, our central goal is to improve their life skills, confidence and ability to deal with bullying situations effectively. We train your children to live safer, happier and more disciplined lives.

Tiger Cubs Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Ages 3-5

This class focuses on teaching the fundamentals of the art to smaller children. We integrate games and drills to help them to learn the basics of the art, all while augmenting their self-esteem and confidence. Our program seeks to equip children to avoid and deal with bullying situations.

Children’s No-Gi Submission Grappling

Our academy integrates extensive wrestling techniques into our approach to gi and no-gi grappling. No-gi is the ideal time for children to learn takedowns, with the expectation that these techniques will augment their gi games as well. No-gi competition is very popular now days. These class allows your child the opportunity to learn valuable new skills.

Private lessons

These offer students the opportunity to work one-on-one or in small groups with the instructors.


Our facility is a state-of-the-art facility located at 111 South Magnolia Street on the second floor on the south side of the courtyard. We are neighbors with Journeys in Yoga, which has been present in the facility for the past 10 years. We are near the Governors Square Mall and all of the surrounding businesses.

The features of our facility include:

  • 1400 Square feet matted area with high quality modular mat system. We are the only school in the region with a spring subfloor that eases the trauma of falls making for a more pleasant and safer training experience.
  • On site pro-shop that beats internet prices.
  • Mats are sanitized after EVERY session. We are committed to a safe and clean training environment.
  • Men’s and women’s locker rooms and restrooms with lockers available.
  • We have showers. This is especially helpful for our morning and lunch classes.
  • Pleasant, clean and professional surroundings
  • Wifi for our customers
  • Plenty of seating for parents, friends and other family members who wood like to watch.
  • A pleasant courtyard for parents and visitors who would rather relax outdoors.


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