My name is Paul Willis, I have been married to my wife Heather for 27 years. We have one beautiful daughter who loves to paint, read, and write stories. I am currently the Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Monroe, NC, and have served as a Pastor for over 12 years. Our family loves hiking, history, great movies, working out, and of course Jiu-Jitsu.
I have been studying martial arts since I was 15 years old, and I have always been interested in self-defense. I had the honor of being part of an organization called Robert Bussey’s Warrior International back in the 90’s focused on pioneering realistic self-defense systems.
Several years ago, I was introduced to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and quickly realized how effective it is at teaching people to defend themselves in real-life situations. I wanted to share it with as many people as possible. I completed the Instructor Certification Program under the Gracie Academy in Torrance, CA. Now I am realizing my dream of teaching Jiu-Jitsu at our Certified Training Center (CTC) here in Monroe, North Carolina.
The culture of our Certified Training Center is one of cooperative learning. We want you to leave every single class feeling happy, healthy, and hopeful. We are all learning together, leaving our egos at the door, helping one another grow in our technique, and gaining street-ready confidence.
I am currently a blue belt in the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Mastercycle and have been authorized as a Certified Instructor to teach the Gracie Combatives and Bullyproof self-defense system. Our focus is 100% on self-defense programs for adults (Gracie Combatives) and children (Bullyproof). Our school is a representative of the Gracie Academy in Torrance, CA and we maintain the high level of structure, safety, and street readiness taught to us by our head instructors, Rener and Ryron Gracie.
I look forward to meeting you in person! I am here to answer any questions you may have. I believe with all my heart you will enjoy Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as much as I do! It is life-changing!