Professor William Vandry’s View – William Vandry Quarterly Seminar Packed House of BJJ Students with Guest Master Carlos Machado in Attendance

March 3 was a huge BJJ chapter in the state of Texas.  The VBJJA quarterly association clinic, which is a quarterly seminar designed for the Vandry Association of Jiu-jitsu students across academies in Texas and other states, and students from Arizona, California, and from all over Texas.

Vandry began the seminar with developmental techniques from the guard, regaining the triangle choke.  The technique featured the ‘Breakdance technique’, which is an angle Vandry displayed on recovering the guard or triangle when opponent beats the legs.

The elbow lock follow up by Vandry was expanded by Machado, who taught follow up elbow locks, the ‘straightjacket’ guard to more finishes to chokes.

An enthusiastic packed seminar with close to 100 students eagerly absorbed the drills, the knowledge and advice from Vandry and Machado.

Awards were given out to William Vandry’s top three Black belts, Manny Galvan, Carter Fisk, and Gary Claxton.

“Gary Claxton was always my most senior student.  He was my right hand Captain of my community, and all of my black belts give praise and thanks, because he also helped all of them develop.  Gary was everyone’s big brother.”  Vandry stated.

Carter Fisk and Manny Galvan, two of Vandry’s first BJJ Black belts, officially became Professor Vandry’s first two first degree Black belts.

“Carter and Manny have been my two senior students, and we award Gary Claxton his as well, although he is now resting in peace, I still feel we owed him that, as he would have received his last year not much longer after he passed away.

Carter and Manny have led my principles and philosophies engrained to me by my mentor Master Carlos Machado.  They have kept their principles etched in stone as to what I feel are among certain protocols of earning a Black belt and especially first degrees:

  1. Develop skills and maintain them with constant training.
  2. Keep in shape year around when you are a Black belt.
  3. Mentor others, and lead by example
  4. Self serving is against principles, but giving and spreading respect, knowledge, philosophy to others is.
  5. Keep a covenant with your lineage.


This should be what this is about.  I also enjoy the respect I have with all of my Black belts, their loyalty, their respect, and their aid to keep spreading our message.”  Vandry said.

Professor William Vandry – 3rd Degree BJJ Black Belt


20 thoughts on “Professor William Vandry’s View – William Vandry Quarterly Seminar Packed House of BJJ Students with Guest Master Carlos Machado in Attendance”

  1. Great seminar, and they always seem to get better and better. I definitely am the most fortunate BJJ black belt on the planet!

    William Vandry

  2. Sorry I missed out on such a wonderful seminar. I think it is lovely that you awarded Gary Claxton ; he is still very much in our hearts and the love that is in our BJJ.

  3. Thanks for such a great seminar! I learned so much and it was an honor to be welcomed into a room full of great knowledge. Can’t wait for the next one!

  4. This seminar was very special. Not only did we see the 1st ever Vandry BJJ 1st Degree Black Belts presented to none other than Emmanuel Galvan, Carter Fisk, and the Late Gary Claxton, we had all Vandry BJJ Black Belts (minus one) in attendance. We had our entire lineage and future masters all in attendance.
    Mestre Carlos Machado, Professor William Vandry, our 1st set of 1st degree black belts and all other black belts, and around 100 participants over all.

    The techniques were flawless and flowed together very well. Super fun and a ton of information was passed on. If you missed this seminar you missed one of the best ones. Thank you Mestre Machado, Thank you Professor Vandry and congratulations to Manny, Carter, and Gary!


  5. I had a great time it was really good to see all my Austin family members and I was able to take some fun ideas and techniques back home with me to share. A big thanks for having me and I hope to see you all again soon 🙂

  6. That seminar was awesome! It was cool to watch Manny and Carter get their first degree stripes! Congratulations!

  7. I thought it was a great time with Carlos Machado as well. Ted, it was good to train with you, Manny, Carter, Jeremy and of course my mentor! The youtube clips are great, I hope Manny can get the other footage too.

  8. I’m already itching for the next seminar:) Great BJJ and community with Professor William Vandry and Master Carlos Machado!

  9. Vandry seminars are a great tool to improve your game and meet new people. It is worth attending!

  10. Vandry seminars are a great tool to improve your game and meet new people. It is worth attending!

  11. Next one is in June, so look at the calendar of events for our schedule. I have something really good to cook up for you guys.


  12. Wow – so touching that you included Gary. Huge congrats to Carter and Manny. I’ve said before and will say it again, I am so honored to be a part of this community, thanks William for all that you continue to do for all of us.

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