William Vandry certified Black belts

Official Lineage

Jigoro Kano – Count Koma – Carlos Gracie Sr. – Luiz Franco Filho – Helio Gracie – Carlos Gracie Jr.- Carlos Machado – William Vandry

Acknowledged William Vandry/Machado BJJ black belts under mandatory education of their progress, ethical standards and currently active*

A William Vandry BJJ Black belt has earned not simply a belt, but maintained one.  If a student claims to be a Black belt under Professor Vandry, they must be listed here.  If anyone claiming to be a Vandry BJJ black belt that is not listed here, here are reasons they are not listed:

  • Unethical actions
  • Dismissed or Expelled student
  • Not ranked by Vandry
  • Bigotry in any form such as Anti-Semitism, Discrimination, Homophobia, Misogyny, Nazism, Racism, Religious persecution, Sexism or Xenophobia
  • Hatred
  • Racism
  • Violence (not validated by self defense)

Lineage tree of William Vandry
Grandmaster Carlos Gracie – Master Carlos Machado – William Vandry

6th Degree Black belt
Professor William Vandry

Recognized Certified Black belts by recognized ranks under William Vandry and currently in good standing

3d Degree Black belt

Jesus Armas
Ed Aiken 

2nd degree black belt

Ian Haynes
Michael Drabek
Jeff Anderson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Jarred Manbeck

1st Degree Black belt

Jesse Armas
Tony Skaff                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ben Williams                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Richard Stephens                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gary Claxton (RIP)

Black belts

Jonathan Tate
Pat Vanover INACTIVE
Robert Tijerina
Chris Davis
Jeremy Leigh

* Currently active.  Standards for acknowledgement are the daily practice of Jiu-jitsu technically and physically, to not practice unethical actions such as bullying, alcoholism, illegal drugs, illegal actions, physical violence such as assaults or sexual assaults, internet stalking or cyberstalking, squatting on other academies or soliciting other school’s students.  Actions such as these are deemed unethical, reject the points above on a practice of Martial arts, the standards originated by Grandmasters Carlos and later Helio Gracie, to Rolls Gracie, to modern day.  If those requirements are not practiced, or an unethical student practices behavioral traits such as solicitation of a fellow association school’s students to self promote, profit in a business manner, cause interference with contracts or prospective contracts, tortious interference, internet defamation, violence, or other unethical standards usage of Vandry Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, William Vandry or all common copyright protection laws associated will not allow usage of those names withour expressed, legal permission.  Any unethical student is not acknowledged as an instructor or if not current in current education of BJJ under VBJJA.