Mr. Paul

Byars

Biography
Biography

Mr. Byars is the school Mgr. He is a 6th degree Black Belt in Japanese Karate & First Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, with extensive study in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Chinese Kenpo, Wing Chun Kung Fu, & Escrima (Filipino Stick Fighting).

Jiu-Jitsu History

"I’m a black belt under Doug Fraizer in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I started my martial arts journey at the age of 4. I eventually found jiu-jitsu like many others did in late 1993 by watching UFC 1. I was already teaching karate in a small town in Tennessee but knew I had to learn jiu-jitsu. Being in such an isolated area there was no jiu-jitsu schools around so I ordered tapes to study from and went to as many seminars as possible. Years later I found and had the honor of training with Professor Frazier at Guardian MMA in a neighboring town. I have a very open mind when it comes to the martial arts so I do not like to limit myself to one way of thinking. Therefore I have studied many different grappling Arts. I feel that my eclectic experience resonates well with many different grappling styles & body types. I look forward to being a part of your Martial Arts Journey."

Karate Lineage
Jiu-Jitsu Lineage

Gary Steele Karate Studio is located in the lower level of the Plaza Shopping Center at 1030 Smithville Hwy., McMinnville, TN 37110