Instructors

Alan Whited

Alan Whited is the owner and head instructor at Alpha Jiu Jitsu Academy. He is a second-degree black belt and has been studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, with a focus on Helio Gracie philosophies, since 1997. Alan is also an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor.

Brent Jackson

Brent Jackson is a Black Belt under Alan Whited at Alpha Jiu-Jitsu Academy. He started training at the Academy in 2005 when he moved from Nashville to Cookeville to attend Tennessee Technological University (TTU). Brent has fought as an amateur in Mixed Martial Arts with a 6-0 record. Along with Jiu-Jitsu Brent has trained in Judo and Boxing. He currently teaches the fundamentals class at Alpha Jiu-Jitsu Academy. Brent has his Bachelor’s degree from TTU in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics and now resides in Cookeville, TN with his wife.

Will Roberts

Will is a brown belt and began his training at Alpha in 2008. He is invaluable with his guidance and assistance with new students, handles the introductory classes, and always makes himself available to help develop a student’s skills.

Yvette Demming

Yvette is a purple belt and began her training at Alpha 2002. She has 25 years of law enforcement experience with extensive expertise in crimes perpetrated against persons. Yvette is the lead instructor for the Women’s self-defense class, making it a unique course with its real world approach based on Yvette’s vast knowledge base.