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Professor Eliot Marshall started his martial arts training after seeing The Karate Kid for the first time. At the age of six he began training in Soo Bahk Do under the instruction of Grand Master Hwang Kee and Michael Garaguso. Eliot achieved the rank of 3rd Degree black belt and went on to win 2nd place at the national tournament in 1997. Eliot began studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in October of 1999. Upon graduating from CU in 2002 with a BA in Mathematics, he devoted himself to Jiu Jitsu full-time under the direct instruction of Professor Amal Easton. He lives with his wife Renee and their two sons Kannen and Simon. When he is not teaching or training, he loves trying out new barbecuing techniques.

Eliot has competed at the highest levels of martial arts. He is a four-time Pan-American Jiu Jitsu champion, took home third place at the Jiu Jitsu World Championship as a brown belt, and is a six-time veteran of the UFC. He has since retired from professional fighting, and is now the co-owner of Easton Training Center. He now spends most of his time teaching, and managing the new facility. Eliot currently holds the rank of Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

A truly unique quality of Eliot’s is that he is equally adept fighting in the octagon, teaching a class of adults, or effortlessly commanding the attention of a packed room of five-year-old students! He describes his teaching style as being very basic. Though many instructors like to teach elaborate moves, and base their classes around whatever new technique they are practicing, Eliot prefers to stick to the fundamentals. He believes that however effective a particular move might be, solid fundamentals are what make a person a skilled martial artist. To try a free class, visit their website at

Professor Eliot Marshall and I sat down to talk about life, jiu-jitsu, and parenting on the Aspire Higher Podcast. After a spiritual awakening in his life, Eliot needed to make a change in his life for the sake of his family and his health. In spite of a lifetime of physical achievements and success, he was experiencing major anxiety and sleepless nights.

As a result, Eliot Marshall is driven to lead his community to achieve everything they’ve ever wanted through martial arts, jiu-jitsu and muay-thai kickboxing. His personal mission and message is present in every class he teaches at the Easton Academy in Denver, CO and I am grateful that he took the time to speak to me about mental health and martial arts.

Dave Glaser is a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a student at the Easton Academy in Denver, Co. He is also a strength coach for athletes of all levels with over six years of experience specializing in injury prevention and sports performance while leading the community at Fit Life Champions. Their app is available on iPhone and Android and when you download today by searching FLC Online, you will receive one free week of online personal training and one month of the PrepWars meal prep virtual workshop! Click now for your free programs now!