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#17 Roy Dean

As a 16 year old foreign exchange student from Alaska, Professor Roy Dean had to pick another country to continue his studies when his first choice of Sweden was denied.

Roy's second choice was Japan and like all Japanese students Roy had to pick a martial art as part of his studies. Roy picked Judo and that started a martial arts journey that continues to this day.

After finishing high school in Canada Roy continued this journey back in the US by living in the dojo of his new Sensei and studying both Aikido and Japanese Jiu Jitsu. Shortly after he found the art that he really fell in love with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Roy first started training under the great Claudio Franca and then as a blue belt he began training under the man he still calls Professor, Roy Harris.

Professor Dean is now a third degree black belt in BJJ and Japanese Jiu Jitsu, and holds black belts in both Judo and Aikido. Through his affiliates he has students across the globe, he produces some of the highest quality instructional videos, and has written two fascinating books about his experiences, "The Martial Apprentice" and "Becoming the Black Belt".

Through a journey that has spanned several decades, Professor Dean continues to share his experiences, knowledge, unique perspective, and philosophy on martial arts with people around the world.


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