Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

1. Build Confidence


2. Get in Shape


3. Make New Bonds


Tacoma BJJ and MMA

Instructor: Shawn Gaspaire

Shawn has been running the MABJJ Fife / Tacoma academy for over a decade.  Shawn is an ex-college wrestler and has been with Professor Marcelo Alonso from white belt to black belt. Shawn has over 20 years of coaching experience between BJJ, MMA and Wrestling in the Tacoma area. 

The MABJJ Tacoma Philosophy


  • Family Atmosphere - One the great things at our gyms is the family atmosphere. You can’t get to far by yourself, but as a family we can achieve our goals.
  • Best Instructors - We pride ourselves in quality instruction. Our instructors are ready to do what it takes for you to reach your goal.
  • Focus on you - Classes are available for people of all ages and skill levels, from Beginners to Professionals - Children to Seniors - the Health Conscious to the Future Ex-Couch Potato.
  • The Real Deal - You will receive the highest level of instruction available in Washington State. Our BJJ instructor is Brazilian. Our Muay Thai Instructor is from Thailand. We're all about authenticity and results.

 Come join our Tacoma, WA Martial Arts academy. We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Judo, Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our 3 class trials. Or feel free to give us a call at 253-232-2679 if you have any further questions. MABJJ Tacoma / Srisuk Muay Thai hopes to speak with you soon! 

Academy Black Belts

Shane Alexander

Shane is a 1st Degree Marcelo Alonso Black belt training at MABJJ since 2002.

Shawn Barefield

Shawn B. is a  Marcelo Alonso Black belt training at MABJJ since 2002.

Shawn Gaspaire

Shawn G. is a  Marcelo Alonso Black belt training at MABJJ since 2007. Professor Gaspaire is the head instructor at MABJJ Tacoma. 

Aaron Martin

Aaron is a  Marcelo Alonso Black belt training at MABJJ since 2006.

Arjay Murphy

Arjay is a  Marcelo Alonso Black belt training at MABJJ since 2007.

Chris Davis

Chris is a 2nd Degree Marcelo Alonso Black belt training at MABJJ since 2004.

Academy Brown Belts

K. Mitchell

Kyle is an assistant instructor at MABJJ Tacoma. Kyle has been at MABJJ since 2008.

N. Ryan

Nick is an assistant instructor at MABJJ Tacoma. Nick has been at MABJJ since 2015.

T. Sternod


J. Williams


M. Devose


S. Guertin


T. Uluilakepa