Dylan Whyte-Black Belt-Owner- Professor
Dylan received his black belt from Bruno "Tank" Mendes in July 2019. Dylan began his Jiu Jitsu career in 2010.He trained briefly in Tallahassee Florida before moving to Atlanta for school. While in Atlanta, he was fortunate to train under Master Romero Jacare Cavalcanti, Rubens Charles Maciel (Cobrinha) and Lucas Lepri. After school, Dylan Returned to Tallahassee briefly before following his dream to Orlando Florida, where he moved to train with 10 times IBJJF World Champion Bruno Malfacine. During his time with Professor Malfacine, Dylan’s game underwent a very rapid period of growth. Along the way, Dylan developed a relationship with the Soul Fighters team, which he currently represents. After so much training under world class instructors, Dylan has returned to Tallahassee to open his dream academy and follow in their footsteps. He has represented the Soul Fighters BJJ team since 2017. Dylan is a two time UAE Jiu Jitsu National Pro Champion, having won at purple and brown belt. He is the owner and founder of the Academy. He has won multiple IBJJF Open Medals at Brown Belt, and won the Adult Black Belt division at Grappling Industries Tampa in 2018. He is undefeated in Gi Superfights for Fight to Win Pro and Submission Hunters Organizations. Dylan is available for private lessons and seminars.
James Whyte-Black Belt-Professor
Professor Whyte is a life long martial artist. His martial arts career spanned much of his 22-year military career. Professor Whyte was a United States Marine for 2 enlistments prior to being selected for a commissioning program. After college, he was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy Nurse Corps. Professor Whyte went on to retire from the Navy and enter life as an academic at the Florida State University.
He is currently a full Professor at the FSU College of Nursing. Dr. Whyte is a certified Family and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. He is a highly experienced clinician with a special interest in sports medicine and pediatrics. In particular, he is skilled in working with special needs children.
After completing military service and an extensive education including two doctorates, Professor Whyte longed for the grappling days of his childhood. He was drawn to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Jim has won the Master’s World and Pan American Championships at Blue-Purple and Brown, and has won a variety of IBJJF open tournaments at the Black Belt masters level. He continues to compete actively, primarily in the IBJJF. Jim received his first degree on his black belt from Bruno "Tanke" Mendes. Jim currently holds a Brown Belt in Judo under his Sensei, Shawn Wright.
John Harrison Brown Belt Director MMA Program
John started Mixed Martial Arts in 2009 at the age of 16 with the goal of losing weight in his home town of Thomasville, GA. That small school sparked a life passion. After having his 1st fight the day after his 17th birthday, he has compiled a MMA record of 7-2 and 1-0 in kickboxing. John took several years away from the sport when he enlisted in the Marines Corps. While in the Marines, he was able to achieve the rank of brown belt instructor in MCMAP. After return from the military he pursued MMA again joining Team Reality under the tutelage of Richard Cox and training Sambo under Carlos Cummings. During this time he was able to train with and learn from high level fighters such as Stephen Eakin, Tito Jones, Clint Williams, Mitchell Chamale, Keon Caldwell, Mike Dubois, De'Marco Harris, and Jeremy May. After going 2-0 under team reality John moved to Tallahassee in pursuit of new opportunities. Since his transition to Positive Balance John has earned his Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt. Over the years John has also served as a judge and commentator for hundreds of fights and over 50 events of Tallahassee's home grown MMA promotion Combat Night.
Evan Noah Whyte-Brown Belt-Instructor
Evan began training Jiu Jitsu, initially due to his experiences with bullying, at age 12. He is currently a Brown Belt in Jiu Jitsu under his father, Jim Whyte, a rank he achieved after 9 years of training. Evan is skilled in teaching both adults and children. As a child, Evan won a variety of tournaments ranging from Yellow to green belt. Evan has won IBJJF Open tournaments at Juvenile Blue Belt, Adult Blue Belt and Purple Belt. He won the Silver Medal as a Brown Belt at the most recent IBJJF Atlanta Open. He has a very aggressive submission oriented style. Evan is a Critical Care Nurse at the Vogter Neurological ICU at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
Eric Bernstein-Purple Belt-Instructor
Mr. Bernstein is a highly experienced grappler. While he does train in the gi, Eric specializes in no-gi grappling, and more specifically, is a skilled leg locker. Additionally, Eric enjoys wrestling and often teaches wrestling techniques in our no-gi grappling program. Eric is a true student of the art, and while he has a well-rounded game, his depth of knowledge regarding leg attacks is considerable. He teaches the leg lock segment in the Friday night leg lock class. The academy has grown considerably in the area of leg locks since Eric came aboard. Eric is a very attentive teacher who will help you develop a leg lock game that is right for your level and physical abilities. He personally prefers the submission only competition game.
Maria Whyte- Purple Belt- Children's Instructor
Mrs Whyte is the "Mom" at Positive Balance. Head Professor Dylans mother, Professor Jims Wife, and Instructor Evans mother. She started BJJ to help with weight loss, health and self defense. She continues to train almost daily and assists with the "Littles" during the children classes. She loves the art of Jiu Jitsu and enjoys facilitating the growth of children and women in BJJ.