Bobby Thompson is the owner and head instructor at Xequemate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Jacksonville, Florida. Bobby began his journey in BJJ in the Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Network under
Larry Sheally (JaxBJJ). While at JaxBJJ, Bobby was able to train under some of Royce's top instructors - Jon Burke, Charles DosAnjos and Steve Hall. JaxBJJ eventually split off from Royce's
network and Bobby went under Royce Gracie directly. From 2006 to 2012, Bobby taught at several schools (Five Star Mixed Martial Arts, World Martial Arts Academy, Gracie Cebu) until he opened
his current school (Xequemate BJJ) in Jacksonville, Florida.
Bobby spent 11 years under Royce Gracie, and received every belt and stripe from white to 4 stripe brown from Royce directly. While under Royce Bobby organized several Asia tours and one European
tour for Royce. Since 2007, Bobby had cross trained with Master Luiz Palhares and in December, 2013, Bobby transitioned to Master Luiz Palhares. In April, 2014 Bobby received his black belt from
Master Luiz Palhares. Master Luiz Palhares was a student of Rolls Gracie until his untimely death, then transitioned to Rickson Gracie whom he received his black belt from in 1984.
Master Luiz is a multiple time Pan Am dual gold medalist amongst other prestigious titles.
In addition to training regularly with Royce Gracie, Bobby has trained with Royler Gracie, Relson Gracie, Rodrigo Gracie, Rhalan Gracie, Ralek Gracie, Pedro Valente, Gui Valente, Marcelo Garcia,
Daniel Moraes, Rob Kahn and Erik Paulson.
Bobby currently owns and operates Xequemate BJJ in Jacksonvile, Florida - a 9,500SF state of the art facility.
Bobby is an avid competitor of BJJ and has been competing since 2003.
2016 - Newbreed Ultimate Challenge - 2nd place brown/black absolute
2015 - The Good Fight - black belt exhibition match champion
2014 - Received Black Belt from Master Luiz Palhares
2014 - Jax BJJ Grand Prix - 1st place brown/black absolute
2014 - Newbreed Ultimate Challenge - 1st place heavyweight advanced no-gi
2014 - Newbreed Ultimate Challenge - 2nd place brown belt absolute
2013 - Sunshine State BJJ Grand Prix - 1st place brown belt executive
2013 - NAGA Georgia - 2nd place brown/black adult heavyweight
2013 - NAGA Georgia - 2nd place executive
2013 - Victor Huber Cup - 1st place brown belt adult
2013 - Torque Grappling Games - 1st place brown/black belt adult
2013 - Jacksonville BJJ Open - 1st place brown belt adult
2012 - Sunshine State Open - 2nd place brown belt adult
2011 - Awarded brown belt by Royce Gracie
2009 - NAGA Southeast Grappling Championship - 1st place no-gi advanced adult
2009 - NAGA Southeast Grappling Championship - 2nd place purple belt adult
2008 - NAGA West Palm Beach - 1st place purple belt adult
2008 - NAGA West Palm Beach - 1st place no-gi advanced adult
2007 - Awarded purple belt by Royce Gracie
2006 - NAGA Georgia - 2nd place blue belt adult
2004 - NAGA US Nationals - 3rd place blue/purple/brown adult
2003 - Awarded blue belt by Royce Gracie
2003 - NAGA World Championship - competitor (won first 3 matches)
2003 - Pan Ams - competed in blue belt division as a white belt
2003 - NAGA Pro Ams - 1st place white belt adult
2003 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. Grappling Classic - competitor
Owner of Xequemate Self Defense Academy - 9,500SF state of the art academy in North Florida
Bobby Thompson @ 2014 Newbreed Ultimate Challenge Absolute
Bobby Thompson @ 2013 Sunshine State Open
Bobby Thompson competition highlight reel 2003 - 2011
Xequemate BJJ Academy website
Xequemate BJJ Academy on Facebook
Bobby Thompson on Facebook
Interview with uber funny comedian and BJJ enthusiast Collin Moulton
ABOUT MASTER LUIZ PALHARES
Master Luiz Palhares