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 Luiz Palhares, Bobby has trained with Rickson Gracie, Relson Gracie, Royler Gracie, Rener Gracie, Rodrigo Gracie, Ralek Gracie, Rhalan Gracie, Marcelo Garcia, Daniel Moraes, Pedro Valente, Gui Valente, Erik Paulson, Bernardo Faria, Jon Burke and Rob Kahn.
Bobby currently owns and operates Xequemate BJJ in Jacksonvile, Florida – an 8,00SF state of the art facility.
Bobby is an avid competitor of BJJ and has been competing since 2003.
- 2018 – 10th Planet Jacksonville Invitational I – black belt superfight winner
- 2017 – IBJJF Zurich International Open – 2nd place black belt masters III
- 2017 – IBJJF Zurich International Open – 3rd place no-gi black belt masters III
- 2016 – Newbreed Ultimate Challenge – 2nd place brown/black absolute
- 2015 – The Good Fight – black belt superfight winner
- 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 – Received brown belt from Master 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 – Received purple belt from Master Royce Gracie
- 2006 – NAGA Georgia – 2nd place blue belt adult
- 2004 – NAGA US Nationals – 3rd place blue/purple/brown adult
- 2003 – Received blue belt from Master 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
ABOUT MASTER LUIZ PALHARES