Monroe Jiu Jitsu founder Todd Williams is a Monroe, Michigan native that made his name through distance running. He was a state champion, All American at Monroe High School(1987) before moving onto even greater things where he made two United States Olympic teams in 1992 (Barcelona) and 1996 (Atlanta). After retiring from professional distance running in 2002 he immediately started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and self defense training. After 6000 hours and 8 years of hard work he received his black belt and certifications in self defense from Legendary Coral Belt Luiz Palhares January 22nd 2011. At this point Todd created RunSafer.com and began teaching runners, joggers and walkers how to be safer while out exercising. He has conducted over 500 safety workshops in 35 states as well as instructing students in Jacksonville, Florida at the Luiz Palhares Academy . He also had the opportunity to instruct law enforcement as well the National Guard. Todd has trained and learned from some of the best in the world including world champions; Marcelo Garcia, Bernardo Faria, Wellington "Megaton" Dias, Andre Galvao, Saulo Ribeiro, Xande Ribeiro, Augusto Tanquinho, Helio "Soneca" Moreira, Lucas Lepri, Mikey Musumeci, Josh Hinger, and JT Torres. Todd wants Monroe Jiu Jitsu to be a great place to learn a great martial art that can change lives.