Jon Plyler began his martial arts training at the age of 12. After 15 years of training & teaching traditional martial arts, he began to get involved in grappling and ground fighting. Jon began to cross train in no-gi submission wrestling in 2000 and formally began training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in 2004 under Professor Paulo “Mushu” Elsimaani. Later in his career Jon began training with Alliance Jiu-jitsu of Charlotte under Professor Luis “Sucuri” Togno. November 2005, he received his blue belt from Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti (founder of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu). In June 2008, Jon received his purple belt and in August 2010 was awarded his brown belt under Luis Togno. After Prof. Togno tragically passed away in February of 2011, he continued his training under Prof. Steve Hall, 2nd degree black belt & head instructor at Fight to Win Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in Charlotte. On December 9, 2013, Jon Plyler received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu directly from UFC legend Royce Gracie, the son of Founder Helio Gracie. Jon is a certified referee for US Grappling and NAGA (North American Grappling Association) & regularly travels throughout the country & around the world refereeing & competing in sport Jiu-Jitsu tournaments.
Jon Plyler also has a law enforcement background. He served for 15 years as a full-time sworn law enforcement officer. He is certified by the NC Justice Academy as a specialized defensive tactics and ground defense instructor, and has taught defensive tactics and ground defense courses for law enforcement agencies throughout the region.