Reading, watching, and listening to the content of this website will cause an increase in awareness, understanding, and confidence as well as a noticeable increase in skill – especially when practiced/trained using my FBIAO Method® (which includes 12 practice and 300+ training methods).


What I Do

With nearly four decades of experience putting together custom-made curricula for 130+ companies and thousands of global clients, I’d love the opportunity to work with you and develop something that will not only meet your individual needs but also address your unique concerns and keep you healthy for the next few decades! Here’s a peek at some of the things I do…

Face-to-face lessons

I teach private & semi-private lessons at my private training facility, in clients’ homes as well as in their places of business.

online lessons

I teach private & semi-private lessons online through a variety of video formats (e.g. Messenger, Zoom, WhatsApp, etc.). Topic & length are always chosen by the client.

Local / Int'l seminars

To date, I have taught 793 seminars in 24 countries – on JKD, Combatives, Arrest & Control, Jiu Jitsu, Kalis Ilustrisimo,  etc…


Consultations are done one-on-one as well as with larger groups. I address specific problems & together we come up with practical solutions.

Frequently Asked Question

Below is a list of questions I’ve been asked over the years:


what makes you different


What makes you different from other martial art instructors?


In the world of martial arts, students and instructors generally focus their time and energy on one or more of the following areas:

1. Tradition.
2. Sport.
3. Self-Defense.
4. Health/Fitness.
5. Fighting

When I teach, I primarily focus on SKILL and ATTRIBUTE development as they relate to self-defense, fitness, and fighting (i.e. combatives, arrest & control, defensive tactics, street fighting, etc.). Now, I do have a few students who compete in BJJ, grappling, and MMA tournaments, but even in preparation for those events, we focus on skill and attribute development as they relate to competition. Here’s an example:

In preparation for two upcoming BJJ tournaments, I prepared one of my white belt students by teaching him:

• A couple of conditioning exercises (so that he’d have energy in the later matches)

• A couple of throws (to put his opponents on their backs)

• A couple of guard passing techniques mixed with a couple of “milestone” training methods (to gain points and get to a primary position)

• A couple of side mount (i.e. side control/100 kilos) controls

• A couple of high-percentage submissions (to increase his success percentages)

With two months of preparation, he took first place in both tournaments. He took his opponents down, passed their guards, controlled them from the side mount position, and then finished them with a high-percentage submission – The Americana!

: Did you notice that the training only focused on eight (8) techniques? What made the student successful was (A) the simplicity of the plan, (B) his work, and (C) the methods I taught him on HOW to practice, and more specifically WHAT to train – because technique training alone doesn’t get the job done!

: Have you been taught HOW to practice as well as HOW and WHAT to train? If you haven’t, you’re missing out on some really good info that will help you gain skills quicker and more efficiently!

If any or all of this sounds like something you’d be interested in learning, send an email to ro*@ro*******.com and let’s talk!

What Styles Do You Teach

What styles of martial art do you teach?

I’ve been involved in the hands-on training of twenty-seven (27) styles of martial art over the past 43 years. Here are the names of the primary styles I present to my clients/students:

• Kalis Ilustrisimo
• Harris Jiu Jitsu
• Jeet Kune Do
• Filipino Kali/Eskrima
• Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
• Wing Chun
Here are the secondary styles I present:
• Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara
• Boxe Francaise Savate
• Sugar ryu Jiu Jitsu
• Pananjakman
• Panantukan
• Chin Na
Now, when I “teach” my students/clients, I ask them what their goals are as well as how I can best help them reach these goals. Sometimes, the student/client seeks training within a specific style. Other times, they’ll ask questions related to specific problems. Here are a few examples:
Highly-focused individuals – I’ve worked with older Jiu Jitsu practitioners to help them save their throat and joints from harm when sparring with younger, and more athletic training partners; I’ve worked with MMA students/clients to help them with their fundamentals (e.g. stance, footwork & defenses); I’ve worked with physicians/Navy Seals/CEOs who needed to learn how to train without injuries, etc.
Law enforcement / military personnel – one agency asked me to help them reduce facial injuries on suspects related to use of force incidents; another agency asked for help in dealing with inmates in close-quarter environments; one military group asked me to teach them how to disarm knives – even bayonets, etc.
Specialized groups – I’ve worked with female real estate agents; flight attendants & pilots; senior citizens; sororities; female lawyers, etc. to help them reach their stated goals!
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in doing, send an email to ro*@ro*******.com and let’s talk!
Where do you teach these styles

Concerning all of the styles of martial arts mentioned earlier, where do you teach them?

I teach at the following locations:

1. At my private training facility in San Diego, CA.

2. At clients’ homes throughout Southern California (i.e. San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial Counties)

3. At local, national, and international seminars. To date, I have taught 793 seminars in 24 countries.

If you’d be interested in training with me, send an email to ro*@ro*******.com and let’s talk!

Private lesson cost & locations

Where are the locations where you teach private lessons, and what are the costs involved?

Over the years, I’ve taught private lessons in the following locations:

 • Clients’ homes
• Clients’ places of business (e.g. airports, malls, offices, etc.)
• My academies
• Public parks

Here are the costs associated with private lesson training with me:

• Instructor-based – $1000 an hour ($600 for 30 min, $325 for 15 min) These are where I teach you the concepts, principles, practice, and training methods for greater understanding! Then you demonstrate your understanding and abilities on the mats.

• Skill-based – $400 an hour ($225 for 30 minutes, $150 for 15 min) These are the deeper levels of instruction that involve tons of details as well as the practice and training methods that help you gain measurable skills in as little as 2 weeks.

• Verbal consultations – $250 an hour ($150 for 30 minutes, $100 for 15 min) These are sessions where you present problems/challenges/difficulties, I present various solutions, and together we discuss which ones are best for you.

• Technique-based – $200 an hour ($125 for 30 minutes, $80 for 15 min) These are sessions where you ask specific technique questions, I answer your questions and then you practice.

• Online w/mats & training partner – $200 an hour ($125 for 30 minutes, $80 for 15 min) These are sessions just like the “technique-based” lessons.

• Online by yourself, no training – $1000 an hour or any part thereof. These are sessions where you are by yourself, you ask questions about techniques and/or difficult situations, I answer your questions and you take notes!


NOTE: In the past, I’ve had prospective clients tell me my prices were too high. I usually responded by saying something like this:

“I can understand. You see a bunch of money leaving your wallet and think to yourself, ‘There’s nothing worth that kind of money!’ Let me give you two examples to ponder:

“In the space of one hour, I can teach you a handful of techniques on how to neutralize and escape straight arm locks from inside an opponent’s guard, as well as on the bottom of the side and front mount positions. I can also teach you HOW TO PRACTICE and TRAIN these techniques so that your skill levels will significantly increase in just two weeks. And, I will teach you how to measure your abilities – on your own. Finally, I will guarantee you a certain skill level after just two weeks of training on your own, as well as another – and a much higher – skill level after 45-60 days of training. All of these would add up to (A) never going to the hospital again because your elbow was severely hyperextended in class by that athletic and aggressive purple belt, (B) not having to pay a co-payment on your insurance, (C) not having to miss any days at work because of the injury, (D) not having to miss important family functions because you’re healing, and (E) feeling more confident in the above-mentioned inferior positions. So, are you telling me that this kind of information and training wouldn’t be worth a one-time fee of $400?”

Long story short, each of them signed up for a half-hour private lesson! And, at the end of the lesson, they were VERY happy!

I remember teaching two lessons to two individuals. The lessons themselves weren’t memorable but what happened afterward was!

One individual was an out-of-town police officer. After finishing his lesson (which focused on fighting multiple assailants), he and his girlfriend went to a popular area of San Diego to hang out and relax. Unfortunately for them, they ended up being jumped by three guys. Fresh from his class, this out-of-town police officer (who didn’t have his weapon with him) sprung into action. With the proper mindsets he’d learned, he performed the three techniques I had shared with him – all within a few seconds of each other. Down went two assailants – with the third looking on trying to decide if he was going to do anything. Fortunately, this guy ran off and the off-duty and his girlfriend ran to their car and left the area!

Another individual took a series of private lessons on heightened awareness and a few defensive techniques. As his work took him to foreign countries often, he ended up using his new heightened awareness to leave an area before a riot took place. When he got back to his hotel room, the news of the riot in the stadium where he was was all over the evening news.

So, here are some important questions to answer:

1. How much is your health and safety worth? $10? $20? $50? $1000? $10,000?
2. What is the difference in value between learning 5-10 visually appealing techniques VERSUS learning how to practice and train two high-percentage (but visually boring) techniques AND THEN having a measurable skill set with them in a matter of two weeks? Which one has more value to you?

To see some examples of private lessons, take a look at the articles on this website entitled:

• Jeet Kune Do Private Lesson Example, Part One

• Arrest & Control Private Lesson Example, Part One

• Kalis Ilustrisimo Private Lesson Example, Part One

• Functional / Emotional Fitness Private Lesson Example

• Harris Jiu Jitsu Private Lesson Example, Part One

If you are interested in talking about doing some private lessons together, send me an email at ro*@ro*******.com

Belt Promotions by Email

Do you do belt promotions in BJJ by email, up to brown belt?

The short answer, NO!
• I’ve been teaching martial arts since 1987 and Jiu Jitsu since 1991. In that time, I have never promoted anyone by email.
• In thirty-seven (37) years of teaching, I’ve only promoted one student through an online video testing protocol. This student was a known, 20-year long, student of mine.
If you’d like to read more about the details involved, and how this idea got started, the long version is in an article on this website entitled, “Promotion To Brown Belt By Email.
If you are a student looking to get your next rank through an online means, I may or may not be your guy. Let me provide you with some context:
• If you’re looking to test, get your next belt, and move on, I’m not your guy – because I’m looking to develop a great relationship with my students/clients over an extended period of time!
• If you don’t have access to an instructor and would like to talk with me about the idea of me potentially becoming your long-distance instructor, then send an email to ro*@ro*******.com
What Is Your Lineage

What is your lineage of instructors?

I consider myself VERY FORTUNATE to have studied with individuals who are not very far removed from the founders of their respective styles. Here is a short list:

Jeet Kune Do
• Sijo Bruce Lee
• Guro Dan Inosanto
• Student/Instructor Roy Harris

Kalis Ilustrisimo
• Grandmaster Antonio “Tatang” Ilustrisimo
• Masters Romeo Macapagal & Tony Diego
• Student/Instructor Roy Harris

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
• Grandmaster Helio Gracie
• Grandmaster Francisco Mansur
• Grandmaster Joe Moreira
• Master Roy Harris

Sugar Ryu Jiu Jitsu
• Grandmaster Robert Crosson
• Master Darrell Bullock
• Student Roy Harris

I am deeply indebted to all of my instructors over the past 43 years!

Let me answer some follow-up questions that often get asked:
Have I ever met Sijo Bruce Lee? Unfortunately, no.
Have I ever met Grandmaster Tatang Ilustrisimo? Unfortunately, no.
Have I ever met Grandmaster Helio Gracie? Unfortunately, no.
Have I ever met Grandmaster Robert Crosson? Yes, I have. He’s an amazing practitioner and human being!
Where can I find your apps & books

Where can you find my Android and iOS apps, and books?


Here’s where my apps are located:





Here’s where you can find my books:

KINDLE – English



KINDLE – Spanish



NOTE: I am in the process of making new copies of the printed version. I’ll have them here later this year. Please email me at ro*@ro*******.com if you are interested or have questions or comments.


Where can I find your online courses

Where are your online courses?


Here is where you can find them:


All My BJJ Courses


I will have more courses this summer!


If you have a request for a specific course, email me at ro*@ro*******.com and let’s talk!

Where are you on social media

Where can I be found on social media? 




Where can I find info on seminars

Where can I find info on upcoming seminars/workshops or possibly hosting one?

To date, I have taught nearly 800 seminars globally. These seminars have been on a wide range of topics (e.g. Shopping Mall Awareness Training, BJJ Combinatorial Training, Affiliate BJJ Instructor Courses, JKD Functional Trapping, Kalis Ilustrisimo, BJJ over 40 Instructor Courses, Basic Self-Defense, etc.).

The costs will vary based on the topic and length of training.

Please see the “Seminars” page for more info.

If you’d be interested in hosting a workshop (60-90 minutes) or seminar (2-3 hours). email me at ro*@ro*******.com !


Over the years, I have had the privilege of working with so many great people. I am grateful for these opportunities! What I am even more thankful for is that many of these individuals took the time to write down their thoughts of having trained with me. Here’s a glimpse…

“I have had the pleasure of training with Professor Roy Harris for over 20 years. I have done so at his academy, at the police department where I used to work, and also in the privacy of my home. I have trained with great martial artists over the years but Professor Harris takes his instruction to a higher level. In addition to teaching techniques, he explains…”

Continued on Testimonials Page

Keith Blackburn

Mayor City of Carlsbad

“I have had the privilege of training privately under ROY HARRIS on and off for the past 15 years. He has trained me in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and in the ILUSTRISIMO SYSTEM of KALI. I found him a patient teacher and detailed instructor in both arts that he teaches. I would highly recommend him and his martial art material to anyone.”

Dan Inosanto

Head Instructor Inosanto Academy

“I have had the great opportunity to learn from Mr. Harris for the past 12 years through seminars, private lessons and MMA camps. I have implemented numerous of his training ideas and methods into my martial arts training regiment. These ideas and methods have made a positive impact on my martial arts journey. I am truly thankful for his influence in my life!“

Jordan Mein

MMA Fighter RITC, UFC and Bellator

“As a female Jiu Jitsu practitioner, I often struggle in sparring because the majority of my training partners are bigger and stronger males. Trying to escape their hold-downs, control them from the major control positions, or finish them with a submission can be extremely difficult. But thanks to Mr. Harris’s training and advice, I have made a lot of progress in this last year!

Continued on Testimonials Page…

Isis Torres

Owner, Chief Instructor Sakura Jiu Jitsu Academy

Last week, near my 61st birthday, I got my blue belt. A portion of it belongs to you. Your defensive postures outlined in your “BJJ Over 40” app kept me safe. Once safe, I could start to apply the fundamentals from your “BJJ Foundations” course. Once I could escape and sweep, I could apply the elements from your “Guard Passing Simplified” course.

Please know that you are making a difference in people’s lives!

Continued on Testimonials Page…

Iwan Jenkins

61-year-old BJJ Blue Belt