Garrett Scott

Brazilian jiu-jitsu Grappler

Title: Deaf Grappler
State: Texas
Date: Unknown

Last Update: March 27, 2013
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was an art adapted from techniques taught by a native-Japanese speaking man to Brazilians in Portuguese. Sort of. When the Gracie family proved the art’s effectiveness through the first UFC tournament this helped create a demand for quality instructors in the U.S. that slowly began making their way here from Brazil, some of whom spoke little to no English before arriving. Before these instructors became comfortable with English it is safe to say that students and teachers had to work together in overcoming the occasional language barrier to change a message from Portuguese to English in order to properly articulate an intended message. Garrett Scott is a 29 year-old martial artist born in Katy, TX who is working towards a black belt in BJJ while trying to overcome the language barrier at his academy. Scott is a student of Ronny Lis in Austin, TX. Lis is a third degree black belt from Brazil who teaches classes in a language that his student does not understand. Not Portuguese, English. The only language Garrett Scott is fluent in is American Sign Language (ASL) because he is 100% deaf.


Scott was born with the ability to hear like most other children, but lost this sense after barely surviving a bout of meningitis as a 20-month-old child. When discussing what growing up without hearing was like Scott makes clear that he can’t miss what he does not remember and emphasizes that he has “been doing fine” despite being deaf “for the last 28 years.” Scott grew up as a normal child, who cannot hear, fully immersed in a silent world. He learned to communicate in ASL and studied at the Texas School of the Deaf until 2003 after which he attended the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf until graduating in 2006. Scott also holds a Plate Welding certificate from Austin Community College. Currently he works as a wrestling coach teaching kids at one of his Alma Maters, the Texas school of the Deaf.


Scott does not speak English and he does not know how to read lips because he grew up in a signing home and all of his education was done through ASL. This makes his ability to communicate with the hearing world a much more difficult and sometimes frustrating endeavor. Scott explained that it is a common assumption that all deaf people can read lips or that they will be able to understand something if it is told to them in a slow and loud manner. This is not the case for Scott who told TXMMA, “sometimes I use a pencil and paper, which helps” because he can read and write English but cannot understand it when being spoken.

He was started wrestler in Texas school for the Deaf in 1998 where he was bullied by bullies, then joined wrestler became hooked this for his lifestyle, when he was graduated in 2003, he was went to SWCID for studied Graphic art class, which there was no wrestling training, then he was gain up to 235-240 lbs. since he was moved to Austin for joined Austin Community College student in 2006, he was out of shape. Then he started workout to try fit any sports he been struggled tried for weight cut, and nothing happen to him. He was joined Texas School for the Deaf for volunteer to help deaf students for wrestling programs which he was tried cut weight and it was fitted him well then there had Judo class that he joined to training, and hearing friend showed him dvd of submission wrestling tournament, which that he never saw that before, and asked him, what is that? Friend told me that was Brazilian jiu-jitsu movement. Which that was first time he never heard of that. So, he was help with wrestling program, but there was only wrestling season came end and he have hard time to still training with wrestling. Then he had decided to started BJJ at Austin jiu-jitsu in 2007, which it was liked novice for him to learned this bjj, which it was very different from wrestling and judo he used that. And he start fall in love of that training, but he had a hard time on schedules for him on studied since his college time and part-time, then when he was joined new gym, called Rubicon Fightsport, , which it is part of wrestling, submission wrestling, muay Thai, kickboxing, boxing, judo, catch wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and Mixed martial arts in 2009, where he were trained on all classes. His passion is Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, where this is familiar of grappling arts level that he been studied became more beast and known well. He had been in many Brazilian jiu-jitsu and submission-wrestling tournaments, which he had faced many hearing grapplers in tournaments, and super fights, which he had molt-champions in any tournaments events that he is non-stop competitor for more challenge in his own lifestyle. Which he already got entered his MMA debut and won by Rear-naked choked movement and got Submission of the Night award. He will plan to next challenge MMA career coming with him. In training, he is non-stop training, sparring, and help to other students in Rubicon FightSport, which it is part of his passion. He already made it cut weight down to 165-180 lbs from 235-240lb, which thank to Brazilian jiu-jitsu and wrestling help his true talent from his old wrestling. That his goal is want became first deaf person who will be hold Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in Deaf History and BJJ/Submission Wrestling Community, no matter what he will do that. His bjj coach is Ronny Lis, one of students under Deoclecio Paulo, ( ) same called him, “Master Deo”, is one of Red Belt legends for BJJ in the World, and his legend master is non-Gracie lineage nothing than himself, Oswaldo Fadda, the hero legend of Non-Gracie Jiu-jitsu in Brazil which it is happen in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu history by truth. ( ) that Garrett felt this is his strong follow of Fadda lineage for Brazilian jiu-jitsu which he want be part of this for follow his pathway. Which this is very rare for Brazilian jiu-jitsu history share with Fadda lineage and Gracie Lineage, but it is actually jiu-jitsu. So, with MMA/Judo coach, Paul Nixon who taught him to how to learn of hardcore judo style and hardcore Pankration, (ancient Greece of old Mixed Martial Art) made him more non-stop grappling and fighting in Mixed martial art. And his former catch wrestling coach, Laren Umphlett, whose taught him in his brutal training than everyone had training there before became his fall in love of this brutal training with dirty, nasty submission skill and non-stop workout which familiar to his old school wrestling. That’s which he had been studied, training, tested him well dare to sparring everyone in his way.

For this Brazilian jiu-jitsu, it is meant for a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie and Luis França by master Mitsuyo Maeda. Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Helio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge onto their family. Although Brazilian jiu-jitsu is largely identified with the Gracie family, there is also another prominent lineage from Maeda via another Brazilian disciple, Luis França. This lineage had been represented particularly by Oswaldo Fadda. Fadda and his students were famous for influential use of footlocks and the lineage still survives through Fadda's links with today's teams such as Nova União, Grappling Fight Team, and Associação Deo Jiu-Jitsu. BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground – most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Sparring (commonly referred to as "rolling") and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system. Since its inception in 1914, its parent art of Judo was separated from older systems of Japanese ju-jitsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian jiu-jitsu: it is not solely a martial art: it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way of life.

In his goal to want be one of best BJJ fighters in the hearing world, that made hearing people very inspired of him without hearing sense. That is his story chapter is belong on Brazilian Jiu-jitsu career and MMA career, which it is his lifestyle, his philosophy, and his humble well. He will plan to have teach people whose are deaf, disability, blind, and hearing on BJJ and submission wrestling program at Rubicon Fightsport, which he will not care about everyone said that. Because that Brazilian jiu jitsu is for everyone! Likes Master Deo said, “By jiu-jitsu - with jiu-jitsu - always jiu-jitsu! A big hug from friend, Master Deo.”

For Him, his quotes; “My Jiu-jitsu/Grappling world is very important to me, a passion; one without hearing; one of vision and feel. I lost my hearing about 20 months into my life when i contracted Meningitis. I went to hospital where doctors saved my life, but three surgeries later my hearing was not saved. My philosophy today embraces not hearing and if you told me you could replace my hearing with surgery, I would probably say no thanks. My world is of vision and feel and I am grateful to have them.”

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