Upcoming Events

April 5
Easter Sunday

April 11
NAGA Nashville
Vector Tournament in Jackson, MS

April 17-19
Women’s Camp in Indiana

April 18
NAGA Atlanta
IBJJF Boston
AGF Blue/Purple Qualifier in Little Rock, AR
SUGA Alabama State BJJ Championships in Orange Beach, AL

May 2
AGF Baton Rouge

May 16
AGF Invitational in Dallas, TX

May 27-31
IBJJF World Championships

June 6
Memphis AGF
SUGA Battle of NOLA

June 27
AGF Atlanta


Interview: Johnny Gilliland

Don't let anyone tell you that you can't

Johnny Gilliland has only been training for a short period of time, but he recently competed at the Alabama Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation’s Spring Championship. We thought it would be nice to see what he had to say about No Limit and his experience with competing.

Name? Johnny Gilliland
Age? 25
Occupation? Merchandiser at Clark Beverage
Length of Experience Training? 4 months

How did you find No Limit & why did you start training? I found no limit through a friend that had trained here. I was looking for a way to get in shape and have fun doing it. I tried kickboxing first and really enjoyed it. However, after much “encouragement” from Jae and Jess, I decided to try Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and fell in love with it after a few classes.

What made you stay? The family that we have at No Limit/Killer Bees is why I stayed. BJJ is fun and a great way to get in shape, but it means nothing without a good place to train. NLKB has great instructors who can also be your best friends, and teammates who are always there to support you. Also, the fact that the black belts are so nice, encouraging, and approachable makes a big difference.

What made you decide to compete? I’m a very competitive person, so I like to compete in almost anything. Competing gives me a better understanding of myself and what I need to work on, off and on the mat. It’s easy to be good in training when nothing is on the line. However, when you represent your gym, instructors, and teammates at competition, that’s when you see your true merit.

Were you nervous & how did you deal with that? My nerves didn’t really hit until they started the white belt division. I use a combination of music and personal focus to calm myself. I just remind myself to trust what I’ve learned and know that I have all the support in the world.

Do you plan to compete again? Why or why not? I plan to compete often. It’s a constant way to check myself on what I learn, and a great way to meet more awesome jits people.

What would you say to a new person wanting to learn martial arts, or compete? If that’s what you want, then do it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. I believe everyone should compete once to feel the rush and excitement of it all.

Alabama Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Winners!

Great job by Jae McIntosh & Johnny Gililland!! We caught up with Johnny about his BJJ journey and tournament experience, so be on the look out for his interview!!


Congratulations to Jae McIntosh for winning double gold yesterday at the Alabama BJJ Championships in Birmingham. He won all of his matches by submission and was able to take gold in his weight division and the absolute division for purple belt. We also want to congratulate Johnny Gilliland on taking home bronze in his white belt division. Jae is the owner of our Starkville location and Johnny trains under Jae. We hope to see more competitors from our Reaper Crew representing No Limit this year!!11013157_936109989766886_970185320557320984_n11008821_10203625813027599_6490805668324265141_n

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Spring Break

It may be spring break for some students, but we are still having classes as regularly scheduled.

This past weekend Brandon Davis and Nick Burrichter stepped into the Summit Fighting Championships cage in Tupelo, MS. No Limit went 1-1, as Nick won his amateur debut in his Muay Thai exhibition match and Brandon lost by unanimous decision in a very close fight that went all 3-5 minute rounds.

Photo Credit: Jessica Dobbs; SFC FB Page

This week we will be preparing for the Alabama Spring Championships. Please speak with Jae or Jessica if you’d like to compete.

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Hello, March!

It’s crazy how quick time is passing by. Just yesterday we were all making our New Years’ Resolutions for 2015, and now, we are looking forward to Spring Break! We had a crazy last week in February with all the snow & schedule irregularities, but we hope everyone stayed safe & survived the snowpocalypse. We ended February with a seminar with Professor Jarrett Becks at Relentless Grappling & MMA in Columbus and watched Jacob Reeves receive his purple belt. Congrats, Jake!

We start off March with SFC Fights in Tupelo, MS. Brandon Davis and Nick Burrichter will be fighting from NLKB Starkville. Make sure you get your tickets this week before THURSDAY!!!


March 8th-We will hold a Ladies’ Only BJJ class from 2PM-4PM. This will be a great time to invite your female friends to NLKB Starkville. It is totally free. This will be ran like a regularly scheduled class, but just for 2 hours. We hope to see you there!

March 14th will be the next tournament.  It is in Homewood, AL, near Birmingham. You can register here.

March 29th is the American Grappling Federation Blue/Purple Qualifier in Lafayette, LA. 

There’s lots going on this month. Continue to follow and share our blog to keep up and don’t forget our website and social media outlets. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. @nlkbstarkville