Professor Barry Philips is a lifelong athlete who attended Purdue University and was a four year member of the varsity track team. Barry taught in high school after graduation and coached high school track. Barry started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1998 with UFC founder Rorion Gracie and the 3x UFC Champion Royce Gracie. Barry has trained under a large variety of technical masters, world champions, and MMA fighters, including Carlson Gracie Jr, Carlos Gracie Jr, Marico Feitosa, and Roberto “Gordo” Correa.
Barry has spent much of his career training in Chicago, alongside the Redzovic brothers at their academy. The brothers, Adem and Eddie, would go on to create one of the Midwest first, and largest, jiu jitsu associations with locations in Lincoln Square, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, the Loop, Niles, and Deerfield. In 2007, Eddie Redzovic awarded Barry his black belt and recently Barry was promoted to 2nd degree black belt by BJJ world champion Carlos Lemos.
Barry has taught the Redzovic academy in Deerfield for several years now training students from all over the North suburbs of Chicago. He is a multiple time NAGA champion and also trains in Judo with three time Olympian Maje Omagbaluwaje in addition to his jiu jitsu training.