John Boyle found Brazilian Jiu Jitsu while on the University of Colorado, Denver campus his first year studying to be a high school English teacher in 2007. From the very first class at Easton Brazilian Jiu Jitsu he was hooked and knew the "gentle art" would forever change the course of his life. 6 years later, with his plans of teaching English and studying BJJ in Brazil went by the wayside, John met Stephen Crissman while teaching private lessons. Stephen invited John to check out his existing gym in Panama, the visit turned into a business proposal, and before he knew it, John had sold all his possessions in Colorado and was moving down to Panama in January of 2013. Having received his Black Belt from Prof. Eliot Marshall and Amal Easton in March of 2016, John is and always has been dedicated to his students and learning BJJ as he was taught it: with patience, understanding, and an over arching principle that jiu jitsu is a gentle art that can be practiced by everyone regardless of physical abilities.
Alley Cat grew to start free training for young men in the barrio who want to be MMA fighters. The Alley Cat Fight Team piece of ACFF aims to bring talent out of the barrio, and into the world. ACFF will never compromise its initial mission, though, which is to support the community and provide health and hope in the midst of poverty.