With our recent name and brand change we thought we would share a little about our history.

It’s a known fact that Glenn Hamby is the man responsible for bringing Jiu Jitsu to Albany GA. Laviano Jiu Jitsu owners - Jamie and Jeremy Laviano started and trained under Glenn together in the early 2000’s back when Glenn was still teaching all of the classes. Eventually as Glenn's career became more demanding Glenn left the gym under the leadership of Jamie Laviano, who then asked his brother Jeremy to assist with teaching Jiu Jitsu classes. This is the origin of the name Hamby Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The brothers made a decision to keep the Hamby name which had meant to honor their original instructor and the man who brought Jiu Jitsu to our community.

The Hamby BJJ gym thrived in Albany for over 3 years as the two brothers built their programs and curriculums from the ground up and also introduced the first Kids Jiu Jitsu classes in Albany, the JITS KIDS program. Continuing to grow, the brothers moved their location to the Market Square plaza for a much larger mat space and to accommodate the fast growing demand for their programs.

The brothers kept their vision and a goal to one day become Black Belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and to start to make a name for themselves in the future...

Fast forward to Feb. 10th, 2018 - the Laviano brothers were honored and presented each a rank of Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by Professor Joel Garcia and Professor Israel Gomes of the American Killer Bees BJJ Association.

And now as of Sept. 1st, we are Laviano Jiu Jitsu and look forward to keep growing and pursuing our mission to bring the best martial arts instruction to the Albany, GA community.

Professor Glenn Hamby   

    My original instructor, the one I claim as the one who made me a martial artist, was Tommy Seigler of Augusta. Since starting Kempo and Jiu-Jitsu training with him in 1993, I have had the privilege of being trained by masters such as Bobby Wilson of Augusta, Ken Hudson of Americus, and Jacare Calvalcanti of Atlanta. Influences during that time include Rickson Gracie, who awarded Mr. Seigler his blue belt, and Royce Gracie who awarded me my blue belt.

   I have continued my Jiu-Jitsu training since then under Gustavo 'Guga' Machado, Marcio Feitosa, and now have been welcomed into the Renato Tavares family by joing the RTBJJ Assocation. 

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belt under Master Renato Tavares 
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown belt under Marcio Feitosa 

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple belt under Marcio Feitosa 

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt under Royce Gracie