Bob Brown is the founder and head instructor of Zoo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He received his black belt in 2016 and has been training and competing all over the world for 18+ years.
Bob began training martial arts in 2000 while a student at the University of Illinois. Over the years, Bob has trained Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Jeet Kune Do under Jack McVicker, a world-class 3rd degree black belt under Wellington "Megaton" Dias and instructor in Bruce Lee’s art of Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts (Kali) under legendary instructors Dan Inosanto and Paul Vunak.
In 2008 Bob moved to New York City where he trained under Renzo Gracie black belts Aaron Milam and Jin Yung at Workshop. Bob has traveled the world, training and competing in places that include Brazil, Japan, Italy, Panama, Costa Rica, Tahiti, and South Korea.
Most recently Bob moved to Missoula, MT in 2015 and is excited about growing the city’s best facility for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in both Finance and Spanish from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Saint Louis University.
Amy Pavlock began training Thai Boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1997 under Mike Moses. They opened a school together in Maryland in 1998 where they taught Thai Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Jeet Kune Do (JKD), and Personal Defense Systems (MMA for the street).At Evolve Academy in Maryland, Amy ran one of the biggest kids MMA programs in the country, along with one of the bigger adult programs.
Amy had nine amateur Thai Boxing fights (8-1), including winning a gold at the World Kickboxing Association (WKA) Nationals and a silver at the World Championships. After a shin injury, she had to give up fighting and focus on Jiu Jitsu competition. She competed and won titles in tournaments all over the US; competing in many invite-only divisions, including at ADCC North American Trials. She earned her brown belt in 2005, is a certified instructor under Master Surichai Sirisute, the founder of the World Thai Boxing Association, and is also a certified Personal Trainer.
In 2009 Amy left Maryland and moved to Montana with her one-year-old son, Thor. She is very excited to have found a home at Zoo BJJ and to return to her love of teaching Thai Boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.