THOMAS “Whit” BARR
Thomas’s greatest strength lies in his exceptional ability to convey world-class techniques to his students. His teaching methodology, rooted in a concept-based approach and an unparalleled focus on technical precision, forms the backbone of one of the most impactful teaching programs available in the Jiu Jitsu realm. This effectiveness has been vividly demonstrated through the accomplishments of Thomas’s students over the past five years.
Many of Thomas’s students who ventured into competition have showcased an impressive track record, boasting a high winning percentage and consistently bringing home numerous medals annually. While leading a successful competition team stands as a remarkable achievement, Thomas humbly acknowledges that it pales in comparison to the thriving community and family atmosphere fostered within the academies where he teaches.
Thomas takes immense pride in being an integral part of these vibrant communities, emphasizing the tight-knit bonds and supportive network that has flourished under his guidance. Above all, teaching isn’t just a profession for him—it’s his greatest passion. His dedication to cultivating not just skilled practitioners but a sense of belonging and camaraderie embodies the heart of the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle.
Head Instructor Thomas Barr embarked on his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey in 2012 at Dark Horse BJJ, where he began his training under the tutelage of esteemed mentors, Professor Andrew Dudderar (3rd @ Worlds Masters), and Matthew Jubera (2 Time World Masters Champion). These revered figures stand as pillars in the Colorado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community, offering invaluable guidance and expertise to Thomas during his formative years.
Among his recent accomplishments, Thomas secured Gold at the 2018 Denver Open, marking a milestone in his competitive journey. His quest for knowledge and mastery in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu led him to train with some of the world’s elite, including Xande and Saulo Ribeiro, Rafael Lovato Jr., B.J. Penn, Brandon Mullins, Rafael Mendes, Leticia Ribeiro, and Beatrice Mesquita. Each experience enriched Thomas’s understanding and skill set, contributing to his evolution as both a practitioner and an instructor.
An instrumental turning point in Thomas Barr’s journey came through his mentorship under the esteemed Rafael Lovato Jr., a luminary in the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This pivotal mentorship significantly shaped Thomas’s approach to the art, imbuing his teachings with the depth and wisdom gleaned from one of the most revered figures in the discipline.
At the onset of 2020, Inspire Brazilian Jiu Jitsu proudly affiliated with Thomas’s mentor, Rafael Lovato Jr. This affiliation stands as a testament to Thomas’s commitment to excellence and his unwavering dedication to honing his craft under the guidance of a world-class mentor.
Under Lovato Jr.’s tutelage, Thomas gained not only technical expertise but also imbibed the values and principles that distinguish the art of Jiu Jitsu. This mentorship continues to drive Thomas’s journey as an instructor, infusing his teachings with a rich tapestry of knowledge and experience garnered from his mentor, further elevating the instruction he imparts to his students