How Coach Stephen Brought a Planet to Perry
Coach Stephen Eakin (pron. Steven Ay-kin) is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has over 15 years of experience in MMA, Gi and no-Gi style Jiu Jitsu, wrestling, coaching and leading competitive teams to victory.
He began his journey as an MMA fighter from humble beginnings and had a dream that would one day earn him his namesake… The American Dream.
He has traveled far and wide across the globe to compete with and learn from the best of the best. He has earned his place amongst the most highly skilled practitioners of modern jiu-jitsu, even amongst practitioners of whom you may already be a fan.
Coach Stephen teaches in a heavily concept and philosophy based style that allows students of all ages and skill levels to pick the information that they need, at the time that they need it. His competition pedigree allows those who seek a more athletic experience to carry his lessons onto the mat and under the bright lights, while his gentle but strong and highly technical game will provide hobbyists and physically limited classmates with the safe environment that is so often missing in some gyms and striking based martial arts.
After two hard decades climbing up the treacherous mountain that is MMA and competitive grappling, he and his wife, Mandy Eakin, decided to start a family. Thus, his desire for longevity in the sport and his newly born son motivated him to build something that could stand the test of time and carry the Eakin name into greatness.
So, after much thought and some hard decisions, he decided to go for his dream with the same spirit and heart that he had so far been expressing on the mat. Fast forward to 2020, and “The Dream” has managed to push through government shutdowns, opening delays and limited employment to bring us the highest level of Jiu Jitsu instruction in Middle Georgia.
10th Planet Perry is the manifestation of a dream and as such stands as a symbol of the American will and spirit. Coach Stephen, Coach Rich, Coach Jimmy and Mrs. Mandy want to welcome you to the 10th Planet Perry family and want to expertly assist you through instilling essential values to your life that often go by the wayside in our modern lives. Values like respect for one’s self and others, charity, humility and of course, family.
We can’t wait to get you started and we can’t wait to see you on the mats!