Herbert "The Blaze" Burns

The Way Martial Arts – Instructor Profile

Herbert Burns

World Champion

Professor Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA


Herbert Mitchell Burns is an Instructor at The Way Martial Arts. He is a Black Belt NoGi World Champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with over 20 years of experience. He has won numerous international, national and titles around the world.

He is currently a professional MMA fighter with a 11-3 record competing in the UFC, the most prestigious MMA promotion in the world.

Professor Herbert Burns is a 3rd degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He trained under Rafael “Fofitio” Barros at Oriente Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil before travel around the globe to compete and teach.

Herbert has also competed in MMA events such as the ONE Championship, The Dana White Contender Series, and Titan FC. Since arriving in the USA, Herbert has worked closely with the Sanford MMA team and legendary Kickboxing coach Henri Hooft to improve his striking, with Greg Jones a Hall Of Fame and 3x NCAA division 1 wrestling champion to improve his wrestling and with World-renowned MMA coach Kami Brazini.


NAME: Herbert Mitchell Burns


DOB: 02/02/1988

HEIGHT: 5'9”

WEIGHT: 145 lbs


HOMETOWN: Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • UFC Fighter
  • 2013 CBJJO NoGi BJJ World Champion.
  • 2011-2012 CBJJ 2x Brazilian National NoGi BJJ Champion.
  • 2018 IBJJF American National NoGi BJJ Champion.
  • 2011 IBJJF Pan Asian Absolute BJJ Champion.
  • 2018 IBJJF Dallas Open Absolute NoGi BJJ Champion.
  • 2020 UFC Winner of UFC Performance of the Night awards.
  • Professional MMA fighter
  • BJJ Black Belt
  • Luta Livre Black Belt

Favorite techniques: triangle choke, rear naked choke, d'arce choke, and calf slicer.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Andre Pederneiras > Rafael Fofitio Barros > Herbert Burns


Professor Herbert Burns is known as “The Blaze” to fight fans around the world.

The nickname “The Blaze” was given by the Asian media, a combination of quick submission and a fiery last name.

Professor Herbert Burns is the founder of the Burns BJJ system.

Professor Herbert Burns is self taught in English language.

Professor Herbert Burns has lived in Brazil, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand and the USA.

At the UFC Fight Night 166, Professor Herbert was awarded Performance of the Night awards.

Born and raised in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Prof. Herbert started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at 11 years old with his two brothers Gilbert “Durinho” Burns and Fred “Todo Duro” Burns.