Shaun Durfee has been involved with sports and athletics his entire life. During his high school career, he played football in Texas. After high school, Shaun moved back to Maine and played rugby with the Portland Rugby Club for a few years. In 2004, Shaun met Jay Jack and started training in Jiu Jitsu at The Academy with Jay and his wife, Amanda Buckner. Shaun earned his black belt under Jay Jack in July 2015, after years of training, coaching, and tournaments where he continued to test himself through this sport.
Shaun has competed in MMA, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu over the last ten years, at various levels. The last few years, he has focused on Sport Jiu Jitsu (grappling), and has traveled all over the country to compete with peers at his level, from around the world.
Shaun’s favorite part of Jiu Jitsu, is teaching others, and he has been teaching kids and adults for the past 7 years at The Academy. Shaun has had a dream of one day opening a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School just for kids, and has realized that dream through Stonecoast. Stonecoast is the only Kids only BJJ facility in the Northeast. Shaun feels it is important for the kids to have a place that is their own where they can maximize their skills with other kids and teens who share the same love for this sport. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is unique in that, it is an individual sport where children and adults can train and compete together at various levels, but the Stonecoast Kids behave like a family. At tournaments and in daily training, Shaun expects the highest level of sportsmanship.
When Shaun is not teaching or training in Jiu Jitsu, he likes to challenge himself in other events, which test his mental toughness and endurance. Shaun lives in Greater Portland with his wife, Sarah, and son, Owen, who is 8.