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Anthony Rumble Johnson Seminar 11/17/18

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Train with one of the UFCs best light heavyweights in the history of the sport. Anthony Johnson’s brutal knock out power is legendary and the list of opponents he has fought, and beaten, is amazing.
Don’t miss the opportunity to train along side him at Butch Hiles BJJ & MMA in Charleston, WV.
The MMA seminar will only be $75 and is open to all people and gyms. Everyone who takes part in the seminar will also have the opportunity for a meet and greet afterwards.
Please contact Butch Hiles to reserve your spot now!
Date: 11/17/2018
Time: 12pm
Cost: $75
Location: Butch Hiles BJJ & MMA, 410 Summers St, Charleston, WV 25301
Contact: Butch Hiles 304-549-9370 or facebook messenger
Anthony “Rumble Johnson is an American retired mixed martial artist who competed most previously in the light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was well known for his brutal knockout power and intimidating presence inside the octagon. Before retiring, he was the No.1 ranked light heavyweight contender in official UFC rankings, and was ranked #2 in the world by Sherdog and ESPN. He also had the most ‘sub-minute’ KO wins in UFC History with 5. He appeared in the 2011 film Warrior as a fighter named Orlando “Midnight”.
Championships and achievements
Amateur wrestling
National Junior College Athletic Association
Junior College National Champion 174 lb – out of Lassen Community College (2004)[3]
Mixed martial arts
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Josh Koscheck
Knockout of the Night (Two times) vs. Kevin Burns and Charlie Brenneman
Performance of the Night (Five times) vs. Antônio Rogério Nogueira, Alexander Gustafsson, Jimi Manuwa, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira
Mixed martial arts wins
Win 22–5 Glover Teixeira KO (punch) UFC 202 August 20, 2016 1 0:13 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 21–5 Ryan Bader KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader January 30, 2016 1 1:26 Newark, New Jersey, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 20–5 Jimi Manuwa KO (punches) UFC 191 September 5, 2015 2 0:28 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 19–4 Alexander Gustafsson TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Gustafsson vs. Johnson January 24, 2015 1 2:15 Stockholm, Sweden Performance of the Night.
Win 18–4 Antônio Rogério Nogueira KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown July 26, 2014 1 0:44 San Jose, California, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 17–4 Phil Davis Decision (unanimous) UFC 172 April 26, 2014 3 5:00 Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 16–4 Mike Kyle KO (punch) WSOF 8 January 18, 2014 1 2:03 Hollywood, Florida, United States Return to Light Heavyweight.
Win 15–4 Andrei Arlovski Decision (unanimous) WSOF 2 March 23, 2013 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey United States Heavyweight debut.
Win 14–4 D.J. Linderman KO (punch) WSOF 1 November 3, 2012 1 3:58 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–4 Jake Rosholt TKO (head kick) Xtreme Fight Night 9 September 21, 2012 2 4:22 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 12–4 Esteves Jones TKO (punches) Titan Fighting Championships 24 August 24, 2012 2 0:51 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 11–4 David Branch Decision (unanimous) Titan Fighting Championships 22 May 25, 2012 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Catchweight (195 lbs) bout; both fighters missed weight.
Win 10–3 Charlie Brenneman KO (head kick) UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson October 1, 2011 1 2:49 Washington, D.C., United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 9–3 Dan Hardy Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis March 26, 2011 3 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 8–2 Yoshiyuki Yoshida TKO (punches) UFC 104 October 24, 2009 1 0:41 Los Angeles, California, United States Catchweight (176 lbs) bout; Johnson missed weight.
Win 7–2 Luigi Fioravanti TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens February 7, 2009 1 4:39 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 6–2 Kevin Burns KO (head kick) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir Finale December 13, 2008 3 0:28 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 4–0 Chad Reiner KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Stout vs. Fisher June 12, 2007 1 0:13 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 3–0 Keith Wilson Decision (majority) Rocky Mountain Nationals: Demolition September 16, 2006 2 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States Won the RMN Welterweight Tournament.
Win 2–0 Rich Moskowitz Decision (unanimous) Rocky Mountain Nationals: Demolition September 16, 2006 2 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 1–0 Jonathan Romero TKO (punches) PF 2: Live MMA August 16, 2006 1 1:09 Hollywood, California, United States

Kimura Trap Seminar 6/17/2017 – David Avellan

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

David Avellan Kimura Trap Seminar

Date: 6/17/17
Time: 1p-4p
Cost: $75 (if you pre-register)
Special: For anyone who competes in the ADCC on 6/10 you will receive $20 off this price (just $55)!

A Message from David Avellan –

We all know what happens when you pass down knowledge through many middlemen. Although they may mean well, they might not pass down all the intricate details that make the technique perfect. Although you can order my DVD set (which I encourage that you do), you can’t ask my DVD’s questions, nor can they give you feedback on your technique.

That is what seminars are for.

Seminars are a great way of getting a concentrated blast of technique from top level talent. I know I have learned techniques from seminars that I have went on to win many matches with. Even learning just one technique or concept makes a seminar worth it’s weight in gold. How do you put a price on a technique that won you a world championship? They are an excellent way of boosting your technique and skill level.

Every seminar that I teach is planned well in advance, as I develop a written lesson plan to make sure all the content is focused and presented in proper order. My seminars run about 3 hours long per day, and it takes 2 days to cover the complete Kimura Trap System. I have had the pleasure of teaching seminars across the world and I continue to conduct seminars as time permits.

My Kimura Trap System Seminars are beginner friendly. I have taught white belts, children, and mean and women of all ages the Kimura Trap System with no problems. It also does not require flexibility or a specific body type to work well. Advanced students will also learn a lot as well. I have had ADCC World Championship medalists and BJJ Black Belts that have learned game changing techniques from my seminars.

Along with a great seminar, you will be getting a beautiful diploma recognizing your completion of the seminar, signed by the instructors. You can also take a photo with the instructors. Usually, the instructors will be available for private lessons and will also have shirts, DVDs, books, and other materials for sale that you can purchase if you choose to.

I have had the great honor of competing all over the world and have battled the greatest champions in grappling. I hold victories over Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts Rafael Lovato Jr., Tarsis Humphries, Amaury Bitteti, Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu, Rener Gracie, and Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro. I have been featured in Grappling Magazine multiple times and have been featured in the local news as well.

I am currently looking forward to continuing my competition career and achieving one of my dreams – to become the ADCC Submission World Champion and Absolute Champion. I also wish to continue to spread my techniques and philosophy through seminars, books, DVDs, and through the internet.

2000 KWA Sport Combat III Heavyweight Champion
2000 FFC Heavyweight Champion
2001 Rival Classic Heavyweight Champion
2001 Rival Classic II Heavyweight Champion
2002 FGA Submission Grappling Open II Heavyweight Champion
2002 Planet Submission 16-man Absolute Champion
2002 NAGA New England 10-man Superfight Champion
2003 NAGA World Light-Heavyweight Champion
2003 GQ Team USA Member – Cruiserweight
2003 NAGA All-American Superfight Champion
2003 NAGA Pro-Am Superfight Champion
2003 Finisher Cup Superfight Champion
2003 Grapplemania 4-man Superfight Champion
2003 GQ Pro Division World Champion
2003 Ultimate Submission Showdown – Silver Medalist
2004 Submission Wrestling Open ADCC Superfight Winner
2004 Grappler’s Quest West V Pro Middleweight Champion
2004 Grappler’s Quest Oxydol Challenge – Champion
2005 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship Competitor
2006 AFC VIII MMA Bout – Winner
2007 BodogFight Season 4 MMA Bout – Winner
2007 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship Competitor
2008 WEC Fighter
2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship Bronze Medalist
2011 Grapplers Quest Florida Cruiserweight Champion
2011 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship Competitor

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Kimura Trap Seminar

Self-Defense Seminar for Charity (Open to Public)

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

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Everyone is Welcome!

Butch Hiles BJJ & MMA, LLC will be teaching a self-defense seminar to the general public.  This is a street self-defense seminar that will focus on escapes from holds, chokes, pins, attacks and more!

All proceeds will go to a fellow gym member who needs our support in some tough times.

Date: 4/24/16

Time: 1p-3p

Location: Butch Hiles BJJ, 410 Summers St, Charleston, WV 25301

Donation is $10 minimum but any amount is appreciated.  You are free to help however you see fit.

Donate Below:

Marcello Monteiro BJJ Seminar/Promotions 5/13/16

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Multiple time grappling champion and legendary BJJ coach, Marcello Monteiro, to teach an amazing seminar at Butch Hiles BJJ.
You don’t want to miss this event as this will also be a day of BJJ promotions!
This seminar is open to anyone from any gym
Date: 5/13/16
Time: 6:30p-9:30p
Cost: $75 if you pre-register by 5/10/16, $85 at the door.
Location: Butch Hiles BJJ & MMA, LLC – 410 Summers St, Charleston, WV 25301

Pre-register Here:

***Don’t miss your chance to save some money and lock in your spot!!!

Pre-Registration Options



Biography of Marcello C Monteiro owner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach International Association


       – Marcello grew up in the country that created Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


  • At the age of 6 years old Marcello started learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Alvaro Barreto (Carlos and Helio Gracie’s student) at the Corpo Quatro Academy in Copacabana Rio De Janeiro/ Brazil. But at that age, Marcello was just a small kid that used to train on and off and he didn’t know how BJJ would change his life.


  • At the age of 16, Marcello started to take BJJ very serious in his life.


  • Many years ago, some of Carlson Gracie’s best students in Brazil were Sergio Souza “Bolao”, Ricardo De La Riva and Ricardo Juca.  These were among many BJJ Masters that he had the opportunity to train with and helped his game.  Marcello likes to speak about these 3 old masters.


  • Sergio Souza helped Marcello’s game for about 1 year. Sergio Souza is best known in Brazil for his “butterfly” guard.


  • De La Riva is best known for his “De La Riva Hook” and Ricardo Juca is best known in Brazil for his fighting strategies for back attacks and mount attacks.  Juca also published in the very first BJJ book in Brazil.


  • For many years Marcello was considered De La Riva’s protege at his academy in Rio De Janeiro/Brazil.   De La Riva showed Marcello all the secret details of his De La Riva Guard game.  Juca showed Marcello all his fighting strategies while focusing on teaching Marcello the way he should think during a match.


  • Marcello helped De La Riva give lessons at his school for many years, until achieving his Black Belt.


  • In 1998 Marcello opened his first school in Nova Friburgo in Rio De Janeiro/Brazil where he has turned regular students into State, National and World Champions.


    • “Marcello always says that he was in the right place at the right time. He learned BJJ from the right sources, before it was regarded worldwide as a premier fighting art.  Since 2003 Marcello has resided in Indianapolis/IN in the U.S. where he is continuing to fulfill his dream of spreading his knowledge of BrazilianJiuJitsu. He hopes to continue fulfilling his dream until the day he dies.

And hopes that even after he’s gone, his knowledge will continue to spread.”


While in Brazil, Marcello attained many accomplishments:


  •  He is the author of the first No Gi Brazilian JiuJitsu book called “Secret Positions.” Gracie Magazine launched Secret Positions on how to teach BJJ positions without a Gi.  The Gracie magazine sold the Secret Positions No Gi Book (at the Gracie Shop) in Brazil for approximately five years from 1998-2003.  Marcello was the first peson ever to show the Anaconda choke in a printed publication.


  • He took part in a documentary about De La Riva’s life and his created guard position known as the “De La Riva Hook”. In the documentary, Marcello was demostrating some positions with De La Riva himself.  In the video, Marcello was featured along side many great masters such as Rickson Gracie, Carlson Gracie, Royler Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Ze Mario Sperry, Murilo Bustamante and Rodrigo Nogueira (Minotauro), telling about De La Riva’s life.  That documentary is still currently sold in Japan.


  • Marcello won the first and only Carlson Gracie Competition Team “Tournament” in the lightweight division in Brazil. The tournament was organized by Ricardo Liborio to honor Carlson Gracie in 1997.  Marcello won his final match against his friend Ari Galo (current Carlson Gracie coach at Carlson’s academy in Rio De Janeiro/ Brazil since 2001).


  • 4th Degree Black Belt Diploma from F.J.J.RIO “Rio De Janeiro Jiu Jitsu Federation”   – Signed by 9th Degree Red Belt-  Master Robson Gracie.  Master Carlos Robson Gracie. The current president of the federation is 9th Degree Red Belt Grandmaster. The F.J.J.RIO is the oldest BJJ Federation in Brazil (where everything started) founded by Helio Gracie.


  • 4th Degree Black Belt Diploma from J.J.G.F “Jiu Jitsu Global Federation” – Signed by 8th Degree Red & Black Coral Belt – Master Rickson Gracie. The President and Founder of the JJGF with a well-respected background in Martial Arts and JiuJitsu.  A record that combines jiu-jitsu, vale tudo, challenge and submission matches is 460 x 0, Rickson is known as having the highest expression on JiuJitsu in the world. He continues inspire generations of jiu-jitsu fighters, practitioners and instructor around the world.


  • 4th Degree Black Belt Diploma from IBJJF “International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation”  – Signed by IBJJF President  7th Degree Red & Black Coral Belt-  Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and Signed by 9th  Degree Red Belt-  Master Oswaldo Alves






  • 4th Degree Black Belt Diploma from C.B.J.J.O  “Confederacao Brasileira de Jiu Jitsu Olimpico”  – Signed by 9th Degree Red Belt-  Master Walter Matos Nogueira. Master Walter is 9th Degree Red Belt Grandmaster and the president of C.B.J.J.O in Brazil (Fada’s Lineage)



  • Achieved his Black Belt under Marster Ricardo De La Riva in April 1999.



  • Registered as a Physical Education Professor from “Conselho Regional de Educacao Fisica – CREF-010016P/RJ-Brazil.
  • Marcello is best know as an instructor that has turned regular students into State, National and World champions.


Currently, Marcello lives in Indianapolis/IN in the US and he is determined to spread his style of Brazilian Jiu Jitsuworldwide.  His most recent accomplishments include his Online BJJ Training Facility and his step by step, White to Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Curriculum for students and instructors.

For more information contact:
Butch Hiles
304 549 9370
Butch @ ButchHiles . com (remove the spaces)

Tom DeBlass BJJ Seminar 6/9/16

Friday, March 25th, 2016


Multiple time grappling champion, Tom DeBlass, to teach an amazing seminar at Butch Hiles BJJ.
You don’t want to miss this event!
Date: 6/9/16
Time: 6p-9p
Cost: $65 if you pre-register by 4/15/16, $75 If you pre-register by 5/15/16, and the price will continue to rise after 5/15/16.
***Special Gift: For those who want to do the seminar and the ADCC on 6/11/16 we will have a special discounted rate for you:
Only $100 if you pre-register for both before 4/15/16
Only $110 if you pre-register 5/15/16
Location: Butch Hiles BJJ & MMA, LLC – 410 Summers St, Charleston, WV 25301
Cap: This event will be capped, so don’t miss your chance to train and learn from one of the best!

Pre-register Here:

***Save as much as $70 by choosing to pre-register for the seminar and ADCC!!!

Pre-Registration Options


 Mixed martial arts
Bellator Vet
ROC Heavyweight Championship
ROC Light Heavyweight Championship
Jiu Jitsu
First person in NJ to win an Adult Black Belt Pan American title
Second person in NJ history to win ADCC North American Trials
2007 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Champion
2007 World Championships Mundials 3rd place Brown Belt
2007 No Gi World Champion Brown Belt
2008 Pan American Champion Brown Belt
2009 Abu Dhabi North American Trial Champion
2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Veteran
2009 Bronze Medalist No Gi World Champion Black Belt
2013 Grapplers Quest National Champ
2013 No Gi Pan American Black Belt Ultra Heavy Champion
2013 No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship Bronze medal Super Heavy Black Belt Adult
2013 Grapplers Quest Worlds Expert Division Ultra heavy Champion
2014 Professional Grappling League Super Fight Champion (defeated 370 lb Mark Tarmann)
2014 ADCC NY super fight Champion (defeats Babalu Sobral)
2014 ADCC North American Champion 99 Kg
2015 Defended The Good Fight Submission only Heavyweight Championship: 206+ lbs Defeated Rodrigo Correia (Submission 60:56)
2015 Conquest Submission series drew Joao Asiss
2015 Inducted into NJ Martial Arts hall of fame
2015 No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship Black Belt Ultra Heavy Masters Bronze medal
2015 No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship Black Belt Open Class Masters Champion
For more information contact:
Butch Hiles
304 549 9370
Butch @ ButchHiles . com (remove the spaces)

More about the ADCC on 6/11/16

ADCC Gi & No Gi US Nationals


  (Brought to you by the WVGO)

Featuring Adult, Masters, & Children’s Gi & No Gi Divisions


The Upcoming ADCC Super Fights Are Amazing!

The Olympics of Grappling return to Charleston, WV with the best Super Fights the state, and region, has ever seen!

Many want to “talk” about being the best, but the proof is in the talent and the results.  The ADCC has consistently provided the world with the best grappler’s and tournaments for many years now, and this year will be no different.  Do NOT miss these incredible athletes showcase their skills in gi and no gi action!

Ricardo Almeida VS Michael Mihas


Ricardo Almeida is one of ADCC’s most accomplished athletes.  He has fought in Pride, Pancrase, the UFC, and is a black belt under the legendary Renzo Gracie.

He holds many grappling titles and has victories over many of the other top grapplers in the world such as: Josh Barnett, Rigan Machado, Dean Lister, Vitor Shaolin, Comprido, and many others.


Michael Mihas, also known as “Mr. Jiu-Jitsu”, across the internet is a black belt under Marcello Monteiro.  He has competed since the mid 90’s and owns several grappling titles regionally and nationally.  He is looking to make his mark by beating a legend.

Nikki Sullivan VS Amanda Leve


Nikki Sullivan is one of the best grapplers around.  She is an ADCC Pro Trials Winner, NoGi Pan winner, and a multiple time IBJJF medalist.  We know that she will put it all on the line and that is why we are excited to have her in the first women’s super fight in WV history.


Amanda Leve is being called “The Next Big Thing” by many in the grappling and MMA community.  She routinely competes against, and beats, male competotors.  She has won numerous NAGA, Grappler’s Quest, and IBJJF titles and had an epic 20 minute match with UFC superstar Cat Zingano while she was still in High School!

Both of these ladies have won the NoGi Pans and are expected to put on an amazing show for all of the fans!

Tom DeBlass VS Noah DeVore


Tom DeBlass is one of the most respected grapplers and trainers in the world.  He is a former Bellator and UFC fighter with an impressive grappling record as well.

Tom is a NoGi world champion, a Pan American champion, an ADCC champion, and owner of several other world titles.  It’s really hard to find many people as accomplished as he is in his weight class.


Noah DeVore has been making waves on the grappling scene for awhile.  He is definitely an upcoming star but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t accomplished a lot already.  He won the ADCC Nationals and followed that up by winning several cash tournament across the east coast.

Noah is looking to show the world who is after this ADCC!

Dante Rivera VS Jesseray Childrey


Dante Rivera is an Ultimate Fighter 7 competitor, a UFC fighter, a Bellator fighter, and a black belt under Ricardo Almeida.  He has won several NAGA titles, Grappler’s Quest titles, and many more.

Dante is looking to get back on the grappling scene and showcase his talents!


Jesseray Childrey is another local grappler who’s looking to show the world what he has.  He has several MMA titles, and several grappling titles in the WVGO, ADCC, EGO, and more.  He recently beat UFC fighter, Matt Mitrione, in a No Gi war as well.

Jesseray is hungry to show the world he is a force to be reconned with!

Christina Linn VS Maddalyn Bean


For the first time ever, we will feature two youth super stars in an orange belt super-fight.

Christina “Lil-Bit” Linn comes from Team Ribeiro in Virginia and she has been tearing it up in competitions everywhere.  She is making a big making a big name for herself and we are proud to have her showcase her skills for you!

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Maddalyn “Jumping” Bean has made huge waves in the Ohio/Pennsylvania region and trains with a great team out of Next Level.  She is non-stop action and she’s always looking for the finish!

 This super-fight will feature how amazing the youth competitors are becoming and we can’t wait for them to put on a show for everyone in attendance.

We are blessed to have so many amazing competitors and matches to show case.  Don’t miss this epic event on June 11th!

Don’t Miss This Tournament

Clearly, these are the best Super Fights to ever hit the state, or region, and if you are a fan of high level grappling you do not want to miss this event!

The list of high level competitors is far too great for us to even list, but the ADCC is the Olympics of Grappling for a reason.  Pre-register now and save money:

Read below for additional information

ADCC Gi & No Gi US Nationals

The Olympics of grappling are ready to return this June 11, 2016 in Charleston, WV and will feature the best grapplers the state has ever seen.

  • Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016

  • Time: Kids Tournament 10am, Kids Rules Meeting 9:30am, Adult Tournament 11am, Referee Meeting at 9:30am, Adult Competitor Rules meeting at 10:30am.  Doors will open at 8am and professional grappling divisions will start between 1030-11.  Kids will start before the pros and we will work from the most advanced divisions on down.

  • Cost: Only 65$ if you pre-register and you can compete in as many divisions as you want, and only 55$ for women and children.  It is 85$ for those not pre-registered and 70$ for women and children (the final date to pre-register is June 9, 2016)

  • Format: Official ADCC rules and scoring in all No Gi divisions (Click Here), and modified IBJJF rules in all gi divisions

  • Location: WV State University – Flemmin Hall Gym, 5000 Fairlawn Ave, Institute, WV 25112 (Detailed instructions here)

  • Contact: Butch Hiles

  • Website:


New Youth BJJ Class Schedule

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Kids/ Youth Classes

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Thursday 6:30-7:30pm

Saturday 10am-11am

Saturday Youth Competition Class 11am-12pm

Sunday 1-2pm

Our Youth Program is amazing and it will help your kids reach goals they never thought possible.  Try it out for free today!

Contact us now

Purse Snatching Safety

Friday, November 27th, 2015

UPDATE 3/13/14 @ 11:55 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A purse-snatching in downtown Charleston is leaving some on edge Thursday, especially with so many people in town for the state basketball tournament.

This week is a big time for head coach Penn Kurtz and the Wheeling Central Catholic girls basketball team. They’re playing for a state title.

However, what play to call isn’t the biggest risk Kurtz faces.

“As a girls coach, I’m always worried about their safety,” said Kurtz.

With thousands of people in town this week, and next week for the boys tournament, the risk for crime increases.

Thursday, Malik Soss was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny following a purse snatching at the Charleston Town Center.

Deneika Rice was arrested at the same time, taken in on drug charges.

Butch Hiles, a self-defense teacher in Charleston, says whether you’re at the mall or just walking down the street, it’s critical to pay attention to your surroundings.

“People are looking for people that are vulnerable,” said Hiles.

Also, don’t go out alone. That’s why Kurtz always has his team on a buddy system.

“When we’re in the hotel, we expect them to stay on the floor,” said Kurtz, “and they like to come to the mall so we always make sure they’re supervised.”

If you do become a victim, Hiles recommends not going after the suspect. Though it may be an instict, alerting authorities should come before chasing down your stolen stuff.

“They’re definitely not going to stop and say ‘here’s your purse, sorry, and give it back,'” said Hiles.

In the end, what’s inside is rarely worth the risk; and it’s certainly not more important than your safety.

Keys to Staying Safe During the Holidays (VIDEO)

Friday, November 27th, 2015

WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

SELF DEFENSE: Keys to staying safe during the holiday shopping season

Posted: Nov 19, 2015 6:29 PMUpdated: Nov 19, 2015 9:30 PM

CHARLESTON, WV –‘Tis the season for holiday shopping and, according to one Charleston self-defense instructor, more Christmas-time crooks.

“This time of year it starts getting worse because it’s the holidays,” said Butch Hiles, owner of Butch Hiles’ Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. “Unfortunately, this time of year kind of brings out people looking for money, looking for easy targets.

Hiles said often times, those easy targets are women carrying shopping bags, looking at their phones or simply not paying attention.

Hiles advises all shoppers: pay attention to your surroundings, lock car doors once you’re inside the vehicle and – if attacked – look to escape.

“I think a lot of times you see fancy things in movies. You can see they’ll do these great moves, but that’s the movies,” Hiles said. “I think that’s the biggest misconception, is that I can just throw one or two punches and then I’m out of there. We also feel like women need to escape more than attack. I’m not saying you never attack, never fight back cause you do sometimes – you don’t want to get hurt – but escape is first and foremost.”

Hiles taught 13 News several key moves to escaping a potential attacker, whether the suspect attacks from behind, from the side or from the front.

Hiles advised, it takes people about a hundred or more practice runs to instinctively execute a move.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA is located on Summers Street in Charleston. They can be reached for lessons at 304-549-9370.

Gi & No Gi Submission Only Tournament 6/13/15

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Gi & No Gi Submission Only Tournament

June 13, 2015 in Charleston, WV


Divisions for Men, Women, Kids, Teens, and Masters

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015

Time: Tournament 11am, Referee Meeting at 10am, Competitor Rules meeting at 10:30am.
Cost: Only $50 for those who preregister ($65 at the door) and you can compete in as many divisions as you want (Preregistration’s must be in our hands no later than 6/13/15 and the forms will be at the bottom of this page).

$40 for children ($50 at the door)

Format: Gi and No Gi SUBMISSION ONLY. Also includes Men, Women, kids, Teens, and masters divisions
Location: John Adams Middle School – Charleston, WV

A Grappling Tournament for Everyone

As always, we want all of our competitors to have as much fun as possible, so we offer a well organized tournament that is fair and offers a ton of matches at a low price. Because there is no additional cost and it is double elimination, each competitor has the chance to compete a minimum of 6 times if they did all divisions in the gi and no gi tournaments (regular divisions and absolute divisions).

There will be children’s, teens, women’s, men’s (18-30), and masters divisions (31 and above). The weight classes for both gi and no gi will be as follows:

Weight Classes for Men Gi & No Gi

Adult Men (Masters class uses the same weight categories):
149.9 & Below
150 lbs. to 164.9 lbs.
165 lbs. to 179.9 lbs.
180 lbs. to 194.9 lbs.
195 lbs. to 209.9 lbs.
210 lbs. to 224.9 lbs.
225 lbs. & Above

Weight Classes for Women Gi & No Gi

Adult Women:
135 & Under (Lightweight)
136 & Over (Middleweight)

Weight classes for teens will be divided at the tournament but the age brackets will be divided as follows:
Kids 5-7, 8-10, 11-12, Teens 13-15, 16-17

Experience Levels For Gi & No Gi

Adult Gi Competitors – White, Blue, & Purple & Above

Adult No Gi Competitors:

  • Beginner: (Less than a year experience. No wrestling experience at any level of competition in the beginner division. The beginner class is for beginners only)
  • Intermediate: (1-3 years exp.)
  • Advanced: (3 years +)

*** Those who compete in the Blue Belt Gi Division must compete in the Intermediate or Advanced No-Gi Divisions

*** Those who compete in the Purple Belt & Above Gi Division must compete in the Advanced No-Gi Division

Masters Division (Ages 31 yrs & above)

Masters Divisions follow all the same experience levels as the other adult categories

Teens 13-17

  • Beginner Gi & No Gi: (Less than a 6 months experience. No wrestling experience at any level of competition in the beginner division. The beginner class is for true beginners only)
  • Intermediate: (6 months – one year)
  • Advanced: (one year and above)

*** Weight classes and experience levels may need to be combined according to attendance

Kids 5-12

  • Beginner Gi & No Gi: (Less than a 6 months experience. No wrestling experience at any level of competition in the beginner division. The beginner class is for true beginners only)
  • Intermediate: (6 months – one year)
  • Advanced: (one year and above)

*** Weight classes and experience levels may need to be combined according to attendance


Saturday 8am-11am

Please let me know if there are any questions,

Butch Hiles


Pre-Registration (Must be done by 6/10/15)

$50.00 pre-registration for all adult competitors ($65 at the door)

$40.00 for children ($50 at the door) – $50 pre-registartion if they are doing adult division as well

New Cardio Boxing/Kickboxing Class

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

We will now have a new cardio Boxing/Kickboxing Class Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm.

With 20+ Bags and an entire workout area, you are guaranteed to get an amazing workout!