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Youth BJJ Class Time Changes

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Kids/ Youth Classes

Thursday 6-7:15pm

Saturday 10am-11am

Classes are every Thursday and Saturday at these times until further notice.  Call with any questions:

Butch Hiles 304-549-9370

$700 Cash Tournament – Gi & No Gi on June 1, 2013

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013


$700 in Cash Prizes!!!

$700 in Cash Prizes & Divisions for Men, Women, Kids, Teens, and Masters

Once again, the WVGO’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gi and No Gi Tournament returns to Herbert Hoover High School in Clendenin, WV (near Charleston, WV). This tournament features competitors from all around the surrounding states and is packed with high level competition!

Date: Saturday, June 1st, 2013
Time: Tournament 11am (Cash tournament starts), Referee Meeting at 10am, Competitor Rules meeting at 10:30am.
Cost: Only $45 for those who preregister ($60 at the door) and you can compete in as many divisions as you want (Preregistration’s must be in our hands no later than 5/30/2013 and the forms will be at the bottom of this page).

$30 for children ($40 at the door)

$60 for those who are competing for the cash prizes but they may also compete in any other division at no extra charge

Format: Gi and No Gi DOUBLE ELIMINATION tournament with Cash Prizes for special absolute divisions. Also includes Men, Women, kids, Teens, and masters divisions
Location: Herbert Hoover High School, Clendenin, WV

Cash Prizes for the winner of our No Gi Advanced Divisions!!!

Featuring two Absolute No Gi Divisions with a $350 cash prize for the winner of each division. These special divisions will be single elimination and the weight classes will be as follows:

170 lbs. and under and 171 lbs. and up

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

***Many times there are not enough purple belt and above competitors to fill every weight class. In that case, we will make the weight classes as even as possible

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 6-8, 9-11, Teens 12-14, 15-17

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 12-17

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 6-11

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


Weigh-ins to be held Friday (7:30pm-9:30pm at Hoover High School, unless special arrangements are made) and Saturday 9am-10:30am

Please let me know if there are any questions,

Butch Hiles


Gi & No Gi Submission Only Tournament in Bluefield, VA 4/20/13

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Butch Hiles and the WVGO will be hosting a submission only gi & no gi tournament in Bluefield, VA on 4/20/13.  This is the first time that a tournament of this nature has come to the area, so don’t miss it!



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NEW Pepper Spray for Sale

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

halfouncesm1/2 Pepper Spray with Leather Case Key Chain

Due to the number of self-defense seminars we have been teaching and the constant request for an easy to access and concealable pepper spray, we have purchased this unique pepper spray key chain.  If you purchase now, shipping is absolutely FREE.

More information:

This 1/2 oz Pepper Defender is a powerful self defense spray. Its active ingredient is oleoresin capsicum (A full 17% at 2 million SHU’s) processed from the hottest peppers in the world. This 1/2 oz Pepper Defender comes with a leather holster witch comes in 5 different colors including a key ring. Is shoots up to 12 feet. It is the most effective and non lethal weapon with proven stopping power. It is a real easy to carry and conceal, as well as quick and simple to use. The effects of the spray are instantaneous. The first symptom is disorientation through temporary loss of sight, followed by sever coughing and gasping, and finally an intense burning on the skin and mucous membrane

States Where Pepper Sprays are restricted

(We cannot ship to these states. If an order is placed your order will be cancelled)

New York: New York residents may only purchase defense sprays from licensed Firearms Dealers or licensed Pharmacists in that state.

Massachusetts: Massachusetts residents may only purchase defense sprays from licensed Firearms Dealers in that state.

States Where Pepper Sprays Have Some Restrictions

Michigan (except for approved Pepper Spray): OC Pepper spray can be no stronger then a 2% concentrate (Different companies can sell different concentrations.) CS is the only Tear Gas accepted and can be no larger then 35 grams per can. No combination spray allowed.

Other states we may not ship to; Hawaii, Michigan (except for approved Pepper Spray), New York, and Wisconsin due to those states restrictions.

States Where Pepper Sprays Have Some Restrictions

Wisconsin:  Tear gas is not permissible.  By regulation, OC products with a maximum OC concentration of 10% and weight range of oleoresin of capsicum and inert ingredients of 15-60 grams are authorized.  This is 1/2 oz. and 2 oz. spray. Further, the product cannot be camouflaged, and must have a safety feature designed to prevent accidental discharge.  The units may not have an effective range of over 20 feet and must have an effective range of six feet.  In addition there are certain labeling and packaging requirements: must state cannot sell to anyone under 18 and the phone number of the manufacturer has to be on the label.  The units must also be sold in sealed tamper-proof packages.

NOTE: Pepper Spray is legal in all 50 states, however a number of cities and states have restrictions on sizes, strengths, etc.. If you have a question, it is wise to check with you local city or state attorneys office. Defense sprays should only be purchased by those 18 years of age or older.

Just $10 with FREE Shipping for a limited time only

Butch Hiles BJJ Workshop @ Bluefield State College

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Butch Hiles will be doing a BJJ workshop at Blueflied State College on 3/3/13 at 11am.  The purpose of this workshop is to improve everyone’s guard game.  Mr. Hiles will plan on rolling with everyone and try to improve each individuals guard game as much as they can (open, 1/2, closed, DLR, etc).  It will be well worth the time.

For more information please click this link:

Butch Hiles – Butch Hiles Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA, LLC – Top gi & no gi tournaments around the country – An annual event featuring the greatest sports and
athletes WV has to offer – The RCC is a MMA event all about the
fighters and fans.  Don’t miss it!

Competitive Edge Wrestling Does Great @ States!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
Competitive Edge Wrestling Club
Congratulations to the following Edge Club members for getting on the podium at the 2013 WVSSAC High School State Wrestling Tournament at Big Sandy Arena this past weekend:

Jake Smith, George Washington-State Champion 160 lbs AAA

Jensen Lorea, George Washington-3rd place 126 lbs AAA

Sam Moore, George Washington-6th place 106 pounds AAA

Bryce Humphreys, Winfield-State Champion 126 lbs AAA

Isaac Reed, Winfield-3rd place 145 lbs AAA

Nick Boone, Cabell Midland-5th place 170 lbs AAA

Zane Weese, Herbert Hoover-State Runner-Up 220 lbs AA/A

Cam Moore, Roane County-3rd place 120 lbs AA/A

Riley White, Roane County-5th place 106 lbs AA/A

Work outs for post season local and national tourneys starts tomorrow, Going forward it will be held on Tues and Thurs from 6-8 pm, hope to see you there!

Located at Butch Hiles BJJ & MMA on 410 Summers St in Charleston, WV

Upcoming Events @ Butch Hiles BJJ & MMA

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

This Saturday everyone is invited over for the UFC PPV at 8pm.  The prelims start at 8 and the main card at 10pm.  As always, it will be a great time!

 On March 2nd I will be reffing the new ADCC tournament at the Arnold Classic this year: (notice David Lowery and Matt Cooper in the main picture).  The ADCC is the premier no-gi organization in the world but they are also doing gi tournaments now.  This is also the first time they will be at the Arnold’s, which is the biggest sports festival on the east coast.  The winner of the pro division gets a chance to compete in Abu Dhabi for $1,000,000.00!
If you are interested in competing, there is still time to sign-up.  Our friends in Weirton and Moundsville are definitely going to compete and will be there.

March 3 I will have a huge BJJ workshop at Bluefield State College.  I encourage everyone to be at this one as we will specifically work on everyone’s bottom game and try to improve their BJJ as much as possible.
March 10 I will be doing a BJJ seminar in Madison at James Mon’s place.  Jason Hall will also be on hand to show some great stuff.
March 23 is our gi and no gi tournament at Hoover
And, finally, I have a few more events to lock up… I know there will be a few self-defense seminars sprinkled in there and hopefully some other big things.
Hope to see everyone soon!
Butch Hiles

Please Welcome Our New BJJ Affiliates

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

I would like to welcome some new BJJ affiliates on board.

Please welcome:
Moundsville Martial Arts – J Corley
Weirton Bando – Cordell Blackshere
Marine Corps Martial Arts Quantico, VA – Ron Jacobs
and send out an older welcome to Liberty MMA & Fitness in Ashland, KY – Eric Jarvis
All of their links are on the left side of our main page at
We will work hard with these guys to do a lot of great things and spread BJJ around the region!
Butch Hiles

Learning How to Fight Back (CH 13 Interview)

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:49 PM EST
Updated: Jan 25, 2013 11:49 PM EST
By Alanna Autler, Reporter

The attack on a young medical student in Huntington, a car theft in Logan County during the pursuit of a murder suspect, and a string of break-ins in Kanawha County, all raise the question of whether people can feel safe anywhere–and what those people can do to protect themselves.

Almost 4,500 aggravated assaults and 900 robberies were reported in West Virginia last year, according to the latest crime statistics from the FBI.

Depending on gender and age, people gave different answers on what they would do or have done in the event of a violent attack.

“If they got a gun, that puts in a little different perspective,” said Glen Jackson, who was walking in downtown Charleston with his son Friday afternoon. “But I think I would still stand my ground. ”

“I’d probably fight back and kick or hit them,” said 12-year-old, Isabella Romano, of Charleston. “Because I don’t really think it’s not worth fighting back and them taking my money and not walking away.”

“I just…I don’t have the strength I had back in the day,” said Roberta Moberly, of Charleston. “Seniors are vulnerable.”

Butch Hiles, the owner of the gym, Butch Hiles Jiu Jitsu & MMA, in Charleston, said victims should always take action against an attacker.

“Most people look for an easy target,” Hiles said. “And if you’re not an easy target, if you’re fighting back, then they’ll probably go away.”

So 13News visited his gym to learn the most basic self-defense tactics.

Here’s what we learned:

If you’re walking anywhere alone, place your car keys between each of your fingers. If somebody comes at you, slash the person with your keys in a downwards motion.

If someone’s choking you, pull down one finger on each of his or her hands, and bend the fingers back as far as possible. Or shove the attacker’s chin using the palm of your hand, which will cause him or her to stagger backwards.

Hiles also recommended that people should hide their cell phones while walking in public. If criminals see an expensive gadget, that gives them incentive to pursue a victim.

He also said it’s safer to scream loudly than remain quiet–

“The reality is this guy is bigger than you, scarier than you, crazier than you,” Hiles said. “We’re not teaching you to fight back. We’re teaching you how to get away.”

WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

Public Self Defense Seminar 2/16/13

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Butch Hiles Self Defense Seminar

Self-Defense Seminar Open to All

Butch Hiles will be teaching a self-defense seminar to the general public (anyone is welcome) on 2/16/13 @ 1pm. The seminar will be designed to help individuals feel more confident through self-defense techniques.  Techniques will include escapes from grabs, choke, hold downs, attacks, and much more

The price is only $10 per person, if you pre-register.

To pre-register, click here:


Contact Butch Hiles for more details:
Butch Hiles

See news clips from a couple of our latest self-defense seminars:

WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports