with the areas highest ranking BJJ instructor
Hiles has trained many of the areas best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters and
Mixed Martial Arts Champions.
Receive quality top notch instruction in Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu, according to the standards of Butch Hiles and Marcello C.
Monteiro with his credentials given from the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Federation of Rio De Janeiro/ Brazil, CREF (Conselho regional de Educacao
Fisica,Brazil), Secretaria de Esportes e Lazer da cidade do Rio de
Janeiro, Associacao Brazileira das Federacacoes Desportivas and Escola de
Educacao Fisica do Exercito.
Members will test for rank directly under Professor Marcello C.
Monteiro and Butch Hiles
Official Rank Certificates endorsed by Marcello C. Monteiro
Access to the various Representative training facilities throughout
Training sessions and tournaments supported in all of our academies
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the world's premiere
fighting arts specializing in ground fighting with emphasis on positions
control and submissions. Jiu Jitsu tends to rely upon proper leverage of
techniques for success rather than brute strength, it is considered both
self-defense and sport, making it ideal for men and women of all ages.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training incorporates both No-Gi and Gi classes
Gi and No-Gi are two sides of the same coin. While they
are indeed two distinct sports with characteristics based on attire, they
both stem from the same Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu delivery system and share the
same positional strategies, featuring control and submissions through
mastery of leverage, pressure, mobility, and timing. We encourage
exploration into both sports as we feel it will give you an overall better
appreciation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as an art. Each sport is usually
characterized by a different pace and arsenal unique unto itself. Learning
both these aspects of grappling will only add to your development as a
complete BJJ Athlete.
This class operates off of a rotating curriculum
(approx. 10 to 12 weeks) specifically designed to introduce new students
to our MMA/BJJ program. The goal is to build a strong foundation in all 3
ranges of techniques: Basics, Intermediate, and Advanced, so that a new
student may feel comfortable and acquainted with the techniques and
training methodologies that he/she will encounter in our regular classes.
are West Virginia's only Marcello Monteiro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Marcello Monteiro is well known in Brazil as a teacher
and coach for creating fighting strategies, teaching the most important
tricks and details that speed up the learning process and facilitate the
performance of each movement used by fighters.
"Monteirão", as he is known among his
friends, likes to state that, " the difference between a champion and
other athletes is associated with the details of each position".
He is the an author of the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
book ( Secret Positions ) , edited by Gracie Magazine, which teaches
jiu-jitsu positions without gi. That magazine sold the Secret Positions No
Gi Book (at the Gracie Shop) in Brazil for approximately five year from
1998-2003. He also took part in a film about De La Riva 's life and his
created position, the De La Riva's Hook, demonstrating some positions with
De La Riva himself. He also participates in the film, along with Rickson
Gracie, Carlson Gracie, Royler Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Zé Mário Sperry,
Murilo Bustamante and Rodrigo Nogueira (MINOTAURO), telling about De La
Riva's life. That book is also currently being sold in Japan.
He is a certified and graduated technical teacher,
registered at the "Federação de jiu-jitsu do estado do Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil ", and has already prepared, trained and turned
regular students into state, National and world champions.
He is truly one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coaches
to ever grace the mat and many athletes have used his expertise to help
the excel in the sport, including UFC champion, Rodrigo Nogueira (MINOTAURO).
Butch Hiles has trained and competed in combat sports
most of his life. However, his true calling has been the instruction
and advice he has been able to offer his students and members.
Although he has various titles in boxing,
kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, and many other martial
arts, a series of injuries, which included a torn rotator cuff and
multiple knee injuries, made sure that his competition window quickly
closed. So, he seized the opportunity to help train anyone who was
wanting to learn, while still training as often as he could.
Concentrating on training and teaching, Hiles was able
to receive multiple black belts in various martial arts, which include
Japanese Jujitsu, Reality Fighting, and various other combat martial arts.
His training also included extensive boxing and Muay Thai training under Leon
Ramsey, who is certified under the legendary Master Toddy and is
also widely regarded as the best "stand-up" trainer in WV
history. These additional achievements, have helped him broaden the
instruction, advice, and training he can offer his students and
Even though Hiles has accomplished the rank of black
belt in various martial arts, he is most proud of the belt he currently
holds in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Hiles is a black belt
in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Marcello Monteiro, who is widely regarded as
one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coaches. This pride comes from
the extremely hard work he has put into his training as well as the effort
it took to keep training through various injuries and complications.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is also widely regarded as the top martial art in the
world for it's effectiveness in reality competition, such as mixed martial
arts as well as real life confrontations. Before Marcello Monteiro's
instruction, Hiles received his blue and purple belts in Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu from the legendary Royce Gracie of Ultimate Fighting
As an instructor, his fighters were very successful and
that is, in many respects, much more impressive than anything he could
have personally done as a competitor, and something he is more proud of
than any other compliment or award he could have ever received. He
has had winners, and champions, in every major combat sport during his
days as a fight trainer.
He trained the first, and only, National IKF Amateur
kickboxing champion, as well as many other kickboxing champions. He
trained various boxing champions that have won everything from Golden
Glove titles to the Rough n' Rowdy and Toughman. He has trained
champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that have won everything from state, or
local tournaments, to national tournaments such as NAGA and the
Arnold's. He also trained multiple mixed martial arts, or Ultimate
Fighting, champions. Hiles has had MMA title holders in every weight
class in several organizations, which included a King of the Cage
championship title when the King of the Cage was ranked number two in the
United States behind the UFC.
Hiles was inducted into the United States Martial Arts
Hall of Fame, as an instructor. An offer he declined several times but
eventually accepted due to his admiration of the man who nominated him
(Leon Ramsey), and because of the other members that were inducted the
same year (Frank Shamrock, etc).
Hiles also led the fight to keep Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
legal in the state of West Virginia. Due to ignorance of the state
athletic commission, and their lack of knowledge in regards to submissions
and martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was briefly banned in West
Virginia. However, Mr. Hiles was able to win a monumental court case
to keep Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as other martial arts such as Japanese
jiu-jitsu and randori legal in West Virginia.
West Virginia is lucky enough to have many talented
instructors in all aspect of martial arts. For that, we are all
forever grateful. We would like to encourage you to train with any
of the great instructors and teams in your area and we hope that if you
are in our area you will choose our gym. Everyone is welcome and we
would like to wish you luck in your search for a good gym and a great
place to train. We sincerely hope that you choose ours.
Butch Hiles & Marcello Monteiro's BJJ in action
1914, a Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Judo master named Mitsuyo Maeda, (AKA
Count Koma) stopped in Brazil during his World Judo tour.Maeda decided to prolong his stay and help a Japanese colony
settle in the North of Brazil.
Brazilian diplomat named Gastão Gracie helped the colony with land
and cattle. In return Koma, went against the Japanese tradition and
volunteered to teach real Jiu-Jitsu to a non-Japanese, Gastão's son
BIRTH OF GRACIE JIU-JITSU/ BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU
who was the oldest of five brothers, became so fascinated with
Maeda’s techniques that in 1925 he opened the first Gracie
Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Carlos’ youngest brother, was physically frail and would
constantly faint when doing any type of physical activity. The
family doctor advised him to avoid any kind of exercise.Consequently, Helio
would sit on the side of the mat watching Carlos teach classes.He did that for a couple of years.
day, when he was 16 years old, a student showed up for class, but
Carlos was not around and Helio
said, “My brother is not here, but if you want, I can go through
the techniques with you. I’ve been watching my brother for so long
that I memorized all the moves.”
went through the moves with the student.He was so excited and enthusiastic about pleasing the student
that when Carlos arrived and apologized for being late the student
said, “I’ve had a class with your brother and if you don’t
mind from now on I’ll continue taking classes with him.”
that day on Helio
became an instructor and soon after he was teaching the vast
majority of the classes while Carlos became more involved with the
development of the Gracie Diet and managing the fighting careers of
spite of his small frame and weight of only 140 pounds, Hélio
became the mastermind behind the development of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu,
adapting the techniques of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu so that they depended
entirely upon leverage, rather than strength and explosiveness.He was driven by a constant determination to find effective
ways to deal with every possible aspect of a real fight.
to break away from the traditional Japanese style, he began
experimenting, modifying and perfecting simple techniques that would
be effective regardless of stature.
is how he developed this style of Jiu-Jitsu. Though Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
descended from the ancient Japanese style, the differences are quite
apparent. Many of the Japanese facets of the art, which depend on
physical prowess and stiff motion, were tossed aside, leaving only
Jiu-Jitsu in MMA (The UFC)
Gracie was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 37-year-old
Gracie is one of nine children, seven of whom are boys. His training
in Jiu-Jitsu began at a very early age as a game with his father
began competing in tournaments at age eight. He received his
blue belt at age 16 and was promoted to black belt in less than two
years. Royce moved to the United States at age 18 to live with his
brother, Rorion. They began teaching private classes out of their
garage, sometimes for more than ten hours a day. Rorion and Royce
opened the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy eleven years ago in Torrance,
California. Today it is one of the largest martial arts schools in
Royce’s reputable career as a fighter began in 1993 after
defeating three opponents in the first Ultimate
Fighting Championship. His brother Rorion came up with this
innovative challenge as a way to show Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to the world.
Discipline after discipline was defeated by the slight 6’1”, 180
pound Royce Gracie. His opponents consistently outweighed him by
more than 50 pounds. He went on to win 3 UFC
titles and today is the only man in the history of no holds
barred matches to successfully defeat four opponents in one night.
Royce is still very active in the fight world with most recent
fights in the PRIDE
Grand Prix held in Japan in 2000. Royce’s success has opened the
eyes of many disbelievers to the importance of leverage and
technique in grappling.
The legend of the Gracie family began in Brazil with Royce’s
Gracie. Today Royce is privileged to spread the techniques
perfected by his father all over the world. Throughout his busy
fighting career Royce has maintained a rigorous travel schedule of
seminars and classes. His list of students is enormous.
has taught many of the big screen greats like Chuck Norris, Ed
O’Neal, Guy Ritchie and Nicholas Cage. He has also been very
active with the CIA, FBI, DEA, Secret Service, Army Rangers, Army
Special Forces, Navy Seals and many sheriff and police departments.