Posts Tagged ‘jiu jitsu’

Great Weekend/Seminar – Thank You to All

Monday, December 24th, 2012

butch hiles 1st degree

I want to apologize for my late post, or my lack of responses to other posts on social media sites, etc.  I was extremely sick for at least a week and it progressively got worse with all of the things we had going on.  So, I wanted to take a quick minute and write a better thank you note to everyone while I had a moment and am just about back to normal.

This past weekend we had Marcello Monteiro in for a BJJ seminar, had a gym cookout, and held a public self-defense seminar for Crossfit WV and the surrounding community.  As usual, all the events went great and I want to thank everyone for their continued support and help.  We have really done some amazing things and we couldn’t do it without a true team effort.

We haven’t been able to have Marcello in for awhile due to our crazy schedules and multiple injuries, but having him in reminds me why I love Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  BJJ is truly an art where you never stop learning and sometimes it’s an eye opening experience knowing that there is still so much to learn.

In 2004, I had just got my purple belt in BJJ and was feeling pretty good.  I had attended a large event in North Carolina, where I had rolled with, and tapped, dozens of other very good blue belts in order to get my purple belt.  I finally felt like I hit my groove, so when a friend recommended that I meet Marcello Monteiro, and have him down to train, I thought “Great, I want to see how I stack up against this other BJJ black belt now.”

I had already rolled with several black belts, and, of course, I had never won but on several occasions I did really good with them.  So, after doing so well in North Carolina, I was sure that I would really impress this guy.  Well, long story short, I didn’t do well at all.  I was tapping out every few seconds and getting thrown around the gym left and right by a guy who was half my size.  I had never felt or seen anything like it.  At that point, even though I was extremely disappointed in myself, I also learned that there was so much to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that I didn’t know.  In fact, I wasn’t even scratching the surface.  So, I had to make a choice right there and then… Would I continue on the path of learning or be content with what I already knew?  Because, I literally felt like I needed to relearn BJJ all together.

To most, that should seem like an easy answer, but when I look around at other gyms, especially traditional martial arts gyms, too many people are content on doing the same old thing every day.  They don’t continue to advance their game and they avoid learning the new stuff.  They are literally content being the “master” of what they already know.

Throughout the years, we have had dozens on black belts or brown belts from other martial arts gyms stop by to try out their jiu-jitsu.  Obviously, they find out that what they thought they knew wasn’t exactly what they thought it was.  The brown or black belt they have on their waste doesn’t equate into what they thought it did.  I always assume that they will make the choice to switch over, but 99% of the time they say, “I have spent too much time and energy in this art to walk away now” OR “I am only a few months away from my black belt and I hate to lose that opportunity.”

So, I have seen dozens of people offered the same choice as I was and they choose to walk away.  These guys are probably already the “tough guy” in their little group and, for them, maybe that’s enough.  Luckily, I chose to keep learning and passing on what I could to everyone I know. We are now eight years past the day I made that decision, and even though I am a first degree BJJ black belt, I still feel like I don’t know a thing when Marcello comes down to teach.  I am learning more now than I ever did before.

For those who don’t do true Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you may not even know what I mean by this and, quite frankly, it is difficult to explain to those who don’t.  Anyone can get on YouTube and study moves and anyone can get with a guy who’s done a little rolling and have him teach you what he knows, but the true understanding of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an amazing thing.  It’s an art that is ever evolving and changing and you need to keep up with the times.

Someone who does Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu never truly becomes a master of the art.  In my opinion, that would mean that they stopped learning and have mastered everything.  On the contrary, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner never stops learning and every day is a new adventure.

For example, yesterday, we formed a small group to study and piece together our new material.  It reminded me of a group who was doing research on medical cures or treatments.  Meaning, we had certain theory’s and we tried them out, for better or worse, to see if we were on the right track, just like a researcher mixing chemicals and hoping for the best.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is truly for everyone.  If you truly understand the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you will understand that you do not have to be big and strong, you just have to be smart and crafty.  Technique will ultimately reign supreme once you begin to learn when and how to apply them.

I want to thank Marcello Monteiro for helping realize what Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is all about.  I want to thank him for making me continue to learn for myself and for the people who train with me.  I look forward to all the years of continued learning and training.

Finally, I want to thank all the people who celebrated with us that weekend and those who helped with, and attended, my self-defense seminar at Crossfit WV.  Our celebration wasn’t about me, it was about all of the things we have done together and continue to do.  Thanks for everything and thank you for all of the things we will continue to do.

Look for more big things in 2013 and all the years to come!

Butch Hiles

www.advancedbkj.com

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

2015 Events

Butch Hiles & Wanderlei Silva

Full Grappling Tournament Schedule: http://www.wvgrapplingopen.com/upcoming-tournaments/

Feb 28, 2015 – UFC’s Stipe Miocic MMA Seminar

Self-Defense Seminars are constant, so keep an eye on our facebook page

Self-Defense Seminar at WV State College

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Butch Hiles will be teaching a self-defense seminar to all the students of WV State University on October 9, 2012.  October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this is a perfect opportunity to reach a broad audience and help to stop the cycle of violence.

The seminar will take place outside Dawson Hall at WV State University from 1-3pm.  All students and friends of students are encouraged to attend.

The ramifications of domestic violence are staggering. Young women are
among the most vulnerable, suffering the highest rates of intimate
partner violence. Exposure to domestic violence puts our young men and
women in danger of long-term physical, psychological, and emotional
harm. Children who experience domestic violence are at a higher risk
for failure in school, emotional disorders, and substance abuse, and
are more likely to perpetuate the cycle of violence themselves later
in life.

We hope to see everyone there!
For additional information contact:

Butch Hiles

Butch@ButchHiles.com

304-549-9370

www.advancedbkj.com

Sponsored by: NAACP and WVSU

The UFC’s Spencer Fisher to Teach MMA Every Saturday

Monday, September 10th, 2012

UFC legend, Spencer Fisher, will be teaching MMA at Butch Hiles BJJ & MMA every saturday at noon.

It doesn’t matter if you are wanting to compete or just learn MMA for fun.  Spencer is an amazing fighter and teacher and this class is for everyone.

Opportunities like this are few and far between in small towns like Charleston, WV, so do not miss your chance to train and learn from a legend.

For more information email Butch Hiles

More About Spencer Fisher

He made his UFC debut at Ultimate Fight Night 2, scoring a second-round submission victory over Thiago Alves. He then defeated Aaron Riley at Ultimate Fight Night 3 by TKO due to a Doctor Stoppage after the first round after Fisher broke Riley’s Jaw with strikes. Perhaps Fisher’s most notable early fight was with Canadian kickboxer Sam Stout on the undercard of UFC 58. When Stout’s original opponent Kenny Florian sustained an injury in training that left him unable to compete, Fisher took the fight on very late notice, reportedly having to cut twenty pounds in the final two days leading up to the match. Although Fisher seemed to land the harder punches, Stout landed more and came away with a controversial split decision.

Fisher returned at UFC 60 against Matt Wiman and won by knockout in the second round, knocking Wiman out with a flying knee. Fisher was able to record another first round TKO at UFC 64 against Dan Lauzon. His win streak came to a halt at Ultimate Fight Night 8, after a back and forth fight Fisher was defeated in the second round by TKO due to punches by Hermes Franca.

In a highly anticipated rematch, Fisher defeated Sam Stout at Fight Night 10 by unanimous decision after three rounds. This rematch with Stout propelled Fisher into the spotlight, as it was the main event, it won Fight of the Night and because both fighters took massive amounts of punishment throughout the fight. It has also been named as one of the UFC’s 100 Greatest Fights. Fisher was scheduled to fight Din Thomas at UFC Fight Night 11, but was forced to withdraw due to a staph infection. Ironically, Fisher’s replacement for this match was Kenny Florian, whom Fisher had replaced in the UFC 58 fight against Sam Stout.

Fisher fought Frank Edgar at UFC 78 on November 17, 2007. Fisher lost the fight by unanimous decision. Fisher’s next fight was scheduled to be against Marcus Aurélio at UFC Fight Night 13, but he was forced to withdraw due to a shoulder injury. With his shoulder healed, Fisher was next scheduled to fight young up and comer Jeremy Stephens at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest Finale on June 21, 2008. Fisher dominated Stephens and won by unanimous decision.

Fisher defeated Shannon Gugerty at UFC 90 in Chicago on October 25, 2008. Fisher won his fight at UFC 99 via unanimous decision defeating veteran Caol Uno.

Jeff Monson Seminar Friday, August 31, 2012

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Jeff Monson Seminar
Friday, August 31, 2012

 

Grappling and MMA champion, Jeff Monson, will be coming to Butch Hiles BJJ & MMA to do a seminar on Friday, August 31, 2012.

Monson has one of the most impressive resumes you will ever see and has competed all over the world.  He’s an amazing instructor and has a wealth of knowledge.  You do not want to miss the opportunity.

Resume:

Submission grappling

Abu Dhabi Combat Club
2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Bronze Medalist
2005 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Gold Medalist
2001 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Silver Medalist
2000 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Silver Medalist
1999 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Gold Medalist

International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles
2008 FILA Grappling World Championships Senior No-Gi Gold Medalist
2007 FILA Grappling World Championships Senior No-Gi Gold Medalist

International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation
2007 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships Black Belt No-Gi Absolute Gold Medalist
2007 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships Black Belt No-Gi Silver Medalist
2001 Pan American Championships Blue Belt Gold Medalist

USA Wrestling
FILA World Team Trials Senior No-Gi Winner (2007, 2008)
FILA World Team Trials Senior No-Gi Runner-up (2009)

On the Mat
2009 Submission Grappler of the year
2004 Submission Grappler of the Year

Amateur wrestling
USA Wrestling
Northwest Senior Greco-Roman Regional Championship (1998)
Northwest Senior Freestyle Regional Championship Runner-up (1998)
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Pac-10 Conference Championship (1992)

Mixed Martial Arts
ISKA World Heavyweight Championship
SB Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship
Strength and Honor Championship
Cage Warriors Heavyweight Championship (One time)
Ultimate Fighting Championship – Knockout of the Night and Submission of the Night
XFC Heavyweight Championship
SportFight Heavyweight Championship

Details:

Time: 7pm

cost: $40 (if you compete at WV Games Sept 1) & $50 if you do not.

Deposit of $20 to keep track of spots would be appreciated.  Contact Butch Hiles for details

Location: Butch Hiles BJJ & MMA – 410 Summers St, Charleston, WV 25302

Contact:

Butch Hiles

Butch@ButchHiles.com


Butch Hiles
www.advancedbkj.com – Butch Hiles Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA, LLC
www.theWVgames.com – An annual event featuring the greatest sports and athletes WV has to offer
www.realitycagecombat.com – The RCC is a MMA event all about the fighters and fans. Don’t miss it!

September Events

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

We are bringing the biggest and best events to Charleston, WV!

Friday, Aug 31, at Butch Hiles Gym – Jeff Monson

Followed by the WV State Grappling Championships

WV Games

The WV Games return with all the action this Sept 1, 2012.  Tons of events and an awesome atmosphere.  Don’t miss the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Wrestling, and the Beach Wrestling event all sposnored by us.  For more information take a look at our website: www.thewvgames.com

$450 up for grabs and swords to the winners!

The state’s best MMA promotion returns to Morgantown Sept 15

Ticket info: http://naafs.biz/site/2012/08/10/caged-fury-19/

MMA at the Charleston Civic Center 8/25/12

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Contact Butch Hiles
304-549-9370
Butch@ButchHiles.com

 Coleman, Miocic to Sign for Fans at Caged Fury 18 in Charleston

7/5/12 (Charleston, WV): The NAAFS, in conjunction with Reality Caged Combat, will return to the state of West Virginia this August 25th with arguably one of its best cards of 2012. In addition to what is expected to be a stellar fight card, the NAAFS has confirmed that MMA superstars Mark Coleman and Stipe Miocic will both be on hand to sign autographs and take photos with fans in attendance. Coleman is one of the sports most accomplished fighters historically. The UFC Hall of Famer is also a former Pride Grand Prix tournament winner and the former UFC Heavyweight Champion.

Miocic, who is the former NAAFS heavyweight Champion, is one of the UFC’s brightest young stars and will be part of the main event on September 29th in England when he collides with Stefan Struve for at UFC on Fuel 5. After capturing the NAAFS heavyweight title in June of 2011, Miocic has gone on to win three straight fights in the Octagon including his most recent, a TKO over then unbeaten Shane Del Rosario at the historic UFC 146 event. Miocic is currently undefeated at 9-0 as a pro and has finished 8 of 9 opponents.

 Caged Fury 18 will feature many of regions top fighters in action on August 25th including UFC veteran and West Virginia’s own Branden Hinkle.  The card will also include Wes Lane, Ryan Shank, Victer Crenshaw and Matt Garretson along with the return of former MW contender John Soeder.  The complete fight card is expected to be released in the coming days. Tickets for the great event start at just $25 and go on sale soon.  Tickets for Caged Fury 18 can be purchased at the Charleston Civic Center box office, www.NAAFS.tv,www.realitycagecombat.com, Ticketmaster and by calling 304-549-9370 or 330-280-8442. All bouts are subject to change.

About the NAAFS

Established in 2005, The NAAFS is the fastest growing regional mixed martial arts organization in the sport today and has produced over one hundred live events in the Midwest. The television program “NAAFS Cage Fighting” can be seen each week domestically on the television home of the Cleveland Indians, “Sports Time Ohio” and nationally via Direct TV and Dish Network sports packages. The NAAFS has been featured internationally on G-TV. Highlights from NAAFS events have aired on prominent networks such as Spike TV and HD Net. Fighters that have competed inside the NAAFS cage include Brian Rogers, Jessica Eye, Chris Lozano, Daniel Straus, Dan Spohn, Aisling Daly, Stipe Miocic, Jason Dent, Donny Walker, Forrest Petz, Matt Brown, Ben Rothwell, Dave Herman, Ryan Madigan, Paul Bradley, Sean Salmon, Jeff Cox, Josh Hendricks, Sean McCorkle and Phil Davis among many others. The NAAFS is responsible for organizing and hosting MMA’s most prestigious amateur tournament which has developed dozens of today’s top professional fighters.

Dan Hardy Mini Doc Features Butch Hiles Gym

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The UFC’s Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy recently had a mini documentary filmed and Butch Hiles Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA, LLC is featured in the film (check out part 2).

“I get paid to beat people up,” says Dan Hardy. “I love every minute of it.” It’s a good thing, then, that Hardy is an MMA fighter, and was cool with hanging out with us.

Still, he’s not a typical fighter. He gets along with them, sure, and relates to them, but he also takes competition as an insult: Anyone who signs up to fight Hardy must “think he’s better than me.” And unlike most fighters—shit, unlike most athletes—he’s a pretty cool guy—engaging and a real human being. A real freak, sure, who hurts other people real, real bad, but a normal dude.

Hardy lives somewhere between isolation and aimlessness. When he’s training for a fight he practically lives at the gym, and even when he doesn’t have a fight on the horizon, he’s still training as much as possible. He tells filmmaker and Blood for Blood bassist Ian McFarland what he thinks constant competition is doing to him. He’s an angry dude who wants to slow down and “chill out” eventually, but right now he gets off on the violence, on the discipline, on the superiority of beating another man down. Only fighters, he says, know what it’s like to prepare for a fight, and then withstand one. Everyone else has expectations, but no one else understands.

But is there anything for Hardy outside the world of fighting? He can’t relate to politicians or regular people… even other fighters. Actually, the only place outside the gym Hardy seems to feel comfortable is in the hardcore scene, where people have tattoos like his and generally don’t give a shit who he is. He walks out to Cock Sparrer’s “England Belongs to Me” at fights, which is appropriate since he’s from Nottingham. His MMA nickname, The Outlaw, brings to mind Outlaw Anthems, Blood for Blood’s 2002 LP. The fact that the hardcore scene—where fuckups and angry little kids hang out—is the only place a person like Hardy feels normal seems appropriate.

The film was created as part of the McFarland & Pecci brand series of mini-docs focused on iconic subculture heroes. Go to www.mcfarlandandpecci.com to see the other films.

Women learn self defense for a good cause

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Women learn self defense for a good cause

Posted: May 23, 2012 2:04 PM
By Jessie Shafer, Reporter – bio | email

  WATCH THE VIDEO: Women learn self defense for a good cause

 

At his gym in Charleston, Butch Hiles is offering classes to the general public. In those classes, people can learn how to protect themselves.

Hiles says more than 10,000 women are raped in Kanawha County every year. To combat that, he says they just need to know a little self-defense.

Women in the Kanawha Valley took control. They don’t want to face an attacker and be unprepared.

A college student, Krista Moore said, “I think it would good to learn how to protect myself if anything were to happen.”

And her friend agrees. They say being aware is key.

“If anything does happen like that, you could save yourself from a very scaring situation,” said Lindsay Tincher.

All of the proceeds from this event go straight to REACH. That stands for Rape Education, Advocacy, Counseling, and Healing.

The group is there for women who need a helping hand through what, they call, a very complicated and difficult time.

“We don’t like to say that these programs help prevent, but they do help reduce the risk. And so, just learning how to come out and reduce the risk of a sexual assault or any other attack is definitely important,” said Jaqueline Bevan, of REACH.

To contact an advocate with REACH- call 304-340-3676

Butch Hiles Promotes First MMA Event in Charleston, WV History

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

With the largest crowd since MMA has become legal, Reality Cage Combat dominated the Charleston Civic Center.  The fights and crowd were amazing and we cannot thank everyone enough.  Please check out the pictures and look for announcements and updates here and www.realitycagecombat.com