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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:




Tom DeBlass BJJ Seminar 6/9/16

Friday, March 25th, 2016

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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



Accomplishments:

 Mixed martial arts
 
UFC Vet
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

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  (Brought to you by the WVGO)

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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!

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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

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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: http://www.wvgrapplingopen.com/adcc-gi-no-gi-nationals-return-to-charleston-wv-61116/

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 Butch@ButchHiles.com

  • Websitehttp://www.wvgrapplingopen.com/adcc-gi-no-gi-nationals-return-to-charleston-wv-61116/

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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

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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

Weigh-Ins

Saturday 8am-11am

Please let me know if there are any questions,

Butch Hiles
www.wvgrapplingopen.com

304-549-9370

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




More BJJ Classes Added!

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

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In efforts to add more training we have added classes and open mats to both the morning and evening schedules.

Here is our updated BJJ Schedule:

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes Offered in the Morning & Evening

BJJ Morning Classes:

Open Mat: Monday-Friday at 10-11am

Class: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11am

Saturday Open Gym 1pm

Sunday Open Gym TBA

BJJ Evening Classes:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Technique Class for Level 1,2 & 3 at 6-7PM

Monday and Wednesday Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Class for Level 4 & Adv. Students at 7-8:45PM

Thursday 7-8:30pm Open Mat (Schedule ahead)

Saturday Open Gym 1pm

Sunday Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Open Gym TBA

WVGO $700 Cash Tournament Set to Return 3/21/15

Friday, February 13th, 2015

 Gi & No Gi Double Elimination Tournament March 21, 2015

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  $700 in Cash Prizes!!!

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

Once again, our annual March Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gi and No Gi Tournament returns to 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, March 21, 2015
Time: Tournament 11am (Cash tournament starts), 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 3/20/2015 and the forms will be at the bottom of this page).

$40 for children ($50 at the door)

$65 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

Pre-registration Links

Don’t forget to pre-register for an additional discount!!!

$50 for any adult competitor (this includes teens wishing to compete in the adult division)




 

$40 for women and children




 

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Weigh-Ins

Weigh-ins to be held Friday (7:30pm-9:30pm at Hoover High School, unless special arrangements are made) and Saturday 8:30am-10:30am

Please let me know if there are any questions,

Butch Hiles
www.wvgrapplingopen.com

304-549-9370

The Olympics of Grappling Come to Charleston, WV

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

ADCC Gi & No Gi US Nationals

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 (Brought to you by the WVGO)

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

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ADCC Gi & No Gi US Nationals

The Olympics of grappling are set to debut this December 7th, 2013 in Charleston, WV and will feature the best grapplers the state has ever seen.

  • Date: Saturday, December 7th, 2013

  • Time: Tournament 11am, Referee Meeting at 10am, Competitor Rules meeting at 10:30am (Kids Times to be announced – most likely they will start at 10am)

  • 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 December 5th, 2013)

  • Format: Official ADCC rules and scoring in both Gi and No Gi divisions, and Absolute divisions in each skill level (See Below)

  • Location: John Adams Middle School (2002 Presidential Dr  Charleston, WV 25314)
  • Contact: Butch Hiles Butch@ButchHiles.com www.wvgrapplingopen.com

ADCC Professional Super-fight

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Tournament Information

There will be children’s, teens, women’s, masters, and men’s divisions and the weight classes for both gi and no gi will be as follows:

No Gi Information

Experience levels are the same for kids, junior, adult, and masters

  • Beginner: Less than 2 years experience in BJJ, Judo, Sambo, Wrestling, etc
  • Intermediate: Less than 3 years experience, Max blue belt in BJJ, No medals in Judo, Sambo, Wrestling, etc
  • Advanced: 3 years + experience

Adult Men Weight Classes Beginner & Intermediate:

***Please note that the advanced adult men will have different weight classes than the other divisions

132 & Below 132.1 lbs. to 143 lbs. 143.1 lbs. to 154 lbs. 154.1 lbs. to 167 lbs. 167.1 lbs. to 183 lbs. 183.1 lbs. to 200 lbs. 200.1 lbs. to 220 lbs 220.1 lbs. and above

Adult Men Advanced Weight Class (Professional)

145.2 & Below 145.3 lbs. to 169.5 lbs. 169.6 lbs. to 193.7 lbs. 193.8 lbs. to 218 lbs. 218.1 lbs. and above

Adult Men Masters Beginner – Advanced (30yrs and above)

132 lbs. & Below 132.1 lbs. to 143 lbs. 143.1 lbs. to 154 lbs. 154.1 lbs. to 167 lbs. 167.1 lbs. to 183 lbs. 183.1 lbs. to 200 lbs. 200.1 lbs. to 220 lbs. 220.1 lbs. and above

Adult Women Beginner – Intermediate: 114.4 lbs. & Under 114.5 lbs. – 128 lbs. 128.1 lbs. & Over

Adult Women Advanced (Professional): 132.2 lbs. & Under 132.3 & Over

Age Brackets for Kids: Kids 5-7, 8-10, 11-12

Weight Classes for Kids (weight classes may be combined if needed):

53 lbs. & Below 53.1 lbs. to 62 lbs. 62.1 lbs. to 70 lbs. 70.1 lbs. to 79 lbs. 79.1 lbs. to 88 lbs. 88.1 lbs. to 99 lbs. 99.1 lbs. to 110 lbs. 110.1 lbs. to 121 lbs. 121.1 lbs. and above

Age Brackets for Juniors (Juniors can compete in adult class but must pay the adult fee): 13-15, 16-17

Weight Classes for Juniors

132 & Below 132.1 lbs. to 143 lbs. 143.1 lbs. to 154 lbs. 154.1 lbs. to 167 lbs. 167.1 lbs. to 183 lbs. 183.1 lbs. to 200 lbs. 200.1 lbs. to 220 lbs 220.1 lbs. and above

Experience Levels For Gi & No Gi

Adult Gi Competitors – White, Blue, Purple, Brown & Black (Purple-Black will be kept separate whenever possible)

Masters Division (Ages 30 yrs & above)

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

Teens 13-15 and 16-17: White/Yellow Belts, Orange/Green Belts, Blue/Purple Belts

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

Kids 5-7, 8-10, and 11-12: White Belts, Yellow Belts, Orange/Green Belts

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

Further information about the entire event can also be found on www.theWVgames.com

Please contact the event coordinator for additional details and/or questions: Butch Hiles 304-549-9370 info@theWVgames.com

Pre-registration Links

Don’t forget to pre-register for an additional discount!!!

$65 for any adult competitor (this includes teens wishing to compete in the adult division)

  $55 for women and children

 

Please let me know if there are any questions,

Butch Hiles www.wvgrapplingopen.com

304-549-9370

At the Door Registration:

85$ at the event, 70$ for women and children under 12 – price includes all events (gi and no gi)

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Weigh-Ins

Friday TBA

***Special arrangements can be made for those driving far distances, etc. If you have any questions, please contact Butch Hiles

Saturday from 8-10:30AM – Kids MUST be weighed in by 9:30

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Starting Time and Rules Meeting

Tournament Schedule:

Saturday: Kids/teens rules meeting at 9:30 and first match at 10am, so please be weighed in by 9:30AM

***The first kids match will be at 10AM, followed by teens

Adult rules meeting will be at 10:30AM and the first match will be at 11AM

***Gi Divisions will run first and we will run the highest belt levels first in all divisions

Saturday Match Schedule

9:30AM Kids Rules Meeting

10:00AM Kids/Teens Matches Begin

10:30AM Adult Rules Meeting

11:00AM Adult Matches Start (Purple Belts)

After Party

TBA

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Hotel Info

Coming Soon

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2013 Best of Charleston Award Goes to Butch Hiles BJJ

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Butch Hiles Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA Receives 2013 Best of Charleston Award

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Charleston Award Program Honors the Achievement

CHARLESTON July 20, 2013 — Butch Hiles Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA has been selected for the 2013 Best of Charleston Award in the Jiu-Jitsu Training category by the Charleston Award Program.

Each year, the Charleston Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Charleston area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Charleston Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Charleston Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Charleston Award Program

The Charleston Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Charleston area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Charleston Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

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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Click here for more details: http://www.wvgrapplingopen.com/gi-no-gi-submission-only-tournament-april-20-2013-in-bluefield-virginia/

Great Weekend/Seminar – Thank You to All

Monday, December 24th, 2012

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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

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