I started my journey as a teenager with Shorin-Ryu Karate, tried wresltling and a few other things ; but it wasn’t till I started Judo at Oregon Judo club (later Oregon Judo Jiu-Jistu) that things began to make sense, something about throwing people made me very happy. I was lucky enough that they work a bit more of the ground game (Ne-Waza) that proved to be quite useful later on. I eventually was sidelined with some minor injuries and started doing stand up/freestyle martial arts. Eventually I was introduced to Dave Minden in Southeast Portland, Dave was an accomplished martail artist with Black Belts in Judo and Japanese Jiu-Jistu as well as degrees in Escrima (please forgive me if I don’t recall the ranking system for Escrima). I got my introduction to Brazilian Jui-Jitsu through him as we tried to figure out just what Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was by watching their videos, working off of those and making a lot of mistakes. Please take note that in the 90’s in Oregon, BJJ was just barely getting started and there were no coaches at the time; those learning it were pretty much figuring things out along the way.
We’ll unlike Judo, this was a little easier on me since didn’t focus on the throws, it was all on the ground, no hard falls to take to re-injure myself. This was great as it allowed me to train, get that competitive feel . It also allowed me to get stronger which led to being able to work takedowns and throws again.
As it happens; the grappling scene was just barely starting so you meet people, I eventually met the following Tom Oberhue and Michael Chapman. This lead to meeting Ki Christy (SP) then Matt Thornton of Straight Blast Gyms (SBG). I have to credit the group of that time at SBG because that is where I learned the difference of what I was training with martial arts and application. By no means am I saying anything bad about what I learned from anyone else, but SBG is where I learned how to use these skills, it’s where I learned to really compete, to push myself, to fight!
I eventually moved to Tacoma Washington and trained briefly at Marcelo Alosno’s gym before moving to Minnesota; where I immediately looked for a gym in the area, however, luck was not with me as I got neck injury shortly after starting there that sidelined me agian. When I moved to Minneapolis I found Rick Faye’s Minnesota Kali Group close to my home and started going there in December 2002. At the time I was just trying to get back from my injuries; however I saw a couple guys trying to figure out how to shrimp. Well being nosy, wanting to meet new people in a new town I introduced myself and offered to share what I knew. Eventually Rick Faye was kind enough to let me start teaching a class there ( I was a four stripe blue belt at the time), being able to teach was great, I could be involved to a degree while things healed. It took some time but I was able to start rolling again and it felt great!
As time went on I was able to train steadily and on a consistent basis, I received my Purple Belt from Tom Oberhue of Five Rings Jiu Jitsu from Portland OR. in June of 2009.
In September of 2012 I received my brown belt from Chris McCune of McCune’s Martial Arts in Brooklyn Park MN.
On March 5th 2016 I received my black belt from Chris McCune of McCune’s Martial Arts.
I am lucky enough to be able to train with great coaches and teach my friends and students.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Black Belt: Under 3rd Degree Black Belt Chris McCune of McCune’s Martial Arts (Rigan Machado).
Under 2nd Degree Black Belt Chris McCune of McCune’s Martial Arts (Rigan Machado).
From Tom Oberhue of Five Rings Jiu-Jitsu
(4 Stripes on Blue Belt from Marcelo Alonso of Tacoma Wa. I’m adding this out of appreciation and as part of my lineage.)
Chris Haueter via Straight Blast Gyms (Matt Thornton) in Portland, Or.
Oregon Judo/ Jiu-Jitsu ( Al Raydis, Scott McQuarry)
I am the head coach for the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program at Rick Faye’s Minnesota Kali Group (MKG). I’ve been teaching there since 2003 for all levels as well as establishing advanced and women’s only classes. Coached and assisted coached athletes and students for sport tournaments and mixed martial arts.
I’ve also taught seminars for all levels, women’s only for self defense as well as teaching classes for the blind and differently abaled.
Prior to the MKG , I taught at Straight Blast Gyms at the Portland and Beaverton locations in the mid to late 90’s
I have been doing martial arts since forever. I tried, judo, karate, taekwondo, MMA. But when I found Brazilian Jiu Jitsu I found the sport, martial arts and philosophy that motivated me and fullfilled me as an athlete and a person.