The Spartan Fitness lineage of Jiu-Jitsu begins with Carlos Gracie, as many do. Carlos Gracie studied Judo in the early 1990’s with Japanese champion Mitsuyo Maeda. It was with this system that he, with the help of his brothers, made Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Carlos Gracie Jr. is one of Carlos Gracie’s 21 children and 1 of 13 who are black belts in Jiu-Jitsu. Carlos Gracie Jr. is a 7th degree black/red belt in jiu-jitsu and is a former world champion. Rigan Machado was one of Carlos Gracie Jr.’s students. He is an 8th degree black belt/red belt. Machado is a former world champion and is a legend in the sport of jiu-jitsu. Chris Haueter trained under Rigan Machado. As one of the first American Black Belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu , Haueter is best known for his innovative teaching style and conceptual coaching ability. He is also well known for naming of new positions as the art rapidly developed in the mid 90′s. For example, he coined the term ‘Combat Base’ as it related to shooting platform. He spread BJJ to the UK and across the US in the late 90′s. Haueter is one of the BJJ Dirty Dozen (first 12 Non-Brazilian recipients of the BJJ black belt). He received his black belt from Rigan Machado in 1996 and is the first American black belt to compete in the Mundials De Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil, the first American black belt to win a black belt match. Over the years Chris has won multiple Pan American and superfight victories. He is also a highly respected JKD practitioner directly trained under Dan Inosanto. He has promoted 15 black belts. Chris Conolley is the owner and head instructor of Spartan Fitness. Chris has a brown belt in jiu-jitsu, which is one away from black, under Chris Haueter. Chris has over 10 years of experience in jiu-jitsu our system and definitely knows what works for the day-1 beginner all the way up to the professional fighter. The jiu-jitsu experience is the most difficult and rewarding one you will ever take. So come take it with us! 30 day risk free trial you have nothing to lose. You can schedule an appointment by calling 205-824-8361.