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The Kodokan Team went to compete at the South East Open BJJ Tournament in Folkstone on October 1st 2017 winning a Gold Medal in the Super Heavyweight White Belt Grouping, and a Bronze Medal in the Lightweight White Belt Category.




Chris Haueter - 5th Degree Black Belt


Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Rigan Machado > Chris Haueter


Chris Haueter is extremely well respected and very well known in the grappling community for his pioneering teaching style and conceptual coaching skills.

He was one of the first 12 black belts ever made outside of Brazil, often referred to as the “Dirty Dozen”, and was the first American black belt to compete in the Mundials De Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil, being the first American black belt to win a black belt match.


Although Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been around for almost 90 years, the rest of the world only started hearing about BJJ in the mid 80’s when the first Gracies went to the US to introduce the sport there.


Chris was introduced to Rorion Gracie’s academy by his aikido instructor Mits Yamashita, where he met Rorion’s cousin, Rigan Machado. Rigan was one of jiu jitsu’s most celebrated champions at the time and became Chris’s main coach. When Rigan moved away from the Gracie academy to start up his own, Chris went with him.


In December 1996 Rigan Machado awarded Chris his black belt, making him a member of the legendary “BJJ Dirty Dozen”.

During the ceremony 4 other black belts were made:

Renato Magno, (Jared Nathanson’s first Instructor), Rick Williams, Fernando Vasconcelos and David Meyers.


A highly decorated BJJ star, Chris Haueter has these achievements of note on his long wrap sheet:


Ø World Master Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Champion (2015 master 5)

Ø Pan American Champion (2009 senior 2)

Ø World Master Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Runner-up (2015 master 5 absolute)


Chris Haueter has become known for coining a few of Brazilian jiu jitsu’s positions, which were unnamed in Portuguese.

One of those was the famous “combat base” stance. This later became the name of his BJJ academy in Redondo Beach California.




Chris Haueter has known Jared Nathanson from when he was a boy growing up in the sport in California and has graciously offered to conduct an exclusive seminar for the Kodokan Academy of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu here in London on Saturday March the 11th 2017.


This will be a tremendous opportunity to learn from one of the U.S.A’s original BJJ heroes, and explore techniques in the hallowed setting of the Long Gallery at the historic Charlton House.


This grand Jacobean Manor House built over 400 years ago is the perfect setting for the Academy to introduce one of BJJ’s most respected champions, imparting his history, wisdom and techniques to a select group of BJJ enthusiasts.


Meet Chris Haueter in person this March 11th from 10:30am -1:30pm at the Kodokan Academy of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, The Long Gallery, Charlton House, Charlton Road, London SE7 8RE.


This is Chris’s only London date. Prior booking is essential.


Book your tickets here

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