Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News


Ryan Hall is a jiu jitsu black belt under Felipe Costa and one of the best featherweight grapplers in the world. A tough competitor in the no gi professional circuit since he was a blue belt, Hall established himself as one of the biggest stars in the sport with several medals in important tournaments such as the ADCC, World Championships (Mundial), Pan American Championship and Grapplers Quest. Hall quit jiu jitsu in 2012 to focus on his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, reaching Ultimate Fighter 22 cast in 2015. A reality show produced by The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) where competitors have a shot at a contract with the prestigious promotion.

Ryan Hall Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Ryan Christopher Hall

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Rodrigo Medeiros > Felipe Costa > Ryan Hall

Main Achievements (BJJ, Submission Wrestling):

  • World Champion (2008 purple belt)
  • World No Gi Champion (2007 purple belt)
  • ADCC North American Trials Champion – West Coast (2009)
  • UFC Fan Expo Superfight Champion (2010)
  • ADCC Alternate Match Champion (2007)
  • European Champion (2008 purple belt)
  • Grapplers Quest Champion
  • Chicago Open Champion (2009 black belt absolute)
  • ADCC 3rd Place (2009)
  • Brazilian National Championship 3rd Place (2008 purple)
  • World  Championship 3rd Place (2009 brown)
  • NAGA Superfight Champion
  • US Grappling Superfight Champion

Weight Division: Peso Pena (Featherweight) 70kg/154lbs

Favourite Technique/Position: Triangle and Heel Hook

Team/Association: 50/50 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Ryan Hall Biography

Ryan Hall was born on the 22nd of February 1985 in Arlington, Virginia – USA. He grew up being a fan of baseball, basketball and (American) football, all sports in which he competed as a youngster. In 2004 he started practising jiu jitsu at a mixed martial arts (MMA) gym in New York, named Ronin Athletics with Christian Montes.

Grappling was not Ryan’s main concern at the start of his martial arts career, instead Hall focussed the majority of his training doing Thai boxing. After a few months of constant beatings at the jiu jitsu class, Ryan decided to allocate more of his his spare time to Brazilian jiu jitsu.

On July 2004 Ryan competed in his first BJJ tournament, becoming immediately fascinated with this combat style. So much that he ended quitting school to focus solely on training.

Ryan cinched that he needed to move to a bigger team to improve his skills. He decided to move to Lloyd Irvin‘s gym in Maryland. Lloyd a well known black belt, particularly known for his “over the top” advertising campaigns. Irvin introduced Ryan to a very competitive team with people such as Brandon Vera and Mike Fowler.

At Team Lloyd Irvin Ryan’s jiu jitsu blossomed; his amazing flexibility, his long limbs, his willingness to learn and understanding of grappling mechanics made the right recipe for a fantastic guard. Hall’s name became a constant presence at tournaments all over the country and even abroad. Ryan also became the object of Lloy Irvin’s numerous marketing campaigns, and it came as a shock to the BJJ community when Ryan decided to split from the team on January 2009, a subject discussed to exhaustion in grappling forums throughout the world.

With the split from Irvin, Ryan went on to join Brasa Clube de Jiu Jitsu, a team led by several historic grapplers. Ryan Hall also decided to open his own academy in Washington – DC, the 50/50 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. On April 2010 Ryan finally received his (long overdue) black belt from one of his mentors, 2x black belt world champion, Felipe Costa.

In 2012, Ryan Hall became an internet sensation overnight after a video was released of Hall defending himself against a threatening individual at a restaurant (see below). The footage was called on Youtube: “Ryan Hall’s Radical Restaurant Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Adventure”, and it showed a man being extremely aggressive and Hall trying to calm down the situation, when it was obvious the situation was not going to improve he completely dominated his opponent in emphatic fashion, delighting anti-bullies all over the world and making the video go viral on social media.

After a short spell at mixed martial arts (MMA) in 2006, Ryan decided to get a fresh start at a career in the cage in 2012, enrolling at the Tristar Gym Mixed Martial Arts training program in Montreal, Canada. He represented his new team for the first time in the cage at SLAMM-1 on November 30, 2012 Canada, winning by TKO in the first round and continued competing, being eventually signed by a bigger MMA organization.

Ryan Hall vs Lloyd Irvin

On 2013, after two of Lloyd Irvin’s students (Nicholas Schultz and Matthew Maldonado) were accused of raping a fellow team mate, Irvin came under scrutiny as it was revealed that he himself had been accused of gang rape in a case that dated back to 1990 (check link). To make matters worst, in response to the public interest and outrage on the rape allegations, Lloyd utilized his PR machine to try and suppress the negative publicity he was receiving, publishing at least 8 videos from his rape prevention seminar on his YouTube channel in the hopes of pushing out the negative buzz. He also issued a press release for the same seminar and launched a website under the domain name (address) “” gaining with this at least one Google listing for the keyword “Lloyd Irvin Rape”.

Amidst the anger and shock, some did speak out against the Maryland instructor, including the father of one of Irvin’s top students at the time (Keenan Cornelius) and Ryan Hall who wrote an open letter about his views on the case.

Ryan Hall Grappling Record

    6 (43%)
    0 (0%)
    8 (57%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Mata leao
Heel hook
Toe hold
    6 (75%)
    0 (0%)
    2 (25%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back

Ryan Hall Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1902Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLGuillotineADCC66KG1/4F2009
2148Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalLPointsPan American70KG1/4F2010
2257Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 5x2World Champ.70KGRDS2010
2405Ed RamosLPts: 12x8Pan American70KG1/4F2011
2431Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 3x2World Pro.65KGRD12011
2527Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
2742Robson MouraRobson MouraLPts: 3x0ADCC66KG1/4F2011
2947Justin RaderJustin RaderLPointsUltimate Abs.76KG1/4F2012
1891Jeff CurranWPointsADCC66KGRD12009
1906Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPointsADCC66KG3PLC2009
2092Hermes FrançaWPointsUFC ExpoABSSPF2010
2093Wilson ReisWMata leaoUS Grappling70KGNA2010
2147Henrique RezendeWPointsPan American70KGRD12010
2358Emanuel JesusWMata leaoGQ B.f.East70KGNA2010
2365UnknownWToe holdGracie NationalsNANA2010
2366Milton BastosWMata leaoGracie NationalsNAF2010
2523Joao LuzWArmbarWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
2704Tetsu HadarioWPts: 5x4ADCC66KGRD12011
2890Jorge BrittoWHeel hookUFC ExpoABSNA2011
2891Diego SanchezWPts: 6x2UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2899Jorge BrittoWHeel hookUFC ExpoABSSPF2011
2944Ramon FloresWHeel hookUltimate Abs.76KGRD12012

Ryan Hall’s Radical Restaurant Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Adventure

Ryan Hall vs Wesley Gann

Digitsu Free BJJ Techniques


  • Latest interview by Ryan Hall + his matches against Diego Sanchez and Jorge Britto

  • Met this dude today. A wizard on the matts! Unreal!

  • James Abbington says:

    Man… Ryan Hall is sick on the mat! Much respect.

  • Craig says:

    Ryan is no longer with Brasa . He is representing the Marcelo Garcia Team .

  • johnny says:

    I am curios as to why he left brasa

  • SeanC says:

    He does now represent Marcelo Garcia. He says at the beginning of this interview.

  • Steve Larsen says:

    Here to represent Marcelo! I am a purple under Marcelo’s 2nd black belt. I’ve got a picture of me hitting this awesome single leg on him.

    There have been some new videos out of Ryan rolling with Marcelo. The 1st one was about a year ago I think and I guess there have been some newer ones of them rolling put out on that mginaction site. They are pretty slick but you can more than likely imagine how they go. They are like the other Marcelo videos.

    I love the way Ryan Hall instructs. I have never been around him in person but I did watch his triangle dvd set and it was great. He kind of breaks things down structurally and conceptually which is how I learn best. I like to know the engineering why of moves. Hope that makes sense.

    On the flip side, dare I say it? I can’t stand the way he competes. He often seems to be griping about something. Be it a restart, the score… But now I realize I only see probably 5% of his matches in total if that. So that may not be a fair assessment. Hmmm. How does anybody else feel about it? Or am I all alone on that?

  • Father John says:

    Very pathetic his YouTube fighting against the drunk man,it completely shows no self control.

    What’s the point of been great in competition and silly outside it.

    Father john will bless you with 0.

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