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 Nogi professional circuit since he was a blue belt, he has established himself as one of the biggest stars in BJJ with several medals in important tournaments such as the ADCC, World Championships (Mundial), Pan American, Grapplers Quest and many others. Ryan Hall is also a successful MMA fighter since restarting his MMA career with Tristar Gym in Montreal, Canada.

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):

  • 24x Grapplers Quest Champion
  • World Champion (2008 purple belt)
  • World Nogi Champion (2007 purple belt)
  • ADCC North American Trials – West Coast – Champion (2009)
  • UFC Fan Expo Superfight Champion (2010)
  • ADCC Alternate Match Champion (2007)
  • European Champion (2008 – purple belt)
  • Chicago Open Champion (2009 black belt absolute)
  • ADCC Bronze Medallist (2009)
  • “Brasileiro” – Brazilian Nationals – Bronze Medallist (2008 purple)
  • World Bronze Medallist (2009 brown)
  • 13x Superfight Champion (NAGA, Grapplers Quest, US Grappling, etc.)

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

Favourite Technique/Position: Triangle and Heel Hook

Important DVD Releases:

Team/Association: 50/50 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Ryan Hall’s 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 practicing Jiu Jitsu at an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) academy in New York called Ronin Athletics, his coach was Christian Montes.

He did not care much for grappling at the time and only trained BJJ sporadically, spending most of his time doing Muay Thai. But after a few months of constant beatings at the BJJ class he decided to dedicate more of his spare time to Jiu Jitsu, and by July 2004, after he competed in his first BJJ tournament, he became totally addicted and quit school to focus solely on his Jiu Jitsu.

Ryan cinched that he needed to move to a bigger team to improve his BJJ. He decided to go to Lloyd Irvin’s gym. Lloyd a BJJ black belt famous for his “over the top” advertising campaigns, introduced Ryan to a very competitive team with fighters like Brandon Vera and Mike Fowler. At Irvin’s academy Hall’s Jiu Jitsu blossomed; his amazing limberness, his long limbs and his willingness to learn made the right recipe for a fantastic guard. His 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, a Jiu Jitsu team led by several historic BJJ figures. Ryan Hall also decided to open his own academy in Washington – DC, the 50/50 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (website: In the beginning of April 2010, Ryan finally received his (long overdue) black belt from one of his mentors, 2x Black Belt World Champion, Felipe Costa.

In early 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 fought on the Challenge MMA 2 card on August 17, 2013. He submitted Maged Hammo at the Montreal, Quebec event.

Ryan Hall Grappling Record

    3 (30%)
    0 (0%)
    7 (70%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Mata leao
Heel hook
Toe hold
    5 (71%)
    0 (0%)
    2 (29%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back

Ryan Hall Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1515Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0Grapplers Quest76KGSUPERF2008
1605Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLGuillotineADCC66KG1/4F2009
1874Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 5x2World Champ.70KGRDS2010
2007Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 3x2World Pro.65KGRD12011
2101Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
2310Robson MouraRobson MouraLPts: 3x0ADCC66KG1/4F2011
2471Justin RaderJustin RaderLPointsUltimate Abs.76KG1/4F2012
1594Jeff CurranWPointsADCC66KGRD12009
1609Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPointsADCC66KG3PLC2009
1773Wilson ReisWMata leaoUS Grappling70KGNA2010
1971Emanuel JesusWMata leaoGQ B.f.East70KGNA2010
1978UnknownWToe holdGracie NationalsNANA2010
1979Milton BastosWMata leaoGracie NationalsNAF2010
2097Joao LuzWArmbarWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
2272Tetsu HadarioWPts: 5x4ADCC66KGRD12011
2452Jorge BrittoWHeel hookUFC ExpoABSNA2011
2468Ramon FloresWHeel hookUltimate Abs.76KGRD12012

Ryan Hall’s Radical Restaurant Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Adventure

Ryan Hall vs Wesley Gann


  • 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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