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 the founder and head coach of the 50/50 jiu jitsu academy.
Ryan Hall Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Ryan Christopher 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: http://5050bjj.com). 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 November 2009 Ryan Hall released a 3 volume instructional DVD set named “The Triangle”. The instructional was highly acclaimed when uppon release and was at the top of Budo Videos as one of their best sellers during the festive season that year.
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.
Ryan Hall’s Radical Restaurant Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Adventure
Ryan Hall vs Wesley Gann