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
- ADCC North American Trials Champion – West Coast (2009)
- UFC Fan Expo Superfight Champion (2010)
- IBJJF Chicago Open Champion (2009*)
- ADCC 3rd Place (2009)
Main Achievements (Colored Belts):
- IBJJF World Champion (2008 purple belt)
- IBJJF World No Gi Champion (2007 purple belt)
- ADCC Alternate Match Champion (2007)
- IBJJF European Champion (2008 purple belt)
- CBJJ Brazilian National Championship 3rd Place (2008 purple)
- IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2009 brown)
** Weight and absolute
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.
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) “lloydirvinrape.com” 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
- BY DQ
8 SUBMISSIONS WINS
- BY DQ
2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES
Ryan Hall Fight History
|2224||Leonardo VieiraLeonardo Vieira||L||Guillotine||ADCC||66KG||4F||2009|
|2521||Theodoro CanalTheodoro Canal||L||Points||Pan American||70KG||4F||2010|
|2656||Rafael MendesRafael Mendes||L||Pts: 5x2||World Champ.||70KG||R1||2010|
|2857||Ed Ramos||L||Pts: 12x8||Pan American||70KG||4F||2011|
|2883||Augusto MendesAugusto Mendes||L||Pts: 3x2||World Pro.||65KG||8F||2011|
|3000||Augusto MendesAugusto Mendes||L||Choke from back||World Champ.||70KG||RDS||2011|
|3241||Robson MouraRobson Moura||L||Pts: 3x0||ADCC||66KG||4F||2011|
|3472||Justin RaderJustin Rader||L||Points||Ultimate Abs.||76KG||4F||2012|
|2228||Jeff GloverJeff Glover||W||Points||ADCC||66KG||3RD||2009|
|2464||Hermes França||W||Points||GQ UFC Expo||ABS||SPF||2010|
|2466||Wilson ReisWilson Reis||W||RNC||US Grappling||70KG||NA||2010|
|2520||Henrique Rezende||W||Points||Pan American||70KG||R1||2010|
|2586||Bruno Freitas||W||N/A||Miami Open||70KG||SF||2010|
|2587||Jason Scully||W||N/A||Miami Open||70KG||F||2010|
|2757||Emanuel Jesus||W||RNC||GQ B.f.East||70KG||NA||2010|
|2772||Unknown||W||Toe hold||Gracie Nationals||NA||NA||2010|
|2773||Milton BastosMilton Bastos||W||RNC||Gracie Nationals||NA||F||2010|
|2996||Joao Luz||W||Armbar||World Champ.||70KG||RDS||2011|
|3203||Tetsu Hadario||W||Pts: 5x4||ADCC||66KG||R1||2011|
|3389||Jorge Britto||W||Heel hook||UFC Expo||ABS||NA||2011|
|3390||Diego Sanchez||W||Pts: 6x2||UFC Expo||ABS||NA||2010|
|3398||Jorge Britto||W||Heel hook||UFC Expo||ABS||SPF||2011|
|3469||Ramon Flores||W||Heel hook||Ultimate Abs.||76KG||R1||2012|
Ryan Hall vs Wesley Gann