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Jiu-Jitsu Program

Professor Mark Hopkins is currently a 4th degree black belt in Jiu-JItsu and was awarded his black belt in 2006 from Master Carlos Valente.  He is currently associated with Eduardo Telles and the 99 team out of San Diego.  He has competed in numerous IBJJF competitions as a black belt in the Master 4 and 5 category.  He has medaled in every competition he has entered and even won gold at the 2012 No Gi Worlds.  
 
Professor Mark‘s interest in grappling started back in 1983 after watching his good friend demolish a much larger bully in a street fight.  He would eventually start training in judo in 1988.  Shortly after, he trained with some of the wrestlers when San Diego State had a wrestling club.  A couple of years later he discovered jiu-jitsu while watching Royce Gracie dominate in the first UFC in 1993. 
 
In his jiu-jitsu classes students will learn a mixture of grappling, including his favorite techniques for self defense/street situations, wrestling and judo takedowns, and a wide variety of jiu-jitsu sweeps, guard passes, and submissions.  His philosophy is to be in the top position whenever you can, but you better be effective and comfortable when you can’t be in the top position.

Weekly Schedule

Monday – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Wednesday –  12:00 pm -1:30 pm | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Thursday – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm 

Friday – 12:00 pm -1:30 pm