- Matt Thornton Jiu-Jitsu Seminar
Matt Thornton Jiu-Jitsu Seminar
Matt Thornton was one of the early group of American’s to become involved in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, having been introduced to it in 1991. He was also the first person from the State of Oregon to receive a black belt in the Art. He is a 5th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Chris Haueter.
NY Times best selling author Sam Harris said:
“Matt Thornton is one of the clearest Martial Arts instructors I have come across.”
As a teacher he produced a video set in 1999 titled simply, ‘Aliveness’ which became one of the top sellers of all time within the industry. It set off a firestorm of controversy, and remained a central catalyst in a Martial Arts training revolution that is still taking place all over the world. They were voted as one of the top five self-defense videos of all time by Black Belt magazine.
As a coach he has awarded fifteen of his own Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts. That list includes famed UFC coach and the father of MMA in Ireland, John Kavanagh. Who is the trainer to UFC legend Conor McGregor.
The UK’s most successful MMA coach, Karl Tanswell; and other great teachers, competitors and trainers of champions.
Over the decades Matt has worked with some of the best MMA fighters, grapplers and combat athletes in the world, including UFC hall of famers Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, Forrest Griffin, and others. He has also produced Oregon’s first and so far only, Mundials world champion.