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Craig Chavez


In 2000, Craig began Mixed Martial Arts in Southern California with Ted William’s Combat Grappling. In 2005 he enlisted in the United States Army where he began training in the Army Combative's program. While conducting combat operations during OIF, Craig was severely wounded and lost his vision. While recovering and adapting to his visual impairment, Craig continued his journey in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo while studying Hapkido under HKD, TKD & BJJ Blackbelt Master Rick Bean.

From 2008 to 2011 Craig competed in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Gary Padilla and competed in Judo under Judoka’s from Southern California, around world and USA Judo.

Upon moving to Spicewood, Craig has continued his training under the tutelage of Elliott O'Hara and received his purple belt in BJJ on March 5h, 2022.

Craig is proud to assist in LTJJC's BJJ program and lead our Self-Defense program and to help spread his love of Martial Arts to the local community.

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