Chris has been involved in grappling at Fighting Fit since 2009.
Starting in Traditional Japanese Ju-Jitsu in 2001, Chris was awarded his Black Belt 7 years later. During this time he also spent 5 years training in Muay Thai, along with dabbling in various other arts and styles.
In 2009 Chris entered a Judo rules Ground Fighting competition, under the illusion his Black Belt would give him a great advantage. In his own words,
” I had heard legends of a tough gym in Stone that did grappling, and with the competition a month away, I thought it would be worth getting some extra practice in before competing. I showed up one Wednesday evening, and was beaten into an awful mess.”
At the competition, Chris’ ego was completely dismantled, leaving him bruised and humbled. From then on, Chris was a devoted student to then Fighting Fit Coaches, Alan Stockdale, Richard Willis, and Gee Oakes.
Fast forward almost a decade later and Chris is now the main grappling coach at Fighting Fit. Having stepped on the mats as a competitor close to 100 times, winning numerous medals, Chris still actively trains and competes, as well as coaching up to 7 days a week.
Alongside his experience in submission wrestling, Chris also holds a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the original BJJ Globetrotter, Christian Graugart.
Chris also travels frequently to different clubs at home and abroad, both as a student and also holding seminars.
Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Edson Carvalho > Robson Barbosa > Christian Graugart > Chris Paines