FTW HEAD INSTRUCTOR

Steve Hall

Beginning his journey in the martial arts at the age of 11, by 17 years old Steve had earned his first black belt in Tae Kwon Do under the Western Masters System in Salisbury, Maryland. He moved to Florida in 1998 and started training Judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) with Bill Murphy and Marcio Simas and received the blue and purple belts under the Gracie Barra system. Bill stepped down in 2002 and (now 4th Degree Black Belt) Charles dos Anjos, took over as head instructor of the Sarasota school. Under his tutelage, Steve received the brown and black belts from the UFC legend himself, Master Royce Gracie. All of Steve’s belts (including he black belt) have also been endorsed by the Florida Federation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

For the past 18 years, Steve has focused most of his training on BJJ, Judo and American Wrestling. In October of 2006, he was awarded the rank of black belt by Master Royce, the son of the founder of Gracie Jiu Jitsu (GJJ), Grand Master Helio Gracie (1913-2009).
In January of 2010 Steve was promoted to the rank of Instructor, and August of 2011 to First Degree Black Belt by Professor Charles dos Anjos.

In April of 2013 Professor dos Anjos awarded Steve with the Second Degree on his Black Belt, making him one of the highest ranked American BJJ Black Belts in the country. With the Second Degree also comes the Title of Professor (literally translated as teacher), which is a huge honor under the Gracie System.

December of 2015 he was awarded the blue bar by Master Royce Gracie. The blue bar signifies Steve’s complete understanding of the five elements of Gracie Jiu Jitsu; Striking, Takedowns, Grappling, Self Defense and Philosophy.
Steve still keeps in close contact with Master Royce and Professor dos Anjos returning to Florida to train and teach several times a year.

BJJ Lineage
Mitsuyo Maeda > Helio Gracie > Royce Gracie / Charles dos Anjos > Steve Hall

At the time Steve was only the 9th Royce Gracie black belt given in the world, as well as his fastest black belt at just eight years of training. Steve is still very competitive in the jiu-jitsu community, and has placed in many regional and international tournaments and competed in invitation-only superfights. He supports the growth of the sport as the Senior Most Referee for the North American Grappling Association. He travels internationally with NAGA and has worked with the company for over 16 years, including teaching seminars to the competitors for many of the tournaments. Steve also regularly teaches seminars to many Royce Gracie network schools, several local and Fight To Win Affiliate schools and Military / Law Enforcement in North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Florida.

In 1998 Steve also began competing in mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions. With an amateur record of 4-1 and pro record of 3-2. He also holds the current record for one of the longest MMA fights in Florida history of 48 minutes with no breaks. Then going on to fight two more times that same night in an eight man tournament with no time limits and a weight class of 180lbs and under (a record that will stand forever being that style of tournament is now illegal in the U.S.).

Since moving to North Carolina in 2007 Steve now runs one of the largest and most successful BJJ teams in the Charlotte area and has lead his team to win several MMA fights, and countless World, National, State and regional medals in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is know for being one of the most technical instructors in the Carolinas, and Fight To Win was named “The Best School In he South East” by the North American Grappling Association. With the school nearly at it’s sixth year mark in Charlotte at the time, this was a huge accomplishment for everyone on the team.

Awards and Accomplishments

2016 NAGA Charlotte 1st Place OVER ALL TEAM
2015 NAGA Charlotte 1st Place OVER ALL TEAM
2015 NAGA Charlotte 1st Place Gi Black Belt Light Heavy
2014 NAGA Charlotte 1st Place OVER ALL TEAM
2014 U.S. Grappling 1h 20min Submission Only runner up
2014 NAGA Charlotte 1st Place No-Gi Expert Middle
2014 NAGA Charlotte 1st Place Gi Black Belt Cruiser
2014 U.S. Grappling runner up (81 min. Sub only match)
2013 NAGA Charlotte 1st Place OVER ALL TEAM
2013 NAGA Charlotte 1st Place No-Gi Expert Middle
2013 NAGA Charlotte 2nd Place Gi Black Belt Cruiser
2012 NAGA Charlotte 2nd Place Over All Team
2012 NAGA Charlotte 1st Place, Black Belt Cruiser
2012 NAGA Charlotte 2nd Place, No-Gi Expert Middle
2012 NAGA Charlotte 1st Place, No-Gi Expert Middle
2011 Nominated for the United States Martial Arts Hall Of Fame
2011 NAGA Charlotte 3rd place Over All Team
2011 NAGA Charlotte 1st place, No-Gi Advanced Middle
2011 NAGA Charlotte 1st place, Gi Brown/Black Cruiser
2011 NAGA Charlotte 1st place, Gi Masters Advanced Cruiser
2010 NAGA Charlotte 2nd place Over All Team
2010 Nominated for the United States Martial Arts Hall Of Fame
2010 NAGA Charlotte 1st place, Gi Brown/Black Cruiser
2010 NAGA Charlotte 2nd place, No-Gi Expert Light Heavy
2010 Promoted to Instructor under Charles dos Anjos
2009 U.S. Grappling 1st place, Gi Black Belt Absolute
2009 NAGA D.C. 1st place, Gi Masters Black Belt Cruiser
2009 NAGA Atlanta 1st place, Gi Masters Black Belt Cruiser
2009 Superfight runner-up to Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros
2009 NAGA Midwest 2nd place, Gi Black Belt Cruiser
2009 NAGA U.S. Open 1st place, No-gi Expert Light Heavy
2008 NAGA Midwest 2nd place Black Belt Absolute
2007 NAGA Midwest 1st place Black Belt Absolute
2007 NAGA Florida, 2nd place Gi Black Belt Light Heavy
2007 NAGA U.S. Nationals, 1st Place, Expert division
2007 NAGA Las Vegas, 2nd place
2006 Recieved the Black Belt in GJJ from Royce Gracie
2006 NAGA Georgia, 2nd place
2006 NAGA Florida, 1st place
2006 NAGA Ohio, superfight champion
2004 Golden Sidekick Open, grand champion
2004 American Cup, 1st place
2004 Pro Am, 1st place
2003 Recieved the Brown Belt in GJJ from Royce Gracie
2003 International Grappling Challenge, 2nd place
2002 Extreme Sport Combat Champion
2001 Awarded Best of the Best Purple Belt AMA
2001 NAGA Nationals, 1st place
2001 NAGA Nationals, 3rd place
2000 Florida State Championships, 3rd place
1999 Florida State Championships, 1st place
1998 SEFFC, 1st place