Combatives Black Belts
The following are the only Combatives Black Belts promoted by Matt Larsen. The Combatives Black Belt represents much more than just great grappling skill. Although they have also recieved their Black Belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, each of these awardees have proven their abilities across the spectrum of other skills required of a modern warrior. From striking, clinch fighting and ground grappling, combat marksmanship with pistol, carbine or sniper rifle to tactical driving, close proxiity breaching and trauma medicine these men are the best there are.
With Combat tours with the 3rd Ranger Battalion and the 101st Airborne Division, James Damien Stelly has spent the last decade and a half between working as an instructor at the US Army Combatives School and deploying to the war zones. During that time he has managed to rack up three Army Combatives Championship titles, 2005, 2007, 2012, and a professional Mixed Martial Arts record of 15 wins - 3 Loses and a reputation as one of the toughest Soldiers in the Army.
Andrew Chappelle is an Army Ranger who served eight years on active duty including four years as an instructor at the US Army Combatives School. He has a professional Mixed Martial Arts Record of 10 wins and 7 loses.
Army Ranger Keith Bach has had an enormous impact on Modern Combatives. He has served as an instructor at the US Army Combatives School and as a member of the 2nd Ranger battalion where he has made several combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was the Army Combatives Champion in 2008 and is a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter with a record of 11 wins and 1 loss.
With over a decade and a half of experience as an 18D, Special Forces Medical Sergeant, Rich first saw combat as a Marine in the first gulf war. He served multiple combat tours with the 5th Special Forces Group and was an instructor at the US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (USAJFKSWCS). Rich earned a reputation within the Army and the Special Forces community as not only one of the best fighters and teachers of Combatives and Close Quarters Battle but also one of the most important innovators in the Combatives program.
Tim Kennedy is a decorated Army Ranger, Sniper and Special Forces operator with multiple combat deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. He is a three time Army Combatives Champion, 2005, 2006, 2007 and has a professional Mixed Marital Arts record of 17 wins and 4 loses. He is currently fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and among his most notable wins was a unanimous decision over Roger Gracie in UFC 162.
A career Army Ranger with over a decade and a half in the 75th Ranger Regiment, Jeremy Brown was a key figure in the development of Modern Combatives. He served as battalion Master Combatives trainer for both the 2nd Ranger Battalion and the entire 75th Ranger Regiment and as Chief trainer at the US Army Combatives School. He has seen combat in Iraq, Afghanistan, parachuted into Rio Hato during the invasion of Panama and has a professional Mixed Martial Arts record of 1 win and o losses.
Before the War inIraq began Troy Thomas had already gone from Private Soldier to Sergeant First Class in the 75th Ranger Regiment and helped Matt Larsen found the US Army Combatives School. He has multiple combat deployments with the 75th Ranger Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division and the 101st Infantry division. Troy has a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt from Romero “Jacare” Cavalcante and has a Mixed Martial Arts record of 1 win and 0 loses.
Growing up kickboxing in Hawaii, Iako Kalili was one of the first teachers at the Army Combatives School, eventually becoming the chief instructor, and has been one of the most influential Combatives instructors in and out of the Army. Iako has a mixed martial arts record outside of the Army of 2 wins and 1 loss with that being to former Bellator champion Douglass Lima. He is currently the head of security for the Rock and Roll band Five Finger Death Punch.