Instructors

Amal Easton
Professor/Owner & Operator EBJJ

Amal Easton began his martial arts journey over thirty years ago with the study of Muay Thai under the tutelage of Ajarn Chai Sirasuti and Kru Doug Pandorf.

He has studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu extensively since 1992. After earning his Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine Amal moved to Rio De Janeiro in 1995. One of few Americans living in Rio de Janeiro, Amal trained and competed out of the Gracie Barra Academy for three and a half years.

Amal was only the seventh person to receive their black belt from legendary competitor and instructor, Renzo Gracie. Renzo and Carlos Gracie Jr. have endorsed Amal’s ability and authorized him to teach the art. Amal was the first American Black Belt National Champion in 2002, is a multiple Pan American and Worlds Masters champion, and one of the original American pioneers of the art.

Eliot Marshal
Professor

Eliot Marshall started his martial arts training at the age of 6 in Soo Bahk Do under the instruction of Grand master Hwang kee and Michael Garaguso. Eliot achieved the rank of 3rd degree black belt and went on to win 2nd place at the national tournament in 1997. Eliot began studying Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in October of 1999. Upon graduating C.U. in 2002 with a BA in Mathematics, he devoted himself full time under the direct instruction of Amal Easton. Eliot has gone on to compete and win in many prestigious events.

Eliot is currently fighting for the UFC, and trains for fights at Easton BJJ, as well as Jacksons Martial Arts with the likes of Nate Marquart, Rashad Evans, George St. Pierre, Keith Jardin, and Chaun Simms to name a few. He currently holds the rank of Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

A truly unique quality of Eliot’s is that he is equally adept fighting in the octagon, teaching a class of adults or effortlessly commanding the attention of a packed room of five year old students!

AWARDS:
2001 Pan-American Silver medallist
2002 Pan-American Gold medallist
2002 USA Team Trials 1st place
2002 USA Team Trails 2nd (Absolute)
2002 Grapplers Quest West Bronze medallist
2003 IGJJF Open Purple belt 1st place
2003 IGJJF Open Purple belt Absolute Champion
2003 Pan-American Gold medallist
2004 IGJJF Brown belt super heavy champion
2004 IGJJF brown belt open weight champion
2004 adcc north american trials participant
2004 GQ North american championships open weight champion
2004 #1 Rated absolute weight grappler for the year.
2005 Pan American Champion Super heavy weight brown belt
2005 GQ USA trials 200-210lb champion
7-1 MMA record
UFC competitor
Ring of Fire Light Heavy Weight Champion
The only American to ever win gold at blue purple and brown at the Pan American games in the adult division.

Nick Kline
Professor and Head Instructor Arvada

Nick Kline is a Colorado native who grew up in Thornton, a suburb north of Denver. While attending the University of Colorado at Denver, Nick began his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training with Amal in June of 2000. He graduated with a degree in Finance, and decided to focus on training instead of entering the financial world. Nick started competing after receiving his blue belt in 2001, and his primary focus was his progression in Jiu-Jitsu. He has been teaching classes at the Boulder Academy since 2004, and he started working at Easton Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu full-time in the summer of 2005. Over the past year, Nick has been an avid participant in the CrossFit W.O.D. (Workout of the Day) an intense cross-training program that is ideal for whole body activities like Jiu-Jitsu. Nick teaches adult Jiu-Jitsu classes, and runs the conditioning classes.

AWARDS:
2002 Grapplers Quest West Light Heavyweight Champion (Intermediate)
2002 Pancrase USA Light-Heavyweight Champion
2003 Pancrase USA Light-Heavyweight Champion
2003 Pan American Heavyweight Bronze Medalist (Blue Belt)
2004 Pan American Heavyweight Gold Medalist (Purple Belt)
2004 Grapplers Quest West Light Heavyweight 2nd Place (Advanced)
2005 Pancrase USA Heavyweight and Absolute Champion
2005 Pan American Heavyweight Gold Medalist (Brown Belt)
2005 Grapplers Quest Nationals Light Heavyweight 2nd Place (Advanced)

Larry King
Professor/ Head Instructor Denver

Professor King began Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1999 with Tim Cartmell, a black belt under Cleber Luciano. In 2000 Professor gained another teacher, Alberto Crane a Gracie Barra black belt who had just returned from Brazil. In 2001 Larry moved to Colorado and began learning from Professor Amal Easton. Few people have traveled more to learn Jiu Jitsu than Professor King. Professor earned his black belt in July of 2009 from Amal Easton.

AWARDS
• 2nd place 2007 Colorado state championship- Pesadissimo
• 2nd place 2007 Colorado state championship-open Pesadissimo
• 1st place 2004 CKA SLAM Grappling Tournament-heavy weight
• 3rd place 2003 Pan American championship- Pesadissimo
• 1st place 2003 Copa Pacifica-Pesadissimo
• 2nd place 2003 Grapplers Quest West (Intermediate-heavy weight)
1st place 2001 SW grappling championship open weight-Las Cruces, NM

Tyrone Glover
Professor

Tyrone Glover began his grappling career in Junior high as a Wrestler and by the time he graduated high school, he had earned a place in the books as a CIF state placer. In college he began studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Ricardo “Franjihna” Miller, of Paragon Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Tyrone quickly excelled in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, winning so many tournaments in California he earned the nickname “West Coast Phenom”.

After college Tyrone moved to Sacramento, California and trained with Black Belt Cassio Werneck for the next year and a half. He went on to win the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pan American Championships, the So Cal Pro AM, and Grapplers Quest West and East.

Tyrone is Undefeated in Mixed Martial Arts and was selected as one of winners for the Pride Fighting Championship Auditions. In 2005 Tyrone received his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and also bested UFC veteran Din Thomas in his Japanese MMA debut later that year.

Tyrone just recently graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in the Spring of 2009 and passed the Bar on his first try. Professor Glover believes through focus, dedication, and proper technique one can achieve optimum results from his or her martial arts training.

Mark Johnson
Professor

Mark was first introduced to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in 1992 from Professor Relson Gracie in Honolulu Hawaii.

Mark excelled and in 1995 moved to Rio where he spent 3 years training and competing at Gracie Barra. Professor Johnson started teaching Brazilian Jiu-jitsu when he started a small group in 1998 that grew to what is now known as Easton Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

Mark received his Black belt in 2005 from Professor Helio “Soneca” Moreira.

Josh Ford
Professor

Josh Ford had a brief introduction to Brazilian jiu jitsu in 2001, and was immediately hooked, but wasn’t able to commit to training at that time.

After moving to Denver in September of 2003, he began training with Dave Ruiz. Having a passion for learning, he has had the opportunity to train with many great instructors and learn different aspects and approaches to jiu-jitsu. In early 2009, Josh made the move over to Easton BJJ and has made it his home. He received his Black Belt in August of 2009 and currently teaches classes in Boulder and Denver.

Aside from training and teaching BJJ, Josh also owns and operates Lifetime of soul tattoo at 1510 east Colfax ave, in Denver.

Jeff Suskin
Professor

Originally from Long Island NY, Jeff “Sus” Suskin moved to Telluride Colorado in 1992 after completing the Colorado Outward Bound School’s “Leadership Semester” and then to Boulder where he settled for 11 years and discovered The UFC and Easton BJJ.

He moved to Denver in 2001 and after 9+ years of training received his Black Belt in June 2008. One of Easton BJJ’s original students, Jeff has traveled and competed in tournaments across the USA and Brazil including Grapplers Quest, Pancration USA, the World Masters and Seniors, Colorado Nationals, and Pan Americans.

Jeff has taken a lifetime of playing sports at the highest level and translated those techniques over to coaching BJJ. He played varsity lacrosse for The University of Massachusetts and now loves Telemark Skiing, Yoga, Muai Thai/American Boxing, Tennis and studying Brazilian Portuguese. What’s most important to Jeff is the integration of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu into our student’s everyday life. Helping them find flow both on and off the mats. Jeff owns the Dining Out Magazine Chain as well as the Jet Hotel and restaurant XO in LoDo Denver. To find out more about Jeff, make friends with him on FaceBook.

Chaun Sims
Professor

Chaun is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under professor Amal Easton and is actively working on a pro career fighting MMA. Sims wrestled in elementary, middle and high school, (6th place in State) and trained and competed in a few amateur matches boxing. He was born and raised in Two Rivers, Alaska and spent twenty years living in the Great 49th State. Sims enjoys risk taking, total system challenges and anything that does not involve sitting still. Chaun raced dirt bikes and snow machines growing up and won city and State championships in motocross. With all its’ wonders and boundless adventures, Alaska has given Sims the ability to survive particularly through hardship, work hard, and to be disciplined and dedicated.

Sims holds a BA degree in business administration, from Colorado State University (CSU). His time in school offered him many opportunities from academics to athletics. Sims was part of a three-member team working on a grant which put thermal energetic stoves into the dwellings of people in the city of Ahmadabad, India and was also on the CSU triathlon and bicycle teams. Risk taking and adrenaline rushes are what Sims thrives on; he has climbed Mt. Shasta, various forteener’s around Colorado and has attempted to climb to the base of Mount Everest. Throughout all of these side adventures, Sims continuously has followed his interest in Brazilian Jiujutsu and pursue his goal of becoming a professional athlete.

Junior Fidelis
Professor

Coach Junior began training BJJ in Rio De Janiero in 1999 with Professor Rogerio Poggio. He is the older brother of Brazilian BJJ superstar Edson Diniz. They trained together as often as possible in Brazil where Professor Diniz gave Junior his Purple and Brown belts.

Junior Has been with the Easton team for over two years now. He heads up the Kids program in Denver and also runs a famously high paced intermediate class.

Tyler “Thunder” Toner
Coach

Inspired by “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “The Karate Kid”, Tyler Toner began his career in the Martial Arts at an early age. He began with Tae Kwon Do at the age of 5, studying for 6 years and winning a national title in the process.

He eventually moved on to the art of Jeet Kun Do, training under an early advocate of cross training and Mixed Martial Arts, Jerry Ellefson. It was Ellefson who took Tyler (10 years old at the time) to the very first Ultimate Fighting Championships in Denver; Tyler was mesmerized as he got his first glimpse of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, witnessing the smaller Royce Gracie manhandle his much larger opponents. Ellefson encouraged Tyler to seek out a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructor to continue his growth in Martial arts.

It took about 10 years, but sure enough, while studying at CU Boulder, Tyler came across Easton Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Since early 2003, Tyler has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai at Easton Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He received his blue belt in February of 2005, and fought and won in his first MMA bout in July of the same year. He is currently 9-1 in MMA, and can be seen fighting in Ring of Fire and Strike Force.

Tyler teaches Thai-Boxing and the children’s classes at Easton BJJ. Tyler is equally at home teaching a group of 5 year olds or a Thai Boxing class with over twenty adults. Come in and see for your self! Toner currently holds the rank of purple belt in BJJ.

Larry Schnaare
Coach

Larry began training in BJJ and MMA while in the Marine Corps stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA in 2001. He trained under a Roy Harris Black Belt named Norman Belsterling in Carlsbad, CA. After finishing active duty Schnaare moved back to IL and began training at Three Rivers Marts Academy, A Royce Gracie network school, in Paducah, KY. Larry received his Blue belt from Royce and his purple belt from Rodrigo Gracie.

Larry felt that in order for him to really progress further in BJJ he needed closer supervision of a high level black belt. Soon after Larry was offered a position in Denver, CO and began researching the BJJ schools. Once he discovered the quality of the instructors at EBJJ Larry accepted the position in Denver and moved there in May, 2008.

Schnaare received his brown belt in December, 2008 from Mario “Busy” Correa and continues to train with all of the great instructors at EBJJ. Larry also trains in Muay Thai and received his blue shirt in July, 2008.

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