Coach Chris Stolpe is a Boulder native. He got his start in martial arts at the age of 12, when he began training in Tae Kwon Do. He credits his time in Tae Kwon Do with helping him to develop the values of hard work and discipline that are emphasized across all martial arts disciplines. In 2001, Stolpe and five of his close friends from high school started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Easton. Though all five of his friends eventually stopped training, Stolpe fell in love with the sport. With every belt promotion, he became more driven to improve his game, and by the time he received his purple belt, he knew that he wanted to teach.
He started out as a volunteer coach in the kids program, and his love for the sport grew as he saw the effect he could have on his students. As a coach, Stolpe’s biggest aspiration is to encourage his students to feel the same drive and enthusiasm for Jiu Jitsu that he feels. He loves that BJJ has the transformative power to make every day a little better, and to help him grow a little more. Stolpe’s favorite thing about the Easton Training Center community is that it is an environment where everyone can get fit, have fun, and learn something new every day, and he is so grateful for the relationships he has formed through Jiu Jitsu. One of his BJJ heroes is Renzo Gracie, and he hopes that one day Professor Gracie will come back to Easton Training Center again. Meeting him for the first time was an experience Stolpe will never forget.