BEN EATON | BLACK BELT - 2ND°
Ben’s fascination for Jiu-Jitsu, like most others in his generation, began when he first watched Royce Gracie in the first Ultimate Fighting Championships. After graduating college in 1997 he officially began his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey and even had the chance to once train with Royce in 1999. Ben even had the privilege of consistently training with UFC Hall of Famer Dan “The Beast” Severn as they only lived 45 minutes apart. His fascination and relentless passion for learning lead to Ben meeting and establishing a longtime friendship and mentorship with BJJ Legends and multiple time World Champions, Saulo and Xande Ribeiro. This relationship led Ben to becoming a Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association instructor and affiliate owner in 2006.
On 10/10/2009, after years of dedication, hard training; often driving hours to train with the Ribeiro brothers in their Toledo and Detroit academies on a weekly basis, Ben had the honor of becoming the 6th American to be promoted to the rank of Black Belt by Saulo.
Professor Ben Eaton is not only the head instructor of JJI, but he also has the privilege of being the East Coast Director of the Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association.
Jiu-Jitsu Institute | RIBEIRO JIU-JITSU Yorktown.
Along with being a passionate practitioner, instructor and small business owner; Ben is also an active competitor. He believes that he must constantly test himself to maintain the integrity of his practice and instruction. Since black belt, some of his tournament accomplishments are:
J BURKE | BLACK BELT - 1ST°
Professor J has been studying martial arts for over 20 years. J has practiced and trained in arts including, high school and collegiate wrestling, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Russian Sambo, Jeet Kun Do, Muay Thai and is currently a first degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, earning his black belt from Professor Ben Eaton with Professor Saulo Ribeiro. Professor J has competed both at the local and state level for most of the disciplines and have had the opportunity to train with and teach most of our Armed Forces. Professor J is a valuable asset to the Jiu-Jitsu Institute as he has spent several years learning the Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu signature system, not only earning his black belt but also completing the Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association Instructor Course taught directly by Professor Saulo Ribeiro. In addition to the sport aspect of BJJ, Professor J brings great insight to the other important facets of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that appeal to many of our students. “I like to focus more on the self-defense aspect of the art and enjoy passing my knowledge on to our students.”