TURTLE: Transition to Back Mount and Clock Choke with Professor Ben Eaton
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 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.