Chris Haueter (see here and here) is a member of the infamous "Dirty Dozen," a master technician and teacher, an artist, and a philosopher (by temperament if not by training). Indeed, in my humble opinion, he is the most interesting (and important) American-born black belt. Whenever I read (or watch) an interview of his (or just a video of him waxing philosophical about jiu jitsu--see below), I am always impressed with how many nuggets of wisdom he has accumulated during his own jiu jitsu journey. He exemplifies and embodies what it means to live the "jiu jitsu lifestyle"--running a long-standing gym aptly called "The Garage," travelling the world competing and spreading the gospel of grappling. Consequently, I was delighted when a nearly 30 minute video was posted of a recent seminar he gave at Veterans Jiu Jitsu (see below). Some of the concepts he shares in this video are profound (at least to me). The way he chains between different grips and submissions is poetry in motion. Hopefully, in the weeks and months ahead, I will have the chance to slowly start working on the techniques he shows. In the meantime, I thought I would write a post that included links to articles and videos about his life, work, and philosophy. He is a true gem. So, read, watch, and go train! As Haueter famously pointed out, "it's not who's good, it's who's left." So, keep training, keep learning, and when you're ready, pass your knowledge along to someone else!
p.s. If you want to learn more about Haueter's seminars, privates, and clinics, see his FB page here. That said, the videos are below the fold: