2737 Papin Street

St. Louis, MO 63104

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Phone: 260-BJJ-4-STL

  • IBJJF Certified Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
  • Pan American Champion
  • UFC Veteran
  • Semi-finalist on The Ultimate Fighter:           Season 12 (Team Georges St. Pierre)
  • Sponsored Athlete (Shoyoroll – Headnod Squad – NeoCell)

 

 

 

 

 


Full Bio

Kyle Watson has dedicated nearly half his life to practicing and teaching martial arts. He began his journey during his college career at the University of 

watsonufcIllinois, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. While laying a foundation in the combat sports, he also began developing his ability to teach others. In 1999, Kyle started down his martial arts path with Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, one of the most effective and realistic systems the world has seen. 

Kyle holds the rank of black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the legendary Gracie lineage. The Gracie family is responsible for developing the art over the last several decades in Brazil. Kyle’s instructors, Jack McVicker and Megaton Diaz, are both black belts under the world renowned Royler Gracie. Kyle has been competing in BJJ for the last ten years and has medaled in some of the sport’s most prestigious tournaments. He has even traveled to Brazil, the birthplace of Jiu-Jitsu, several times to train and compete. To further enhance his grappling skills, Kyle has also spent a significant amount of time studying wrestling.

In addition to his training on the ground, Kyle spent many years developing his striking skills. He holds the rank of red/black belt in Jeet Kune Do Concepts under Jack McVicker. Originally developed by Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do (JKD) has evolved into one of the most effective striking arts. Due to its strategies for surviving realistic street altercations, JKD has been taught to our Navy Seals, as well as many police departments. However, with many of the tactics in JKD being illegal for sport competition due to their brutal nature, Kyle spent many years also training Muay Thai kickboxing with Ryan Blackorby to supplement his stand-up training for the ring.

Always looking to test his techniques and challenge himself, Kyle broadened his competition endeavors to include Mixed Martial Arts. He has fought throughout the U.S. and even in Costa Rica and Beirut. He is also one of the few individuals to reach the pinnacle of their sport, as he has had six fights with the biggest organization in the industry, the “Ultimate Fighting Championship.”

Kyle has traveled around the globe to compete, train, and corner other fighters. But while he sharpens his own skills in training and competition, his strength and true passion is teaching others. Therefore, he is continually striving to not only become a better competitor, but also a better teacher and role model. And with this relentless pursuit of improvement, Kyle definitely embodies the popular quote, “To become a great teacher, you must never stop being a student.”

While many martial arts instructors hold day jobs and only teach in the evenings or on weekends, Kyle is devoted to teaching full time. And it is evident through his meticulous instruction and the frequent successes of his students.  He is the owner and head instructor at Watson Martial Arts in St. Louis, MO. Below you will see Kyle’s martial arts background and some of his many accomplishments. With his vast knowledge, skill and experience, he is the best choice to help you achieve your martial arts goals!!!

Martial Arts Background:

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Black belt under Jack McVicker / Megaton Diaz
  • Muay Thai Kickboxing: 10 years of experience
  • Jeet Kune Do Concepts: Red/Black belt under Jack McVicker

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Experience and Accomplishments:

  • Trained under Royler Gracie in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Hundreds of grappling matches in live competition
  • 2018 Washington D.C. International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship: Master 2 Medium-Heavy Black Belt 1st Place
  • 2018 Washington D.C. International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship: Master 2 Middleweight Black Belt 3rd Place
  • 2018 Chicago Spring International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu: Master 2 Middleweight Black Belt 1st Place
  • 2017 IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship: Master 2 Middleweight Black Belt 3rd Place
  • 2017 IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship: Master 2 Open Weight Black Belt 3rd Place
  • 2016 American National Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship: Master 2 Middleweight Black Belt 3rd Place
  • 2016 American National Jiu-Jitsu Championship: Master 2 Middleweight Black Belt 3rd Place
  • 2016 Houston Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship: Master 2 Open Weight Black Belt 3rd Place
  • Respect 2 Professional Grappling Event – Superfight Champion
  • 2015 American National Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship: Master 2 Middleweight Black Belt 2nd Place
  • 2015 American National Jiu-Jitsu Championship: Master 2 Middleweight Black Belt 3rd Place
  • 2015 Chicago Spring International Open IBJJF No-Gi Championship: Adult Middleweight Black Belt 2nd Place
  • 2015 Chicago Spring International Open IBJJF Championship: Master 1 Middleweight Black Belt 3rd Place
  • Respect 1 Professional Grappling Event – Superfight Champion
  • 2014 New York Summer International Open IBJJF Championship: Master 1 Middleweight Black Belt 2nd Place
  • 2014 New York Summer International Open IBJJF Championship: Master 1 Open Weight Black Belt 3rd Place
  • 2014 New York Spring International Open IBJJF Championship: Master 1 Middleweight Black Belt: 2nd Place
  • 2014 New York Spring International Open IBJJF Championship: Master 1 Open Weight Black Belt 3rd Place
  • 2014 San Francisco International Open IBJJF Championship: Master 1 Middleweight Black Belt 2nd Place
  • 2013 New York International Open IBJJF Championship: Master Middleweight Black Belt 1st Place
  • 2013 Chicago Winter International Open IBJJF Championship: Master Lightweight Black Belt 3rd Place
  • 2013 Chicago Winter International Open IBJJF Championship: Master Open Weight Black Belt 3rd Place
  • 2013 Chicago Winter International Open No-Gi IBJJF Championship: Master Middleweight Black Belt 2nd Place
  • 2013 San Francisco International Open IBJJF Championship: Master Lightweight Black Belt 2nd Place
  • 2013 San Francisco International Open IBJJF Championship: Master Open Weight Black Belt 3rd Place
  • 2012 Pan Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship: Lightweight Black Belt 3rd Place
  • 2012 Pan Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship: Open Weight Black Belt 3rd Place
  • 2011 IBJJF Chicago International Open: Lightweight Black Belt Master 2nd Place
  • 2010 IBJJF Pan Championships (Irvine, CA): Lightweight Brown Belt Master 1st Place
  • 2009 International Masters/Seniors Tournament (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): Lightweight Brown Belt 2nd Place
  • 2009 International Masters/Seniors Tournament (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): Open Weight Brown Belt 2nd Place
  • 2009 NAGA Indiana Championships: Brown Belt 1st Place
  • 2007 No-Gi World Championships: Lightweight Purple Belt 3rd Place
  • 2007 Extreme Grappling Open: Open Weight Purple Belt 1st Place
  • Multiple wins as Purple Belt in 2006 / 2007 Pan American Games and 2005 Mundials (BJJ World Championships)
  • 2006 Extreme Grappling Open: Lightweight Invitational Pro Division 1st Place
  • 2006 Hoosier Open: Lightweight Purple Belt 1st Place
  • 2006 Corral’s Combat Classic: Lightweight Purple Belt 1st Place
  • Multiple Time NAGA No-Gi, Blue, and Purple Belt Champion
  • 2005 Extreme Grappling Open: Lightweight Invitational Pro Division 2nd Place
  • 2004 Arnold / Gracie Worlds: Lightweight Blue Belt 1st Place
  • 2003 Relson Gracie Nationals: Lightweight Blue Belt 1st Place
  • 1st Southwest BJJ Championship (Phoenix, AZ): Lightweight Blue Belt 1st Place

Mixed Martial Arts Experience and Accomplishments

  • Professional MMA Record: 19-8-1
  • 17 of 19 wins are finishes (15 – submissions, 2 – TKO’s)
  • UFC Veteran
  • Semi-Finalist on The Ultimate Fighter Season 12
  • Total Fight Challenge Lightweight Champion
  • Kage One Lightweight Champion
  • Competitor on Season 4 of Bodog Fight, “Paradise Lost (Costa Rica)”
    (Received “Most Technical Fight Award”)
  • Experience against top lightweights

Teaching / Coaching Experience

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / Submission Wrestling / MMA Instructor: The H.I.T. Squad
With his long list of credentials, Kyle was asked to be the head Jiu-Jitsu instructor at the former gym of nine-time UFC Champion, Matt Hughes. Before departing to open his own facility, Kyle established a quality Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program at the H.I.T. Squad, and he also helped many pro and amateur MMA fighters prepare for both local and international competitions. Kyle’s passion and teaching ability can be seen through his students’ continual success in many of the popular grappling and MMA circuits.

Education Degree: University of Illinois

Kyle dedicated his college career to learning the most effective methods to engage individuals in all levels of learning. He is able to apply these same methods to help students of all ages and abilities to learn martial arts and the discipline and character that come with it.
Operations Manager: Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
Kyle advised college and high school students daily, and helped them to achieve their educational goals. This has given him a variety of social and interpersonal skills necessary to be an excellent instructor/mentor.

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