Instructors

Ben “The Dutch Assassin” Lindhout

Ben is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt under Clint Crabtree, and a proud member of the Carlson Gracie Team. He has been one of the most active competitors in the Midwest, and has been obsessed with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since starting his training in 2007. Ben has been fortunate to train directly with many top grappling instructors including Carlson Gracie Jr., Clint Crabtree, Robson Moura, Andre Galvao, Lucas Leite, Daniel Wanderley, Fabio Prado, Jeremy Horn, Roberto Tozi, Fernando Neto, Hermes Franca, Rich Franklin, and many more.

Ben works with a technical, yet crushing style and has a passion for sharing his knowledge with other students. He is dedicated to the team, and works hard with a goal of making all his teammates better. He is an easy going guy, so make sure to introduce yourself if you see him at the academy or a tournament near you!

Naga Chicago – Chicago, IL (May 24, 2008)

  • 1st place – Masters Light Heavyweight White Belt
  • 2nd place – Masters Beginner No-Gi

Elite Federation of Grapplers — Metro Detroit (July 12, 2008)

  • 3rd place – Adult Light Heavyweight White Belt

Elite Federation of Grapplers — St. Claire Shores, MI (September 9, 2008)

  • 2nd place – Adult Light Heavyweight White Belt
  • 2nd place – Adult Light Heavyweight No-Gi

Naga Midwest — Chicago, IL (November 15, 2008)

  • 1st place – Masters Light Heavyweight Blue Belt

Naga Arnold Classic — Columbus, OH (March 7, 2009)

  • 1st place – Masters Light Heavyweight Intermediate No-Go

Mid Michigan Grappling Challenge — Jackson, MI (April 11, 2009)

  • 3rd place – Adult Open Weight Advanced Gi (White, Blue, Purple)

Toledo Open — Toledo, MI (May 16, 2009)

  • 3rd place – Adult Light Heavyweight Blue Belt
  • 1st place – Adult Light Heavyweight Intermediate No-Gi

Naga Midwest Grappling Championships — Milwaukee, MI (May 30, 2009)

  • 2nd place – Masters Light Heavyweight Blue Belt
  • 1st place – Masters Light Heavyweight Intermediate No-Gi

Jorge Gurgel In House Tournament — West Chester, OH (August 8, 2009)
1st place – Adult 170-190 Advanced No-Gi

OTM Midwest Regional BJJ Championships — Grand Rapids, MI (November 1, 2009)

  • 1st place – Adult Heavyweight Blue Belt
  • 1st place3 – Adult Advanced No-Gi

2010 Arnolds — Columbus, OH (March 6, 2010)

  • 1st place – Masters Cruiserweight Blue Belt
  • 3rd place – Masters Cruiserweight Intermediate No-Gi

IBJJF Chicago Open — Evanston, IL (August 8, 2010)

  • 2nd place – Masters Pesado Blue Belt
  • 1st place – Masters Absolute Blue Belt

Michigan Open — Walled Lake, MI (October 2, 2010)

  • 1st place – Masters Pesado Blue Belt

US Grappling — Chicago, IL (October 9, 2010)

  • 1st place – Masters 188.5-202 Blue Belt
  • 1st place – Masters Absolute Blue Belt
  • 2nd place – Masters 188.5-202 Advanced No-Gi

Michigan BJJ Championships — Ypsilanti, MI (January 29, 2011)

  • 3rd place – Adult 170+ Adult Purple Belt
  • 1st place – Adult 170+ Advanced No-Gi

IBJJF Chicago Winter Open (February 26, 2011)

  • 1st place – Masters pesado Purple Belt

Naga Chicago (April 30, 2011)

  • 3rd place – Masters Expert No-Gi

IBJJF Chicago Summer Open (August 21, 2011)

  • 1st place – Masters Purple Belt

Naga Midwest — East Chicago, IN (August 27, 2011)

  • 3rd place – Masters Purple Belt

Michigan Open — Waterford, MI (October 1, 2011)

  • 3rd place – Adult Purple Belt

Naga Great Lakes — East Chicago, IN (November 5, 2011)

  • 2nd place – Masters Expert No-Gi

Carlson Gracie Tournament (January 29, 2011)

  • 1st place – Purple Belt Open Weight

James has been training in MMA and Jiu Jitsu for three years now. Has fought around West Michigan in Lansing, Kalamazoo, and Holland in the 135 lb category and has a current amateur record of 4-2. James currently teaches MMA striking and Muay Thai Kickboxing classes as well as fitness classes. He first discovered MMA while attending Calvin College. After seeing an event on TV, he showed up at GRBJJ one day, not even knowing what Jiu Jitsu was, but has loved every minute of it since. He likes to incorporate a lot of cardio into classes, as well as a lot of Muay Thai techniques and combos into his fighting style. James graduated Calvin College with a Bachelors in Psychology and is currently pursuing a career as a Paramedic.

James Dewitt

Michael Moreno

Michael Moreno started Thai Boxing (Muay Thai) in 1994 while studying at Cornell University. Michael quickly became passionate about training, and continued studying Muay Thai at East West Martial Arts in Cortland, NY under Sifu Kevin Seaman. Within three years of starting Muay Thai, Michael tested for his Apprentice Instructorship under Ajarn Surachai Sirisute, head of the Thai Boxing Association of the USA and began competing in amateur boxing and thai boxing matches. In between 1996 and 2001, Michael had 13 boxing and Thai Boxing fights across central New York, Philadelphia and Northeastern Pennsylvania, amassing a 12-1 record.Michael Moreno started Thai Boxing (Muay Thai) in 1994 while studying at Cornell University. Michael quickly became passionate about training, and continued studying Muay Thai at East West Martial Arts in Cortland, NY under Sifu Kevin Seaman. Within three years of starting Muay Thai, Michael tested for his Apprentice Instructorship under Ajarn Surachai Sirisute, head of the Thai Boxing Association of the USA and began competing in amateur boxing and thai boxing matches. In between 1996 and 2001, Michael had 13 boxing and Thai Boxing fights across central New York, Philadelphia and Northeastern Pennsylvania, amassing a 12-1 record.

Michael received his Associate Instructorship from Ajarn Chai in July of 2013 at the TBA Northwest Training Camp and is excited about teaching Thai Boxing in Grand Rapids.