Jason Clarke has over 35 years of martial arts experience as a practitioner, competitor and instructor. He is one of the few Americans to hold Black Belts in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo and is also the founder and Head Instructor of Close Range Tactics Self-Defense Training.
Jason trains and teaches extensively outside of the realm of the Jiu-Jitsu mats and is recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in the areas of Violence, Social Violence, Modern Self-Defense Tactics, Use of Force and Bullying Prevention. He trains Military and Law Enforcement as well as everyday people how to better defend themselves from a criminal assault.
He is an avid writer in regards to the topics of Violence and you can find his writings on the blog on this site as well as by following his various social media projects.
Jason is a military veteran (both active duty and National Guard) who started training with the Gracie family in the early 1990's when they first introduced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the UFC to the United States. While in the military, he was a Hand-to-Hand Combat instructor for his unit where he taught hundreds of soldiers a specialized combat centric system of Jiu-Jitsu.
Following the military he worked as a bouncer in the Detroit area where he refined and develop an effective system of self-defense through real world applications.
Regarded as one of the best Self-Defense and Jiu-Jitsu instructors in the Midwest. He has developed recognized programs for both children and adults, and has coached many competitors and MMA fighters to victory.
Focusing heavily on training students to be capable of defending themselves in a modern day real world self-defense situation. His expertise on the use of modern weapons, such as firearms, in entangled fighting make him a sought after instructor by police departments, the military as well as civilians who legally carry a firearm for protection.
Iowa City Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu serves the Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Tiffin, Solon, and Cedar Rapids areas. Please contact us to start training with Jason or to schedule a seminar for your group.
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