Don Stoner is a proud first degree Black Belt student under Master Rigan Machado.
Don began martial arts with Tae-Kwon-Do at the young age of 6.
In middle school, his love of sports drew him to the wrestling team, where he excelled but wanted to further his martial arts career and took up Karate and Kickboxing under John Barrett.
At age 14 he walked into the world famous Rigan Machado Jiu Jitsu Academy in Torrance, CA and met his first instructor Keiser Girao. Under Keiser’s and Rigan’s guidance Don went on to train 3 hours daily.
As a teen he was ranked as one of the top competitors in the nation and had a rivalry with Kayron Gracie (Son of Carlos Jr).
At age 20 he relocated to Texas with his coach to teach and compete fulltime.
After multiple NAGA Championship titles and Texas State Championship titles he moved back with his family and continued to teach at Rigan Machado’s Academy for the next 5 years.
In 2015 after competing in the black belt division as a brown belt under Rigans guidance he was promoted to Black belt at the age of 27.
At age 30 he moved to Washougal, WA with his wife Andrea to start their new life.
Now teaching in Washougal it is Don’s goal to make the community better and safer with martial arts, also to help his students receive all the positive benefits of jiu jitsu that he has benefited from such as health and the a strong mind.
Competition Record Highlights
* 2011 World Championships (Brown belt IBJJF Nogi)– Bronze Medal
* 5 X NAGA Expert Division Champion –TX, CA
* 2 X NAGA Black Belt Champion CA
* 2019 Portland Grappling Industries Black Belt open division Champion(master)
*2019 Portland Grappling Industries Expert Nogi Champion(master)
* 2014 Grappling X (Win over Brian “TCity” Ortega) Brown Belt
* 2004 Gracie Open Silver medal
* 2005 American Nationals IBJJF Silver Medal(Blue belt)
* 2006 American Nationals IBJJF Bronze medal (Blue Belt)
* 2010 American Nationals IBJJF Silver medal (Purple Belt)
* 2010 TX BJJ State champion GI, NOGI Expert/Brown Belt(Win over Daniel “Ninja Robert)
* 2010 Abu Dhabi Pro Trials Silver medal
* 2014 All American Brown Belt Champion
* Super Fight champion Lotus club tournament
* 2007-2010 Multiple Best of the West medals (Win over Joe Camacho)
* MMA record 7-2