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Chris Bower

Owner, Lead BJJ Instructor, 2nd Degree Black Belt under Professor Vicente Junior

Owner of Bowerhouse and its namesake, Chris Bower is our lead BJJ instructor, and he currently holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt under World Champion Professor Vicente Junior. In fact, he carries the distinction of being the first American to be promoted from White to Black Belt under the Professor’s instruction and guidance. Additionally, Chris has wrestled for the past 30 years. Chris is a USA Wrestling Bronze Certified Coach, and helped coach the Maryland National Girls Team at the 2017 USA Wrestling Championships in Fargo, ND. Chris holds a B.S. in Exercise Science, and has an interest in fitness and nutrition, with extensive experience as a Certified Fitness Trainer. In 2012 Chris traveled to Maceio, Brazil to train with Team Vicente Junior. He is an active IBJJF Competitor, and enjoys travelling across the World to compete, meet new people, and share his passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Accomplishments:
• 2019 IBJJF World No Gi Championships Bronze Master 3 Middleweight
• 2019 IBJJF Salvador Brazil International Open No Gi Champion Black Belt Master 3
• 2019 IBJJF Amsterdam Netherlands International Open Gi Champion Black Belt Master 3
• 2019 IBJJF Amsterdam Netherlands International Open No Gi Champion Black Belt Master 3
• 2019 IBJJF Pan American No Gi Black Belt Master 3 Middleweight Silver
• 2019 IBJJF American Nationals No Gi Champion Black Belt Master 3 Middleweight
• 2018 IBJJF Dublin Ireland International Open Champion Black Belt Master 2 Middleweight
• 2018 IBJJF Dublin Ireland International Open Silver Black Belt Master 2 Open Class
• 2018 IBJJF Pan American No Gi Master 2 Black Belt Open Class Bronze
• 2018 IBJJF Pan American No Gi Black Belt Master 2 Middleweight Bronze
• 2018 IBJJF American Nationals Silver Black Belt Master 2 Middleweight
• 2018 IBJJF New York Open Champion Black Belt Middleweight Master 2
• 2018 IBJJF New York Open Bronze Black Belt Open Class Master 2
• 2017 Fight to Win Pro Pittsburgh Co-Main Event
• 2014 IBJJF Pan Am No Gi Champion Black Belt Master 2 Middle Heavyweight
• 2014 IBJJF Pan Am No Gi Champion Black Belt Open Class Master 2
• 2010 Grapplers Quest No Gi National Champion Advanced Middleweight ​

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlson Gracie Sr. > Ricardo De La Riva > Vicente Junior > Chris Bower ​

Chris is available for One on One Personal Fitness Training, and Private Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lessons.