THE INSTRUCTORS

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GREG HALSOR

Head Instructor

Greg Halsor has spent over 20 years in the grappling arts. Growing up wrestling in Iowa, he was a state champion for Cedar Falls High School in 1993 and went on to be a collegiate All American in 1997. After college, Greg and his family moved to Crystal Lake, Illinois where he met current WEC/UFC veteran Jeff Curran and fell in love with the sport. Greg began teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the Cedar Valley in 2000. He is one of the only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts in Northeast Iowa and one of the highest ranking practitioners in the state. 

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Head Kids Instructor

Vern is the kids instructor at Cedar Valley Jiu-Jitsu and has been training since early 2009. In June of 2016 he was promoted to purple belt by Greg Halsor.

Vern's jiu-jitsu competition record is 9-6 and he was a NAGA gold medalist as a white belt, and NAGA silver medalist as a blue belt.

Off the mat, Vern is a happily married father of three and is the Director of Digital Sales at Mudd Advertising in Cedar Falls, IA. In his free time he enjoys clean eating, healthy living, and finding space for his extensive collection of overpriced jiu jitsu gis.

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Assistant Instructor

"Nitro" Neal Titus has been practicing jiu jitsu for 10 years and has been an active MMA fighter. Neal is best known for his explosive technique and the ability to improvise using innovation and sound technique. When he is not training, Neal is a regional manager at Mudd Advertising in Cedar Falls.

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Assistant Instructor

Bill has been practicing BJJ for 7 years and grappling sports since 1st grade. Like most Iowans he started wrestling in 1st grade and continued through his senior year in High School. As a senior in college he took up judo. After graduation he joined a Judo and Sambo gym in Kansas City and trained for 2 years, while developing his love of leg locks. In 2008, he was forced to move to Waterloo, Iowa and thought his training days were over due to a perceived lack of opportunity. Luckily, he found CVBJJ and quickly realized it was the sport for him. Currently, he is a professor at Univeristy of Northern Iowa.